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Humax FOXSAT-HDR Hard Disc Recorder - cheapest anywhere until Sunday! £255.35 delivered @ Homebase

£255.35 @ Homebase
Homebase have the Humax HDR for £255.35 with voucher code DISC15 valid from Friday 20th March until Sunday 22nd March 2009. This is sure to sell out fast so be quick! Obviously online only. Includ… Read More
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Homebase have the Humax HDR for £255.35 with voucher code DISC15 valid from Friday 20th March until Sunday 22nd March 2009. This is sure to sell out fast so be quick!

Obviously online only. Includes delivery at £5.80 - saves over £44.04 [plus 1.5% Quidco too I see which saves another £3.84 on top - so bringing it down to £251.51 all in]

Twin tuner Freesat+ DTR
Freesat HD and SD Channel Recording
Record 2 channels at the same time - or watch one while recording another
Under 1W power consumption while in standby
Massive 320gb Hard Drive -
HDMI Interface for perfect transmissions of picture and sound
Dolby Digital audio output (S/PDIF)
Upscaling for Standard Definition channels
Resolution format: 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i vis HDMI
Full colour high resolution electronic programme guide
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#1
link not working for me - hot deal though
#2
Sorry, just fixed the link - this is my first deal posted, so taking me a while to sort :)
#3
Wicked, been looking for an excuse to order one of these :)
#4
I think its more a matter of becoming too busy!
#5
Link works fine
Code works fine
Plus 1.5% Quidco
Good job thanks
#6
£3.84 Quidco swung it for me, Homebase is a cashback beast.
#7
Previous thread is HERE
#8
Cheers OP. Just cancelled my Dixons order and went for this!

Heat & Rep
#9
I'm waiting for this to drop below £200, it won't be long. They might even have a good channel availability by then too :)
#10
Have been going brand new for £250 ish on Ebay so not really a mega hot deal...decent enough though - worth holding on till later in the year if you can as they will be around £200 if speculation is correct.
#11
got one of these yesterday and the wife said .... "what the foxsat?" ....... :)
#12
Heat added, was nearly gonna pay £300, so £250 is great!

Paid £3 extra for saturday - which is nothing when you've saved £50!
3 Likes #13
I got one last week and couldnt wait to get it home-

Having shelled out a small fortune on a good quality HD ready Panasonic plasma, I was looking forward to see what my TV could really do,

BBC hd is awesome PQ , but there is nothing on worth watching, it doesnt start until early evening, then has nearly 2hrs of kids programs!

ITV hardly shows any hd content, and when it did the other evening I couldnt get it to work -constant banner saying page loading and that was it!,I have also read about other users not getting the red HD button come up at all!

the SD PQ is ok on some channels, and really awful on others -especially ITV, to the point where its like watching the screen through a net curtain (PQ all washed out and hazy)

compared to my trusty topfield on freeview, the PQ quality on SD is not good, and the EPG on the hummy is slow to scroll through? whereas by 2 year old toppy is lightening fast

The menus are cumbersome to navigate through, and take an age to load and scroll through

It often doesnt record stuff you have asked it to,and the remote has to be in direct line of site to work,

When it scans and adds new channels, you lose your recording schedule.

I must say how very dissapointed I am with this box and service it provides, I have been waiting a long time for this to come out, and then waited an age to find one in stock - and having finally gotten hold of one, I have since taken it back for a refund.

I have read so many good reviews on this box, but equally lots of threads on forums about its niggles and quirks.

For a big outlay just to watch a few programs, that possibly wont record anyway is a bit of a joke.

Before buying, have alook at the freesat homepage, there is a link to what is on in HD for the coming week - weigh up if this is a worthy spend to watch these programs -the lineup is pretty poor!

I know there are some great reviews and loads of really happy owners, and these are just my thoughts on my own owning experience, but I Just wanted to have a bit of a rant, and also to warn others that this may not be all its cracked up to be - and if you still want to go and get one, make sure who ever you buy it from will let you take it back if you are not happy with it

lets hope the service improves in the future! and that this happens quickly
#14
Without meaning to be patronising, what is the point of waiting another 6 months to save £50. ??

