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#1
Yes I noticed that too - not much more at all for the 500Gb over the 320, but I do feel that if these came down to around £150-£160 then Sky would take a real pounding. Which they richly deserve. I love Freesat and Humax (I have two Humax boxes) but this is a little too much for me right now.
#2
Pretty good price when you compare it to the 320gb version on amazon. £4.02 difference. This is a great box but you will need a satellite dish already fitted (Or planned to be fitted). If you have sky+ and want to get rid of it and go down the humax route, its just a case of taking the sky+ out and connecting the 2 cables to the humax box. You then turn the humax on, enter your post code and it tunes into all the freesat channels. It would be nice as the previous poster said for them to go lower in price, under £200 would be nice.
#3
Seems this has been the best Freesat PVR for ages - not that there are many alternatives to choose from. Isn't it about time they brought out a newer model or, as others have said, dropped the price of this?
My half price Sky HD deal runs out in July and I just know that I'll end up buying one of these and something better will come out a couple of weeks later.

Edited By: supergoose on Apr 30, 2011 23:38
1 Like #4
Still think it a pity that they don't have a version with blu-ray incorporated.

If Co's can produce DVD recorders then why not a Freesat recorder with DVD/Bluray player built in?
#6
Can reciver this work for satellites like hot bird, Astra, Thor etc?
#7
supergoose
Isn't it about time they brought out a newer model or, as others have said, dropped the price of this?


It's about time the lazy beggars released the new firmware they promised a year or so ago.

I had a Humax Freeview 9200T and after the fiasco of the firmware update for that I vowed to never buy a Humax again. But because there was sod all else available when I upgraded to Freesat I got suckered in again. Low and behold yet again they're dragging their heels on an update for one of their PVRs.

The Foxsat HDR is in many ways a good product but it's buggy and flawed. If Humax could be arsed to release an update then it might be great, but I'm not holding my breath and I can't recommend the brand because of that.
#8
had 2 9200T's and decided to upgrade at this price
#9
A question for those in the know please - my Panasonic plasma TV has inbuilt Freeview and Freesat receivers. I also have a separate Humax Freeview set-top box (Humax F2-FOX T). Are there any high quality PVRs which can record from RF/SCART/HDMI feeds, without duplicating tuners (already on my TV/STB) and ideally which don't cost £230+ for basically what is a format converter?!

Essentially, I need a modern day VCR with the convenience of HD recording and easy format portability for the recorded media.

Edited By: Comino on May 01, 2011 08:39
#10
VDisillusioned
supergoose
Isn't it about time they brought out a newer model or, as others have said, dropped the price of this?


It's about time the lazy beggars released the new firmware they promised a year or so ago.

I had a Humax Freeview 9200T and after the fiasco of the firmware update for that I vowed to never buy a Humax again. But because there was sod all else available when I upgraded to Freesat I got suckered in again. Low and behold yet again they're dragging their heels on an update for one of their PVRs.

The Foxsat HDR is in many ways a good product but it's buggy and flawed. If Humax could be arsed to release an update then it might be great, but I'm not holding my breath and I can't recommend the brand because of that.


Please tell us the brands that you do recommend then in preference to Humax for Freesat HD PVRs then.

To be fair to Humax at least they do actually keep working on firmware upgrades for their older kit, as well as new, to cope with the unpredicted DSO problems that keep occurring. Few of the other manufacturers seem to bother that much.
#11
Lakeside
Why not indeed

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And a mere extra £400 for the benefit of playing Blu Rays? I think I'd settle for a separate box myself (much as I like Panasonic stuff)
#12
I do wonder if its worth buying this kind of kit with youview just around the corner, its unclear whic devices can/will be updated to support it.
#13
Comino
Are there any high quality PVRs which can record from RF/SCART/HDMI feeds, without duplicating tuners (already on my TV/STB) and ideally which don't cost £230+ for basically what is a format converter?!

