Humax HD-FOX T2 Freeview HD Box High Definition - £99.99 + p&p @ Robert Whyte - HotUKDeals
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Specifications:

Free High definition HD channels from BBC and ITV
No Subscription, just plug and watch HD TV
Plus up to 50 digital TV channels and 24 radio stations
8-day on screen electronic programme guide
Interactive TV service via MHEG
Dolby Digital+ Audio Output
Parental Control
Subtitle and Audio Description
Perfect digital transmission for picture and sound through HDMI output
Auto detection of new channels and services - No need to ever re-tune
Receives High defnition HDTV signals
Fully compliant to UK DVB-T2 profile as well as DVB-T
Standby power : less than 1W
Resolution format : 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i
Play media contents in external HDD or memory through USB (MP3, JPG, XViD)
Portal Ready for future purpose
Contents sharing with other devices such as PC and NAS through Home Networking
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#1
http://www.audioaffair.co.uk/images/uploads/big/HMXFXT2.jpg
#2
with a software update and external hdd can now be used as a single tuner
pvr with time slip recording etc
#4
does anyone know if the recordings on hdd can be watched on a pc/mac?
#5
Got one of these, really should have waited until 'more' surround sound and HD broadcasts are put out.
Also should have realised that BBC HD is a totally different channel without the full BBC programs.
1 Like #6
pstuart
Got one of these, really should have waited until 'more' surround sound and HD broadcasts are put out.
Also should have realised that BBC HD is a totally different channel without the full BBC programs.


BBC1 HD is coming soon, many people think it will be when Eastenders start filming in HD, possibly with the 'unveiling of the new Vic' - If any of that means anything to you :)
#7
balluji
does anyone know if the recordings on hdd can be watched on a pc/mac?


Only the SD recordings, HD programmes are encoded with copy protection. Also the HDD requires formatting in EXT3, which can only be viewed on pc/mac with 3rd party drivers.
#8
Any offers on a freesat version?
#9
Bought one of these a while ago for about £120. Added a spare USB HDD I had. Very pleased with it. If you are recording something you are able to watch another channel on the same mux as the recorded channel. If that makes any sense?
#10
DE4L3R
Any offers on a freesat version?

Cant go wrong with this :
http://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/product.asp?ProdRef=10076&cat=Factory

Excellent piece of kit , and you can record in HD :)
#11
How would this thing compare to a HTPC? I'm so tempted but have to say I like the idea of being able to stream live football etc on a HTPC, hmmm!

So tempted by this though...

(edit) Ah forget it, my TV already has Freeview HD, and this thing doesn't have the PVR features enabled yet, booo!

Edited By: blizeH on Oct 11, 2010 13:33: a
#12
Good price - I nearly bought this from Amazon for £119.

I read somewhere freeview HD isn't quite as good as Freesat HD, in terms of picture quality (pending the signal increase when they switch off analogue) - anybody know if this is true?

I have Freesat with HD, so I'd just be buying this for Channel 4 HD and the ability to record HD - is it worth £110 of my hard earned money???.....

Edited By: badgerman2 on Oct 11, 2010 13:39: missed a bit
#13
This only has 1 tuner, so you cant record one channel whilst watching another, so a pretty pointless PVR to be honest.

Not voting hot or cold on that basis!
#14
Ver. 1.01.08 (PVR Ready update)

You can get the update here for pvr functionality. An "over the air" update is supposedly coming soon if you don't want to use the beta update.
#16
curry756
This only has 1 tuner, so you cant record one channel whilst watching another, so a pretty pointless PVR to be honest.

Not voting hot or cold on that basis!


You can if it's on the same MUX, which all the HD channels are for example.
#17
curry756
This only has 1 tuner, so you cant record one channel whilst watching another, so a pretty pointless PVR to be honest.

Not voting hot or cold on that basis!


See post #9 regarding watching the same mux

edit: oops beaten to it.

Edited By: L555BAT on Oct 11, 2010 13:44: beaten to it
#18
badgerman2
Good price - I nearly bought this from Amazon for £119.I read somewhere freeview HD isn't quite as good as Freesat HD, in terms of picture quality (pending the signal increase when they switch off analogue) - anybody know if this is true?I have Freesat with HD, so I'd just be buying this for Channel 4 HD and the ability to record HD - is it worth £110 of my hard earned money???.....