If you can't afford £250 ish fair enough but life's too short.
#15
sibeer
£3.84 Quidco swung it for me, Homebase is a cashback beast.



yeah wohoo £3.84 from a 255 spend :)
#16
Rated 'Best Buy' by Which?
Records 35hrs HD.
USB to archive off recordings.

Hot deal
#17
yanzui
Without meaning to be patronising, what is the point of waiting another 6 months to save £50. ??

If you can't afford £250 ish fair enough but life's too short.


Then realising they bring out a better model for less with better features and less bugs and you have to spend another £200 to get it.

Also a bit like paying £300 for an Olympus 3.1 meg pixel camera with 3x opt about 5 years ago. Look at prices now.
#18
Cold as ice.... Sky HD + 1 years subscription for £119 more is a no brainer.
#19
Don't like to bring $ky into the equation but....£49 for the box + £120 for the HD subscription + whatever a channel mix costs.

Taking into account any offers they've got going as well as telephone and broadband, I would consider Sky as a viable alternative option .:thinking:
#20
Urzrkymn
Cold as ice.... Sky HD + 1 years subscription for £119 more is a no brainer.


Beat me to it:-D
#21
I got one of these at Xmas time, only forced into it because my Toppy had died. The Toppy is a far better machine for ease of use. I was desperate to see what a HD broadcast looked like but they take up so much space on the HD that I now only record in standard. The extra sat channels are really not that interesting.
Having said that this is a good price for the Foxsat and it does look cool.
#22
Out of interest would you not be better off getting something like this fir £160?
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=224740&source=1
or this £140?
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=228292&source=1

They are meant to pickup the freesat channels plus hundreds more.... Granted you need an external HD to record something onto it..... but you get the dish, etc
#23
Re the PQ - well, yes, PQ on any SD sattelite broadcast is soft IMO - don't forget Freesat is broadcasting from the same Sky satellite.

I currently have a Bush HD receiver and this will replace it. Whilst SD is not as good a PQ as with Freeview, I got it purely for the free HD content which is excellent PQ wise. Now I'll be able to record as well.

As regards ITV HD, note that if you live in NI [like me] or Scotland, both UTV and STV don't have HD available, so you will need to enter a mainland postcode for the red button service - I chose one in London.

Yes, the amount of HD content is currently woeful, but hopefully that will improve - really only BBC HD at present with a dedicated channel though they have recently increased the number of hours of programming.

For a list of ITV HD content this is a helpful page http://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/index.php/freesat-channels/itv-hd-schedule.

As to the whys and wherefores of this against $ky, HTUKDeals is all about the price, is it not? I know I will never return to $ky subscriptions. At least once you've bought your Freesat kit, there's no further cost, ever, whereas $ky will increase their charges as and when they like......
#24
twe
Out of interest would you not be better off getting something like this fir £160?
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=224740&source=1
or this £140?
http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=228292&source=1

They are meant to pickup the freesat channels plus hundreds more.... Granted you need an external HD to record something onto it..... but you get the dish, etc


I had read somewhere that the ITV 'via the red button' feature won't work with a non Freesat receiver....

The Humax also has two tuners plus the hard drive. Also many people [like me] already had an old $ky installation so it's just a matter of plugging in [and getting a quad LNB installed if you want to use the 2 tuners facility]
#25
cheapskate58
Don't like to bring $ky into the equation but....£49 for the box + £120 for the HD subscription + whatever a channel mix costs.

Taking into account any offers they've got going as well as telephone and broadband, I would consider Sky as a viable alternative option .:thinking:


Minimum subscription to get the box for £49 is £26.25 / Month (One Entertainment mix). This is £364 in the first year. Sky also regularly put prices up, that was my reason for leaving them after 7 years 12 months ago. If you want to keep the recording and HD you will be stuck with the subscription for good. The only HD channel you will get if you cancel the subscription after a year is BBC HD, but you will not be able to record.

