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Seems to be around £230 elsewhere.

Humax FoxSat-HDR Freesat 320GB HDD DTR HD Recorder

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
Under 1W power consumption in standby
HDMI - digital interface for perfect transmission of picture and sound
Simultaneous playing of transmissions over HDMI, Composite or Scart
Easy installation and operation
Resolution format: 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i
DVB-S2 and DVB-S compatible
Ethernet support (for future use)
Full colour high resolution electronic programme guide
Automatic software upgrade via satellite
Upscaling Standard Definition channels
Audio description / One touch subtitle
Massive 320GB HDD
Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth): 380 x 55 x 252mm
Weight: 3.1kg
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#1
Great find, this is cheaper than a re-con receiver from Humax Direct. ( delivered price ).
#2
I want one!
#3
0.5% works out at just under £1.00 not £10

Still a good price though.
#4
Infact, I have been looking for one of these for a couple of weeks, just phoned up Richer Sounds and they have price matched it, so including their 5yr warranty it's 219.99!

Nice one OP!
#5
I am tempted and I really want one but it's going to drop in price again as freeview HD is going to be the better choice for me and many others as it's * better.

Shame they will not make a combined freesat hd pvr/ freeview hd pvr
#6
Is it possible to put a bigger hdd in these?
#7
RMJonny
Is it possible to put a bigger hdd in these?
Definitel is with the Foxsat twin PVR so I would expect so.

dontasciime - Jul 22, 2010 13:38I am tempted and I really want one but it's going to drop in price again as freeview HD is going to be the better choice for me and many others as it's * better.

How true is this and to what degree.

I thought Sat reception was better than Freeview.

Freeview signals round here are appaling.
#8
Don't forget the you do need a satallite dish before buying one of these. Also to get full use out of it you need 2 feeds from you satallite dish. So if you are getting rid of sky + its just a case of swapping the boxes around, With this you can also copy the movies to a USB stick and then watch them on your computer (Doesn't work with HD content as its protected). I have one of these and they are great but the new freeview HD box that you can record on, you don't need a satellite dish and it seems to have more features on it.

To the above poster you can fit a bigger harddrive in it. Something like the 1gb WD green is recommended as it doesn't take much power. But I think 1gb is the maximum. Don't forget though you can backup everything to a USB stick and then shove it on your PCs hard drive. Changing the hard drive also invalidates your humax 2 year guarantee.
#9
I would like one of these however am not sure I can use it to its full potential...

I live in an apartment with a communal satellite dish, therefore only have 1 satellite connection port..

Does this mean that I would not be able to record TV as I need 2 connections?
#10
I've been looking at this Humax and seen the price drop over the last year. I don't have Sky or any other dish. Q. Does anyone know where to buy a good price satellite dish with twin LNB. I'm a pretty good handyman and wanted to fix the dish myself, cables, etc;myself...in other words a good DIY satellite installation kit for this Humax unit?
#11
I was looking at freeeview HD but it will not work in my area even though I get good freeview reception. It is worth checking first. I think this is a great price, but I went for the Panasonic from these forums as for £50 more it has a Blu Ray player. I think these are sold out now so I would definately go for this box if I was in the market.
Thanks.
Matt
#12
adgloride

To the above poster you can fit a bigger harddrive in it. Something like the 1gb WD green is recommended as it doesn't take much power. But I think 1gb is the maximum. Don't forget though you can backup everything to a USB stick and then shove it on your PCs hard drive. Changing the hard drive also invalidates your humax 2 year guarantee.

Hi mate.
I think you mean 1Tb. But good to know. Do you by any chance know if this can be done with the Panasonic DMR BS750? Thanks for any info.
Matt
#13
When is the Freeview HD recorder due out? I thought it was due this month, but can't see one anywhere.
1 Like #14
djglenn1337
I would like one of these however am not sure I can use it to its full potential...

I live in an apartment with a communal satellite dish, therefore only have 1 satellite connection port..

Does this mean that I would not be able to record TV as I need 2 connections?


You will be able to record, but not watch something else at the same time
#15
Wowhats
I've been looking at this Humax and seen the price drop over the last year. I don't have Sky or any other dish. Q. Does anyone know where to buy a good price satellite dish with twin LNB. I'm a pretty good handyman and wanted to fix the dish myself, cables, etc;myself...in other words a good DIY satellite installation kit for this Humax unit?


