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TVonics logo.png
Product type Consumer electronics
Owner Pulse-Eight Limited
Previous owners
  • TVonics Ltd
  • TVonics Solutions Ltd
Tagline Live life in HD

TVonics is a brand of Pulse-Eight Limited, focused on set top boxes and the UK Freeview market


Pulse-Eight, an electronics company acquired the brand and IP after TVonics Solutions Ltd went into administration in June 2012, Originally founded in Wales, UK (as TVonics Ltd) in 2004, it manufactures set-top boxes and digital video recorders. It was acquired in February 2008 by the Contact Holdings Group after the company went into administration and became TVonics Solutions Ltd.

TVonics is one of the few set-top box design houses that manufactures in the UK. The company initially entered the market with the PRISM set-top box under the TVonics and Ferguson brand. Since then several additional products have been released under the TVonics brand including the MDR-200, DTR-Z250 and DTR-Z500.

TVonics was the original supplier of set-top boxes into the UK Government Digital Switchover Help Scheme, providing a custom designed product that meet the requirements laid out by the scheme. This included support for Audio Description, a remodulator and the ability to perform automatic retuning, and a text-to-speech system created for visually impaired users.[1]

In November 2007, TVonics was awarded the IET Start-up of the Year award.

On June 12, 2012, TVonics Solutions Limited went into administration, Gary Bell of Bell Advisory Llp was appointed administrator to the company.[2]

New Ownership[edit]

On October 22, 2012, it was reported that UK based Pulse-Eight have bought the TVonics brand and the technology behind TVonics DVRs, and announced a plan to create a next-generation of TVonics set-top box based on the popular open source media player software, XBMC, running on top of Android.[3]


Freeview+HD Recorder
  • DTR-HD500
  • DTR-Z500HD
Freeview+ Recorder
  • DTR-HV250
  • DTR-Z500AD
  • DTR-Z500
  • DTR-Z250
  • DTR-HC250
Freeview Set top box
  • MDR-240
  • MDR-252
  • MDR-251
  • MDR-250
  • MDR-100
  • MFR-300
  • MFR-200

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