For some people Sky is right, you get Sky1 HD and Chanel 4 HD instead of ITV HD if you take the entertainment mix, as well as a number of additional channels. But it costs you over £100 more as a minimum and then you have a crippled box at the end if you don't want to carry on spending over £300 a year. Fact is that Freesat is a growing service, more channels will appear and the cost is a one off. The box is fully upgradeable and the core hardware will be compatible with any features that are currently in the pipeline.

Personally I think Sky HD is actually better value if you are a full subsriber. If you want HD Movies and Sport then it is good value at around £55 a month. Half that for a service little better than a free one though is not so great. In my opinion the £50 initial cost is false economy.
#26
Bartman_65
Heat added, was nearly gonna pay £300, so £250 is great!

Paid £3 extra for saturday - which is nothing when you've saved £50!


:? not really saved £50 though have you.....£10 at most :whistling:
#27
dontasciime
Then realising they bring out a better model for less with better features and less bugs and you have to spend another £200 to get it.

Also a bit like paying £300 for an Olympus 3.1 meg pixel camera with 3x opt about 5 years ago. Look at prices now.



That wasn't the point. Someone said they wanted THIS and was going to wait a few months until it dropped to £200.

Using your rule of thumb, it's best not to buy anything.


So what if an Olympus cost £300 5 years ago. A Sega megadrive cost a bomb 20 years ago, a betamax recorder cost £100's 30 years ago.

I bought a sony 26" 4:3 TV for £500 15 years ago. etc etc.
#28
ro53ben
I'm waiting for this to drop below £200, it won't be long. They might even have a good channel availability by then too :)


spenspuma
Have been going brand new for £250 ish on Ebay so not really a mega hot deal...decent enough though - worth holding on till later in the year if you can as they will be around £200 if speculation is correct.


prices are not likely to drop in this climate unfortunately.. especially electrical..

all new goods are expensive to buy for retailers with the pound being so weak. so prices will either increase slightly .. dont think they'll drop unless they get out a new model and discontinue this.
#29
bhupeshm
prices are not likely to drop in this climate unfortunately.. especially electrical..
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Dont agree, the current economic climate will actually SPEED UP the rate in which these units fall in price cos £255-£300 is out of a lot of peoples price range for what is barely 1 and a half HD channels worth of viewing.

Look at the Non recording Freesat HD Boxes, these were £180 not long ago, i got mine last week for £100!
banned#30
Faythur
Re the PQ - well, yes, PQ on any SD sattelite broadcast is soft IMO - don't forget Freesat is broadcasting from the same Sky satellite.

I currently have a Bush HD receiver and this will replace it. Whilst SD is not as good a PQ as with Freeview, I got it purely for the free HD content which is excellent PQ wise. Now I'll be able to record as well.

As regards ITV HD, note that if you live in NI [like me] or Scotland, both UTV and STV don't have HD available, so you will need to enter a mainland postcode for the red button service - I chose one in London.

Yes, the amount of HD content is currently woeful, but hopefully that will improve - really only BBC HD at present with a dedicated channel though they have recently increased the number of hours of programming.

For a list of ITV HD content this is a helpful page http://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/index.php/freesat-channels/itv-hd-schedule.

As to the whys and wherefores of this against $ky, HTUKDeals is all about the price, is it not? I know I will never return to $ky subscriptions. At least once you've bought your Freesat kit, there's no further cost, ever, whereas $ky will increase their charges as and when they like......




I totally agree about the SD picture quality......i bought my HD non -recorder last week and whilst the HD programmes are very good (stunning in fact), the SD programmes (ie 99%) the picture is very poor, much worse than my Built in freeview and even Sky....

So basically now i only switch my Humax HD box on when there is something worth watching on BBCHD or ITVHD - Which at the minute is the rugby, champions league footy and the odd nature programme....at all other times its switched off and i use the TVs built in freeview tuner as the picture through my loft aerial if 100 times better than through my Humax freesat box (for SD stuff obviously)

Real shame Humax didnt fully test this unit before putting it out....cos theres no way this should have been released with such poor quality on SD channels.

