Humax HB-1100S Freesat HD Receiver - £79 @ Tesco
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Just so you know you can no longer get Channel 4 HD nor 4OD on these any more
The reason this has dropped in price because manhattan have just released a new freesat box for £50
There has been no competition with humax so they got away with charging what they wanted!
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Good find - heat added
Just so you know you can no longer get Channel 4 HD nor 4OD on these any more
Lawlost11 m ago

Just so you know you can no longer get Channel 4 HD nor 4OD on these any …Just so you know you can no longer get Channel 4 HD nor 4OD on these any more



thats a bit rubbish...any idea why...is it s freesat thing?
indeed it seems its right...its not just this box though, but Freesat in general

freesat.co.uk/new…at/
jouster12 m ago

thats a bit rubbish...any idea why...is it s freesat thing?


Kind of - Freesat were wanting to increase the fees C4 pay to be on the platform. The story I read somewhere is that it was something pushed on Freesat rather than their decision. C4 threw toys out of pram, and removed 4OD (All4?) and C4 HD.

Freesat do say they're hopeful they can get them back soon.

But yes, I was disappointed too, as my Freeview reception is fine for SD but not HD, and this year might be my last chance to watch F1, and it's so much nicer in HD.
Edited by: "alg" 3rd Apr
alg31 m ago

Kind of - Freesat were wanting to increase the fees C4 pay to be on the …Kind of - Freesat were wanting to increase the fees C4 pay to be on the platform. The story I read somewhere is that it was something pushed on Freesat rather than their decision. C4 threw toys out of pram, and removed 4OD (All4?) and C4 HD.Freesat do say they're hopeful they can get them back soon.But yes, I was disappointed too, as my Freeview reception is fine for SD but not HD, and this year might be my last chance to watch F1, and it's so much nicer in HD.



It's still free-to-air though, isn't it? So you can view it in non-Freesat mode. It's just awkward to set up.
e.g. something like this: How to use Non Freesat to view CH 4 HD on a G2 box
Edited by: "pieinthesky" 3rd Apr
Lawlost54 m ago

Just so you know you can no longer get Channel 4 HD nor 4OD on these any …Just so you know you can no longer get Channel 4 HD nor 4OD on these any more


You can but not in Freesat mode.
Thought this had recordable function too, but it doesn’t

What does it do different to a stand-alone sky box (ie no subscription)
u66454116 m ago

Thought this had recordable function too, but it doesn’t What does it do d …Thought this had recordable function too, but it doesn’t What does it do different to a stand-alone sky box (ie no subscription)


It does if you plug in a USB hard drive. The other thing different to a Sky box is that it doesn't give you a TV guide full of channels you can't view...
anewman45 m ago

You can but not in Freesat mode.


But you can't record it I don't think.
Cremoso9925 m ago

But you can't record it I don't think.


Seems ok here, apart from the dodgy EPG. I guess you can't scroll through the EPG and hit "record" though because the EPG only exists on Freesat. So you'd need to manually input the times or press record manually.
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Edited by: "anewman" 3rd Apr
Uridium37 m ago

It does if you plug in a USB hard drive. The other thing different to a …It does if you plug in a USB hard drive. The other thing different to a Sky box is that it doesn't give you a TV guide full of channels you can't view...



touché...that always annoys me especially when we go on holiday and switch the TV with 'Sky' on and I have to explain to the kids that it's not because Dad's a tight arse!!
Non-Freesat mode planner only shows now and next, so yes, manual recordings only (no series link etc). Rubbish about Channel 4 have pulled out leaving no HD for F1. I emailed them both (Freesat and CH4) and they both blamed each other. Pathetic, F1 in standard def in 2018?, ridiculous
u6645411 h, 36 m ago

Thought this had recordable function too, but it doesn’t What does it do d …Thought this had recordable function too, but it doesn’t What does it do different to a stand-alone sky box (ie no subscription)


This box? It does iPlayer, STV or ITV Hub, Demand 5, Netflix, Ketchup, Rakuten, Pop kids, YouTube, tv player, on demand services. iirc
rugman3 m ago

Non-Freesat mode planner only shows now and next, so yes, manual …Non-Freesat mode planner only shows now and next, so yes, manual recordings only (no series link etc). Rubbish about Channel 4 have pulled out leaving no HD for F1. I emailed them both (Freesat and CH4) and they both blamed each other. Pathetic, F1 in standard def in 2018?, ridiculous


Still better than next year, where at the moment there is no non-Sky F1 contract available in the UK.
alg25 m ago

Still better than next year, where at the moment there is no non-Sky F1 …Still better than next year, where at the moment there is no non-Sky F1 contract available in the UK.


