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The Humax Foxsat-HD Freesat set-top box is a small and affordable way of getting HD TV. Its easy and pleasant to use and has a simple-minded display. Digital TV Tuner - Receive upto 80 channels
HD Receiver - Subscription free HD content
On-Screen Guide - Plan 8 days in advance
HDMI Connection - HD output for HD Ready TV
Twin Scarts - Multiple connections
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#1
Only one tuner tho, twin tuner ones will be alot better when they are available
#2
RRP is £149.99 - Dixons robbing again!
#3
Only £149.99 to collect at your local Argos - well it would be IF/when you can find a store with it in stock (which is v.rare).
Product code 532/1595

Loads more info about Freesat & experiences with this Humax box (the best HD one available) over on the Digital Spy Forum (as SO little on the Freesat official website for example) at
http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=142

Bottom line is if you already have a satellite dish for Sky then you can use a feed from that dish to the Freesat box.
Otherwise will need to spend c£80 to get one installed.

Don't forget any opportunity for a cashback/referral eg Quidco 3% etc.
#4
For those new to Freesat, or who missed the announcements last week.

This is NOT a Freeview box but a FREESAT box which needs a satellite dish to pick up the signal. It will not work with an aeriel.

You can use an existing Sky dish, or pay to have a dish fitted.

Once you are watching there is no ongoing monthly fee, it is FREE to watch.

More here:

http://www.freesat.co.uk/

(I know the information above is basic stuff for some people, but there are those that find it hard to keep up with all this new technology. Just trying to help them out).
#5
yeap, I think i'll wait for one with a hard disk to record.
#6
mk-donald
Bottom line is if you already have a satellite dish for Sky then you can use a feed from that dish to the Freesat box.
Otherwise will need to spend c£80 to get one installed.


Or pay £65 to have Sky install the dish with this offer. Use the four months of sky to wait for freesat prices to drop or for the PVR HD recorders to appear.
#7
Personally I would be waiting for the Freesat PVR boxes (with 2 tuners and hard disc for recording) to start hitting the market ... because if you want to record something in HD you might be slightly stuck. - VCR or DVD??
#8
goodgrr
Or pay £65 to have Sky install the dish with this offer. Use the three months of sky to wait for freesat prices to drop or for the PVR HD recorders to appear.


Hey thanks for that idea - would ideally like HD in time for Wimbledon - but not prepared to buy a Freesat HD without PVR - so great way to sort a dish and get "something to be going on with". :thumbsup: It says "4 months" on the JL site box picture too ! Though puzzled a bit by "Free Sky box must be connected to a telephone line for 12 months. "
#9
mk-donald;2088562
Hey thanks for that idea - would ideally like HD in time for Wimbledon - but not prepared to buy a Freesat HD without PVR - so great way to sort a dish and get "something to be going on with". :thumbsup: It says "4 months" on the JL site box picture too ! Though puzzled a bit by "Free Sky box must be connected to a telephone line for 12 months. "


Ignore that bit - I never plugged mine in... From what I gather, it is only if you have multiroom that they enforce it...
#10
mk-donald
t says "4 months" on the JL site box picture too ! Though puzzled a bit by "Free Sky box must be connected to a telephone line for 12 months. "


Yes my mistake it is four months. The contract you sign says that the phone line needs to be connected for the length of the four months. So you can get interactive services and can get pay per view authorised. The installation guys never connected mine (other than to get the service started). I suspect if you left it unconnected they wouldn't have a problem but I couldn't swear by it and you would be in breach of contract.
#11
If you are using your Sly aerial all you have to do is fit a dual or quad LNB in place of the one already on the dish and run an additional wire to the Freesat receiver.
#12
guilbert53
For those new to Freesat, or who missed the announcements last week......


Is it possible to hook the freestat box to PC (HTPC) so it can act as a PVR ? or may Freestat PC cards be released ?
#13
Take a look at this review
http://whathifi.com/home-cinema/archive/2008/05/08/on-test-humax-s-freesat-foxsat-hd-satellite-set-top-box.aspx

Poor sound quality- thin and weedy.:x

Currys today said all the Goodmans Freesat boxes had to be recalled.
I shall wait for a better quality product.
#14
doogan9
If you are using your Sky aerial all you have to do is fit a dual or quad LNB in place of the one already on the dish and run an additional wire to the Freesat receiver.