Essentially, I need a modern day VCR with the convenience of HD recording and easy format portability for the recorded media.


I doubt it, it would require encoding on the fly, rather than just saving the mpeg stream to disc. Not trivial, and not cheap.
There are quite a few USB PVR solutions for computers which can digitise your SCART/composite video stuff because computers have the grunt required to do it. Also, part of the HDMI spec/license is to prohibit most recording.


Edited By: snapdragon on May 01, 2011 09:56
#14
Quick question guys. I bought the 50" panasonic tele thanks to HUKD, it has freesat and plugging in an external HDD you can record. However, there is no scheduled recording so I wanted to know if this HUMAX box has scheduled recording otherwise ill be renewing the sky contract :s
#15
What's being planned for the next firmware update?
#16
Yes there is scheduled recording , series link , etc ........


Great box , cant fault mine .... Highly recommend to anyone (_;)
#17
Stuck between this and the new Samsung model that is out for a similar price. http://www.johnlewis.com/231236076/Product.aspx?source=63258
Think the Samsung has software issues just like this but they are being sorted but it does look good. Would value anyones opinion.
#18
barbiegirl
And a mere extra £400 for the benefit of playing Blu Rays? I think I'd settle for a separate box myself (much as I like Panasonic stuff)

I wasn't recommending it, I was just showing that you can get one. That one is a bluray recorder too. Not for me either, I can't justify paying £234 for the Humax one ;)
#19
ADL67
Stuck between this and the new Samsung model that is out for a similar price. http://www.johnlewis.com/231236076/Product.aspx?source=63258
Think the Samsung has software issues just like this but they are being sorted but it does look good. Would value anyones opinion.

Doesn't answer your question but just for your info it is quite a bit cheaper at Amazon (than John Lewis, not cheaper than the Humax here) http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004S5ZUJ4/


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Edited By: Lakeside on May 01, 2011 11:17
#20
choco12345
Quick question guys. I bought the 50" panasonic tele thanks to HUKD, it has freesat and plugging in an external HDD you can record. However, there is no scheduled recording so I wanted to know if this HUMAX box has scheduled recording otherwise ill be renewing the sky contract :s


Did you buy the TX-50G20B? If so, I bought the same model and it is perfectly happy doing a scheduled record (when you select the programme within the progam guide you need to select USB HDD recording function - check the manual). However, obviously what you can't do is record a TV programme on one channel whilst watching a different channel (as the TV only has one Freeview tuner).

What I'd be interested to know is whether I could plug in a freesat dish and a freeeview aerial and then record on freeview tuner whilst watching another channel through Freesat, or vice versa.
#21
Next update was going to fix the box so the record buffer could be saved, from the point of starting to watch the programme not the point of hitting record. Sky boxes do it and it's one feature that's most asked of Humax to fix. That's the biggie to be fair; there's a beta Firmware here:

http://beta.humaxonline.co.uk/downloads/foxsat-hdr
#22
Lakeside
ADL67
Stuck between this and the new Samsung model that is out for a similar price. http://www.johnlewis.com/231236076/Product.aspx?source=63258
Think the Samsung has software issues just like this but they are being sorted but it does look good. Would value anyones opinion.
Doesn't answer your question but just for your info it is quite a bit cheaper at Amazon (than John Lewis, not cheaper than the Humax here) [url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2Fgp%2Fproduct%2FB004S5ZUJ4%2F]http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004S5ZUJ4/[/url]

Thanks for that. Had seen it on Amazon but it says pre order and available June 2012 strange when its available now. At least you get a 2yr warranty with John Lewis though.


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#23
Slightly of Topic, Anyone know why they are still asking £299.00 for the freeview version of this?

Can the hardware required for freeview realy cost more?
#24
mr keys
Slightly of Topic, Anyone know why they are still asking £299.00 for the freeview version of this?

Can the hardware required for freeview realy cost more?


