A summary of NetGem Freeview boxes, including the i-Player Interactive Freeview Digital TV Receiver
What is a NetGem Freeview box
NetGem is a France-based manufacturer of digital set-top boxes.
The NetGem iPlayer Freeview set-top box was launched in the UK in November 2002, and has proved to be one of the best value and most flexible boxes around. It provided Internet access from a connected TV set, bringing Internet into the front room.
In 2004, a re-badged version from BT became available in 2004 (adding caller display, and a card slot for subscription services).
Between 2006 and 2008, versions of the NetGem iPlayer appeared, containing hard discs and support for high definition TV.
The NetGem range of set-top boxes
The following table contains details of the digital TV set top boxes from French manufacturer NetGem.
Features: Internet and email access from your TV via built-in 56k modem, built-in games and optional QWERTY keyboard.
More details on our iPlayer page
|NetGem 7680 / Fetch TV Smartbox
Fetch TV launched towards the end of 2008. The service combines Freeview, a 40 hour hard disc recorder, and video content on demand over broadband. The Fetch TV Smartbox is made by NetGem.
Box specs: 80Gig hard disk, 8 day EPG, Freeview receiver, hard-disk recorder, pause/rewind live TV, USB connector Internet browser.
Availability: Available Now!
More on our Fetch TV page.
|tvMax iPlayer 6640
Broadband webhosting firm Namesco launched tvMax in April 2006. They were offering a NetGem box that’s capable of receiving the 50 Freeview TV and radio channels, has an 8-day EPG, and has a built-in PVR disk recorder (up to 30 hours on the built-in 30gig hard disk).
|Evesham iPlayer HDTV PVR
Released in November 2006, the Evesham iPlayer 80GB HD Media Centre is a revamped, powerful iPlayer that receives Freeview, has a hard-disk recorder, and gets TV content over the ‘net. Here’s the summary:
Availability: Discontinued. As of July 2007, no longer available. Last seen for £240 from Misco.co.uk.
|NetGem I-Player Mini
As far as we know, this box isn’t available in the UK, but here’s what we’ve discovered:
Availability: Not released in UK
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|NetGem NetBox HD
NetGem announced a new product believed to be called the NetBox HD, at the IPTV World Forum in London at the start of March 2006. Here’s what was public knowledge:
Box spec: High-definition MPEG4-compliant ADSL (Broadband) / DTT (digital terrestrial) terminal.
Availability: Not released in UK. The product was apparently due to become available between April-June 2006 – As far as we know, it didn’t materialise.
More on NetGem
NetGem is a French company. Below are the UK phone numbers we have for NetGem:
- NetGem UK helpline: 0870 366 7055
- NetGem UK Sales line: 0800 015 3092
- NetGem Technical Enquiries: 0870 366 7030
We reviewed the NetGem iPlayer in 2004. This can be found on our NetGem iPlayer page.
The NetGem iPlayer FAQ has been moved: See the NetGem iPlayer FAQ
- NetGem’s iPlayer – Loads of information plus our review of the iPlayer
- Fetch TV – Internet TV service that launched in 2008
- Freeview help – Our page of frequently-asked questions on
- NetGem iPlayer forum – Talk about the iPlayer in
our dedicated forum
- Freeview details – Information on Freeview channels and receivers
- Connected iPlayer – Help getting online with your NetGem iPlayer
- BBC iPlayer – A different kind of iPlayer… this is the BBC on-demand service