I can't compare pictures but this set going through my Sony TV gives a superb reproduction on the limited channels.
#19
badgerman2
Good price - I nearly bought this from Amazon for £119.

I read somewhere freeview HD isn't quite as good as Freesat HD, in terms of picture quality (pending the signal increase when they switch off analogue) - anybody know if this is true?

I have Freesat with HD, so I'd just be buying this for Channel 4 HD and the ability to record HD - is it worth £110 of my hard earned money???.....

Nope
#20
johnny77
curry756
This only has 1 tuner, so you cant record one channel whilst watching another, so a pretty pointless PVR to be honest.

Not voting hot or cold on that basis!


You can if it's on the same MUX, which all the HD channels are for example.


Yeah fair enough, but to spend £110 on something that may or may not let me do this is a bit of a gamble. I'd rather have one that I know will work 100% of the time.
#21
Anyone have any experienced if Bournemouth area is picking up Freeview HD? I am not "supposed" to be able to get Freeview at all, but have done for a long time with a booster, so presume FV HD would be available ok?
#22
curry756
This only has 1 tuner, so you cant record one channel whilst watching another, so a pretty pointless PVR to be honest.

Not voting hot or cold on that basis!


It's not a PVR though. It's a Freeview HD box. You can enable a limited PVR functionality, but this is essentially a HD version of the usual set top freeview boxes.
#23
Can this unit receive iPlayer yet? I heard a few months back that iPlayer via lan connector would be added in a S/W update. There is no mention of it on the Humax website.

Dave.
1 Like #24
brown_ambassador
Anyone have any experienced if Bournemouth area is picking up Freeview HD? I am not "supposed" to be able to get Freeview at all, but have done for a long time with a booster, so presume FV HD would be available ok?


No it's highly unlikely you'll get any Freeview HD in Bomo. before DSO in 2012. Not worth the bother for the amount of HD channels offered IMHO.
#25
r1zla
DE4L3R
Any offers on a freesat version?


Cant go wrong with this :

http://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/product.asp?ProdRef=10076&cat=Factory


Excellent piece of kit , and you can record in HD :)


Surely the reviewer is incorrect in saying you can't record SD only HD with this?
#26
Lucero
Can this unit receive iPlayer yet? I heard a few months back that iPlayer via lan connector would be added in a S/W update. There is no mention of it on the Humax website.Dave.
I did some digging. It seems Humax should work now on the Beta iPlayer version using the Red button. Then type 5483. See BBC site here
#27
Can you delete watched programmes you have recorded onto hdd via remote? or do you have to plug it into pc to delete recording?

Does HDD have to be formatted to NTFS or FAT32?
#28
Lucero
Lucero
Can this unit receive iPlayer yet? I heard a few months back that iPlayer via lan connector would be added in a S/W update. There is no mention of it on the Humax website.Dave.

I did some digging. It seems Humax should work now on the Beta iPlayer version using the Red button. Then type 5483. See BBC site here


I think that was only for the Freesat box not the Freeview HD box.
2 Likes #29
stephenjames84
Can you delete watched programmes you have recorded onto hdd via remote? or do you have to plug it into pc to delete recording?

Does HDD have to be formatted to NTFS or FAT32?


You can delete programmes via the remote, it's a fully function PVR except it only has the single tuner.

The HDD has to be reformatted by the Box in EXT3 format, to enable the PVR function.
#30
johnny77
balluji
does anyone know if the recordings on hdd can be watched on a pc/mac?


Only the SD recordings, HD programmes are encoded with copy protection. Also the HDD requires formatting in EXT3, which can only be viewed on pc/mac with 3rd party drivers.


Hmm. So that's one disadvantage over HD Satellite. No copy protection there, unless that is Humax's own DRM. My sat receiver pulls down HD broadcasts in .ts format. You can use MPEG Streamclip (Win/Mac) to view and edit those.
#31
I got a sagemcom pvr (the 500gb in argos) and configured it as stated in the docs for my TV as well as the sagem docs. This was supposed to upscale to HD ready but I thought the picture was crap (I also tried out 1080 upscale). What are the Humax's like for their upscaling quality?

