Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat+ 320GB HD PVR Digital Box: £239.45 + Free Delivery @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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I have been monitoring the prices of these devices for while now, promising myself that I will dive in if they drop under the £200 mark. The price has been consistently hovering around the £250 mark for some months now, and given that our humble government have decided to increase the rate of VAT back to 17.5% on 1st January am thinking this may the time to dive in and buy one of these! I have seen the product slightly cheaper elsewhere (£234 @ CDDirect), but the Amazon deal includes free delivery and gets the nod from me.

Spec as follows:

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)
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#1
I'm possiably in the market for one of these. Can those who are voting cold please tell where it's cheaper?
Thank you :thumbsup:
#2
If folk are voting this cold then please share with us your reasoning. I know that there is the possibility that these will drip on the January sales, but there is also every likelhood that they won't and the VAT hike may well push prices back up. Also, if anybody knows of any better deaals out there then please share - thanks.
#3
This is a good price, voted hot.
#4
retrogamer
This is a good price, voted hot.


Thanks for your feedback :thumbsup:

The cheapest I have seen these at is the £229 (+ Postage) Grade A Humax Direct deal. The option of that deal or paying an extra tenner for a brand new item is a no brainer as far as I am concerned!.
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http://www.3wisemonkeys.co.uk/proddet-withship.jsp?src=Froogle&id=1790&cat=50

quid cheaper inc next day delivery, unlike the free (long) delivery of amazon (unless an amazon prime member).
#7


Thanks for that - rep for the link :thumbsup:

I did see this one the other day, which suggests prices are stil holding around the £239 mark.
#9
Im waiting for this to drop below £200 too.

Got one from Argos for me Dads 60th but refuse to pay same for meself. :)
#10
DelBoySmiffy
Im waiting for this to drop below £200 too.

Got one from Argos for me Dads 60th but refuse to pay same for meself. :)


Yes there is a good argument for that.

The Argos deal was £249 when I last looked.
#11
I too have been looking at PVRs vs Sky HD vs Freesat HD. With Freeview HD still on the distant horizon for most of the population (except a few major cities it wont be until 2011/2012 from my understanding), I was hoping I could get HD elsewhere.

The Humax 9300T is a good freeview PVR but is 720P not 1080i/p (upscaling)
The Topfield 5810 pvr is freeview 1080 (upscaling)

Neither of these will support Freeview HD when it comes - even with firmware updates (confirmed by manu.). Humax will have a Freeview HD PVR next year but it is rumoured to be single tuner only.

So to get HD now, that leaves Sky HD or Freesat HD. I wanted the price to fall below £200 as well, particularly as on Freesat he HD choice is limited (and ITV is by red button only).

I was wondering if anyone here know if Freesat will actually survive?.. is there enough money/backing there. I know Panasonic and now Sony have Freesat Tvs. but unless the boradcasters/channels get behind it fully and it has proper funding will it die out like Betamax and the ealry Sky competitor (which I cant remember there name was it BSB).

Anyway enough ramblings....

Any views anyone?... would be investing in a dead technology? - Is it best to wait until the dust settles on Freeview HD?... Is Sky as bad a company as people make out?
#12
You can get this at Comet for £249.99 and use the MVC5 Discount code to bring the price down to £237.50 and Reserve and Collect Instore..
#13
You could pick one up for a bit less by using the 5% off MVC5 code at Comet (collect in store) for £237.49

http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcomet/product/513652/HUMAX-FOXSAT-HDR
#14
Clarioner


I was wondering if anyone here know if Freesat will actually survie?..


Just look at the debacle of "ondigital", remember them?

It takes a brave company to come up against sky, and its conglomerates.

Sky HD+ is the way forward, unfortunately you have to pay a great deal for the privilege!
#15
Snap!!
#16
£237.49 from comet (collect @ store) using the code MVC5.

3% topcashback too.

