Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat+ 320GB HD Digital TV Twin Tuner HD Recorder £213.74 @Amazon - HotUKDeals
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The price has dropped at Amazon and is about the cheapest one I've seen recently delivered on the net. I have one of these and find it superb.PLEASE NOTE:- Price Altered but can still be had at this price if you go to R/H panel and 'More Buying Choices' but 2/3 week wait apparently.


FOXSAT-HDR Satellite HD Digital Television Recorder - INSTALLATION RECOMMENDED
freesat HD and SD channel recording
Simultaneous viewing of one channel and recording another channel
Record 2 channels at the same time
Receive HDTV signals (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and MPEG-2)
Technical Details

System Resource
Flash Memory: 16 Mbyte
SDRAM: 256 Mbyte
EEPROM 8 Kbyte
Front end
Tuner Type: Satellite
Connector Type: F-Type, IEC 169-24, Female
Demodulation [number of F/E set]: 1, DVB-S2
Audio/Video Processing
Video Decoder [number]: MPEG-2 [email protected], MPEG4 HD [email protected], PAL[1]
Audio Decoder [number]: MPEG-1 Layer II, Dolby-AC3 Audio [1]
Front
Display: LCD
Buttons STANDBY, TV/RADIO, MENU, GUIDE, OK, UP, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, BACK
USB: Host version 2.0
Common interface: Yes
Rear
SCART: 1 TV (RGB, CVBS, S-Video); 1 VCR (CVBS, S-Video)
RF: 2 Input, 1 Output
RCA: 1 Set(1 Video, 2 Audio)
S/PDIF: 1
HDMI: HDCP version
USB: Host version 1.1 / 2.0
LAN: RJ-45 (Mac address)
Power cord Type: Fixed
HDD
HDD: 320 GB
Power Supply
Input Voltage: AC 90-250V (Free voltage), SMPS
Power Consumption (Standby): Under 1 Watt
Physical Specification
Size (Width x Height x Depth): 380 x 55 x 252 mm
Weight (Net): 3.1 Kg
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#1
Great price, if i cancel my Sky for 5 months its paid for :)
#2
It does take a while before you get to know the workings of the Foxsat but once mastered it opens up a new world of entertainment. Also if you have basic computer skills you can for an average of an extra £45,add a 1TB Hard Drive to give you even more storage space.
#3
Does this pick up Channel 4 & 5 in HD?
#4
jonhoggy
Great price, if i cancel my Sky for 5 months its paid for :)


That's what I did.
#5
afromannac123
Does this pick up Channel 4 & 5 in HD?


No.
#6
Same price as here
#7
Also, same price at Currys and Dixons if you use their relative 5% off codes http://humaxfoxsathdr.stockcheckers.co.uk/

[I suspect that Amazon have price matched these - unfortunately Amazon no longer seem to be a price leader...rather a price matcher, eventually...]
#8
I got one of these in December after I cancelled Sky. You should be aware that you only get three HD channels on Freesat, BBC HD, BBC1 HD and ITV1 HD. On Freeview you get four HD channels with Channel 4 HD. But on Sky you also get ITV 2/3/4, Five, E4 and Sky 1, along with numerous others. Given the poor HD coverage we are going back to Sky.
#9
You can also get Grade A units for £182.81 + £6 P&P from Humax Direct.
http://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/product.asp?ProdRef=10076&cat=Factory
7 Likes #10
Am i the only one who feels a bit ripped off by all this HD business ?. In truth most of the broadcasts are only in 720p which is hardly a huge improvement over 576 of standard def . The big difference seems to be the fact that they have raised the bit rate to improve the picture quality to reduce blocking making the picture sharper and clearer . They could have done that with Standard def broadcasts if they had wanted to but i guess that would have not increased sales like the HD surge has.Outputing down HDMI instead of scart also improves the picture quality to reducing interference etc. It just seems to me that 80 percent of the picture improvement could have been done without the HD 144 lines of extra resolution . Blue ray is of course a completly different kettle of fish :) . Anyway rant over and voting hot as it is a good price. 8)
#11
£244.50 now
#12
One off payment for Humax box, no monthly subsription charge especially in these hard times.
shazar - Jan 26, 2011 12:03 - £244.50 now
Can still be had at this price if you go to R/H panel more buying choices but 2/3 week wait apparently.

