Humax FoxSat-HDR Freesat 320GB HDD DTR HD Recorder £249 from Play (pre-order) plus possible Quidco
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Humax FoxSat-HDR Freesat 320GB HDD DTR HD Recorder £249 from Play (pre-order) plus possible Quidco

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Found 27th Feb 2009
Humax FoxSat-HDR Freesat 320GB HDD DTR HD Recorder

"Play.com, the DVD/CD, Games and Electronic online giant have today announced the plan to sell the Humax FOXSAT-HDR from the end of March for just £249.99 delivered, almost £35 cheaper than the closest competitor today.

Its possible that they have been given an indication of trade cost for in a months time, or are making full use of their Channel Island VAT status, but either way its an amazing price consider demand is still very high. It sets a precedent for price reductions over the next month, so will be interesting to see what happens.

If your willing to wait, Play.com are accepting pre-orders online now, "

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By far the cheapest ive seen it

Freesat HD and SD channel recording..any idea how this will work...noticed it's got an LNB out.

Now, do I buy this or a $ky HD box for the bedroom?

mattress;4508147

Now, do I buy this or a $ky HD box for the bedroom?



I have a similar predicament...if it means giving Sky less of my dosh, then I might just be swayed towards the FreeSat option.

alcatraz1968;4508157

I have a similar predicament...if it means giving Sky less of my dosh, … I have a similar predicament...if it means giving Sky less of my dosh, then I might just be swayed towards the FreeSat option.



I'm thinking the same. I better see what is available on Freesat I think.....and what HD channels are planned.

Freesat wont take off financially unless:::
1. The price comes down ( if you remember sky was next to nothing when it started to put it on the map)
2. Needs more HD channels to attract people and soon
Otherwise this will end up at the betamax in the satellite wars!!!

peterdarlison;4508172

Freesat wont take off financially unless:::1. The price comes down ( if … Freesat wont take off financially unless:::1. The price comes down ( if you remember sky was next to nothing when it started to put it on the map)2. Needs more HD channels to attract people and soonOtherwise this will end up at the betamax in the satellite wars!!!



The question is not whether sky or freesat will win since sky is a subscription service. The question is whether it will be freeview or freesat when freeview eventually release a hd service. Freesat will always have its place since not everyone can receive a freeview signal.

Good to see this functionality in a single box and it will receive HD channels :thumbsup:

But it seems a lot of money - My 'freesat' dish and receiver from Lidl cost me about £50 and my reconditioned 160Gb JVC HDD/DVD recorder was just £54 delivered - OK I have to use the epg broadcast via ITV analog - so it only has the freeview or Sky freesat channels on it - but I can record from Analog TV, Freesat or Freeview via the JVC. (In my region analog TV will survive until 2012 so the epg should be there for a few years yet)

I have one of these - I highly recommend it. Ditched Sky a few months ago, and haven't looked back. This replaced my existing Sky HD, and Humax 9200T boxes.

Can't really see the point I'm afraid, there appears to be bugg*r all HD being broadcast on Freesat at present. Think I'll wait and see if more programme material appears. I've got an upscaling 9300T with a 320Gb disc and it's great. It cast about £170.00 if my memory serves me well?

Still it's the best price I've seen on this product so voted hot.

Sky have more HD channels, but my thinking was, which channels would you want to have in HD...

I wouldn't be watching much National Geographic or the like so BBC HD & ITV HD were top of my list, and for both of those, it has to be Freesat. The Man U v Inter Champions League match on Tuesday on ITV was my first HD live footie since I got the box, awesome (on Toshiba 42" LCD).

If you want lots of channels you won't watch 99% of the time, pay Sky - if like me you watch BBC & ITV in the main, this is a great option.

IMO of course :-)

Really deciding between this and Sky HD at the mo. The £120 Quidco and £30 M&S vouchers are pulling me in to a subscription. Does anyone know if any further configuration. LNB or otherwise, is required to get this to work with an existing sky minidish (that I know is in the house that i am due to move into in April) ?

wombat6025;4508389

Good to see this functionality in a single box and it will receive HD … Good to see this functionality in a single box and it will receive HD channels :thumbsup:But it seems a lot of money - My 'freesat' dish and receiver from Lidl cost me about £50 and my reconditioned 160Gb JVC HDD/DVD recorder was just £54 delivered - OK I have to use the epg broadcast via ITV analog - so it only has the freeview or Sky freesat channels on it - but I can record from Analog TV, Freesat or Freeview via the JVC. (In my region analog TV will survive until 2012 so the epg should be there for a few years yet)



I be doubtful that it will be as late a 2012. The only region left with a 2012 change over channel. The current ones are expected to be moved forward as well. Meeting in April with expectations that all will be converted by end of 2010.

No further configuration was needed Andy, Sky box out, dish cable into new box, it downloads an update, finds all the channels and that's it.

Freesat is not just for HD its for standard TV aswell.
With standard boxes and HD boxes like this one.

Basically an alternative to Freeview for people who have a satellite dish
and perhaps poor TV aerial reception.

