Humax HB-1000S Freesat+ with Freetime £53 Tesco (In store, Osterley)
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Humax HB-1000S Freesat+ with Freetime £53 Tesco (In store, Osterley)

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Cheapest I've seen this one off payment alternative to giving Sky £50+ every month.

It has a modern user interface which is quick compared to my old Goodmans box. It has Free time and connects to your broadband via Ethernet or with a WiFi dongle.

Just cancel your Sky, get one of these, swap out your Sky box for this and watch HD, high signal strength, satellite telly for free.
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willpower

Just cancel your Sky, get one of these, swap out your Sky box for this … Just cancel your Sky, get one of these, swap out your Sky box for this and watch HD, high signal strength, satellite telly for free.



Apart from the fact you cant record on it & you can only get freesat from sky channels..
I'll get the Geese ready
It's a great, small sat box with lots of features. There are also two USB slots for attaching hard drives and the box can play all common video formats and containers (e.g. MKV, AVI, MP4). You can also record programmes to an external hard drive, although it only has one feed so most of the time you can't watch something on one channel and record another (unless the frequency is the same - e.g. you can record BBC One HD and watch BBC Two HD at the same time). It has the full assortment of catch-up services too (iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 and Demand5).

I got mine from Humax Direct as a refurb for £39, just like new.
YouDontWantToKnow

Apart from the fact you cant record on it & you can only get freesat from … Apart from the fact you cant record on it & you can only get freesat from sky channels..



You can record on it with an external hard drive attached.
It's a superb box. Buy with confidence

Just cancel your Sky, get one of these, swap out your Sky box for this and watch HD, high signal strength, satellite telly for free.

Just cancel your sky and watch the free channels on the sky box ;-)
maffster

Just cancel your Sky, get one of these, swap out your Sky box for this … Just cancel your Sky, get one of these, swap out your Sky box for this and watch HD, high signal strength, satellite telly for free.Just cancel your sky and watch the free channels on the sky box ;-)



​Ha ha. Sky make you pay 10 or 20 quid for a special card to allow all of the freesat channels on their box. But then you can't record or play back via USB.

Also, if you want Freesat in other rooms, get Sky to run the additional cables for you from the existing dish. They charged me £60 for two rooms which I think was pretty reasonable.
willpower

​Ha ha. Sky make you pay 10 or 20 quid for a special card to allow all of … ​Ha ha. Sky make you pay 10 or 20 quid for a special card to allow all of the freesat channels on their box. But then you can't record or play back via USB. Also, if you want Freesat in other rooms, get Sky to run the additional cables for you from the existing dish. They charged me £60 for two rooms which I think was pretty reasonable.



If you cancel sky you just use the card that you already have in there,that's what i'm doing
maffster

If you cancel sky you just use the card that you already have in … If you cancel sky you just use the card that you already have in there,that's what i'm doing



...​and I did the same. In the other rooms however, I have a Freesat box and a TV with built in Freesat which I notice get more channels than the Sky box.
I bought one this morning in my local branch (Barrow-in-Furness), so it might be nationwide, they had plenty in stock.
Or order a refurbished (with 1 year warranty) directly from Humax for £39

humaxdirect.co.uk/ref…tml

My mother ordered one and we're convinced it was an immediate return, it looks pristine.
Vashetti

Or order a refurbished (with 1 year warranty) directly from Humax for … Or order a refurbished (with 1 year warranty) directly from Humax for £39http://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/refurbished/hb-1000s-94e552.htmlMy mother ordered one and we're convinced it was an immediate return, it looks pristine.



Much better deal!
Can this pick up hotbird?
moneychop

Can this pick up hotbird?



you can put most Humax receiver into non-freesat mode but they become really dumb. You'd need a moveable dish or 2nd arm on the dish to hold a 2nd LNB, and use a diseq controller LNB switch etc.