Edited By: Meathotukdeals on Oct 11, 2010 18:20: tyops
#32
I have a netgear duo nas formatted in ext3. Anyone know if I could write to it directly from this? (With a long enough cable)
#33
spraint
johnny77
balluji
does anyone know if the recordings on hdd can be watched on a pc/mac?


Only the SD recordings, HD programmes are encoded with copy protection. Also the HDD requires formatting in EXT3, which can only be viewed on pc/mac with 3rd party drivers.


Hmm. So that's one disadvantage over HD Satellite. No copy protection there, unless that is Humax's own DRM. My sat receiver pulls down HD broadcasts in .ts format. You can use MPEG Streamclip (Win/Mac) to view and edit those.


would like to know which HD Sat receiver lets you record without copy protection, thanks.

personally want to record all 3 HD channels on Freeview without copy protection and export the recordings to PC/external hdd etc, anybody know if the PlayTV 2 with DVBT2 (I read somewhere it's coming before the end of the year?) be able to do that? any HD Freeview receivers that can do that?
#34
Forgive me if I have got this totally wrong but this is basically a freeview box that can get BBC HD and ITV HD for £107.98?

Isn't it a bit pricey for this or have I totally missed the deal?
#35
sleepycoyote
Forgive me if I have got this totally wrong but this is basically a freeview box that can get BBC HD and ITV HD for £107.98?

Isn't it a bit pricey for this or have I totally missed the deal?


And CH4 HD plus single tuner HD PVR. Should also be getting iPlayer later and once the HDR PVR has media server enabled you will be able to stream programs from the HDR PVR to the HD receiver.
#36
brookheather
.... you will be able to stream programs from the HDR PVR to the HD receiver.


Excuse me brookheather, you've lost me there. Am I having a thickie moment here? In this case isn't the HDR PVR and the HD receiver the same thing?. I'm considering buying this so a bit of explanation would be helpful. Ta

SirHugo
#37
SirHugo
brookheather
.... you will be able to stream programs from the HDR PVR to the HD receiver.


Excuse me brookheather, you've lost me there. Am I having a thickie moment here? In this case isn't the HDR PVR and the HD receiver the same thing?. I'm considering buying this so a bit of explanation would be helpful. Ta

SirHugo


The HDR is the one with a built-in hard drive and twin tuners. Once it gets its media server enabled (in an upcoming software upgrade) then you will be able to view recorded programs on the HDR on other Humax boxes including the HD receiver (which can act like a single tuner recorder if you plugin a USB hard drive).

- Simon.
#38
brookheather

The HDR is the one with a built-in hard drive and twin tuners. Once it gets its media server enabled (in an upcoming software upgrade) then you will be able to view recorded programs on the HDR on other Humax boxes including the HD receiver (which can act like a single tuner recorder if you plugin a USB hard drive).

- Simon.


Ah, that's what confused me - you brought another model into the equation (should have spotted the 'R' after the HD!). I've also been looking at this PVR - I think it's a bit expensive at the moment though. Don't think the streaming to other boxes is a necessity for me.

Like you, I'm also hanging on to my pre-order for the Toshiba HDR5010 at Play. That's why this deal for the HD T2 is tempting me - a single tuner with recording would suffice for now, and it will give me an extra HD option when I eventually get a twin tuner. Already got several SD PVRs hooked up to my TV. Had to disconnect two as the signal was getting too weakened by the time it reached my TV!

Saw also on the Tosh thread that you bought a Humax - was that the HDR-FOX T2?

Thanks for the reply

SirHugo
#39
SirHugo
Saw also on the Tosh thread that you bought a Humax - was that the HDR-FOX T2?


Yes I've got the HDR T2 and upgraded the hard drive to 2TB. Very happy with the purchase - far superior to the Fetch and Philips/Pace Freeview HD boxes that I had before this.
#40
Sorry guys I am not very technical but I cant find this deal on the website, am I doing something wrong?

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