HUMAX HDR-1000S - £169.00 Less 15% until 1.12.14 + £3.95 Delivery  = £147.60 @ HOMEBASE
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HUMAX HDR-1000S - £169.00 Less 15% until 1.12.14 + £3.95 Delivery = £147.60 @ HOMEBASE

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Found 30th Nov 2014
Been waiting for a while for this to appear and just thought I would check today.

Be quick though you only got until midnight tomorrow 1st December online only. Cheapest ever price for brand new (not manager's specials).

from specs: 500GB hard drive.
- Bully

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Thanks Smartguy1. The 15% discount when buying online ends tomorrow (1st December.) It's the 15% in-store discount that ends today.

2.5% quidco

Original Poster

iand123

Thanks Smartguy1. The 15% discount when buying online ends tomorrow (1st … Thanks Smartguy1. The 15% discount when buying online ends tomorrow (1st December.) It's the 15% in-store discount that ends today.



Thanks, have amended my post.

Great bit of kit, ditch $ky, you won't regret it

rugman

Great bit of kit, ditch $ky, you won't regret it


Easier said than done, but well worth the effort

No wifi on this though? Need to go for the white version or get an adaptor?

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After more than a year of deliberation I ditched sky in March and have saved nearly £250. I couldn't decide what I wanted where recording terrestrial tv was concerned and I didn't want to fork out £200 on a Humax box if I didn't like the Youview side of it so I spent 60 quid on a brand new talk talk youview box off ebay. It's not bad. The epg is a bit slow but it's been great for recording and can send a signal to it from my phone to record.

The talk talk box hasn't got wifi either just like the older sky boxes. I got mine online by buying the sky wifi adapter for a tenner off ebay. Don't let not having wifi put you off as it's easy to make it wireless.

Just 'bought it now' a Humax wifi dongle for £14.49 on ebay to go with this box

Shame using an Argos card doesn't present you with the usual credit period for the amount to be paid. May still order though, and upgrade the hard drive myself in due course.

Original Poster

It doesn't matter to me as if I was paying on credit card I would be paying for it on this one. 0% interest on purchases for 19 months. I have one with Tesco but it's for less time on purchases although it is sat in my drawer gathering dust and has never been used. It's good to have though just in case a big bill comes in and cash is short but I try and not buy luxuries on credit cards.

tescobank.com/cre…ds/

Thanks been looking for one of these and this is the best deal I have seen

Done deal. Bye sky.

What's great about these is they even stream media from NAS. Providing you get the right chipset there is no need to get the official Humax dongle either.

Does this need a special kind of dish? We have really old satellite dish installed by freesat several years ago and have the really old box that came with it

Is their possibly cheaper one with free time with no recording?
Edited by: "kiish" 1st Dec 2014

Sooner get a grade a Fox2 for £134.95 ,brill hdr ,tried one of these not as good,put all the Hummy stuff on well sorted.

humaxdirect.co.uk/Dir…cef

Any working Sky or freesat dish will work with this.
There is a non hard disk version of this, but single tuner only, but I believe you can record to USB drive. About £99 last time I looked

morrig

Sooner get a grade a Fox2 for £134.95 ,brill hdr ,tried one of these not … Sooner get a grade a Fox2 for £134.95 ,brill hdr ,tried one of these not as good,put all the Hummy stuff on well sorted.https://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/Direct/Prod/e4cdfbf3-14c2-4f8f-ac60-b08241aeacef#more-info


Freeview, this is Freesat, no good if you can't get freeview or don't want to put up an aerial and/or already have a dish

Twin tuner but can only record one channel if you're watching a previous recording?

I'm so tempted by this, I've been meaning to ditch Sky for months but never got round to it.

Neanderthal

Twin tuner but can only record one channel if you're watching a previous … Twin tuner but can only record one channel if you're watching a previous recording?I'm so tempted by this, I've been meaning to ditch Sky for months but never got round to it.



No I had the previous model and you could record 2 channels (might even be 3!) whilst watching a previous recording. Brilliant bits of kit!

Hmm, I might be tempted to pay a bit more and buy it from Richer Sounds and also get their 5 year warranty. My experience of PVRs is that they last about 2 years before imploding, but perhaps that's just Sky boxes?

you can simultaneously record 2 programmes whilst watching a 3rd (depending on channel), or record 2 and watch something you have previously recorded (if you have 2 sat cable feeds i.e. if you have previously had sky +)

Ditched Sky in July after 25 years as a customer. Saving £98 per month! So far almost £500! We had 3 boxes with multiroom and HD, plus the full package. Do we miss it? No.