The freeview HD box that humax have made is pretty new and still getting regular firmware updates. The freeview HD box is probably the best one on the market and does have a lot of features. £299 is still a bit steep though considering I got the 9150t a few years ago new from argos for £99.
#25
im going to keep this in mind next week as i am cancelling sky:D unless they offer sky for very cheap when i ring up of course.
#26
The Humax has been my worst purchase of the year, so far.
Perhaps the only people praising this clunky, buggy device are those brainwashed to think satellite tv was a Murdoch-only entity?
For those of us who have used FTA receivers for years & who dare to use other satellites than Astra2 the Humax is an illogical PITA!
Do you get the idea I'm not impressed? :)

Lidl are doing the FTA Comax (silvercrest) SL65 c/w portable kit for £30. Granted it doesn't have the tacked on epg, but the software is light years ahead of the humax joke. Go buy one if only to see how it should be done.



Edited By: hedgeandcrow on May 01, 2011 13:26
#27
snapdragon
Comino
Are there any high quality PVRs which can record from RF/SCART/HDMI feeds, without duplicating tuners (already on my TV/STB) and ideally which don't cost £230+ for basically what is a format converter?!

Essentially, I need a modern day VCR with the convenience of HD recording and easy format portability for the recorded media.

I doubt it, it would require encoding on the fly, rather than just saving the mpeg stream to disc. Not trivial, and not cheap.
There are quite a few USB PVR solutions for computers which can digitise your SCART/composite video stuff because computers have the grunt required to do it. Also, part of the HDMI spec/license is to prohibit most recording.



Thanks for the info.

However, don't these PVRs still allow recordings made on them to be transferred onto an external HDD/Memory stick? I still don't fancy getting separate Freeview, Freesat etc PVRs when really someone should be making untied PVRs! They would still be useful if only to record SD output.
#28
I am inclined to wonder, since there has been little competition for Humax, if the Samsung release is what is causing the Humax to be more realistic with it's pricing.

I am also inclined to think that now is NOT the time to buy but to wait a while and let the price war hot up.

Maybe one of them will bring out something more juicy than either of the models on offer.

Personally, I will wait.
#29
I have had the 320GB model for best part of year (after Humax Freeview 9150T and a Thomson Tivo that first taught me PVRs are indispensible) and once self- upgraded to 1TB (c£40 nowadays) is a tremendous box (if doing it now would self-upgrade to 2TB as the 1TB is 72% full currently).
Very, very, very reliable box - only had it fail to grab a couple of recordings over the year.
There is apparently a deficiency in current firmware that if the box suffers a mains powercut it won't reset itself properly to continue with planned recordings, but that is allegedly fixed in latest (beta) firmware.

BTW: It's been true for a long time that if you wait, you can usually get your (technology) bread tomorrow and it's fresher and cheaper, and maybe tastier not least because you have starved meanwhile! (Otherwise stay on that diet, and await YouView, it should be real "e-ven-tu-al-ly" as Manuel would say)

MKD

Edited By: mk-donald on May 01, 2011 14:49
#30
I've had the 320gb model for not quite a year; canned Sky as was sick of the £20/month sub for basically allowing me to record things ... even their half price for a year offer wasn't really enough to tempt me as I barely watched any of the other crap I was paying for.

Box is super reliable; looks sexy (Samsung seem to have ripped off its design IMO - exactly the same display and centre bottom standby strip light? Hmmm!)

If you want a box that will let you:

Get freesat and pay nothing including a handfull of HD channels
Allow you to archive stuff off the a portable hard drive (thus infinite storage)
Store MP3s and pictures on it for a bit of a media hub (v.basic one lol)
One of the best supported boxes in terms of iPlayer / ITV player whilst Panny and such still scratch their backsides
Super reliable
Options to use CAM cards and such with an interface
Options to duck out of Freesat mode so you can get at anything FTA that you like subject to pointing a dish or needing a CAM card

Very pleased with mine and won't be looking back.

