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Humax HDR-1000S - Freesat HD Box £199 @ richersounds

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Found 10th Feb 2014
Ok Guys, I have been looking at ditching Sky for a while now and been looking at both freeview and freesat boxes.

I currently don't have a smart tv and my sky subscription is sky+ and not HD. Now I know as soon as I ditch my sky sub I will get the freeview channels but won't be able to record which I will miss. The ability to wind back certain programmes upto 7 days like the Humax does is of interest.

I been looking at the Humax box, preference is freesat as more channels available but would appreciate any thoughts, advice, opinions etc.

Main reason for ditching sky is I spend most time watching the terrestrial channels and as BBC & Euroesport failed to win the coverage of Moto GP from this year on I see no point in keeping sky. I am not eligible to receive BT Sport for free.

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you could also look at youview

edit: you do need internet connection though
Edited by: "skykid3" 10th Feb 2014

Or refurb at Humax Direct for £159 + del here (£199 + del for the 1TB model). If you read other comments, they never seem to look anything other than brand new. Price includes 1 year on-site warranty.

Humax Direct have this, the 500gb model, for £159 "Grade A with 1 year warranty"
Reports of the "Grade A" models are pretty good

www1.humaxdirect.co.uk/Dir…ory

I have this model and an Edimax wifi dongle can be grabbed off ebay for about a tenner to make it wireless

UKSoaper

Or refurb at Humax Direct for £159 + del here (£199 + del for the 1TB m … Or refurb at Humax Direct for £159 + del here (£199 + del for the 1TB model). If you read other comments, they never seem to look anything other than brand new. Price includes 1 year on-site warranty.



beat me to it

I moved from Virgin Media's TiVo to this and I can't say I'm suffering to much. The cost savings are fantastic and I'd recommend it though my son missed BT Sport.

I do wish I'd considered YouView more though and there's also an older Humax box that has been hacked with custom firmware and new features added but overall it feels like a really smart move. This box has paid for itself in just a few months!!

Original Poster

Wow, great response so far. I can move my router so it sits behind the tv but have a wireless adapter which served my old xbox well so connection to the internet isn't a problem. I was looking at some of the 'smart' facilities offered by Humax and have considered Youview but I am guessing the ability to have the catch up tv is only for BBC and ITV channels. The Humax does have catch up facility on it. I guess in time when my present TV requires replacing I would get a smart tv anyway. Just seen a Panasonic at Argos which has quite a good review and has full web browser.

richersounds.com/pro…130

ordered humax box (direct from humax) week before last and it arrived last monday! it didnt even last a day! it was the youview 500gb freeview. there email customer service is as bad as i've ever encountered. its not onsite as listed, they just want to swap out boxes. yes it looked brand spanking new but never worked for more than 24hrs. it was picked up today purely because there email tech and cust service was diabolical!

mikbak

skybox F5 way to go.



go on then, whats a skybox? saw these on ebay but wasn't sure
if you're reluctant to tell us what it does but would highly recommend it, that'll be enough for me

I ditched sky over a year ago and purchased a Humax 1TB Freesat box with Freetime, (this is also HD), and never looked back. I then purchased another for the bedroom. Excellent features, great customer care, and has the new Freesat smartphone App which I'm just in process of setting up. I use TP Link home plugs to limit any trailing cables and all works superb. One of my better decisions in life was to ditch robbing sky and go Freesat.

Original Poster

OK guys thanks so far. Am interested to see what you guys have out there. I like the idea of Youview or catch up tv but I guess I can do this from my laptop already. I also like the idea that Freesat has more channels than Freeview. Will I watch them. Probably not. I reckon there are only 15 channels or so that I watch on sky anyway.

Any recommendations or avoidances greatly appreciated. BT Youview box which I understand is a Humax seems quite good value at Currys at £159.95

http://www.youview.com/get-youview/provider/currys.co.uk. It has good Revoo revues as well. Also does anyone have the Panasonic shown below.

richersounds.com/pro…130

I have freesat and like it. I don't have anything fancy just a foxsat hd in one room and a cheap bush hd in another. Had it about 3 years never had a problem

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tanked

go on then, whats a skybox? saw these on ebay but wasn't sureif you're … go on then, whats a skybox? saw these on ebay but wasn't sureif you're reluctant to tell us what it does but would highly recommend it, that'll be enough for me



See following link re skybox.

satellites.co.uk/for…63/

Sounds good in principle but scary when you read all of the above link. It looks like a decent box to be honest for the money but I certainly wouldn't entertain any with a 'gift'.

Smartguy, I have a Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat model (not the latest FreeTime version). The HD quality is better than anything I ever got from Sky. So, it's natural that I would consider this later 'FreeTime' model for my 'other' TV room. The HD quality is apparently as good, and it has extra functionality, including an easier way of playing content previously stored on your PC or NAS hard disk.

