Humax Foxsat Freesat twin tuner 500GB PVR (Grade A) £129 + £6.50 delivery @ Humax Direct
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Humax Foxsat Freesat twin tuner 500GB PVR (Grade A) £129 + £6.50 delivery @ Humax Direct

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Found 9th Jul 2013
Looked quite a good price, cant see it any cheaper. Comes with a 1 year warranty

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Grade A 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 500gb Hard Drive -
HDMI Interface for perfect transmissions of picture and sound
Dolby Digital audio output (S/PDIF)
HDCP Compliant
Upscaling for Standard Definition channels
Full colour high resolution electronic programme guide
For a detailed image of the connections on the rear of the unit, click here

Weight & dimensions

Dimensions
380 x 55 x 252 (W/H/D)
3.1Kg

Technical specification

Resolution format: 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i
Automatic software upgrade via satellite
Audio description / One touch subtitle
Ethernet support for BBC iPlayer
Simultaneous playing of transmissions over HDMI, Composite or Scart
HDTV signals received - MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and MPEG-2
Power Consumption - ON: Max. 50Watt, STANDBY: Under 1Watt
Front Interface - Buttons: Standby, TV/Radio, Menu, Guide, OK, Up Down Left Right, Back. USB 2.0 Host, Common Interface.
Rear Interface - 2 x Scart (1 TV, 1 VCR), 3 x LNB (2 Input, 1 Output), RCA, S/PDIF, HDMI, USB 1.1/2.0 Host, LAN, Power Cord (fixed).
Accessories included - Remote, Battery (AAAx2), Manual, Quick Guide, Warranty Card, HDMI cable

36 Comments

nice.Ive had a humax freesat box for a few years ,still going strong.Love freesat hate sky love your deal op.

Just a note that this isn't the new model with the freetime catchup service, but it's still a great box with iplayer and ITV player available. I've had a 'managers special' graded box from Humax Director for years - still going strong. You can also flash custom firmware on these and stream/copy recorded programmes to a PC or tablet.

We've had one for a few years and it irritates the hell out of us. In many ways it's very good, picture quality, build etc, but the stupid bugs in the firmware stop me from recommending it.

Edited by: "VDisillusioned" 9th Jul 2013

Is it possible to watch new episodes of Game of Thrones, True Blood etc on this?

just got mine today. and so far loving it

Love my freesat box but HATE it's crappy remote control, the range on them is a pain in the backside. Great price, heat added.

My only complaint is that the menus are a bit slow

Gball

Love my freesat box but HATE it's crappy remote control, the range on … Love my freesat box but HATE it's crappy remote control, the range on them is a pain in the backside. Great price, heat added.



I've got one of these and the problem with the older models was that the IR sensor on the front was behind a bit of painted trim. Not exactly a high tech solution, but I scratched away at the paint from the inside and now it works perfectly. Would have rather hoped if this is the problem, then this would have been sorted in later models.

Good machine but it seem to have a very narrow angle to accept the IR beam too, pointing directly at the sensor helps .....

Edited by: "airdsuk" 10th Jul 2013

airdsuk

Good machine but it seem to have a very narrow angle to accept the IR … Good machine but it seem to have a very narrow angle to accept the IR beam too, pointing directly at the sensor helps .....



Have you removed the almost invisible protective film from the front of it ?

Yes of course, both of them.....

airdsuk

Yes of course, both of them.....


thanks for the suggestion would have been more appropiate

Have a few Humax graded products, all good

can anyone tell me if you can watch F1 on a freesat channel?

Bargainmate!

can anyone tell me if you can watch F1 on a freesat channel?



