The warning from the Consumers' Association (CA) comes as high street stores such as Dixons continue to sell the refitted boxes for about £90 to customers wishing to pick up channels on the BBC/Crown Castle platform. However, the CA claims the boxes are much slower than similar products designed for Freeview and are also less likely to be upgraded.
The CA has also warned former ITV Digital customers to think carefully before handing over £39.99 to liquidators of the defunct platform, Grant Thornton, to keep their set top boxes. Grant Thornton is set to make the demand by sending letters to the million or so old ITV Digital customers who still have sets
The watchdog say that although the liquidators are legally entitled to take back the boxes, the collection of them must be done at times and in a manner which suits the consumer - at evenings and weekends if necessary.
Grant Thornton is determined to recover as much money as possible from the wreckage of the defunct platform and has even changed the name of the platform back to ON Digital to save further embarrassment to ITV. There is still massive list of creditors awaiting money.