Really only my wife watches TV and she did initially miss Sky, but now she doesn't mind as we'd already decided that most of what we watch is on regular channels. And what with all the smart TVs, Bluray players, Now TV, Chromecast, Amazon Prime videos, catchup etc. Sky must be losing shedloads of money. Shame.

Must admit though that after Sky initially leaving me alone once we'd cancelled, they are constantly sending me letters and calling me. I've been offered half price so far but you know what - unless it was free I wouldn't go back.

So the wife may be interested in this - thanks!

Hot deal. Great box

Grade A, same model at humax direct if anyone is interested in saving a bit more and doesn't mind graded goods.

humaxdirect.co.uk/Dir…a13

Also ditched sky for freeview, Netflix and Amazon prime combo. Also get bt sport as part of infinity fibre. More than happy with the content in fact way better than the drivel sky put out.

Tv portion of our monthly bill is around £11 ish per month instead of around £50.

If you watch a lot of sports it's an issue but I make do with bt sports.

We have three humax sat boxes. The latest was a reconditioned one from humax that keeps rebooting randomly. They are all very slow

That's frustrating - 2/3rds of my previous comment have been truncated. Which is why I don't bother posting comments here.

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patrick_000

We have three humax sat boxes. The latest was a reconditioned one from … We have three humax sat boxes. The latest was a reconditioned one from humax that keeps rebooting randomly. They are all very slow



If they are Youview they will be slow as it has something to do with the EPG or so the guy in Currys told me. Sky has one of the best EPG's on their box but then £300 a year in fees I am now saving I don't mind having to wait a second or two.

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Neanderthal

Hmm, I might be tempted to pay a bit more and buy it from Richer Sounds … Hmm, I might be tempted to pay a bit more and buy it from Richer Sounds and also get their 5 year warranty. My experience of PVRs is that they last about 2 years before imploding, but perhaps that's just Sky boxes?



Currently £159 at some Richer Sound stores. Sign up to their VIP club and you could get another tenner off making it round about the same price.

patrick_000

We have three humax sat boxes. The latest was a reconditioned one from … We have three humax sat boxes. The latest was a reconditioned one from humax that keeps rebooting randomly. They are all very slow


I had a Humax Freesat Box and it was ridiculously slow to delete recordings for some reason whereas their older Freeview boxes deleted things instantly as you would expect.
The Freesat box must have been fully erasing the file rather than just updating the file entry table as most operating systems do.
I say this because the bigger the file the slower it was so a 3 hour film in HD might take over a minute to delete which is nuts.
I thought it was a bug but tech support twice told me it wasn't and didn't seem surprised by this behaviour.
Ridiculous and considering the issues that the Freeview boxes (9200T) had which took a very long time to get resolved I'm wary of Humax now. Shame as I like the interface overall a lot.

Agharta

I had a Humax Freesat Box and it was ridiculously slow to delete … I had a Humax Freesat Box and it was ridiculously slow to delete recordings for some reason whereas their older Freeview boxes deleted things instantly as you would expect.The Freesat box must have been fully erasing the file rather than just updating the file entry table as most operating systems do.I say this because the bigger the file the slower it was so a 3 hour film in HD might take over a minute to delete which is nuts.I thought it was a bug but tech support twice told me it wasn't and didn't seem surprised by this behaviour.Ridiculous and considering the issues that the Freeview boxes (9200T) had which took a very long time to get resolved I'm wary of Humax now. Shame as I like the interface overall a lot.



Just deleted a 2 hour programme off my Humax HDR-1000S and it took a second.

Are you sure you are referring to this box?

'I had a Humax Freesat Box' is not an accurate enough description, in fact you could be erroneously putting people off buying this box because of your statement that all Humax Freesat boxes are the same.

Were you referring to the Humax Foxsat-HDR Freesat box?



Edited by: "cicobuff" 1st Dec 2014

I got one of these as a refurb from the Humax site for 135 quid (they go OOS very quickly though!). The UI is pretty clunky - far too many menu levels and criminal lack of use of the remote's 4 colour buttons means there's no way to shortcut the menu hell. It's had some firmware updates to fix issues and I'd say it's fairly reliable now. I've recorded many progs on it and deleted them with no delays.