No

gt1915

No


Thanks, shame.

gt1915

No



You can watch F1 if it is being shown on the BBC (you can even watch it in HD as freesat gets BBC1 HD), but if the rights to that race is owned by Sky then no, freesat cant help you.

gt1915

No



well you can watch it on HD bbc (when they show it)
Edited by: "sbadger" 10th Jul 2013

Fricking love my Humax.
If you haven't already then I would strongly recommend upgrading the firmware with Raydon's unoficial Media & File Server bundle here:

avforums.com/for…tml

It let's you interact via a web browser (no IR problems!) and do things like make your NAS appear as a plugged in USB stick over the Wi-Fi (I now have 2.5TB of storage without opening the box).

nanuek

Fricking love my Humax.If you haven't already then I would strongly … Fricking love my Humax.If you haven't already then I would strongly recommend upgrading the firmware with Raydon's unoficial Media & File Server bundle here:http://www.avforums.com/forums/freesat/1747997-media-file-server-bundle-foxsat-hdr-release-4-0-part-4-a.htmlIt let's you interact via a web browser (no IR problems!) and do things like make your NAS appear as a plugged in USB stick over the Wi-Fi (I now have 2.5TB of storage without opening the box).



Thanks for this tip. Question - does the HDR have to be network attached for this firmware update or can the upgrade be installed from a USB stick?

lord_trumpington

Thanks for this tip. Question - does the HDR have to be network attached … Thanks for this tip. Question - does the HDR have to be network attached for this firmware update or can the upgrade be installed from a USB stick?



As far as I know it has to be installed via USB. When humax push a new update out it overwrites the unofficial firmware but your settings aren't lost and the unofficial firmware is normally updated and available the same day. Worth noting that without networking your Humax you won't get most of the benefits of the bundle.
Edited by: "nanuek" 10th Jul 2013

Can this be used to watch catch-up TV and so not require a TV Licence, and if not can you please advise on a package, PVR and TV services, for watching catch-up TV over broadband?

airdsuk

Yes of course, both of them.....




Obviously, good manners were lacking in your upbringing.

nanuek

As far as I know it has to be installed via USB. When humax push a new … As far as I know it has to be installed via USB. When humax push a new update out it overwrites the unofficial firmware but your settings aren't lost and the unofficial firmware is normally updated and available the same day. Worth noting that without networking your Humax you won't get most of the benefits of the bundle.



I kind of thought as much. My HDR is RJ45 attached through my modem so I do have the option of networking the device (I hadn't seen the need previously as I don't own a NAS, but tthis obviously changes things). Appreciate the advice, thanks.

Apologies if this is a dumb ass question but

The Sky HD box takes a seperate HD cable for the HD signal, does this one need it too or will I get a HD picture with a standard satelite cable.

Thanks

Original Poster

jav1900

Apologies if this is a dumb ass question butThe Sky HD box takes a … Apologies if this is a dumb ass question butThe Sky HD box takes a seperate HD cable for the HD signal, does this one need it too or will I get a HD picture with a standard satelite cable.Thanks



You're getting confused. There are 2 cables on Sky because there are 2 feeds ie. the reason why you can watch one channel and record another channel. So yes it will be the same with this.

Thanks, ordered. £219.99 on Amazon. Was keeping an eye out for these to appear on here. Heat added.

benjyyy

You're getting confused. There are 2 cables on Sky because there are 2 … You're getting confused. There are 2 cables on Sky because there are 2 feeds ie. the reason why you can watch one channel and record another channel. So yes it will be the same with this.




Thanks - much apreciated
Will put my order in now

nanuek

Fricking love my Humax.If you haven't already then I would strongly … Fricking love my Humax.If you haven't already then I would strongly recommend upgrading the firmware with Raydon's unoficial Media & File Server bundle here:http://www.avforums.com/forums/freesat/1747997-media-file-server-bundle-foxsat-hdr-release-4-0-part-4-a.htmlIt let's you interact via a web browser (no IR problems!) and do things like make your NAS appear as a plugged in USB stick over the Wi-Fi (I now have 2.5TB of storage without opening the box).



Going to bite the bullet and buy this, as its cheap and i can finally dump Sky.