Far better to get a 2nd receiver and a separate arm on the dish with its own or even a 2nd dish.
Hi, I have a dish directed towards Hotbird satellite, is the sky dish usually directed to the same direction? or I need to adjust my dish angel if I want to use this freesat receiver? Thanks
hamodah

Hi, I have a dish directed towards Hotbird satellite, is the sky dish … Hi, I have a dish directed towards Hotbird satellite, is the sky dish usually directed to the same direction? or I need to adjust my dish angel if I want to use this freesat receiver? Thanks



You will need to swing your dish from hotbird 13e to Astra 28e as that is where all the UK channel transmissions are, both pay per view and free to air on Sky as well as Freesat.
speculatrix

you can put most Humax receiver into non-freesat mode but they become … you can put most Humax receiver into non-freesat mode but they become really dumb. You'd need a moveable dish or 2nd arm on the dish to hold a 2nd LNB, and use a diseq controller LNB switch etc.Far better to get a 2nd receiver and a separate arm on the dish with its own or even a 2nd dish.



I remember back in the day having a dual arm for receiving 13E and 19E and switching between the two but that was only 6 degrees difference, it would be recommended to have at least an 80cm dish and a good line of site for the 15 degrees of difference between the two LNBS and some fine tuning.
cicobuff

You will need to swing your dish from hotbird 13e to Astra 28e as that is … You will need to swing your dish from hotbird 13e to Astra 28e as that is where all the UK channel transmissions are, both pay per view and free to air on Sky as well as Freesat.




Many thanks.
Do I need to fit a new LNB? Or keep the same one please.
willpower

​Ha ha. Sky make you pay 10 or 20 quid for a special card to allow all of … ​Ha ha. Sky make you pay 10 or 20 quid for a special card to allow all of the freesat channels on their box. But then you can't record or play back via USB. Also, if you want Freesat in other rooms, get Sky to run the additional cables for you from the existing dish. They charged me £60 for two rooms which I think was pretty reasonable.



£60 for a tenner's worth of cable isn't reasonable.
finnmaccool

I'll get the Geese ready


Hahaha this made me laugh!.. Once I'd took a minute to work it out lol!! (not the quickest on the mark when it comes to jokes!) xx
willpower

...​and I did the same. In the other rooms however, I have a Freesat box a … ...​and I did the same. In the other rooms however, I have a Freesat box and a TV with built in Freesat which I notice get more channels than the Sky box.


Interesting, I cancelled Sky and still get the FreeSat channels via the Sky box (using the original card, I didn't have to buy anything else), but the recording function no longer works. The FreeSat channels seem to be the same as those on FreeView (i.e. via the TV aerial), so it is difficult to see an advantage over the tuner that is incorporated in the TV.
Am I missing something or do I need yet another box?
By the way, we replaced Sky with NowTV, which we find very good (it has the channels my son liked from Sky) and more or less free (well, £6/month, but we seem to be able to find another free 3 month voucher before the last one expires).
get yersens an openbox,,google has all the info you will need to get up and running,you wont regret it and save sky monthly subs
othen

Interesting, I cancelled Sky and still get the FreeSat channels via the … Interesting, I cancelled Sky and still get the FreeSat channels via the Sky box (using the original card, I didn't have to buy anything else), but the recording function no longer works. The FreeSat channels seem to be the same as those on FreeView (i.e. via the TV aerial), so it is difficult to see an advantage over the tuner that is incorporated in the TV.



Freesat has some HD channels (not all).
lowzer

get yersens an openbox,,google has all the info you will need to get up … get yersens an openbox,,google has all the info you will need to get up and running,you wont regret it and save sky monthly subs


Do you mean a Kodi box?
eayragt

Freesat has some HD channels (not all).


Many thanks, but doesn't Freeview have HD channels as well (and the same ones)?
This looks good and I'm very tempted as I'm looking to cancel sky, but would like the option to record whilst watching other programmes. Do other PVR boxes do this? Thanks
Yes, you'll need a dual or quad nlb and most freeway recorders allow for more than one channel, but check in the desc.

I've an old foxsat one and its great. I'm thinking of upgrading but chromecast does 90% of what's missing
hamodah

Many thanks.Do I need to fit a new LNB? Or keep the same one please.



