Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat+ 320GB HD Digital TV Twin Tuner HD Recorder - £203.99 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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This is on the Amazon website at the cheapest price with Free delivery I've seen for ages. Their is an Amazon query on this product though, 'Item Under Review',
But the product does go through to the basket and checkout for payment. If it's sold via the Amazon website I would have thought it was covered by Amazon if the wrong item was delivered! Probably someone know's the definitive answer to this one, anyway if this item was received at this low price it would be a bargain. Please note I think Humax are phasing out the 320GB model for the higher capacity 500GB at a more expensive price.

The new Foxsat HDR is a freesat receiver with the ability to record your favourite freeview TV programmes on its impressive 320GB hard drive. With its sleek black design, this Humax set top box would not out of place next to any modern TV equipment. The Foxsat HDR 320GB hard drive gives you the capacity to record over 160 hours in standard definition or over 80 hours in high definition.

Dual freesat tuners allows you to pause, record and rewind live TV record one channel whilst watching another, or even record two channels whilst watching a prerecorded programme. The Foxsat HDR is DUB-S and DUB-S2 compatible and supports connectivity for HDMI, ethernet, and opitical audio as well as the ability to record MPEG-2, MPEG4 H.264 broadcasts.


Box Contains
Satellite HD Digital Television Recorder
User’s Manual
Quick Start Guide
Remote Control
SCART Cable
Batteries
HDMI Cable
RCA Cable
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#1
As it says "a customer recently told us that the item he or she received was not as described.", I'd say it's a bit too much of a risk.
#2
With two new HD channels coming in April and May, freesat is gradually expanding it's range of HD channels.
#3
Wowhats
With two new HD channels coming in April and May, freesat is gradually expanding it's range of HD channels.


they are too slow imo , need to up the pace and expand the hd channels quickly
#4
deanos - they are too slow imo , need to up the pace and expand the hd channels quickly

I agree it would be nice to have a wider choice of HD channels than is currently available to make use of the Humax Foxsat HDR. Sky offer more HD content but of course Sky works out more costly long term for satellite services. For picture quality and functionality the Humax is a great additional product to have as most modern tv's have freeview built in and the reception received on Freeview HD recorders is questionable in some parts of the country. Freesat is generally crystal clear.

Edited By: Wowhats on Apr 03, 2011 22:09
#5
deanos
Wowhats
With two new HD channels coming in April and May, freesat is gradually expanding it's range of HD channels.


they are too slow imo , need to up the pace and expand the hd channels quickly


They're having space and license issues. For example, Channel 4 HD (which is coming in April) was locked in a contract with Sky. As are the non-HD 5 USA, 5* and Dave. Though 5 hope to be on before the end of the year.

With BBC One HD, ITV 1 HD and Channel 4 HD, I can't really complain with the HD choices when it's free.
#6
deanos
Wowhats
With two new HD channels coming in April and May, freesat is gradually expanding it's range of HD channels.


they are too slow imo , need to up the pace and expand the hd channels quickly


Its free more than Sky can say for theirs and the picture quality even on standard channels walks all over my Sky box, using Sky less and less lately
#7
Is this much better than the Goodmans/grundig freesat HD thats been listed on here as in the reviews the goodmans/grundig gets better reviews on picture quality but seems to have noisy fan.
Any one know it this fan is quite.Looking for one to replace my sky +hd not sure what to get though
voted hot though as this is good price for this one
#8
Does anyone know how this is installed to the dish?

I currently have standard Sky+ and have been considering this box for months, just waiting for the right price.

Also, is the planner and tv guide any good? Some of the Freeview recordable ones are not very user friendly.
#9
these are fantastic...if you are thinking of ditching Sky, you will not regret buying this box, they are superb...the only thing is that a new updated version 2 is due out sometime (been promised for a number of months)...supposedly media streaming, youtube etc capabilities
#10
fantastic box. direct replacement for Sky+ (assume you have 2 cables from the dish) - also there is a "hack" for this which makes the recorded content available on your home network over dlna (by installing twonky).

A brilliant box.
#11
I was looking at this model the other day and I'm sure I saw it cheaper elsewhere.
#12
Majumba
I was looking at this model the other day and I'm sure I saw it cheaper elsewhere.

grade 'a' at humaxdirect i think for £189ish, better to spend the extra tenner for a fresh one
#13
says 236ukp now - other one was a dodgey dealer was it? might as well pay 250ukp and get the 500gb from amazon itself:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Humax-500GB-Freesat-Satellite-Receiver/dp/B0039J42LM/ref=pd_cp_ce_1

my uncle has the 250gb version and he says its slow as molasses versus the sky+ hd boxes, and even take a minute or so to come out of standby.

he says its so bad you can't even record and watch at the same time - is that correct, reminds me of the tivo days 5+ years ago in the usa. maybe he has a faulty box?

i have the freesat hd box and generally like it - the guide sucks compared to even the old sd sky boxes though. they're much better than the argos crap, two of which died on me in 6 months.


