Humax Foxsat-HDR  (Sky+ for freesat) Grade A with 1 Year guarantee 320gb £129, 500gb £149, 1tb £189, £6 delivery @ Humax Direct
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Humax Foxsat-HDR (Sky+ for freesat) Grade A with 1 Year guarantee 320gb £129, 500gb £149, 1tb £189, £6 delivery @ Humax Direct

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Found 12th Mar 2013
Cheapest I've ever seen these, Humax are probably clearing them out for the newer HDR-1000s.
Basically these work the same as sky+ but only for free channels. Picture quality is superb on them and they are really customisable for those who want to do that. Personally I think £129 plus delivery for a dual tuner ( watch one channel whilst recording another) HD pvr is superb value.

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Had ours for a couple of years, easy to use and program. To watch one channel and record another you do need two leads from the satellite dish, but once that's done I can't fault it.

bare in mind these are 1st gen free sat humax I would have thought the price would have dropped more than than

I have a 500gb and its frozen maybe once in 2 years, great kit

If I was buying now though, Id go for the newer kit with the updated anytime menu etc that isnt avail on the older ones
Edited by: "mrwhitelabel" 12th Mar 2013

Original Poster

HDR-1000s is a great piece of kit, but at almost twice the price and with lack of customisation at this point, this is a better deal at the moment IMO. I'm definitely keeping an eye on the HDR-1000s' though

I ordered a box from Humax Direct a few months ago. It was delivered damaged. This was clearly not transit damage as the box was perfect. It took me nearly 7 weeks to get a refund.

The customer service was shocking.

Avoid.

Awesome bit of kit. I have replaced the 320gb HDD with a 1TB HDD in mine. Works very well although as mrwhitelabel says I would have thought the price would have dropped more by now.

the HDR FOX T2 is the one to get. (500gb £159 Freeview HD)

roly

the HDR FOX T2 is the one to get. (500gb £159 Freeview HD)



agreed

mwalke36

I ordered a box from Humax Direct a few months ago. It was delivered … I ordered a box from Humax Direct a few months ago. It was delivered damaged. This was clearly not transit damage as the box was perfect. It took me nearly 7 weeks to get a refund.The customer service was shocking.Avoid.

this is not normal their customer service is very good indeed

roly

the HDR FOX T2 is the one to get. (500gb £159 Freeview HD)



depends if you can get a freeview reception or not

freesat more stable for most, especially if youve already got a sat installed and coming off sky etc

I installed a sky size sat dish and cables to 2 rooms for £30 so its not a massive extra if you have the skills/ know some one to do it

mrwhitelabel

depends if you can get a freeview reception or notfreesat more stable for … depends if you can get a freeview reception or notfreesat more stable for most, especially if youve already got a sat installed and coming off sky etcI installed a sky size sat dish and cables to 2 rooms for £30 so its not a massive extra if you have the skills/ know some one to do it



The Fox T2 is a newer, more responsive and reliable box. It has custom firmware allowing for skyplayer and other network activities, and in general, its a much better, quicker, more reliable and smoother experience if your coming off the back of Sky HD.

I think its very difficult to kick the sky habit once you have had it for a few years as the interface is just to smooth and reliable, and wife friendly. Thats the main things all other boxes have to live up to, the slickness of the Sky interface and series link.

Got a hdr fox t2 a few months back from here for £169 for my folks and it was like new. I have to say tho my old 9150t is much quicker response times through the menus and guide. Must see if there is a firmware upgrade to help...

I have a tv which is HD ready and has freeview built in but not freeview HD,which Humax would be the one that I would be best buying?
Edited by: "wilson1973" 12th Mar 2013

Awesome piece of kit. If you have a problem with the volume level changing drastically when changing from HD to SD channels and vice versa, then go in to the TV setting menu on the Humax and switch Dolby Digital to OFF. You only need to do this if you're using the TV for audio, if you're using a surround sound system you don't need to do this.

what channels do you lose on Freesat if coming from Freesat from Sky? If any.

Is this an up to date comparison? i-heart-geek.blogspot.co.uk/201…tml

the cool

what channels do you lose on Freesat if coming from Freesat from Sky? If … what channels do you lose on Freesat if coming from Freesat from Sky? If any.



en.wikipedia.org/wik…Sky

You can also swap between Freesat and Non Freesat mode on this Humax, there are other channels available on Non Freesat mode. I generally don't use it as Sky News is now available on Channel 202 and I used to have to watch it on non freesat mode.

digitalspy.co.uk/med…tml
Edited by: "fishmaster" 12th Mar 2013

Decent price.
Highly recommend the Foxsat-HDR - especially once loaded with the excellent custom firmware which gives you access via a web browser interface, allows you to access/stream recordings made over your LAN, remotely schedule recordings and much, much more.

Check out the "Media & File Server Bundle for the Foxsat HDR" thread over on AVForums for further info.

Existing owners: If you're not using this, you don't know what you're missing!

WhaleOilBeefHooked

Decent price.Highly recommend the Foxsat-HDR - especially once loaded … Decent price.Highly recommend the Foxsat-HDR - especially once loaded with the excellent custom firmware which gives you access via a web browser interface, allows you to access/stream recordings made over your LAN, remotely schedule recordings and much, much more.Check out the "Media & File Server Bundle for the Foxsat HDR" thread over on AVForums for further info.Existing owners: If you're not using this, you don't know what you're missing!



