Humax Freesat HD Recorder *NOW AVAILABLE TO ORDER* - £299.99 @ Comet - with delivery options - HotUKDeals
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HEADS UP
First site to sell the Humax HDR. Not available in any internet or brick shops yet. Launches to the high street tomorrow (22/11) but initial supplies are limited.
Free delivery earliest date is 04 Dec, paid for delivery 29 Nov.
This is the RRP (couldn't find working voucher code), so no saving just secured availability, so it's still hot!

Humax Foxsat High Definition freesat box with integrated recorder and 320GB hard drive allowing you to watch and record up to 80 hours of high definition TV or 200 hours of standard definition TV from over 130 digital channels. Also features twin tuner, pause live TV function and 8 day electronic programme guide.
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#1
Very crafty how it automatically adds a £20 HDMI cable to your order, be careful folks!
#2
I removed the cable from my order, but you are very right - it's there.
Comes with HDMI cable anyway :thumbsup:
#3
If I connected this to my Sky feed would the dish need to be re-aligned or anything like that or would it just be a case of taking away my Sky+ box and putting this in its place?
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marktuck;3522860
If I connected this to my Sky feed would the dish need to be re-aligned or anything like that or would it just be a case of taking away my Sky+ box and putting this in its place?


Just replace your Sky+ box with this one. It's as simple as that.
#5
Thanks for the heads up but I need them to drop in price first. So looks like I may have to wait 6 months or so.
#6
mistersquiddy;3522882
Just replace your Sky+ box with this one. It's as simple as that.

Thanks :thumbsup:
#7
marktuck
If I connected this to my Sky feed would the dish need to be re-aligned or anything like that or would it just be a case of taking away my Sky+ box and putting this in its place?


Your Sky dish is fine. With the Humax HDR, you would need a twin LNB (for recording two channels at once, or viewing another whilst recording). Sky+ boxes have twin feeds, so you may already have it. Other than that, sat cable is pennies in Wilkos and a dual or quad LNB can be picked up for about £20.

I had Sky 'pay once watch forever' installed last week (£75 Argos). They put a quad LNB and dual cable up for me when I said I would be getting Sky+ in near future (lies). Will simply bin the Sky box and plug the Humax in. Alternatively, Argos are charging £110 for installation of a dish for the HDR!

Didn't read your post properly, you already have a twin feed. But for someone with a single feed standard Sky box, that's what to do.
#8
From previous comments this box looks like is a freeview version of the SKY+ HD, but without the SKY card slot. Am I correct? or can you put a SKY card on it?

If you can't put your card on it, I am guess you will not be able to watch SKY One, Disney channels or any other paid channels.

Also which channels do you get the normal Freeviews (i.e. 150 channels) ones of the SKY Freeviews (200 channels)? There are different.
[mod]#9
Nice post, beat me to it ;-) Heat added.

One thing if you can wait a day or two John Lewis are offering the same price with free delivery and 2yrs warranty once they have stock for sale. I believe the standard warranty is just 1yr.
#10
There is no sky card slot. So no you it won't do sky one and other pay channels.

It will give you all the FreeSat channels, and may have the ability to add other Free to air channels.

I think that 300 is a bit steep but I am sure they will come down in price when the other brands release theirs, I'll hold off for a better price and for it to get through its 'Beta' testing...
#11
asandino
From previous comments this box looks like is a freeview version of the SKY+ HD, but without the SKY card slot. Am I correct? or can you put a SKY card on it?

If you can't put your card on it, I am guess you will not be able to watch SKY One, Disney channels or any other paid channels.

Also which channels do you get the normal Freeviews (i.e. 150 channels) ones of the SKY Freeviews (200 channels)? There are different.


Look at http://www.freesat.co.uk/index.php?page=Home all the info is there.
It's not Sky
rear pic of the box here
http://www.humaxdigital.com/uk/products/product_stb_satellite_foxsathdr.asp
#12
This is a heads up but in no way is it a deal. Cold.
#13
Good to see these finally reaching the point were people can buy them but I think I'll be waiting for the bugs to be ironed out and hoping for a quick price drop before I take the plunge and dump sky!
#14
MikeT
Nice post, beat me to it ;-) Heat added.

One thing if you can wait a day or two John Lewis are offering the same price with free delivery and 2yrs warranty once they have stock for sale. I believe the standard warranty is just 1yr.


A quick Google seems to turn up a two year manufacturers warranty (satbuyer.co.uk)
I know it will be available in small numbers in places like John Lewis, but I read somewhere that stock wouldn't be trundling into the likes of JL and Argos until early to mid next week as it's officially launched tomorrow. Oh, and it will be a free for all in getting one, which is why buying it now secures the box.
The Foxsat HDR has been long awaited, not least by faithful Humax Freeview recorder owners. A good make, with excellent support. One in the eye for Sky methinks.
#15
Thanks for the info guys.

I still think this is expensive, maybe wait for a year or so and we might be able to get it for half of that price.
#16
Hmm

Keep paying Sky a fortune for rarely watched TV or sell the Sky HD box, cancel the subs and get this bad boy...
#17
courtster
Hmm

Keep paying Sky a fortune for rarely watched TV or sell the Sky HD box, cancel the subs and get this bad boy...


I know that feeling. But I guess for as long I can can get free boxes from SKY then I shall stay with them. I have been a customer for 7 years now and have got 2 SKY boxes and one SKY+ all of them for free on their respective time. Being the SKY+ the last one a couple of month ago.