You could do better if you can find someone willing to give you a > 5% voucher
(expires tomorrow)

I got a rather tasty 30% off mine :)
#17
lord_trumpington
Yes there is a good argument for that.

The Argos deal was £249 when I last looked.

Yeah payed £249 and got a £10 voucher.

I can see this going below £200 quite soon.:santa:
#18
Clarioner
I too have been loking at PVRs vs Sky HD vs Freesat HD. With Freeview HD still on the distant horizon for most of the population (except a few major cities it wont be until 2011/2012 from my understanding), I was hoping I could get HD elsewhere.

The Humax 9300T is a good freeview PVR but is 720P not 1080i/p (upscaling)
The Topfield 5810 pvr is freeview 1080 (upscaling)

Neither of these will support Freeview HD when ti comes. Humax will have a Freeview HD PVR next year but it is rumoured to be single tuner only.

So to get HD now, that leaves Sky HD or Freesat HD. I wanted the price to fall below £200 as well, particularly as on Freesat he HD choice is limited (and ITV is by red button only).

I was wondering if anyone here know if Freesat will actually survie?.. is there enough money/backing there. I know Panasonice and now Sony have Freesat Tvs. but unless the boradcasters/channels get behind it fully and it has proper funding will it die out like Betamax and the ealry Sky competitor (which I cant remember there name was it BSB).

Any enough ramblings....

Any views anyone?... woulld be investing in a dead technology? Is it best to wait until the dust settles on Freeview HD?... Is Sky as bad a company as people make out?


Some very valid points. Firstly, my experience with SKY has been extremely poor and I resent their marketing strategy. Also, unless anything has changed you have to be a SKY subscriber to get HD through their SKY HD box. That may sound kind of obvious, but folk who have considered subscribing to SKY HD for on a 12 mth contract with the impression that they will get HD for free thereafter might want to consider this first (as I say, this may have changed).

As for the Panasonic and Sony range, obviously they have the corporate backing but their devices are hugely expensive (cheapest is around £500 if I recall).

I also know that people have concerns with the quality of Freeview HD, although it has to be said the Freeview HD boxes are significantly cheaper than their Freesat equivalents.

Ultimately, if I lived in an area that got a good Freeview signal and had a good roof top ariel then I would go for the Freeview option....but I don't live in such an area, and with my reluctance to sign back up with the dark side (SKY) then Freesat is really the only option for me.
#19
I've just seen that Richer Sounds do it for £239.95, though i'm debating if a john Lewis price match is coming on as they give you free delivery plus a 2 year warranty. :thinking:
#20
saintscouple
I've just seen that Richer Sounds do it for £239.95, though i'm debating if a john Lewis price match is coming on as they give you free delivery plus a 2 year warranty. :thinking:


A few John Lewis stores were banging these out for £199 a few weeks back apparently (was posted up on here). The deal only lasted a matter of days, but it does add weight to the argument that these will drop below the £200 barrier before long!
#21
lord_trumpington
A few John Lewis stores were banging these out for £199 a few weeks back apparently (was posted up on here). The deal only lasted a matter of days, but it does add weight to the argument that these will drop below the £200 barrier before long!


hmmm maybe best to wait me thinks
#22
Good price. I had one but sold it as it was not the best to use at all. It was slow to boot and the menu system is not so good. The recording system was strange too. It took a very long time to delete anything and for some reason it had two lists that had the program in and it had to be deleted from both lists. Very strange. I sold it and have a 9300T freeview one instead which is far superior though lacking the HD content.
#23
Hi Saintscouple - Humax standard warrsanty is 2 years - John Lewis aren't adding any value for you in this particaulr case - dont base your decision just on that. However JL are good for taking stuff back & customer services generally anyway (just though I'd mention it).

btw: you're clearly from my home-town judging by your username.
#24
Clarioner
Hi Saintscouple - Humax standard warrsanty is 2 years - John Lewis aren't adding any value for you in this particaulr case - dont base your decision just on that. However JL are good for taking stuff back & customer services generally anyway (just though I'd mention it).

btw: you're clearly from my home-town judging by your username.


lol, yeah just realised about the warranty thing when looking at the comet site - no availability in our area.
And yeah, from the south, i remember me being about the only person on this site from our area when i joined - was easier getting instore deals in those days lol
#25
lord_trumpington
A few John Lewis stores were banging these out for £199 a few weeks back apparently (was posted up on here). The deal only lasted a matter of days, but it does add weight to the argument that these will drop below the £200 barrier before long!