Doubtful you would, a Universal LNB is compatible. Unless you have a really old setup which is highly unlikely that used an analogue satellite receiver then you would be using a universal LNB. Older LNB's did not have band switching which digital satellite needs to receive all high band and low band signals, although Universal LNB's are backwards compatible.

cicobuff

Doubtful you would, a Universal LNB is compatible. Unless you have a … Doubtful you would, a Universal LNB is compatible. Unless you have a really old setup which is highly unlikely that used an analogue satellite receiver then you would be using a universal LNB. Older LNB's did not have band switching which digital satellite needs to receive all high band and low band signals, although Universal LNB's are backwards compatible.



Many thanks for useful information.
Seems there is some confused info in this thread.

This Humax box has a single tv tuner, therefore only a single LNB feed. It does record from this single tuner to an external USB hard disk but being a single tuner you can only record the channel you are currently watching. Useful really only for recording any single show whilst out of the house or occupied for watching later or for pausing and rewinding what you are currently watching.

All UK TV transmissions whether paid or free to air come from Astra 28E which was designed to deliver digital TV, digital radio and multimedia services to the UK and Republic of Ireland. Therefore if you used Sky before, your dish would already be pointing to Astra 28E.

Freesat differs from standard free to air satellite receivers in that the tuner only pulls in the necessary channels with regionalisation (postcode input on setup), although the majority of Freesat receivers do have a non-freesat mode so you can manually add frequencies to tune in free to air channels that are not part of the Freesat lineup. The main advantage is that Freesat has a 7 day electronic program guide and convenience of tuning in and auto organising channels for your region.

Freesat+ offered by Humax adds in an extra with the EPG in allowing via the menu the option to scroll backwards through programs missed and select them to 'bridge' through to their relevant catch up on demand options. Once again a convenience thing. For example say you missed The Great British Bake Off...scrolled backwards through your EPG, selected to watch it, then the Humax box would automatically then start iPlayer, go straight to the show and start playing it. Effectively it is a front end macro for convenience over a 7 day previous EPG time period. It will only have a selection however of programs that are available for broadcast via catchup.

A number of older Freesat boxes will lose iPlayer ability in September 2016 due them having an older iPlayer app, this will affect a number of TVs with built in iPlayer that uses the same format too...if your iPlayer looks like this, you will be affected.

http://iplayer.metafaq.com/resources/iplayer/content/iplayer_tv_old.gif

A free to air Satellite Receiver will upon setup tune in everything from the Astra 28E band, both paid (scrambled with no viewing card) and free to air channels and leave you to delete and organise the lot (do-able but time consuming), and only has a now and next electronic program guide which is the biggest caveat for some. Also any changes of frequencies for channels requires a retuning unlike many a Freesat box which auto rescans and updates









Edited by: "cicobuff" 1st May 2016
I can't vote this hot (despite being an excellent device) as it's always available from HumaxDirect for slightly less as pointed out by others. If you need two tuners then that's available at HD too. Personally I have both and can say they are excellent. The reburbs are as new, with 1 year warranty.
Also, this device is probably smaller than you'd imagine.
Edited by: "Deal-icious" 1st May 2016
Majumba

I can't vote this hot (despite being an excellent device) as it's always … I can't vote this hot (despite being an excellent device) as it's always available from HumaxDirect for slightly less as pointed out by others. If you need two tuners then that's available at HD too. Personally I have both and can say they are excellent. The reburbs are as new, with 1 year warranty.Also, this device is probably smaller than you'd imagine.



I thought about this too...but still voted this hot for other reasoning. Humaxdirect refurbs are generally new or as new, but unless you have a discount code with a £7 delivery charge that places it at £6 less than this with a 1 instead of 2 years warranty as standard.

Admittedly this deal could be store specific.
with many freeview channels now moving on to com 7 & 8 mux which many people don't get and channels going this is the best time to get this as is a freesat box.
I don't see the point of a single tuner box myself, which is why I got a refurbed dual tuner/recorder (HDR 1000S, now superseded by the HDR 1100S...wi-fi being the diff). More expensive than the box posted here, but does everything I want in a single box. Not happy that they keep adding non-free services to "Free"sat though - the latest added this week, Wuaki.tv, is quite expensive (up to 2.49 quid for a TV episode and many TV shows/movies have been on FTA already!). At least Humax are still doing firmware updates for their boxes, even if the latest one was just to add another pay TV service...