Thanks this will be the thread >

avforums.com/for…tml

I must admit I didn't know of the existence of this. So thanks

Banned

what does the custom firmware add?

Will keep eye out for the t2

LOUGHBORO GUY

this is not normal their customer service is very good indeed



No name company though, will go for Bush, at least I have heard of them






Too bad these can't take sealions

The 320gb has dropped but the 500GB & 1TB are same price as 3months ago linky
I bearly got 100c heat. Could do with adding p&p to price too. Oh and my Humax has been great, don't miss sky at all.

I'd recommend these, defo Sky killer for me Had ours over 2 years now

Do any Freesat boxes offer Series Link, or can this be added via the custom firmware mentioned?
Wouldn't mind a box with WiFi as no cables reach and don't like leaving HomePlugs on constantly.

Any comparison sites available/recommended? I see Sandstorm, Sagem, Bush mentioned around.

FearTheBassPlayer

No name company though, will go for Bush, at least I have heard of … No name company though, will go for Bush, at least I have heard of them;):p



I think it's been long enough to make that funny again.

I thought this was for the fox t2, which I'm planning to buy when sky expires in a couple of weeks, for £129. I got excited for nothing

Humax freesat rocks.sky tv no thanks

Have been this price for ages, I bought one at Xmas.

I was not impressed and sent it back, got a refund no problem.

My issue was with the EPG, it is extremely slow to respond, with a noticeable delay between button presses. Scrolling down the EPG takes forever, and just wasn't usable for me. Perhaps I had a dodgy box? but there are other out there experiencing the same issues:-

avforums.com/for…tml

mwalke36

I ordered a box from Humax Direct a few months ago. It was delivered … I ordered a box from Humax Direct a few months ago. It was delivered damaged. This was clearly not transit damage as the box was perfect. It took me nearly 7 weeks to get a refund.The customer service was shocking.Avoid.



I had exactly the opposite experience when I bought a Grade A Fox T2 last year. When it failed to boot after the first set up Humax dispatched a replacement by courier who collected the old one. It was very quick and fuss-free and the replacement box has been faultless.

shatteredneon

Have been this price for ages, I bought one at Xmas.I was not impressed … Have been this price for ages, I bought one at Xmas.I was not impressed and sent it back, got a refund no problem.My issue was with the EPG, it is extremely slow to respond, with a noticeable delay between button presses. Scrolling down the EPG takes forever, and just wasn't usable for me. Perhaps I had a dodgy box? but there are other out there experiencing the same issues:-http://www.avforums.com/forums/freesat/1355095-humax-foxsat-hdr-epg-slowdown.html



I read that there's a piece of plastic covering which needs taking off as it interferes with the remote commands. Don't know how true it is?

roly

the HDR FOX T2 is the one to get. (500gb £159 Freeview HD)



Not if you're wanting to use a satellite feed rather than an aerial

Peg Man

Do any Freesat boxes offer Series Link, or can this be added via the … Do any Freesat boxes offer Series Link, or can this be added via the custom firmware mentioned?Wouldn't mind a box with WiFi as no cables reach and don't like leaving HomePlugs on constantly.Any comparison sites available/recommended? I see Sandstorm, Sagem, Bush mentioned around.



yup they all humax do inc this,
when you add a recording it will ask if you want to record just that programme or all in the series.
You wont get red button reminders onscreen like with sky though
Edited by: "mrwhitelabel" 12th Mar 2013

i read the same about the plastic covering the sensor which is why many said the epg was slow..... unbelievable they would leave it on and get a bad rep.....which had made me think of the Sandstrom. But the fox seems to be the daddy

That picture isn’t one of the referred to hard drive models.
Not only do you have to peel the plastic film off, but also carefully remove a patch of the backing paint behind the area of the lid that interfaces with the IR receiver. And even then, the remote control is ridiculously inaccurate and irritating.

what! no need to buy vhs tapes any more ??


WhaleOilBeefHooked

Decent price.Highly recommend the Foxsat-HDR - especially once loaded … Decent price.Highly recommend the Foxsat-HDR - especially once loaded with the excellent custom firmware which gives you access via a web browser interface, allows you to access/stream recordings made over your LAN, remotely schedule recordings and much, much more.Check out the "Media & File Server Bundle for the Foxsat HDR" thread over on AVForums for further info.Existing owners: If you're not using this, you don't know what you're missing!

WhaleOilBeefHooked

Decent price.Highly recommend the Foxsat-HDR - especially once loaded … Decent price.Highly recommend the Foxsat-HDR - especially once loaded with the excellent custom firmware which gives you access via a web browser interface, allows you to access/stream recordings made over your LAN, remotely schedule recordings and much, much more.Check out the "Media & File Server Bundle for the Foxsat HDR" thread over on AVForums for further info.Existing owners: If you're not using this, you don't know what you're missing!



That page links to how to install it. Is there some sort of Wiki explaining the benefits you get?

I've spent ages today looking at freesat boxes - trying to find a good one for about £60! Awesome find - heat added!

I have Freesat with a GBP50 Lidl receiver. Does not record at all but if I replace with this Humax is that all I get, recording? Seems a lot of money

Thanks, sky cancels tommorow and been looking at these for a week. Just hope we can live without sky lol as had it 10 years plus

good price

Can anyone please tell which Freesat boxes come with skyplayer or if i can access sky player??
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