The new model is apparently due out in February http://hcc.techradar.com/blogs/team+hcc/humax+brings+iplayer+tv+11+12+09 , so I guess we may not have to wait too long
#26
waj1234
Good price. I had one but sold it as it was not the best to use at all. It was slow to boot and the menu system is not so good. The recording system was strange too. It took a very long time to delete anything and for some reason it had two lists that had the program in and it had to be deleted from both lists. Very strange. I sold it and have a 9300T freeview one instead which is far superior though lacking the HD content.



yours was faulty. I bought the JL one and its great, the only thing disapointing was it didnt have fiver and five US which I didnt realise till after I set it up. Also the Humax warranty of 2 years isnt standard on all retailers, some opted out and just provide a 1 year warranty.


BBCi player beta now available code to use is 5483

click here for instructions
#27
caverncity;7310610
yours was faulty. I bought the JL one and its great, the only thing disapointing was it didnt have fiver and five US which I didnt realise till after I set it up. Also the Humax warranty of 2 years isnt standard on all retailers, some opted out and just provide a 1 year warranty.



Well I just thought it was normal and just not any good. I did not have another one to compare to though. So yours deleted programs quickly? It was deffo not as simple to use as the 9300T. When deleting programs were there not 2 lists side by side?
#28
hi yes pretty quick, boot up was ok, menu was quick and the best thing is the guide was super quick unlike my 9200T. I dont have 2 lists side by side.
#29
caverncity;7310654
hi yes pretty quick, boot up was ok, menu was quick and the best thing is the guide was super quick unlike my 9200T. I dont have 2 lists side by side.


How strange. Mine was pants, even the guide and no way as good as my freeview one. Looks like it was a bad un:x It had the latest firmware too. Maybe get one of the new ones next year. Need a propper HD tv first really anyhow to make the most of it.
#30
surahman;7309955
http://www.3wisemonkeys.co.uk/proddet-withship.jsp?src=Froogle&id=1790&cat=50

quid cheaper inc next day delivery, unlike the free (long) delivery of amazon (unless an amazon prime member).

Customer service from this outfit is Zero.
#31


Got mine from here a few weeks ago . Would recommend them, excellent service.
#32
The last firmware sorted out the deleting problems - there is now one list and you can delete whilst recording.
#33
SusieM;7310856
The last firmware sorted out the deleting problems - there is now one list and you can delete whilst recording.


Oh well sort of wish I had kept it now. Never mind. It does bug me though how companies sell expensive items with some major faults and let the people who pay the most for them wait for them to be fixed. They do seem to rush em out on sale rather than waiting until they work properly.
#34
Clarioner
I too have been looking at PVRs vs Sky HD vs Freesat HD. With Freeview HD still on the distant horizon for most of the population (except a few major cities it wont be until 2011/2012 from my understanding), I was hoping I could get HD elsewhere.


Freeview HD has been brought forward to 2010 for 50% of the UK for the World Cup
http://www.freeview.co.uk/freeview/Services/Freeview-HD
http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/freeviewhd.html

No receivers til late January though and PVR's around March.

I suspect Freesat HD will come down alot during 2010 as Freeview HD would be preferable
#35
I would not buy another Humax product because of their laid back approach to firmware updates. As a 9200t owner I've been waiting over two years for a promised update to solve bugs, there is an update coming soon apparently to fix problems caused by the recent channel changes, but I bet it won't deal with the long standing issues. My dad has a 9150T that I bought for him, we managed to update it for the first time recently and now it locks up periodically. Humax have apparently blamed the broadcasters for the problems. When it works fine my Humax has been great but it has a number of annoying issues.