Edited By: sej7278 on Apr 03, 2011 23:19
#14
I bought one of these a couple of weeks ago. Extremely pleased with it, having ditched Sky+ last year, it has been great. The leads from the Sky satellite dish just screw into the back of the box as they did on the Sky+ box. I think I got mine directly from Humax, it is refurbished but has a full warranty. It was £180ish. Only thing I have had a problem with is getting away from Sky..........they're not great when you try to leave!
#15
rugman
a new updated version 2 is due out sometime (been promised for a number of months)...supposedly media streaming, youtube etc capabilities

Oooohhh, now there's a reason to hold back on my imminent Humax purchase. My main concern for ditching Sky+ for the FoxSat was the fact that the box has been around for so long and knowing my luck a new one would be announced the week after I bought it. Do you have a links to substantiate this rumour?

On a slight tangent; does anyone know if the SD quality from freesatsignal has improved recently. I read the feed is a lot more compressed than both freeview and Sky, with the image appearing quite "soft"
1 Like #16
FlashJordan
Does anyone know how this is installed to the dish?

I currently have standard Sky+ and have been considering this box for months, just waiting for the right price.

Also, is the planner and tv guide any good? Some of the Freeview recordable ones are not very user friendly.


You will be fine simply re-connecting the 2 coax cables coming from your Sky dish to this as they use the same sattelite cluster.

As for the EPG try google image search. Humax are good in this respect normally.
#17
Your uncle got a bad machine - or still has one of the two plastic protection film's over the front fascia .... :-)
#18
sej7278
my uncle has the 250gb version and he says its slow as molasses versus the sky+ hd boxes, and even take a minute or so to come out of standby.

he says its so bad you can't even record and watch at the same time - is that correct, reminds me of the tivo days 5+ years ago in the usa. maybe he has a faulty box?

i have the freesat hd box and generally like it - the guide sucks compared to even the old sd sky boxes though. they're much better than the argos crap, two of which died on me in 6 months.

these have really come down in price - not long ago the 250gb's were considered a bargain if you could find one under 300ukp!

what is the other hd channel coming in may then?

They don't do a humax 250gb version, only this 320gb (+ larger)..are you sure he has a humax as there are sagem/bush etc freesat recorders that use a 250gb drive
If he cannot record and view a different programme at the same time, chances is he has only one lnb cable feed into the box (but assuming he had sky+ before he should have two feeds), if he has 2 feeds he'll be able to record and watch something different (or record 2 progrmammes at the same time and in some cases even watch a 3rd...)...it it takes about 30 sec to come out of standby, and you can turn off this feature so it's on all the time or switch on at a certain time ready...the guide is actually quite good...sorry to disagree but have lived with both sky + and these for ther last few years and the minor niggles vastly outway paying sky 100's of £££s a year
#19
If you get a freeview/freesat box is there any way you can get extra channels? I'm with Virgin at the moment and paying a ridiculous amount just so I can get Living - I don't even watch half the other channels!
1 Like #20
FlashJordan
Does anyone know how this is installed to the dish?

I currently have standard Sky+ and have been considering this box for months, just waiting for the right price.

Also, is the planner and tv guide any good? Some of the Freeview recordable ones are not very user friendly.


I have had one of these since last year and they are a good piece of kit. The planner and TV Guide work on a similar principle to Sky. It is very easy to install these. If you have had Sky+, you will know that there are 2 feeds from the dish. Screw the 2 "F" connectors to the 2 outer terminals on the back of the Humax box and leave the middle terminal unconnected. Then press "Installation" in the Menu. That's all there is to it.
#21
I got the 500gb one.

I got Richer Sounds to price match this:

http://www.satbuyer.co.uk/humax-foxsat-hdr-freesat+-pvr-500gb-digital-box-p131.html

They then beat it by a £5 and I collected in store.
#22
Zattlebone
rugman
a new updated version 2 is due out sometime (been promised for a number of months)...supposedly media streaming, youtube etc capabilities
Oooohhh, now there's a reason to hold back on my imminent Humax purchase. My main concern for ditching Sky+ for the FoxSat was the fact that the box has been around for so long and knowing my luck a new one would be announced the week after I bought it. Do you have a links to substantiate this rumour?

On a slight tangent; does anyone know if the SD quality from freesatsignal has improved recently. I read the feed is a lot more compressed than both freeview and Sky, with the image appearing quite "soft"
it could now be pushed back to 2012, some info here

http://www.whathifi.com/forum/freesat-sky-and-virgin/any-news-on-new-humax-foxsat-hdr-2
banned#23
If I may throw my 2 penneth in on the retailer Hughes Direct....

I live in Liverpool they are in the norfolk / east of england area with about 50 stores I think...point is they are not close to me so I don't work for them and have nothing to gain, but I ordered something from them online and had it replaced twice each time at their cost and the customer service was OUTSTANDING it transpired in the end that it was all my fault anyway and something that I had messed about with and messed up a little. The item had a retail value of £1500 and they sent me 2 replacements and collected the other at the same time.