Edited By: Wowhats on Jan 26, 2011 12:07
#13
over £6 quid-co through comet.
#14
shazar
£244.50 now


Nope still at £213.74 click where it says "15 new from........."
#15
niceblokedave
Am i the only one who feels a bit ripped off by all this HD business ?. In truth most of the broadcasts are only in 720p which is hardly a huge improvement over 576 of standard def . The big difference seems to be the fact that they have raised the bit rate to improve the picture quality to reduce blocking making the picture sharper and clearer . They could have done that with Standard def broadcasts if they had wanted to but i guess that would have not increased sales like the HD surge has.Outputing down HDMI instead of scart also improves the picture quality to reducing interference etc. It just seems to me that 80 percent of the picture improvement could have been done without the HD 144 lines of extra resolution . Blue ray is of course a completly different kettle of fish :) . Anyway rant over and voting hot as it is a good price. 8)


HD is a big improvement, managed in a **** poor way. Until the switchover is completed fully i dont think we will see the real benefits of it, though by that time some new tech will be on the scene which will require us all to go out and buy another new tv no doubt.
#16
Check that the FULL 2 year Humax warranty is supplied with this product.

Some retailers' only offer a 1 year warranty.
#17
Great bit of kit...Don't know about the technical stuff NBD is on about, but I certainly enjoy the HD images - for whatever reason, they're a whole bunch better than freeview.

Roll on the first HD season of F1!
#18
shazar
£244.50 now

Wrong!

That's from Hughes Direct

Anyway same price from Currys, Dixons as I stated above [with codes]
#19
winemart
Same price as here


How do you do the highlighted links on your post .....I've always wondered
#20
Stuntgut
I got one of these in December after I cancelled Sky. You should be aware that you only get three HD channels on Freesat, BBC HD, BBC1 HD and ITV1 HD. On Freeview you get four HD channels with Channel 4 HD. But on Sky you also get ITV 2/3/4, Five, E4 and Sky 1, along with numerous others. Given the poor HD coverage we are going back to Sky.

sky and virgin require a sub... so you gets whats you pays for!
btw freesat doesnt include five usa or fiver... and basic channels like sky snooze
2 Likes #21
HD broadcasting is actually 1080i [i being for interlaced as opposed to P (in 720P for example) for progressive]

Bluray is the only true HD source of 1080P.

Personally my Freesay HD pictures are nothing to write home about generally. The problem is with the [lack of decent] bitrate. Not that I'm into all the techy bit, but I do know that the broadcasters have been regularly messing with different bitrates as I initially saw some really decent PQ when I first got HD, but now, it is only so so.

It doesn't matter how many lines of resolution you have [either interlaced or progressive], if the bitrate is low, then the quality will suffer accordingly....
#22
Will this do Freeview HD when that comes along?
1 Like #23
Hi, I got one of these back in the summer to replace my standard SKY+, kept it for three months and then sold it on. I'm no fan of Sky themselves and only have the basic package, but the ease of use of their boxes is really underlined when you use something like this. What is worse: graphical user interface (navigation is excrutiating), series link while recording, planner navigation (recorded/recording/planned not in same place), bookmarks in recordings, choice of channels, standard definition image, ability to record a programme you have started watching with one click (and it stores what is buffered), remote control. What is better: no subscription, slightly better HD quality on some channels. I went back to sky and got my old package back for half price for a year and £50 MS vouchers, felt great to start using the old sky box again! Good price, but if you have SKY+ already I'd recommend hanging onto the old box until you have made your mind up.
1 Like #24
zippypants
How do you do the highlighted links on your post .....I've always wondered

Highlight the text you want linked then rightmost button above reply box.
#25
Has anyone heard anymore about the FOXSAT-HDR2? It all seems to have gone quiet there. I'm holding off buying one of these until I see the FOXSAT-HDR2 specs.

Eglons, no - FOXSAT-HDR will do Freesat only.
1 Like #26
This is an excellent piece of equipment, and after a lot of research on product reviews i found this to be the best Freesat HD recorders on the market. Even better if you connect it to the internet via an Ethernet cable, you can get BBC iPlayer and very soon ITV player.

I also did a LOT of research for pricing on this product and found that richersounds was the cheapest if you by in store and sign up to their free VIP lounge, you get a free £10 voucher. Total price £209.95!!

VIP lounge http://www.richersounds.com/viplogin

The product link is here
http://www.richersounds.com/product/freeview-freesat-pvr/humax/foxsat-hdr/huma-foxsat-hdr-box

Hope this helps.
#27
drewff
Check that the FULL 2 year Humax warranty is supplied with this product.Some retailers' only offer a 1 year warranty.

i got mine fro john lewis and they gave a 2 year warrenty, i don't know the price of the humax there now though.

i think the humax is excellent and i haven't missed sky at all. All the best tv is on freesat imo
#28
eglons
Will this do Freeview HD when that comes along?

this is a freesat box (not freeview)
#29
Great box I got mine when it first came out in November 2009 I think. Never let me down. Only criticism is HD is small for HD could do with 500GB+ 1tb even better
#30
balluji
sky and virgin require a sub... so you gets whats you pays for!btw freesat doesnt include five usa or fiver... and basic channels like sky snooze

Sky only require a subscription for the additional HD channels they provide and the Sky+ record facility.

