Humax HD FOX-T2 Freeview HD PVR with iPlayer £69.99 @ Sainsbury's - HotUKDeals
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Sainsbury's have a great deal on the Humax HD FOX-T2 Freeview HD single tuner PVR for only £69.99 with free home delivery. Humax have just released the iPlayer software for this box so if you connect to a network you can play video files and access iPlayer. The box will also record to a USB hard drive.
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1 Like #1
Link to the latest software for iPlayer support:

http://beta.humaxonline.co.uk/downloads/hd-foxt2
#2
Can this record video?
#3
Monkey nuts 2
Can this record video?

It can record a single channel of Freeview HD TV if that's what you mean.
#4
I don't think this can record - no hard drive - can receive Freeview HD.
#5
instore too?
#6
I believe you can plug in a hard drive into the USB and it record onto that.
#7
dromoreroad
I don't think this can record - no hard drive - can receive Freeview HD.


I have one and yes you can record tv onto external harddrive via its USB port at the back, but you do need to update the firmware to enable this function.
#8
dromoreroad
I don't think this can record - no hard drive - can receive Freeview HD.

Did you not read the description?
"The box will also record to a USB hard drive."
2 Likes #9
You've put PVR. This is not a PVR. A PVR has a hard drive,
1 Like #10
Definitely not a PVR!
#11
It is a PVR with a USB hard drive.
#12
Good price for the PVR Ready unit.
Humax are a good brand.
1 Like #13
Its a set top box with recording capability if you add a hard drive or USB stick and install Firmware!
#14
oos
#15
Out of stock now!
#16
Ok, despite posting that it was out of stock less than 20 minutes ago, I just ordered one.

Don't forget quidco, plus, quidco have a £10 off £50 voucher, so it was only 59.99!!
#17
Even with limited functionality and the few early teething problems it had this was the what HiFi final verdict on the box (at the full £179 asking price).

"...if you live in the right reception area for Freeview HD, we'd go so far as to say that it's a no-brainer."

Not only did they give it 5 stars while it lacked the PVR functions; BBC iPlayer and while it had a problem outputting audio correctly, it also received a a number of awards from other publications and online reviewers.

Given the improvements in features since the initial reviews and this vast price drop I would say that not only is this is a competent (although single tuner) PVR but it is also a stonking deal.

Sure you might need to download a firmware upgrade and plug in a USB storage device to get the most out of it, but even without doing this and at full price it is a very highly rated little set.



Here is the splurge from the latest firmware release with a number of the improvements since release:

Resolved HD Audio distortion (reported with some TV sets)

- EPG Find lockup issues resolved
- Includes External PVR functionality (Single Tuner):
- Time Shift Recording option (Menu > Preference > Recording > Time Shift Recording
- switch ON if you wish to use Time Shift Recording)
- Pause / Rewind Live TV (Time Shift Recording needs to be switched on in the menu
- Record 1 channel while viewing a 2nd channel on the same MUX
- Instant Record
- Buffer recording
- Accurate Recording
- Series Recording
- Alternate Instances (Conflict Resolution)
- Split Recordings
- SD/HD linkage
- Recommendations
- Auto Padding
- HDMI improvements

Finally use code 9VJ6-N3GG-LQMC for an additional £10 off taking the total to £59.99 delivered, then just add a cheap USB storage device and you're all set!
#18
Back in stock & ordered!!!
Checked site and OOS again.
Will wait and see.

Did Quidco, but didn't see the £10 off, doh!
Was too excited it was in stock ;-)


Edited By: Tritonbairn on May 26, 2011 23:05
#19
so a normal usb stick will be ok to record onto?
#20
Heat added
#21
groggy
so a normal usb stick will be ok to record onto?


HD Freeview recordings use about 4Gb per hour of viewing, so a USB stick wouldn't be very practical. A 500Gb hard drive is normal for an HD PVR.
#22
How many hours can I record?
This will depend on the size of USB hard disk drive you have connected e.g. a 500Gb HDD will allow you to
record 125 Hours of HD programmes or 300 hours of SD programmes.
#23
groggy
so a normal usb stick will be ok to record onto?

No you need at least 32GB as it reserves 20GB as a timeshift buffer.
#24
i got one from tesco £89 a few weeks ago , , best freeview box i have ever had !!

I also have the Huimax freesat HD box , but prefer the freeview box better remote and user interface,

I have a 250gb usb drive , and that seems plenty , but i have the option of placing a bigger drive on it at anytime !!

I have the newly released Humax beta sofware for BBC iplayer

I also stream , photos , .avi. .mp3 etc, from my pc to the humax via my home network, wireless or cat5

Fantastic box , worth every penny !!

For this money you cant go wrong , im even thinking of buying another just as a backup !!!
#25
Does this have a card slot for top up TV so I could get ESPN? Thanks
#26
I bought one of these a few weeks ago
and found it very exceptional value for £30
It records perfectly to a 4GB flash drive via the USB ports and you can play back via its own USB or to another monitor via a computer USB

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/grundig-gudb20usb3-digital-freeview-set-top-box-3-x-usb-record-function-29-99-pl/917078

Edited By: alankearn on May 27, 2011 08:41
#27
alankearn
I bought one of these a few weeks ago
and found it very exceptional value for £30
It records perfectly to a flash drive via the USB ports

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/grundig-gudb20usb3-digital-freeview-set-top-box-3-x-usb-record-function-29-99-pl/917078


From a brief scan of the specification I don't think the Grundig is a HD unit though.
#28
When recording onto the exernal HD or USB drive what format is it..... AVI.... Mpeg?
#29
steevieboy4u
When recording onto the exernal HD or USB drive what format is it..... AVI.... Mpeg?


well if it uses same format as my older Humax sd freeview PVR as i imagine it does then it saves the files as DVD files ie ts and vob files!
#30
lcassey
steevieboy4u
When recording onto the exernal HD or USB drive what format is it..... AVI.... Mpeg?



well if it uses same format as my older Humax sd freeview PVR as i imagine it does then it saves the files as DVD files ie ts and vob files!