Welcome to the world MotoGP fans have been suffering for the last 2 years....BTSport only :-( and just been resigned for another 5yr exclusive deal.

If you don't have Sky or Virgin the only way is via the BT Sport app on Phone/PC at £26pm....
What does this offer over freeview?
I have freesat input on my tv but I never use it! But I'm sure I read somewhere that the hd picture on freesat is better than terrestrial because of the higher bandwidth is this still the case?
nowadays is bobbins with all this ppv, not that long ago you could watch Mike Tyson aggressively hammer his opponent just by pressing number 3 on your remote controller!
mccririck6 h, 6 m ago

What does this offer over freeview?


The one I liked was the Freesat app where you can record a programme using your mobile, don't know if Freeview has that.

You do get proper Channel 4 HD on Freeview though.
The reason this has dropped in price because manhattan have just released a new freesat box for £50
There has been no competition with humax so they got away with charging what they wanted!
argos.co.uk/sta…003
itbristol50 m ago

The reason this has dropped in price because manhattan have just released …The reason this has dropped in price because manhattan have just released a new freesat box for £50There has been no competition with humax so they got away with charging what they wanted!http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/7647019.htm?cmpid=APP003


They make better products....
mccririck9 h, 18 m ago

What does this offer over freeview?


Nothing. But handy if you don't have a TV aerial but have an old Sky dish.
itbristol1 h, 33 m ago

The reason this has dropped in price because manhattan have just released …The reason this has dropped in price because manhattan have just released a new freesat box for £50There has been no competition with humax so they got away with charging what they wanted!http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/7647019.htm?cmpid=APP003


At the same time, the new Manhattan box doesn't have the same functionality. As far as I can see, there's no catchup TV or things like YouTube. The wifi and ethernet port are reserved for firmware updates.
Uridium46 m ago

Nothing. But handy if you don't have a TV aerial but have an old Sky dish.


Not quite true - Freesat should have more channels, especially if your Freeview transmitter isn't a full transmitter. However, in reality there's not a huge amount of difference.

We use Freesat as we previously had Sky - and have a questionable aerial (never really used it since we moved in). Our Freeview reception is OK for SD channels, but after a few minutes watching HD channels we start to get picture and audio breakup.

I would actually like to have a third satellite feed into the living room, and a new aerial, as we have a Freesat TV as well, but don't know how much it would cost to get that done.
Freesat picture on my tv built in satellite receiver is pretty good, at least as good as Virgin.
Dishes are pretty cheap or reuse your old Sky box.
Add extra LNBs for a few quid for other satellites (RTL F1 FTA is on Astra 1 in German).
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Gaffer taped a £7 LNB to my old sky now freesat dish so that I can watch Astra 1 (RTL) and Astra 2 (Freesat).
It's a good deal, but after 8 months with it, finally sent mine back to Amazon for a refund - the system kept clogging up(I'm assuming some kind of cache clearance issue) so the menu systems were reacting 10 seconds after a button press, making it unusable
Only way to clear the problem was a power out hard reset, which then wiped all settings for iplayer etc
Now begrudgingly returned to sky until a freesat HD manufacturer gets the job done right
ncf35515 m ago

It's a good deal, but after 8 months with it, finally sent mine back to …It's a good deal, but after 8 months with it, finally sent mine back to Amazon for a refund - the system kept clogging up(I'm assuming some kind of cache clearance issue) so the menu systems were reacting 10 seconds after a button press, making it unusableOnly way to clear the problem was a power out hard reset, which then wiped all settings for iplayer etcNow begrudgingly returned to sky until a freesat HD manufacturer gets the job done right