As to Freesat, well we just got a Freesat HD enabled TV and I'm not really that bowled over with the service. Yes there are a few more channels showing things I don't want to watch, and a couple more kids channels which show cheap shows which are at least a change for the children but not much cop. The picture quality for SD channels is about the same as Freeview though I think the sound is better. BBC HD isn't as bad quality as some people are making out but neither is it very stunning and there is beggar all on it, on the whole just endless repeats of shows that I'm not very interested in. In my opinion Freesat is a disappointing flop.
#36
Have they sorted out the poor/soft picture quality on these then?

I was all set for buying one when they were first released but was put off by vast numbers of negative reports at the time, which did not seem to improve even weeks later!

In the end I settled for the cheapest HD Freesat receiver I could buy, which was the Bush from Argos...Would be nice to be able to record some HD programming, but there really is so little of it! :thinking:

I think I'll await the Freeview HD version before taking any further plunge.

BTW I am a very happy owner of 2 X Humax 9200 freeview recorders, so am not 'company bashing' at all........:thumbsup:
#37
surahman
Just look at the debacle of "ondigital", remember them?

It takes a brave company to come up against sky, and its conglomerates.

Sky HD+ is the way forward, unfortunately you have to pay a great deal for the privilege!


Just because its a satellite system doesn't mean its competing with sky. If you want a one off payment and the choice of some standard channels with a sprinkling of HD thrown in and you can't receive Freeview or wait for Freeview HD then go for Freesat. If you want premium channels including a higher number of HD offerings that you are willing to pay a monthly fee for then go with Sky HD (or Virgin, but less HD choice).

Also when Freesat first launched the annual cost per year was £6m which it primarily the running of the EPG and advertising. As most of these channels already broadcast on the same satellites then it shouldn't cost them much to join assuming they can afford to be on the EPG and sign off FTA broadcasting of their content.

One thing that has counted against Freesat is the economy and the crash of advertising revenues. I would have expected more channels to launch if if wasn't for the economy.

lord_trumpington
A few John Lewis stores were banging these out for £199 a few weeks back apparently (was posted up on here). The deal only lasted a matter of days, but it does add weight to the argument that these will drop below the £200 barrier before long!


saintscouple
hmmm maybe best to wait me thinks


I got one for £199 delivered but I wouldn't guarantee a huge price drop yet as one trader stated on DigSpy that they must have been selling them at below cost. As this wasn't a national offer from JL then I'd assume it may have been a mistake.

melted
The new model is apparently due out in February http://hcc.techradar.com/blogs/team+hcc/humax+brings+iplayer+tv+11+12+09 , so I guess we may not have to wait too long


Everywhere else is stating that Humax's Freeview HD boxes are slated to be launched in Q1 next year with the next gen Freesat in Q3. Not sure if that site is getting mixed up. Also these are estimated release dates which may or may not hold true.
#38
thanks for those who repped me.

Personally i would buy from Amazon, excellent customer service rather than anyone else.

Re the post above, i have used 3wisemonkeys, no issues with their service on a busted in transit (read smashed) dvd player
#39
caverncity
yours was faulty. I bought the JL one and its great, the only thing disapointing was it didnt have fiver and five US which I didnt realise till after I set it up. Also the Humax warranty of 2 years isnt standard on all retailers, some opted out and just provide a 1 year warranty.


BBCi player beta now available code to use is 5483

click here for instructions


thanks for posting this code
#40
sunil1234
thanks for those who repped me.

Personally i would buy from Amazon, excellent customer service rather than anyone else.

Re the post above, i have used 3wisemonkeys, no issues with their service on a busted in transit (read smashed) dvd player


I agree, which is why I posted the Amazon deal (opposed to Dixons and the others that are selling around the same price)

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