Still cheaper than Sky though in the long run. although granted, you dont get half as any HD channels on Freesat. Hopefully Freesat will release ore HD content
#31
moggith
I got one last week and couldnt wait to get it home-

Having shelled out a small fortune on a good quality HD ready Panasonic plasma, I was looking forward to see what my TV could really do,

BBC hd is awesome PQ , but there is nothing on worth watching, it doesnt start until early evening, then has nearly 2hrs of kids programs!

ITV hardly shows any hd content, and when it did the other evening I couldnt get it to work -constant banner saying page loading and that was it!,I have also read about other users not getting the red HD button come up at all!

the SD PQ is ok on some channels, and really awful on others -especially ITV, to the point where its like watching the screen through a net curtain (PQ all washed out and hazy)

compared to my trusty topfield on freeview, the PQ quality on SD is not good, and the EPG on the hummy is slow to scroll through? whereas by 2 year old toppy is lightening fast

The menus are cumbersome to navigate through, and take an age to load and scroll through

It often doesnt record stuff you have asked it to,and the remote has to be in direct line of site to work,

When it scans and adds new channels, you lose your recording schedule.

I must say how very dissapointed I am with this box and service it provides, I have been waiting a long time for this to come out, and then waited an age to find one in stock - and having finally gotten hold of one, I have since taken it back for a refund.

I have read so many good reviews on this box, but equally lots of threads on forums about its niggles and quirks.

For a big outlay just to watch a few programs, that possibly wont record anyway is a bit of a joke.

Before buying, have alook at the freesat homepage, there is a link to what is on in HD for the coming week - weigh up if this is a worthy spend to watch these programs -the lineup is pretty poor!

I know there are some great reviews and loads of really happy owners, and these are just my thoughts on my own owning experience, but I Just wanted to have a bit of a rant, and also to warn others that this may not be all its cracked up to be - and if you still want to go and get one, make sure who ever you buy it from will let you take it back if you are not happy with it

lets hope the service improves in the future! and that this happens quickly


REP+1 for that review. I have Sky HD so I'm not buying obviously but I just wanted to comment on this. I really don't see why people want to pay this kind of cash on a box that has no real improvement over a stanard box (YET) Like the above mentions and I can vouch for that, BBC HD is a joke really nothing worth watching and is just a preview channel through the day.

I don't get ITV HD (can someone tell me why we don't get it on Sky?) But seems it's not worth worrying about anyway.

Since having SKY HD after getting over the "it's sharp and shiney" stage I rarely look at the HD channels anymore as there's not much on, unless you like watching documentaries 24/7 or some jerk in a European fashion parade (Luxe TV!) - Strange channel.

It's the same for all HD channels, most of them don't always broadcast HD content it's just upscalled.

I'd say wait till more content/channels are available before shelling out this kind of money, these will be half the price in 6 months and so on.

Anyway, rant over :thumbsup: Good deal I guess for people that can't wait, but i'd say hang fire...
#32
@Cheapskate - Sky could be good for people happy to subscribe for a fuller package of channels, but for us real cheapskates I think the Humax is better in the longer term due to no on going fees.

Freesat - I'm not really bothered and happy to wait for more choice of box and channels and for the price to drop to around £150.
#33
Moggith - I wonder whether you had a faulty unit, or did not have it set up correctly?

moggith
ITV hardly shows any hd content, and when it did the other evening I couldnt get it to work -constant banner saying page loading and that was it!,I have also read about other users not getting the red HD button come up at all!


I have never experienced this on either live or recorded ITV HD content.

moggith
the SD PQ is ok on some channels, and really awful on others -especially ITV, to the point where its like watching the screen through a net curtain (PQ all washed out and hazy)


The Foxsat upscales SD, so my PQ is an improvement through the HDR. I've got it linked to a Panasonic plasma.

moggith
compared to my trusty topfield on freeview, the PQ quality on SD is not good, and the EPG on the hummy is slow to scroll through? whereas by 2 year old toppy is lightening fast.