They could not have done more for me and absolutely no hassle whatsoever, no arguement, just a simple request and they shot into action. Obviously I would always highly receommend them.....
#24
MissNix
If you get a freeview/freesat box is there any way you can get extra channels? I'm with Virgin at the moment and paying a ridiculous amount just so I can get Living - I don't even watch half the other channels!


Freesat already has bbcHD,bbc1HD,ITV1HD, but you can add STVHD,4HD and more SD which are not on the freesat epg yet.
#25
rugman
They don't do a humax 250gb version, only this 320gb (+ larger)..are you sure he has a humax as there are sagem/bush etc freesat recorders that use a 250gb drive
If he cannot record and view a different programme at the same time, chances is he has only one lnb cable feed into the box


i assume as they're called hdr250's it was a 250gb drive, he must have the 320gb then. i've seen it, it is the humax.

yes he has a quad lnb with two cables in the back - its not that he can't watch+record, he just says its stupid slow, which is what i experienced years ago with tivo: record+watch and you get stuttering.
#26
Nice unit. Was going to order this but changed my mind due to their couriers.

Amazon prefers to use HDNL (now rebranded as Yodel due to negative publicity) for their deliveries. HDNL/Yodel are one of the worst courier company to deal with so don't expect much from Amazon delivery service. I suspect Amazon use them because they are cheap - but quite often cheap also means Cr*p which is certainly the case here.

Still a hot product at a great price.
#27
how dave...
#28
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#29
Wowhats
With two new HD channels coming in April and May, freesat is gradually expanding it's range of HD channels.


Two new channels? I knew that 4HD was launching this month, whats the other one?
#30
dave859
MissNix
If you get a freeview/freesat box is there any way you can get extra channels? I'm with Virgin at the moment and paying a ridiculous amount just so I can get Living - I don't even watch half the other channels!


Freesat already has bbcHD,bbc1HD,ITV1HD, but you can add STVHD,4HD and more SD which are not on the freesat epg yet.


STVHD? How do you add that and 4HD?
#31
what's STV?
#32
I bet most owners of this box still have that plastic film that effects the remote range behind the front panel that you didn't know flipped down :D
#33
brohood
what's STV?

Scottish TV its the same as ITV HD but they dont like paying for dramas such as law and order etc so pump out some repeated crap instead.

Edited By: SilverBlack on Apr 04, 2011 06:40
#34
titanwars
I bet most owners of this box still have that plastic film that effects the remote range behind the front panel that you didn't know flipped down :D

Its not much better even with the film removed.
#35
I ordered one of these last week from SonicDirect for £199.99 + £5.99 delivery. They still seem to have stock http://www.sonicdirect.co.uk/catalogue--iID--2257--humax-foxsat-hdr.php .

Pretty nifty little box
#36
1Jim0
Wowhats
With two new HD channels coming in April and May, freesat is gradually expanding it's range of HD channels.


Two new channels? I knew that 4HD was launching this month, whats the other one?


some japanese (?) news channel "NHK World HD" in may, seems like a waste of precious hd bandwidth to me.

Edited By: sej7278 on Apr 04, 2011 09:25
#37
Saw this box in 2 different Currys in Glasgow at the weekend for £199.97.
#38
avise
fantastic box. direct replacement for Sky+ (assume you have 2 cables from the dish) - also there is a "hack" for this which makes the recorded content available on your home network over dlna (by installing twonky).

A brilliant box.


Can you provide a link to the twonky hack? Sounds interesting.
#39
avise
fantastic box. direct replacement for Sky+ (assume you have 2 cables from the dish) - also there is a "hack" for this which makes the recorded content available on your home network over dlna (by installing twonky).

A brilliant box.


rugman
Zattlebone
rugman
a new updated version 2 is due out sometime (been promised for a number of months)...supposedly media streaming, youtube etc capabilities

Oooohhh, now there's a reason to hold back on my imminent Humax purchase. My main concern for ditching Sky+ for the FoxSat was the fact that the box has been around for so long and knowing my luck a new one would be announced the week after I bought it. Do you have a links to substantiate this rumour?

On a slight tangent; does anyone know if the SD quality from freesatsignal has improved recently. I read the feed is a lot more compressed than both freeview and Sky, with the image appearing quite "soft"

it could now be pushed back to 2012, some info here


http://www.whathifi.com/forum/freesat-sky-and-virgin/any-news-on-new-humax-foxsat-hdr-2


I understand that the 320GB version of the Humax is being discontinued effectively being replaced by the 500GB model. Would not be surprised to see a few of these marked down over the next month or so. As for a new model, I doubt you'll see that before Youview (in which Humax is a partner) is launched. Last I heard the Youview launch had been pushed back to Autumn 2011. Probably at least six months away for a new model then...


Edited By: ladily on Apr 05, 2011 21:31: typo
#40
You go to add other channels and here's what frequency's to use
STV HD 10936 V QPSK 22000 5/6
CHANNEL 4 HD 12607 V DVB-S2 27500 3/4
also as of today NHK World HD 11224 V 27500 (only testing)

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