On the HD side only BBC has an HD channel on Freesat
with ITV firing off occasional programmes in HD like the football this week.

Freeview, Free Sky and Freesat all send out slightly different channel mixes,
but in each case they are free and Freesat is the only Free HD service.

I have a homemade Freesat system:

A Core2Duo Dell PC, with 1TB disc space. (Cost £210 before disc upgrade)
A Hauppagge satellite tuner card (cost me £50 2 years ago)
Mythbuntu - a version of Ubuntu Linux for TV recording systems

Advantages:
I can watch/play TV over any computer on my home network, being able to access all my recordings on my laptop in my bedroom etc.
I can convert any recording to watch it on my iphone using "Handbrake"
I can record multiple channels on the same multiplex (using only a single tuner!) and watch/pause live or record programs while watching others.
The listings are grabbed automatically.
The TV is also becomes a computer monitor, suitable for photos (picasa) and all the other media.
Regular TV (Standard Definition) is not very taxing - any modern computer (since USB 2.0) should be able to record and playback.

Disadvantages:
BBC radio not working for me (except 5live) Not sure why
Troubleshooting problems can be a nightmare, although google usually provides a fix.
It is always tempting to add upgrades or new features, which can stop it working...
BBC HD is very taxing, only one computer will play it back without skipping.

Conclusion:
Only for the Geeks out there, but I love the setup - when its working!
Go Ubuntu GO!

You can see what is on BBC/ITV HD on Freesat weekly at freesat.co.uk/ind…ule

As mentioned above, ITV HD isn't a channel as such as it only has one or two programmes a day (and some days none) but that link will give you a good idea of the --> FREE
I bought it for HD content (which is fabulous) and the fact that Freeview won't come near where I live till sometime in 2010.

Lakeside;4508550

No further configuration was needed Andy, Sky box out, dish cable into … No further configuration was needed Andy, Sky box out, dish cable into new box, it downloads an update, finds all the channels and that's it.




This is not quite true. If you want to able to use all of the functionality of this box you will need two digitial feeds. A alot of people only have a single feed and single lnb. You will need to cable a second connection and possibly change the lnb. I have only have a single feed but run another cable from the lnb1 out to lnb2 which provides me with more functionality than if I only had 1 cable.

Anyway the box in great and the hd is fantastic. I admit we need to be see more more HD content but this was increase as the months go by.

This is a very hot price indeed, I paid almost £300.

Order one now.

alcatraz1968;4508340

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Even if Freeview HD started tommorrow, you would still need a new box to receive it, as exisiting Freeview technology will be out of date. And I bet those boxes will be a couple of hundred quid to start with too.

alcatraz1968:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7328029.stmEven if … alcatraz1968:http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7328029.stmEven if Freeview HD started tomorrow, you would still need a new box to receive it, as exisiting Freeview technology will be out of date. And I bet those boxes will be a couple of hundred quid to start with too.



True, our local Freeview transmitter does start HD broadcasts of BBC-HD, ITV-HD and 4HD this December. Right now the only decoders I can find on sale are built into the X and Z series Sonys. Might well have to go for the Freesat option - this looks good.

Just installed Humax fox sat box from Homebase with new satellite "dish" what a difference from my aerial TV go for it :thumbsup:

Just paid £300 for this. Bargain at this price. The BBC are doing more and more on HD. For anyone thinking of waiting for Freeview HD it will be a good while coming and when it does come it will be via broadband so expect to buy a new box and you will need a big pipe.

Just paid £300 for this. Bargain at this price. The BBC are doing more … Just paid £300 for this. Bargain at this price. The BBC are doing more and more on HD. For anyone thinking of waiting for Freeview HD it will be a good while coming and when it does come it will be via broadband so expect to buy a new box and you will need a big pipe.



Not true - HD broadcasts over Freeview start in the south west this December. Admittedly only three channels, but it's a start.

still will be new tech so you'll have to buy a new box and that is on the basis that freeview gets more spectrum

mentm;4508240

The question is not whether sky or freesat will win since sky is a … The question is not whether sky or freesat will win since sky is a subscription service. The question is whether it will be freeview or freesat when freeview eventually release a hd service. Freesat will always have its place since not everyone can receive a freeview signal.




your info in wrong .. freesat has a non hd box as well .. which the same as freeview... the main problem being freesat service has nowhere near teh same channels

the non hd service with freesat is ***** compared to freeview

The list of channels is here

joinfreesat.co.uk/ind…els

Which misses a few channels which some may enjoy on Freeview.

No

Virgin 1, Sky Three, UKTV History,

You do get extras, but there is an argument that would say that the £100,000 p.a. cost of a TV EPG slot is killing it (£10,000 for radio). None of the additional channels are as good as the three you do not get - except for the HD, and no C4 HD yet...

What used to be the killer for Freesat was HD, because it was not certain if HD would ever make it to Freeview, but Freeview will eventually get at least 4 HD Channels (new box required for most if not everyone). So Freesat and Freeview may have the same number of HD Channels.