When I got one of these I just bought a kit of ebay. Just search twin or quad LNB and you'll get plenty of results. As far as quality goes a dish is a dish, you can get better shielded wiring but I wouldn't imagine that would impact on quality greatly.
#16
Dr Zoidberg
djglenn1337
I would like one of these however am not sure I can use it to its full potential...

I live in an apartment with a communal satellite dish, therefore only have 1 satellite connection port..

Does this mean that I would not be able to record TV as I need 2 connections?


You will be able to record, but not watch something else at the same time


Thanks very much.
#17
Dr Zoidberg
djglenn1337
I would like one of these however am not sure I can use it to its full potential...

I live in an apartment with a communal satellite dish, therefore only have 1 satellite connection port..

Does this mean that I would not be able to record TV as I need 2 connections?


You will be able to record, but not watch something else at the same time

Actually yeah you will (and more), with certain caveats. Check the AVForums Freesat section for full info.
#18
I'm waiting for the Freeview HD box to come out, should be available at the end of this month. Getting tired of my Sky HD box locking up, rebooting and "forgetting" to record stuff. having the ability to archive off programmes to disk will be useful.

I think Freesat is a good idea, but most of the programmes I watch are on Channel 4 HD.
#19
nigelwill
I'm waiting for the Freeview HD box to come out, should be available at the end of this month. Getting tired of my Sky HD box locking up, rebooting and "forgetting" to record stuff. having the ability to archive off programmes to disk will be useful.I think Freesat is a good idea, but most of the programmes I watch are on Channel 4 HD.

Do you mean the Humax verwsion ? If not then FV_HD_PVRs are already out as in Freview HD PVR.
#20
megalomaniac
Dr Zoidberg
djglenn1337
I would like one of these however am not sure I can use it to its full potential...

I live in an apartment with a communal satellite dish, therefore only have 1 satellite connection port..

Does this mean that I would not be able to record TV as I need 2 connections?


You will be able to record, but not watch something else at the same time

Actually yeah you will (and more), with certain caveats. Check the AVForums Freesat section for full info.


The Foxsat HDR has a twin tuner. Even if you connect only one satellite cable, the signal is looped to the second tuner with a short male-male satellite connector that Humax provide in the box. So yes you can watch one channel whilst recording another
#21
polygonjames
Wowhats
I've been looking at this Humax and seen the price drop over the last year. I don't have Sky or any other dish. Q. Does anyone know where to buy a good price satellite dish with twin LNB. I'm a pretty good handyman and wanted to fix the dish myself, cables, etc;myself...in other words a good DIY satellite installation kit for this Humax unit?
When I got one of these I just bought a kit of ebay. Just search twin or quad LNB and you'll get plenty of results. As far as quality goes a dish is a dish, you can get better shielded wiring but I wouldn't imagine that would impact on quality greatly.

Try this firm, they have done me proud.
http://www.aerialshack.com/
#22
dr.met.ty
megalomaniac
Dr Zoidberg
djglenn1337
I would like one of these however am not sure I can use it to its full potential...

I live in an apartment with a communal satellite dish, therefore only have 1 satellite connection port..

Does this mean that I would not be able to record TV as I need 2 connections?


You will be able to record, but not watch something else at the same time

Actually yeah you will (and more), with certain caveats. Check the AVForums Freesat section for full info.


The Foxsat HDR has a twin tuner. Even if you connect only one satellite cable, the signal is looped to the second tuner with a short male-male satellite connector that Humax provide in the box. So yes you can watch one channel whilst recording another


satellite channels are divdided into two groups vertical and horizontal polerization, a single LNB can only receive one group at a time, So you can watch / record two things together as long as they are in the same group.
#23
dontasciime
nigelwill
I'm waiting for the Freeview HD box to come out, should be available at the end of this month. Getting tired of my Sky HD box locking up, rebooting and "forgetting" to record stuff. having the ability to archive off programmes to disk will be useful.I think Freesat is a good idea, but most of the programmes I watch are on Channel 4 HD.


Do you mean the Humax verwsion ? If not then FV_HD_PVRs are already out as in Freview HD PVR.