I haven't ruled it out.

However, I'm convinced that TV content is going the same way as CDs and DVDs. Most stuff will be available online, so why build up your own personal library of movies? Why store stuff on your Humax Box hard disk when you can download what you want when you want.

So, if you have access to a digital TV signal (i.e. an aerial that can receive digital TV) then perhaps a Humax YouView box is the way to go. Why? Because it offers most of the FreeSat stuff, most of the catchup stuff (BBC I-Player, etc.), but also gives you access to 'Now TV'. Then you have the option to pay a small subscription to view some Sky content, or have access to Sky movies, or box office, or Sports, without any commitment to a long term Sky contract. Alternatively, there's access to Netflix and Lovefilm instant. No tie in, no DVD storage!! And no need to manage your hard disk space when you constantly want to record new stuff.

I hope I've given you a flavour of my reasoning (developed over the last few months). Sorry if it doesn't make complete sense.

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UKSoaper

Smartguy, I have a Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat model (not the latest … Smartguy, I have a Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat model (not the latest FreeTime version). The HD quality is better than anything I ever got from Sky. So, it's natural that I would consider this later 'FreeTime' model for my 'other' TV room. The HD quality is apparently as good, and it has extra functionality, including an easier way of playing content previously stored on your PC or NAS hard disk.I haven't ruled it out. However, I'm convinced that TV content is going the same way as CDs and DVDs. Most stuff will be available online, so why build up your own personal library of movies? Why store stuff on your Humax Box hard disk when you can download what you want when you want.So, if you have access to a digital TV signal (i.e. an aerial that can receive digital TV) then perhaps a Humax YouView box is the way to go. Why? Because it offers most of the FreeSat stuff, most of the catchup stuff (BBC I-Player, etc.), but also gives you access to 'Now TV'. Then you have the option to pay a small subscription to view some Sky content, or have access to Sky movies, or box office, or Sports, without any commitment to a long term Sky contract. Alternatively, there's access to Netflix and Lovefilm instant. No tie in, no DVD storage!! And no need to manage your hard disk space when you constantly want to record new stuff. I hope I've given you a flavour of my reasoning (developed over the last few months). Sorry if it doesn't make complete sense.



Perfect sense thank you. As usual with my purchases I am looking for anything that does everything which no manufacturer has made yet !! I was only tempted with Freesat because of the additional channels. I keep going full circle with my choices. Your advice on Youview is great because I hadn't thought of possibly purchasing any packages from Sky. Netflix is a good point too as my son suggested we could use that to catch up on some programmes that we will miss out on sky. Whether we do or not is irrelevant but if the facility is there we can use it.

I see Cuurys do the BT Youview box at £159.95 which is the Humax DTR-T1000 which is well liked by Techradar.

Smartguy1

See following link re skybox. … See following link re skybox. http://www.satellites.co.uk/forums/threads/do-i-buy-skybox-f3.158863/Sounds good in principle but scary when you read all of the above link. It looks like a decent box to be honest for the money but I certainly wouldn't entertain any with a 'gift'.



Thanks! Glad I didn't bother. Sounds too much like hard work.

Oh and there is talk of a smart phone app on the way that lets you watch your Humax recordings on your device (whilst someone is watching something else on the box at the same time), I think this is what some FOXSAT firmware hacks currently allow but on this box they encrypted the hard drive I think

Smartguy1

I see Currys do the BT Youview box at £159.95 which is the Humax DTR-T1000



It may be that the BT Youview box is somehow locked to BT. I don't know, and haven't researched it, but I bet they've messed with it in some way. I did recently speak to someone at BT about a router problem and the (very helpful) lady at BT said that when she joined BT, one of the first things she was taught was that there are 3 ways of doing things: "The right way, the wrong way, and the BT way." My experience with 'BT support' backs that up.

So, I would suggest that a box direct from Humax here might be less restrictive in the long term. Reading the brochure pdf on the Humax website, you can still use their 'standard' box to view BT and TalkTalk pay per view services. Of course, it is possible that BT and TalkTalk may offer some services in their version that you can't get through the 'standard' Humax Youview box, but then you're back to being tied in.

HTH

Original Poster

Thanks again UKSoaper. I will ask at Currys but you could be right and I may be better paying the extra for a 'true' Humax. One thing I did read is the BT version has BT firmware which is a bit scary as anything new that Humax may want to introduce will need to be sanctioned and then issued by BT for their versions. Another issue as well with the BT version is I am not sure if there are any 'extras' for BT customers. Where I live it is not possible to have a BT phone line or broadband so may just dismiss it depending my outcome with Currys. Hopefully I can find someone there who has technical knowledge of the products and not someone who is just going to read what it says on the box.
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