I really don't like the fact that *Free*sat/*Free*time now has a couple of pay per view apps (Curzon Home Cinema and some kids videos) in the On Demand section which surely ruins the whole idea of not paying anything once you ditch Sky?

What this box does well is cover the free-to-view bases that usually require 2 boxes: dual tuner recording (I pay the licence fee, so any box attached to my TV must be able to dual-record), play videos/photos/music from USB, the hard drive or DLNA, the "big 5" catchup apps, YouTube, BBC Sport/News. And yes it supports AC3 audio, unlike the Chromecast or the latest Android MX Player app! Now if only the UI could be improved to minimise the number of button presses needed for common operations, you'd have an almost perfect box...

Oh, don't use the remote control/recording app - it doesn't show you what you've set on the Humax itself (not via the app) to record in the future, leading to complete confusion as to whether a prog needs setting to record via the app or not! Even worse is that by pairing the Humax and app together, the Humax wakes out of standby every 15 minutes to do a check if new app recordings have been set. Yes, these checks are 24x7 including overnight and since it's almost the only time you can hear the hard drive spinning up, it quickly becomes extremely irritating, forcing me to unpair and uninstall the app and vow never to run it again.

Edited by: "rkl" 2nd Dec 2014

cicobuff

Just deleted a 2 hour programme off my Humax HDR-1000S and it took a … Just deleted a 2 hour programme off my Humax HDR-1000S and it took a second. Are you sure you are referring to this box?


I wasn't referring to this box hence my term 'I had a Humax box'.

Agharta

I wasn't referring to this box hence my term 'I had a Humax box'.



So you have no known use of this box and just assume all of them are the same? I don't understand why people post their experiences on differing boxes as if they are all the same.

cicobuff

So you have no known use of this box and just assume all of them are the … So you have no known use of this box and just assume all of them are the same? I don't understand why people post their experiences on differing boxes as if they are all the same.


I'm not assuming anything but good to see that they have rectified the massive error that inflicted the old one.
You though have assumed an awful lot just from my sharing my experience.

Agharta

I'm not assuming anything but good to see that they have rectified the … I'm not assuming anything but good to see that they have rectified the massive error that inflicted the old one.You though have assumed an awful lot just from my sharing my experience.



Your experience of an older box has nothing to do with this one!

Now Agharta....let's see how you could have worded things different to avoid 'assumptions'

'I had an older Humax Freesat Box (Foxsat) and it was ridiculously slow to delete recordings for some reason whereas their older Freeview boxes deleted things instantly as you would expect.
The Freesat box must have been fully erasing the file rather than just updating the file entry table as most operating systems do.
I say this because the bigger the file the slower it was so a 3 hour film in HD might take over a minute to delete which is nuts.
I thought it was a bug but tech support twice told me it wasn't and didn't seem surprised by this behaviour.
Ridiculous and considering the issues that the Freeview boxes (9200T) had which took a very long time to get resolved I'm wary of buying another Freesat PVRHumax now. Shame as I like the interface overall a lot. Although not having any experience of the HDR-1000S I have no knowledge of how the interface differs.'
Edited by: "cicobuff" 2nd Dec 2014

cicobuff

Your experience of an older box has nothing to do with this one!


Same manufacturer – Yes.
Save Device type – Yes.
So absolutely NOTHING to do with it. Hee hee.

I shared my experience partly in the hope of learning if they have fixed that design error which you confirm that they have so thanks for that.
Sharing information here is how we learn about products so not sure why you have a bee in your bonnet!

cicobuff

Now Agharta....let's see how you could have worded things different to … Now Agharta....let's see how you could have worded things different to avoid 'assumptions'


My lack of specificity led to ambiguity and from that you created your own assumptions whereas I did not assume this box shared the same design flaw.

Agharta

Same manufacturer – Yes.Save Device type – Yes.So absolutely NOTHING to do … Same manufacturer – Yes.Save Device type – Yes.So absolutely NOTHING to do with it. Hee hee. :)I shared my experience partly in the hope of learning if they have fixed that design error which you confirm that they have so thanks for that.Sharing information here is how we learn about products so not sure why you have a bee in your bonnet!



Nothing to do with it at all, different OS, different chipset, different encoding technique with G2, hence why Samsung had to backpeddle when their Freesat box was meant to be future upgradable to Freetime and could not support it due to the chipset.

There is no similarity between this box and the older Foxsat, other than they are both manufactured by Humax.

You have definitely made some wild assumptions there....

Edited by: "cicobuff" 2nd Dec 2014
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