Latest beta update to Foxsat HDR has literally made iPlayer and MHEG applications load up at turbo speed. iPlayer used to load up in about 20 seconds, and between menus in about 10 seconds. Now it's more like 5 seconds and 1 seconds respectively.

Enough anyway :) Can't sing the praises of this box enough. YouView is a good while away yet ...
#31
Paper Lawyer
choco12345
Quick question guys. I bought the 50" panasonic tele thanks to HUKD, it has freesat and plugging in an external HDD you can record. However, there is no scheduled recording so I wanted to know if this HUMAX box has scheduled recording otherwise ill be renewing the sky contract :s


Did you buy the TX-50G20B? If so, I bought the same model and it is perfectly happy doing a scheduled record (when you select the programme within the progam guide you need to select USB HDD recording function - check the manual). However, obviously what you can't do is record a TV programme on one channel whilst watching a different channel (as the TV only has one Freeview tuner).

What I'd be interested to know is whether I could plug in a freesat dish and a freeeview aerial and then record on freeview tuner whilst watching another channel through Freesat, or vice versa.


Indeed I did. Is that with freesat, im pretty good with tech etc but with the freesat plugged in and ext HDD etc when a future recording say eastenders is set in the evening i could not see a series link at all i would have to manually select tuesday and thurs and fri etc, also it can only store up to 8 timers as per the manual.

Your query should work as there are 2 seperate inputs
#32
I bought this model about a month ago and I am currently watching a pre-recorded program on it. It's a super box and runs very well. I found all of the menus and buttons a little complicated and confusing which is worrying as I am an IT guy. - Doesnt leave much hope for the rest of us!
#33
The rest of us? You can't be on both sides of the equation lol
1 Like #34
talksr
I bought this model about a month ago and I am currently watching a pre-recorded program on it. It's a super box and runs very well. I found all of the menus and buttons a little complicated and confusing which is worrying as I am an IT guy. - Doesnt leave much hope for the rest of us!


My parent's are in their late 60s, they have this box and they love it and don't have any issues using it. Definitely worrying for you! lol
#35
The only gripe I've just thought of on the humax foxsat is how bright the clock and display are. I got rid of this by putting a film coloured in blue over the display. Worked a treat. Also once you know were the buttons are, its very easy to use.
#36
fishmaster
talksr
I bought this model about a month ago and I am currently watching a pre-recorded program on it. It's a super box and runs very well. I found all of the menus and buttons a little complicated and confusing which is worrying as I am an IT guy. - Doesnt leave much hope for the rest of us!


My parent's are in their late 60s, they have this box and they love it and don't have any issues using it. Definitely worrying for you! lol


Hah, maybe it is because it is the first device like this I have ever had. There just seem to be so many icons and options. But tbh, I have only recorded around 4 or 5 programs since getting it last month. So there is still time for me to improve....hopefully.. lol Otherwise, I will have to hang my head in shame on this.
#37
storeyrich

Allow you to archive stuff off the a portable hard drive (thus infinite storage)


Except not for HD content?
#38
My main concern is the remote.

Is the signal that weak?

I need to know as my equipment is operated from behind a smoked glass fronted cabinet presently and the sky (non + ) box works fine as does my LG DVD recorder.
#39
I have smoked glass and the remote is noticeably weaker if you just point in the general direction of the tv etc, like you would with most remotes. The trick is to point it more toward where the box actually is. Took a bit of getting used to and battery changes before I got the hang of it. I wouldn't say it is that bad that you should be put off of using or buying the set.


rizla01
My main concern is the remote.

Is the signal that weak?

I need to know as my equipment is operated from behind a smoked glass fronted cabinet presently and the sky (non + ) box works fine as does my LG DVD recorder.
#40
hot deal

love my humax.

i have recorded HD stuff in non-freesat mode and transferred to a usb stick with no problems

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