I am pretty sure I will be able to get a SKY HD box free at some point in the future and not pay any extra for any HD subscription
#18
Will get one of these when the price drops.
Not voting as its a heads up not a deal, but I imagine you would save a fortune switching to this from Sky+HD.
#19
asandino
I am pretty sure I will be able to get a SKY HD box free at some point in the future and not pay any extra for any HD subscription


I hope you not looking for that anytime soon, I can't see that happening for a very long time!
#20
glynsmith
A quick Google seems to turn up a two year manufacturers warranty (satbuyer.co.uk)
I know it will be available in small numbers in places like John Lewis, but I read somewhere that stock wouldn't be trundling into the likes of JL and Argos until early to mid next week as it's officially launched tomorrow. Oh, and it will be a free for all in getting one, which is why buying it now secures the box.
The Foxsat HDR has been long awaited, not least by faithful Humax Freeview recorder owners. A good make, with excellent support. One in the eye for Sky methinks.


John Lewis warranties are excellent - never a quibble when I've had to use them. If you're prepared to hang off for a bit, then there's always the chance you'll get a discount from them in the sales as well.
banned#21
glynsmith;3522981

So there are only two HD channels and even those look limited (BBC / ITV)?
#22
Riddles
I hope you not looking for that anytime soon, I can't see that happening for a very long time!


I can wait. They used to charge £10 for the SKY+ subcription in the past unless you had Sky Movies or Sports which I don't , which is why I only got SKY+ recently. Because they don't charge SKY+ subcription now :thumbsup:.

I am sure that at some point they will release new HD boxes, maybe 1080p HD boxes (the current ones I believe are 720p or 1080i) or bigger hard drives or whatever in which case they will give the old ones pretty much away for free.
#23
asandino
I can wait. They used to charge £10 for the SKY+ subcription in the past unless you had Sky Movies or Sports which I don't , which is why I only got SKY+ recently. Because they don't charge SKY+ subcription now :thumbsup:.

I am sure that at some point they will release new HD boxes, maybe 1080p HD boxes (the current ones I believe are 720p or 1080i) or bigger hard drives or whatever in which case they will give the old ones pretty much away for free.


They won't release true 1080P satellite boxes until they do a major upgrade like the move from Sky to Sky Digital. They simply don't have the bandwidth available to feed enough channels at that high quality without losing some others.

Also have to say that you may have got Sky + for free, but it was available for £300 7 years ago now. Personally I would rather have spent the £300 and had 7 years usage as it is a great feature. By the same thinking you will probably be able to get Sky HD for free in 5 years time. Again though by then there will be something better out though such as an on demand box.

Personally I have given up on Sky now and use a mixture of Freeview, a media center PC and a HD-DVD/Bluray rental service. The only thing I am lacking is the sport and luckily my local has far more Liverpool matches than I ever got on Sky/Setanta. The £40 / month savings gets me a "free" couple of pints per match :thumbsup:
#25
csiman
So there are only two HD channels and even those look limited (BBC / ITV)?


There were 74 channels (inc radio) when they started earlier in the year, now there's 139 (104 TV, 35 radio). Another 20 channels by xmas.

Current channels line-up http://www.astra2d.com/freesatepg1.htm
Radio line-up is clickable within that page.

Yep, two HD channels at the mo. Dedicated HD on BBC. 'red button' HD on ITV.
#26
wasnt there supposed to be a couple more HD channels soon?

i refuse to pay sky subs tho i must admit they have been better of late than 4 years ago (when i last had sky)

comments on the box being £300... well how much does your sky subs cost. £27 x 12 month subscription = £324 and yes i know with sky you get extra channels, there is only sky 1 i would watch

and if sky think i'm paying £10 a month for HD....

bring on freesat even if its just to get better deals out of sky. when this box goes sub £200 you watch sky drop the £10 HD fee
#27
I may just use this box as ammunition to negotiate 6 months half price or some other deal. See what they can offer me to stay after 10 years with full Sky World and HD. I normally don't mind paying cos they always waive the £65 moving house and faulty box engineer calls for me when I threaten to leave.
#28
I did think about buying a Sky HD box off the internet, but they seem to have massive problems with the power supplies failing and failed recordings. Also if I want to watch HD, a £10 per month extra charge is too expensive and if I want to use the box to watch free programs only, they will charge you £10 per month to enable the recording functions on the box!. It's a bit like buying a car and paying the garage monthly to use the car radio!
#29
Wow, full RRP!! Not sure why this is posted at all as there are plently of other sites dedicated to new satellite technologies. This site is for hot deals?

Get a grip, wait a few weeks and the big box shifters will knock something off. Don't expect huge discounting but you'll save a few quid.

Shame there is no like for like competition to this box though so for a while Humax will be able to demand this silly kind of price.

Cold on price though this is clearly a hot product as it has no competition!
#30
Checked ebay the other day sky HD boxes are fetching about £120 or more so worth bearing in mind....I think Ill chop mine in once Ive got to 12 months.
[mod]#31
For those interested Argos now have stock for home delivery on Monday 24th, dont forget quidco and the free delivery code.
#32
MikeT
For those interested Argos now have stock for home delivery on Monday 24th, dont forget quidco and the free delivery code.


Beat me to it this time, but was actively posting the Argos deal elsewhere. Gonna expire this, as whilst it's still available, isn't the cheapest or most readily available. ;-)

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