For information on replacing or upgrading a Sky dish LNB, look here

If you want to use freesat INSTEAD of sky, just use the existing cable and run it to the freesat box.
#15
goodgrr
Yes my mistake it is four months. The contract you sign says that the phone line needs to be connected for the length of the four months. So you can get interactive services and can get pay per view authorised. The installation guys never connected mine (other than to get the service started). I suspect if you left it unconnected they wouldn't have a problem but I couldn't swear by it and you would be in breach of contract.


I had my sky box replaced (at a cost of £65) 1 month after the waranty ran out. The guy who Sky sent round told me never to plug it in to the phone as they have sometimes sent viruses down the phone and crash the software in the box. He had signed the bottom of 10 he had taken out as faulty in uv pen and then scanned all the "reconditioned" boxes sky sent him to fit for people like me with a UV lamp. He had seen 7 of the 10 again! I am unsure how true this is but in the past 4.5 years of having this "reconditioned box" I have never had a problem and it has not been conected to the phone line. Could be coincidence or....:whistling:
#17
How can this be hot when you can get the box for RRP @ £150 and get quidco from various different outlets. They are not in that short a supply (and there will be returns coming back soon too, as dumb @rses people bring them back to store because they dont have line of sight to the satellite or dont have a dish).

Voted cold
#18
social lurker
How can this be hot when you can get the box for RRP @ £150 and get quidco from various different outlets. They are not in that short a supply...


Well from what I have heard they are in short supply. If you can't get one elsewhere then getting 10% off the inflated price at dixons is better than paying full price.

I'd be the first to vote it cold if I could find it cheaper elsewhere and in stock.
#19


Where from this review did you get "thin weedy sound"? The only reference to sound I can see is in reference to the Panasonic TV they were using.
#20
goodgrr
Where from this review did you get "thin weedy sound"? The only reference to sound I can see is in reference to the Panasonic TV they were using.


OK think I found what you mean here

"For
Small and affordable; simple and pleasant to use; enjoyable HD images

Against
Thin sound; soft standard-definition pictures"


Also "BBC HD looks sensational "
#21
On the freesat web site it says that freesat HD boxes are in short supply....
http://www.freesat.co.uk/

Due to very high demand there is a shortage of freesat HD boxes in the shops at the moment. We are working with freesat retailers and manufacturers to increase supplies as soon as possible.

In the meantime some freesat retailers will allow you to reserve HD boxes for collection when stock comes in. The freesat website will continue to give you updates.
#22
Worth reading the freesat post on money saving expert if you are thinking of making a purchase....
http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=910535

Main thing is that FREESAT uses the same satellite as SKY so you can reuse the SKY dish and cable for FREESAT - just plug in the new box and should work straight away.

Can anyone confirm this?
#23
prokop


Main thing is that FREESAT uses the same satellite as SKY so you can reuse the SKY dish and cable for FREESAT - just plug in the new box and should work straight away.

Can anyone confirm this?


Yes that's true.
#24
prokop;2094490
Worth reading the freesat post on money saving expert if you are thinking of making a purchase....
http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=910535

Main thing is that FREESAT uses the same satellite as SKY so you can reuse the SKY dish and cable for FREESAT - just plug in the new box and should work straight away.

Can anyone confirm this?

Yes, that's true. Even more than that - you can hook ANY (not just Freesat branded) satellite receiver to that dish and receive exactly the same channels as on Freesat. The only thing that won't work is Freesat EPG if your receiver is not compatible with the standard.
#25
RRP of this box is £149...????

How can currys stick a extra £10 on top, then offer a discount??
#26
jobibear
yeap, I think i'll wait for one with a hard disk to record.


Out in July, check the humax site for details.

I am also waiting.
#27
Chiptivo
RRP of this box is £149...????

How can currys stick a extra £10 on top, then offer a discount??


I guess the situation is the same with all pricing, it's only a recomended price, they are free to charge what they like. Whilst supplies are rare they can get away with charging a premium.

Do you have a link to the Humax freesat PVR release date as I couldn't find it on their site.
#28
VOTED COLD

Inflated price so is a typical marketing con trick.
#29
Agreed.^^^Voted Cold
#30
Anyone got this, is there enough content to be worth the effort? Or better to wait?
#31
does anyone know if i can get a pci hd satellite card instead of buying this?

EDIT:

just found out you can just buy a pci card

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=795548

for 70 pounds with pvr capabilities works out better

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