Ok thanks
#31
steevieboy4u
When recording onto the exernal HD or USB drive what format is it..... AVI.... Mpeg?


I'd imagine it'll be drm protected h264 .m2ts - but don't quote me on that
#32
distracted247
Even with limited functionality and the few early teething problems it had this was the what HiFi final verdict on the box (at the full £179 asking price).

"...if you live in the right reception area for Freeview HD, we'd go so far as to say that it's a no-brainer."

Not only did they give it 5 stars while it lacked the PVR functions; BBC iPlayer and while it had a problem outputting audio correctly, it also received a a number of awards from other publications and online reviewers.

Given the improvements in features since the initial reviews and this vast price drop I would say that not only is this is a competent (although single tuner) PVR but it is also a stonking deal.

Sure you might need to download a firmware upgrade and plug in a USB storage device to get the most out of it, but even without doing this and at full price it is a very highly rated little set.



Here is the splurge from the latest firmware release with a number of the improvements since release:

Resolved HD Audio distortion (reported with some TV sets)

- EPG Find lockup issues resolved
- Includes External PVR functionality (Single Tuner):
- Time Shift Recording option (Menu > Preference > Recording > Time Shift Recording
- switch ON if you wish to use Time Shift Recording)
- Pause / Rewind Live TV (Time Shift Recording needs to be switched on in the menu
- Record 1 channel while viewing a 2nd channel on the same MUX
- Instant Record
- Buffer recording
- Accurate Recording
- Series Recording
- Alternate Instances (Conflict Resolution)
- Split Recordings
- SD/HD linkage
- Recommendations
- Auto Padding
- HDMI improvements

Finally use code 9VJ6-N3GG-LQMC for an additional £10 off taking the total to £59.99 delivered, then just add a cheap USB storage device and you're all set!

Sounds like a brilliant deal.
#33
tomwatts
steevieboy4u
When recording onto the exernal HD or USB drive what format is it..... AVI.... Mpeg?

I'd imagine it'll be drm protected h264 .m2ts - but don't quote me on that

correct any content recored to the usb , can only be played back on the humax box that recorded it !!!!

The humax will format the USB when first attached also !!
#34
Am I right in thinking freeview HD receives the signal through the aerial as opposed to freesat HD which is through a dish?
#35
Jimmyboy
Am I right in thinking freeview HD receives the signal through the aerial as opposed to freesat HD which is through a dish?
Correct, i have both , and find i prefer to use the freeview , mainly as i can record programs in HD as i only have a humax freesat hd box with no hard drive !!

..and it also means i can watch bbciplayer and record in HD at the time !! as both boxes now have iplayer

You could say i have the best of both worlds , freeview HD and freesat HD :-)


Edited By: cbrpaul on May 27, 2011 10:13
#36
Pros and Cons of this box

PROS
1) Better picture than your built in freeview tv tuner
2) Probably the best gui interface of freeview hd boxes
3) cheaper option than getting the HDR FOX (which has two tuners & built in harddrive varying capacitys - price ranging from £250-300)
4) The updates will keep making this product better and better

CONS
---------

Minimum usb harddrive size has to be 32GB...and that's it!
#37
gutted i missed this!
#38
cbrpaul
Jimmyboy
Am I right in thinking freeview HD receives the signal through the aerial as opposed to freesat HD which is through a dish?

Correct, i have both , and find i prefer to use the freeview , mainly as i can record programs in HD as i only have a humax freesat hd box with no hard drive !!

..and it also means i can watch bbciplayer and record in HD at the time !! as both boxes now have iplayer

You could say i have the best of both worlds , freeview HD and freesat HD :-)


Thanks
Do you need a really strong aerial signal to receive or would it be fair to say that if a normal freeview box works then freeview HD will be fine as well?
#39
Jimmyboy
cbrpaul
Jimmyboy
Am I right in thinking freeview HD receives the signal through the aerial as opposed to freesat HD which is through a dish?
Correct, i have both , and find i prefer to use the freeview , mainly as i can record programs in HD as i only have a humax freesat hd box with no hard drive !!

..and it also means i can watch bbciplayer and record in HD at the time !! as both boxes now have iplayer

You could say i have the best of both worlds , freeview HD and freesat HD :-)

Thanks
Do you need a really strong aerial signal to receive or would it be fair to say that if a normal freeview box works then freeview HD will be fine as well?

I have an old aerial on the chimney , and it works perfectly ,

It all comes down to where you live and what is being broadcast on your closest Mast !!

look here
http://www.freeview.co.uk/Resolutions/About-Freeview-availability/Coverage-issues/How-do-I-find-out-if-I-can-get-Freeview


Edited By: cbrpaul on May 27, 2011 11:04: ..
#40
Got to get one.

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