As far as the custom firmware, I'm not exactly sure what it does, and theres 4 threads to get through over on AVforums.

What are the main benefits from a custom firmware upgrade? Also, would i be able to see my server from the HDR and play my audio and video files from my server over my network?

Hello folks,
We have an old dish with 1 sat cable running from it.
To use this properly as a recorder i need a dual/quad LNB.

Does anyone have any suggestions on getting a cheap/free install from single to dual?. Sky package and then cancelling for example?
Satellite is opposite side of house to TV used and currently a cable runs round from one side to the other.
Thanks

Peg man, this box works quite well with only a single cable feed. You put a small loop of cable on the back between the LNB 1 output and the LNB 2 input. That way both tuners are connected. If you are recording a channel you are restricted to the channels you can watch at the same time (LNBs operate in 1 of 4 modes), but the box understands and manages all this. You might find you dont need to upgrade. It's much better than a Sky box in this respect.

Thanks for this. Already got the original 320GB model, but this will reduce the arguments on the odd occasion when there's a conflict (my teeenage daughter watches real rubbish!), so this'll go into the bedroom to replace a noisy old Wharfedale Freeview DVD/HDD recorder.

Peg Man

Hello folks,We have an old dish with 1 sat cable running from it.To use … Hello folks,We have an old dish with 1 sat cable running from it.To use this properly as a recorder i need a dual/quad LNB.Does anyone have any suggestions on getting a cheap/free install from single to dual?. Sky package and then cancelling for example?Satellite is opposite side of house to TV used and currently a cable runs round from one side to the other.Thanks



Get a dual/quad LNB, replacing the existing single one with it, connecting your existing cable to one of the sockets. Run a new cable from one of the other sockets to where you need it. Did this myself a couple of years back, total cost under £20.

Humax is one of the better PVRs with a sensible user interface, and this is a good price (new usually £200+).
We like Freesat but the family struggles with Windows Media Centre (why I don't know), so this may be easier.
The links to custom firmware above decided me. Bought one, heat added & thanks for the spot OP...
- update: mine arrived next working day, nice intuitive and polished user interface. am most of the way through installing the custom firmware which has all gone fine and so far delighted with all...

Edited by: "Hootwo" 15th Jul 2013

monkey butler

Going to bite the bullet and buy this, as its cheap and i can finally … Going to bite the bullet and buy this, as its cheap and i can finally dump Sky.As far as the custom firmware, I'm not exactly sure what it does, and theres 4 threads to get through over on AVforums.What are the main benefits from a custom firmware upgrade? Also, would i be able to see my server from the HDR and play my audio and video files from my server over my network?


For me the main plus is being able to search for programs, schedule and delete recording, delete media and remotely control the box via a virtual remote all in my web browser. This means I don't have to interrupt viewing to do any of those things.

monkey butler

Also, would i be able to see my server from the HDR and play my audio and … Also, would i be able to see my server from the HDR and play my audio and video files from my server over my network?



Unfortunately not. You can view files the other way. I got an android usb stick from deal extreme to watch media from my Server on my TV. Was about £30 but had to install custom firmware again to get it to work well.

I owned this for 6 months. Points to note:

1. If you’re coming from Sky (or another device with slick/fast UI) then you'll HATE this PVR. It is SLOW in every way possible.

2. When it does work the menu system isn't intuitive IMO, EPG format is "OK".

3. The picture, sound and hackability of the device is great.

4. The ridiculous design choice to have the EPG reload every time you view the Guide is simply infuriating... 30 seconds of unusable EPG before it finishes. Yes, I know you can press Schedule then Red to load the cached guide but it's daft (Harmony macro or not). Horrible.

5. Shows sometimes fail to record. Recorded shows sometimes won't delete without a reboot.

6. Catchup is limited to iPlayer/ITV. The catchup service isn't maintained, they're the old "ugly" services.

7. You can make a brew in the time it takes to boot up.

Good hardware, terrible software.
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