You can pick up HD channels with a Sky HD box without having a subscription - I know this as I bought a new Sky HD box off eBay (with viewing card) and I can watch all of the free-to-air HD channels, including Channel 4 and 5 and I have never subscribed to Sky. :)
#31
If anyone wanted to upgrade the hard drive from 320GB to a massive 1TB then here is a video tuition for you to see how easy it can be done. AV Forums /PVR section explains how to install upto 2TB hard drive but this involves a lot more PC work.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STBZ3iR9jQQ&feature=related
#32
toonarmani
balluji
sky and virgin require a sub... so you gets whats you pays for!btw freesat doesnt include five usa or fiver... and basic channels like sky snooze


Sky only require a subscription for the additional HD channels they provide and the Sky+ record facility.

You can pick up HD channels with a Sky HD box without having a subscription - I know this as I bought a new Sky HD box off eBay (with viewing card) and I can watch all of the free-to-air HD channels, including Channel 4 and 5 and I have never subscribed to Sky. :)



true, and this is prob the best free method without PVR...
but this is a pvr thread!!
plus Stuntgut wants ITV 2/3/4, E4 and Sky 1 in HD
your box also lacks iplayer HD, itvplayer

this freesat box is the best compromise if you dont wanna pay a sub and need a working PVR...
and you can prob get the missing five & sky channels thru your tv/cheap STB.
#33
The other issue is that when you cancel your sky+ subscription, you also lose the recording and pause live tv facility etc unless you continue to pay £10 a month, Iam going to give the freesat a go and have just bought a HD PVR box if after 10 months I dont like it, I can return to Sky and the freesat box will have paid for itself . But I have also read a way of keeping your Sky package and recording facility after you cancel by removing the viewing card just before you cancel for 8 weeks until the 'kill' signal has stopped transmitting. Then replacing the card, this will work until a new card has been issued. ( By the way I have tried this yet!)
#34
It was this price for ages at amazon and dixons.
I bought it from best buy as it was £220 with 20% cashback on quidco.
Wait for the new box or a decent quidco deal as the bestbuy one is now £250 and 10% cashback.

good box BTW
#35
TommyJLewis
This is an excellent piece of equipment, and after a lot of research on product reviews i found this to be the best Freesat HD recorders on the market. Even better if you connect it to the internet via an Ethernet cable, you can get BBC iPlayer and very soon ITV player.I also did a LOT of research for pricing on this product and found that richersounds was the cheapest if you by in store and sign up to their free VIP lounge, you get a free £10 voucher. Total price £209.95!!VIP loungehttp://www.richersounds.com/viploginThe product link is herehttp://www.richersounds.com/product/freeview-freesat-pvr/humax/foxsat-hdr/huma-foxsat-hdr-boxHope this helps.

Is the ethernet now enabled? When I got mine it was 'for future use'. Anyone got any instructions on its use?

A previous poster stated it's easy to add an external USB HDD. That is true to a point but if formatted as FAT you hit the 4GB file size limit. The way around this is to format as Ext2 but that is not necessarily a trivial matter from a Windows PC.

Hot device and hot price btw.
#36
You cant get Dave, 5 USA or Fiver on the Humax but like someone said you can possibly get them through Freeview which is usually inbuilt in most new TV sets. If you have Freeview built in your TV Set Freesat gives you the extra option of a few more channels over Freeview plus 3 HD Channels. Some say Freesat is clearer over Freeview but thats a matter of opinion. You can get Sky News with the Humax Foxsat, It's just a simple operation of switching fom Freesat mode to Non - Freesat mode. Also you can transfer/play back files originally recorded off the Humax with a USB stick or external Hard Drive via the Humax's USB Port connection.



Edited By: Wowhats on Jan 26, 2011 13:28
#37
Also you can add FTA channels to freesat by manually tuning them in eg SKY news for example, The 160gb hd PVR box I bought for £170 new ( with extra discounts not avalable to most) serves me perfectly, it even allows you to play your music mp3 from a memory stick via the USB port as well as BBC iPLAYER etc

Edited By: digit1guy on Jan 26, 2011 13:29
#38
i cancelled my sky on sunday as i figured we only watched the free channels anyways, only now ive found out that nick jnr was in the subscription, does anyone know another way to pick up nick jnr<

ive two little ones at home who are desperate for humf & peppa pig to come back from their holidays

thanks
#39
This is a truly excellent box, Highly recommended...
#40
toffeepennys
i cancelled my sky on sunday as i figured we only watched the free channels anyways, only now ive found out that nick jnr was in the subscription, does anyone know another way to pick up nick jnr<

ive two little ones at home who are desperate for humf & peppa pig to come back from their holidays

thanks


smart move!!
these are the only kids channels... you can add them in by using the tuning code on the right
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_free-to-air_channels_at_28E#Kids

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