Pants

Wrong model, I was talking about the Humax 1100 recorder, anyway, the 1100 recorder is very poor - avoid
alg2 h, 26 m ago

Not quite true - Freesat should have more channels, especially if your …Not quite true - Freesat should have more channels, especially if your Freeview transmitter isn't a full transmitter. However, in reality there's not a huge amount of difference. We use Freesat as we previously had Sky - and have a questionable aerial (never really used it since we moved in). Our Freeview reception is OK for SD channels, but after a few minutes watching HD channels we start to get picture and audio breakup.I would actually like to have a third satellite feed into the living room, and a new aerial, as we have a Freesat TV as well, but don't know how much it would cost to get that done.


Do It yourself if you are capable at DIY You would probably need a new LNB (depends how many ports your existing one has) and get a reel of coax cable. Then it's just a case of running the cable externally and connecting it up! Couple of hours work.
ncf35540 m ago

PantsWrong model, I was talking about the Humax 1100 recorder, anyway, the …PantsWrong model, I was talking about the Humax 1100 recorder, anyway, the 1100 recorder is very poor - avoid


The recorder is the model we have - apart from doing a power cycle every couple of months, we've never had any issue with it. It's certainly never needed the settings redone.
The best thing about Freesat is:
-The channels are automatically in ascending order eg. ITV, ITV1, ITV+1 etc.., I fine Freeview channels to be all over the place
-No crappy shopping channels, well none that i've come across.
-HD picture is much better than Freeview (well that's what I've found as I have Freesat in the living room and Freeview in the bedrooms, Freeview oftern breaks up)
markwalton4001 h, 14 m ago

The best thing about Freesat is:-The channels are automatically in …The best thing about Freesat is:-The channels are automatically in ascending order eg. ITV, ITV1, ITV+1 etc.., I fine Freeview channels to be all over the place-No crappy shopping channels, well none that i've come across.-HD picture is much better than Freeview (well that's what I've found as I have Freesat in the living room and Freeview in the bedrooms, Freeview oftern breaks up)


I find the freeview HD perfectly fine - it must just be your dodgy aerial plus you still get 4HD.
Have used freesat and haven't noticed any better quality HD wise.
markwalton4004th Apr

The best thing about Freesat is:-The channels are automatically in …The best thing about Freesat is:-The channels are automatically in ascending order eg. ITV, ITV1, ITV+1 etc.., I fine Freeview channels to be all over the place-No crappy shopping channels, well none that i've come across.-HD picture is much better than Freeview (well that's what I've found as I have Freesat in the living room and Freeview in the bedrooms, Freeview oftern breaks up)


You're obviously not looking for the shopping channels.

They're up in the 800 channel range.
Seems like this is the same price on amazon? If you have prime I think returns work better from amazon.
Are these things ever likely to get much better? I'm tempted to buy one and just let it sit in the box for 6 months, as probably moving house by then so not much point putting up a dish and don't even watch live tv at the moment anyway.

I guess the main upgrade would be the storage space, different storage technology used too like ssd perhaps but that's a long way off.

Warranty is another issue but willing to take the risk.

Also am I likely to get the TV licence people harrassing me if I buy this?
Edited by: "supermann" 4th Apr
jouster20 h, 31 m ago

thats a bit rubbish...any idea why...is it s freesat thing?


I think they've been bribed by those @$€%$#s at Sky again, giving them a cheap deal as an encrypted channel and to hell with anyone else as the deal relies upon them dropping Freesat.
Is this better than a Sky HD box (without subscription) for viewing channels? Not bothered about recording or iPlayer, etc.
Edited by: "Infinite.Element" 4th Apr
A Sky Q dish supersedes this technology due to encryption. Just sayin'.
I got a Zgemma box cheap off ebay, does the job for Freesat and it's got a skin making it look like a Sky Q box, Does the job plus I can switch between Freesat and Sky Free-to-air channels so I can get Channel 4 HD
JohnIIIrd19 m ago

A Sky Q dish supersedes this technology due to encryption. Just sayin'.


What does that mean?
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