The HDR will have a broadband catch up application of some kind eventually, how long that will take is currently uncertain, and there is a danger it will never happen - but Humax on previous products have always come good - eventually.

For me, once the bugs are fixed and they are not yet, and the price is right then this will be a great product, the question is will Freesat ever be great. Will HD on Freeview kill Freesat? I think the jury is still out.

Another thing to note is that though this is a Freesat HDR, it can view non-Freesat channels, in a non-freesat mode, but that causes problems. There are other free channels accessible on 28.2.

It is a great product (still with a few bugs), but I'm not sure that Freesat is or ever will be.

ladily;4509369

True, our local Freeview transmitter does start HD broadcasts of BBC-HD, … True, our local Freeview transmitter does start HD broadcasts of BBC-HD, ITV-HD and 4HD this December. Right now the only decoders I can find on sale are built into the X and Z series Sonys. Might well have to go for the Freesat option - this looks good.



Well when they did the HD testing from the Crystal Palace they used de-badged Humax HD7000 boxes.

andyc1976;4508498

Does anyone know if any further configuration. LNB or otherwise, is … Does anyone know if any further configuration. LNB or otherwise, is required to get this to work with an existing sky minidish (that I know is in the house that i am due to move into in April) ?



If you want to use the Foxsat's functionality to watch one channel & record another at the same time (or even record 2 at once) you will probably need to upgrade the LNB on the dish. I upgraded to a quad LNB when I got the Foxsat-HDR.

The Foxsat-HDR is a great piece of kit. :thumbsup:

This would be tempting if I could get Sky Sports - is it possible with this box?

Adamo;4510126

This would be tempting if I could get Sky Sports - is it possible with … This would be tempting if I could get Sky Sports - is it possible with this box?



No sky or cable only.

I have a Panasonic Plasma with freesat built in - Picture quility on BBC HD and ITV HD(when its on) is great - down side to freesat is that i always seem to switch to the freeview(also built into my tv) because there is a better channel selection e.g sky sports etc. Also the picture on freeview is better(unless i'm watching HD on Freesat) hope this helps!!!
Good deal by the way.............

glynf;4510314

I have a Panasonic Plasma with freesat built in - Picture quility on BBC … I have a Panasonic Plasma with freesat built in - Picture quility on BBC HD and ITV HD(when its on) is great - down side to freesat is that i always seem to switch to the freeview(also built into my tv) because there is a better channel selection e.g sky sports etc. Also the picture on freeview is better(unless i'm watching HD on Freesat) hope this helps!!!Good deal by the way.............



Yeah, with you on that. I have the Foxsat box without the hard drive, and agree that the HD picture is superb, however the rest of the channels are very soft, much better pic thru the built freeview in my Toshiba LCD. Having said that...I just put the Foxsat HD box on ebay with a view of raising some funds to put towards one of these HDD's. Just don't want to give Sky anymore of my cash than I need to!

Darn, not any good for me then - Sky Sports is necessary, at least, for the next three months - and really, Sky Sports News should be on there too.

EdCov;4509786

The list of channels is … The list of channels is herehttp://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/index.php/freesat-channelsWhich misses a few channels which some may enjoy on Freeview.NoVirgin 1, Sky Three, UKTV History,




Not forgetting Dave and Dave+1

Inactive;4511608

Not forgetting Dave and Dave+1



Or "Dave Ja Vu" as it is now called....

What will SD broadcasts look like on a 42" LCD. I currently have freeview and some channels are really poor quality, they look pixelated as if there isn't enough bandwidth to carry a decent signal. Will Freesat be better or worse?

EdCov;4509786

The list of channels is … The list of channels is herehttp://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/index.php/freesat-channelsWhich misses a few channels which some may enjoy on Freeview.NoVirgin 1, Sky Three, UKTV History,



I bought one of these from the Homebase deal the other week, it's not plugged in at the moment as I am waiting for my Sky subscription to run out.
But, when I was reading up on Freesat I was under the impression that you could manually tune in the Sky FTA channels (Such as Sky News and Sky3) to the Foxsat?

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Guess I could take out my Sky card later and see if Sky News and Sky3 work without it? If they do then they will work on the Foxsat.

ive read alot on this freesat foxsat hdr box and the reason why you guys are getting a bad sd pq is due to you running it through the hdmi cable,you need to run the hd through that and the sd through scart.

you can i believe get the sky new & sport news on this but you'll lose the epg i think.

if you had sky + then all you need to do is swap boxes no new cables,if on the other hand all you ve had is a sd sky box then youve only had one feed coming in so you'll need to upgrade to get a new line into the house,otherwise you'll only be able to record and watch 1 channel.

any more questions and i'll try to answer them.i havnt purchased one yet but if i had a spare 250 then this would be a great addition.

you cant get sky sports news on it, its encrypted, sky news is ok though on non-freesat mode

ive had one since it came out, its good, still a few bugs that need ironing out , like losing your schedule when you do a manual channel scan.

what i lke about itv hd is the footy, champions league games and fa cup are mostly in hd and the quality is great. man utd inter looked superb
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