An earlier poster said Freesat has a 14-day EPG - my Humax only shows 7 days in advance for the EPG (or for the curated Showcase listings) - counting 7 days in the past for on-demand catchup is a little dubious because only a limited set of channels have that. For a while, I tried a PC with a sat tuner card - whilst this shows up more channels than the Humax's Freesat mode and it is time-consuming to delete what you don't need, the biggest downer is when channels move around (new freq etc) - Freesat auto-tracks this, but plain old sat card/software doesn't :-(


Edited by: "rkl" 1st May 2016
rkl

I don't see the point of a single tuner box myself, which is why I got a … I don't see the point of a single tuner box myself, which is why I got a refurbed dual tuner/recorder (HDR 1000S, now superseded by the HDR 1100S...wi-fi being the diff). More expensive than the box posted here, but does everything I want in a single box.



You have answered your own puzzlement yourself...I myself have a HDR 1000S, I also have a single tuner Technisat HDFS for the bedroom.

Not everyone has a need for a dual tuner, either because they don't feel the need for one with their viewing habits, or want a cheaper single tuner box for another location in the house.

I do like the convenience of my HDR-1000S, however I do find my use of the record option lessening with the likes of on demand services with the convenience my broadband speeds give, however those with poor broadband speeds may consider a dual tuner a boon....where my parents used to live they struggled to even stream from the likes of iPlayer.


Different people are going to have different wants and needs, why pay more if not needed?
rkl

An earlier poster said Freesat has a 14-day EPG - my Humax only shows 7 … An earlier poster said Freesat has a 14-day EPG - my Humax only shows 7 days in advance for the EPG (or for the curated Showcase listings) - counting 7 days in the past for on-demand catchup is a little dubious because only a limited set of channels have that. For a while, I tried a PC with a sat tuner card - whilst this shows up more channels than the Humax's Freesat mode and it is time-consuming to delete what you don't need, the biggest downer is when channels move around (new freq etc) - Freesat auto-tracks this, but plain old sat card/software doesn't :-(



Thank you, have updated my error with the EPG in my info, and clarified that Freesat+ previous 7 day catchup is limited only to shows currently available via on demand catchup.

Also added in your good point about the inconvenience with regular FTA receivers of having to retune.

Edited by: "cicobuff" 1st May 2016
othen

Interesting, I cancelled Sky and still get the FreeSat channels via the … Interesting, I cancelled Sky and still get the FreeSat channels via the Sky box (using the original card, I didn't have to buy anything else), but the recording function no longer works. The FreeSat channels seem to be the same as those on FreeView (i.e. via the TV aerial), so it is difficult to see an advantage over the tuner that is incorporated in the TV.Am I missing something or do I need yet another box?By the way, we replaced Sky with NowTV, which we find very good (it has the channels my son liked from Sky) and more or less free (well, £6/month, but we seem to be able to find another free 3 month voucher before the last one expires).



With Freest from Sky, you should get a couple of encrypted channels, one is definitely a Sony channel. So slightly different from normal Freest, but not much
no not kodi box,in my opinion they are crap,,openbox way to go,no hassle with streaming links
I have recently purchased the Humax HDR 1100S Recorder, £219 direct, next day delivery, to replace my Sky. This link shows the details, including available channels: humaxdigital.com/uk/…618
First impressions:
Less than 3 months of my Sky subscriptions buys this Humax.
Slower to boot up than Sky.
Totally new learning curve to learn the remote. A bit like switching iPhone/Windows mobile!
Having to click 3 buttons before getting to "Favourites" each time, is annoying. Why not a specific button on the remote, as they have with "Recordings"?
The "clicking" sound on most of the remote buttons, soon gets very annoying!
othen

[quote=willpower][quote=maffster][quote=willpower][quote=maffster], I … [quote=willpower][quote=maffster][quote=willpower][quote=maffster], I cancelled Sky and still get the FreeSat channels via the Sky box (using the original card, I didn't have to buy anything else), but the recording function no longer works.



Interesting , I read on another forum that the recording function would stay, obviously not ............you used to be able to keep the recording function by paying sky a tenner, but have not found out as every time I ring up because I am fed up of paying them , they offer me so much off that its worth staying.............
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