Humax FOXSAT-HDR (Freesat+) - £249.99 delivered from Play.com + Quidco - HotUKDeals
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Believe this works out slightly cheaper than Richer Sounds if you factor in Quidco.

As for the FOXSAT-HDR, it's a very decent Freesat+ PVR and a good alternative to Sky if you don't happen to like being tied down to a contract.

It isn't without its faults - namely the lack of 24 hour HD channels - but it's a reasonable all-round PVR that's somewhat future proof.

If you need to know more about it, a review of the unit is available here: http://lifestyle.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=18034

*Update* mk-donald has found that Amazon.co.uk is also now offering the unit for £249.99: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Humax-FOXSAT-HDR-Freesat-PVR-Digital/dp/B001L5YU36
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#1
Huge HD channel choice as well......Not.
#2
Very little on BBC and hardly anything on ITV. Not for me at the moment, not even for half the money.
#3
true, true
#4
it's a real shame Freesat is being held back by the lack of HD content. It's the way services should be sold to us, TV but with a choice of PVR rather than the poor and unreliable Sky HD boxes.
#5
not only is there limited HD but the SD output of this box is not great through HDMI but good through SCART! Channel list is not the same and no dave / ? film 4 I think. Also with HD freeview on the horizon its a case of do I jump or don't I?
#6
The SD via the HDMI on my Foxsat HDR is exceptional. So good that the difference between SD and HD isn't that great anyway, except on football matches and similar.
#7
Same price at Amazon too right now - perhaps in response to Play.com
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Humax-FOXSAT-HDR-Freesat-PVR-Digital/dp/B001L5YU36
#8
coleaj
The SD via the HDMI on my Foxsat HDR is exceptional. So good that the difference between SD and HD isn't that great anyway, except on football matches and similar.


I agree, the picture quality is great on SD via HDMI cable. I loved my Digifusion freeview recorder, but the Foxsat beats it hands down!
#9
Arcticfox9uk
I agree, the picture quality is great on SD via HDMI cable. I loved my Digifusion freeview recorder, but the Foxsat beats it hands down!


not the view of some on AVF but I haven't seen it so can't judge. just passing on what others have said as I'm looking in to one myself. However, I fail to see how the image quality on SD freview could be exceptional as the birate of most transmissions on the lesser channels is pretty ropey and I believe the bitrate on freesat is largely less than that of freeview. Might be difficult to judge on smaller screens though.

R.
#10
rheumatoid
not only is there limited HD but the SD output of this box is not great through HDMI but good through SCART! Channel list is not the same and no dave / ? film 4 I think. Also with HD freeview on the horizon its a case of do I jump or don't I?


SD picture on the foxsat PVR is upscaled through the HDMI and its a far better picture than SD pictures on Sky HD. Great bit of kit:thumbsup:
#11
giddy1778
SD picture on the foxsat PVR is upscaled through the HDMI and its a far better picture than SD pictures on Sky HD. Great bit of kit:thumbsup:


All depends on your TV as well though. A nicely upscaled SD picture on a crappy 1080p LCD will still look rubbish. SkyHD feeding an SD picture looks superb on my Plasma.
#12
I personally find the SD quality on my Full HD Panny LZD85 excellant and the HD superb. ITV HD are also inceasing their output more and more with the Bill next to be shown in HD.

From Foxsat HDR Wiki...

SD and HD Picture Quality
There has been many heated debate over the picture quality (PQ) of standard definition (SD) produced by the FOXSAT-HD (the STB). Those who are not used to the look and feel of upscaling done by the box (rather than the TV) and only have experience with SD upscaling on their Freeview devices, are the one who incorrectly moan about the 'softness' of the FOXSAT-HD. Together with their non-comparative experiences with, maybe Sky+ or Sky+HD, and compounded by, maybe the incompatibility of their TV sets with the STB, that they vehemently blame Humax for producing a device with a 'soft SD picture'.

Little do they know that a little effort in setting up their TV (calibrating) and set the right V-Format resolution on the STB, and the realisation that some channels transmit at a slight lower resolution on Satellite compared to Freeview (train the eye to satellite viewing) then such softness problems simply vanishes...

However, the FOXSAT-HDR uses a slightly different output chip, and from my point of view, the PQ on SD channels are very good. I had already setup my TV for SD and HD viewing using the STB, and this setup worked even better, once the HDR was swapped in its place. I was pleased that the PQ was slightly better than the STB, and this maybe due to the fact that the all V-Format button resolutions work with my Samsung LCD TV.

With regards to the PQ of HD, most people and experts would agree, that the HDR does produce very good picture output. The recordings of all channels is a transmission stream capture, and playback will be the same as watching the programmes live. So recording of TV onto the hard disk does not degrade the picture in anyway, and that the PQ is maintained.
#13
rheumatoid
...Also with HD freeview on the horizon its a case of do I jump or don't I?


Jump now...

That horizon may not be until 2012 for some regions and we will all need to buy new boxes to decode the new Freeview DVB-T2 Standard to see HD as the current ones cant hack it. There will probably be only room for a max of 3/4 HD channels on the multiplexer with the currrent technology. (source Wot sat Mag)

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