The EPG speed is comparable to my old Sky box.

moggith
The menus are cumbersome to navigate through, and take an age to load and scroll through


I don't experience that.

moggith
It often doesnt record stuff you have asked it to,and the remote has to be in direct line of site to work,


Never had it miss a recording, no probs with the remote.

moggith
When it scans and adds new channels, you lose your recording schedule.


Not on mine it doesn't.


I am very pleased with the HDR. My wife (who is a complete technophobe) loves it.

Yes, there is not much HD content at the moment, and there are less channels than via a Sky package, but I don't need movies or sport, so the missing channels are no loss to me.
#34
not sure that i agree with all the 'SD PQ is poor with the Humax'. I'd say the opposite, have been very impressed with the SD picture quality on my plasma. Much, much better than freeview quality.

Have had a few people comment on how much better it looks than their Sky SD.

it's all about choice at the end of the day. those who want to feed Sky and be tied to a contract are welcome to, those who don't - Freesat is a very good option. Plus with iPlayer coming in later in the year that will help a great deal.
banned#35
dogvilledan
not sure that i agree with all the 'SD PQ is poor with the Humax'. I'd say the opposite, have been very impressed with the SD picture quality on my plasma. Much, much better than freeview quality.
.


I suppose this depends on how bad/good you signal through your aerial is.....if its not great then yeah, the SD channels on Freesat through the Humax box will look good, but if like me your Freeview SD viewing is spot on then the Humax SD is deffinately worse. - youve only got to google HUMAX SD POOR and you'll find a ton of forums where people are complaing about SD quality on the humax....its got to the stage where a lot of people feel there should be a recall on the units because quite frankly it isnt good enough - HUmax did try to rectify the problem with an update, but it didnt really resolve the issue and the only way round it is a recall or just for people to put up with it.

Like i say, its not a terrible picture....not by any means, its just noticably worse than freeview and annoying enough for me to ONLY switch my Humax box on when something is worth watching in HD.

it is a KNOWN problem by Humax which they HAVE been trying to sort, but it looks like theyve hit a brick wall with it so the issue looks like its here to stay untill they release their next generation of Freesat boxes, which may well be by the end of the year if they keep getting bad press about the current ones.

As a side note, i too do not find issue with the programme guide...my ONLY bugbear with the HUmax box is its SD picture quality
#36
dogvilledan
not sure that i agree with all the 'SD PQ is poor with the Humax'. I'd say the opposite, have been very impressed with the SD picture quality on my plasma. Much, much better than freeview quality.


I think a lot of this will come down to the quality of your equipment/connections.

I have a 50" Panny full HD plasma and the PQ from my Humax Freeview receiver is far better than the onboard Panny TV freeview tuner [it surprised me, that] Definitely with my current setup - a cheapie Bush HD Freesat receiver - the PQ is way off what the Humax Freeview can output [and record] in SD.

However as I said before, the HD stuff is excellent as I had expected [and is all I use it for too] :thumbsup:
#37
yanzui
Without meaning to be patronising, what is the point of waiting another 6 months to save £50. ??

If you can't afford £250 ish fair enough but life's too short.


I already have a Hummy PVR 9200T so there's little point in spending a penny right now for 2 part time HD channels. When they have content, I'll be there.
#38
killie99
got one of these yesterday and the wife said .... "what the foxsat?" ....... :)


LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
#39
Faythur
I think a lot of this will come down to the quality of your equipment/connections.
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The forums dont tend to think so....i have a Toshiba full HD 42" LCD and i use a Monster 1000HD HDMI cable, so my equipment /cabling is not really an issue yet i get a poorer SD picture on the Humax compared to the TVs inbuilt Freeview - HD content is exceptionally high quality though i have to say.

The poor quality of SD on Humax is something many many people are querying, people with high end equipment too, not just those with Bush tvs and £1.99 cabling.

Due to the number of people complaining about it i think its deff a HUmax thing......or maybe there is issue with a huge number of their boxes??? who knows
#40
No problems with our box, standard def looks great, I'm really happy with ours

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