That Philps HD recorder you linked to is one of the ugliest boxes I've ever seen, far too square. Also with Philips good luck with firmware updates. This is just my opinion, but your far better waiting for the humax one to be released.

Edited By: adgloride on Jul 22, 2010 04:24: Couldn't spell philips
banned#24
This can also play iplayer ;) very nice kit
#25
adgloride
dontasciime
nigelwill
I'm waiting for the Freeview HD box to come out, should be available at the end of this month. Getting tired of my Sky HD box locking up, rebooting and "forgetting" to record stuff. having the ability to archive off programmes to disk will be useful.I think Freesat is a good idea, but most of the programmes I watch are on Channel 4 HD.
Do you mean the Humax verwsion ? If not then FV_HD_PVRs are already out as in Freview HD PVR.
That Philps HD recorder you linked to is one of the ugliest boxes I've ever seen, far too square. Also with Philips good luck with firmware updates. This is just my opinion, but your far better waiting for the humax one to be released.Edited By: adgloride on Jul 22, 2010 04:24: Couldn't spell philips

Maybe . I have seen worse ones . Sagem normally win the ugly award
#27
what channels can you get in HD with freesat now ?
#28
bbc and itv. That's your lot
#29
andy math
what channels can you get in HD with freesat now ?

Freesat channels

What's on HD this week
#30
Tempted.

Anyone know if Humax have an updated version of this planned anytime soon?
banned#31
I bought this from amazon for about 220.
it is awesome. i have a twin cable connected.
pausing tv works flawlessly and likewise the recording of one channel and watching the other is fantastic.
IMHO its the best freesat receiver.
worth every penny.
#32
RM02
Tempted.

Anyone know if Humax have an updated version of this planned anytime soon?


I did read somewhere there are updated versions planned of there Sat range, I remember it as one of the mentioned inclusions is UPNP support. UPNP is something the HDR should really be able to do, but Humax said they ran into issues with it so can't bring out for this generation of devices.

This is a great receiver though - about the best available for any TV form, just a pity there isn't more HD channels on Freesat to make use of it.
#33
I was looking to get one of these but then I saw the Sky HD deal for £9 a month..........
#34
Whats the £9 per month Sky deal, because I'm on the verge of cancelling Sky and moving to Freesat.
#35
Bought a 2nd one of these for the bedroom, had one for nearly a year now. Fantastic bit of kit, and have been pricing up one for a few weeks now, so saving another £30 on this compared to best price elsewhere.
There's a new model out originally Q3 this year but I believe it's been put back to next year now. Rumours of 1Tb drive, as mentioned media server built in etc...
Couldn't wait for that, plus I expect the price will be £300 + on launch, and to be honest the current model is superb and does everything I and the family need. Been $ky free for nearly a year, this thing has paid for itself and the new will do also with the money I save from not lining Murdoch pocket...it's a nice feeling !
#36
supergoose
I was looking to get one of these but then I saw the Sky HD deal for £9 a month..........

You wont get $ky HD for £9 a month... basic starter pack is £29 a month = £19 for Sky and then £10 for HD. That's £348 a year each and EVERY year!.... that's a holiday for me.



This is a great box and great price. It has a non freesat mode for other Free to Air channels and can control a motorised system to watch thousands of channels from other satellites. I upgraded mine to a 1Tb disk . It's a simple 4 screw job and I use the original 320 GB disk in an external caddy for archives.

Freeview HD wont come to me and much of the country until 2012 and most of the stuff I want to watch is on BBC HD and ITV HD and costs nothing to watch.






Edited By: kar999 on Jul 22, 2010 09:59: grammar
Edited By: kar999 on Jul 22, 2010 10:04: grammar
1 Like #37
Think I'm going to go for this now, although might check if my local Richer Sounds has one in stock and would price match.

I pay Sky £504 each year and I am fed up flicking up and down the rubbish channels - so this will do the trick and save me a pile of money.
#38
Anyone know if Currys price match online prices?

I seen this unit in my local Currys last week and was wondering if I could get it for £199.99 locally?
#39
Currys will normally only match local retailers
#40
Ive had one of these for 6 months and Im very very happy with it, Getting BBC iplayer is very handy and easy to use, only down side is hard drive fills up quite quick if recording HD programs, as it uses 3 or 4 x the space as a normal recording, but I love it and beats Sky anyday.

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