Humax HDR-1000S/500GB-G Freesat+ with "Freetime" HD Digital TV Recorder (Grade A) @ Humax Direct £159 + £6 delivery
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Humax HDR-1000S/500GB-G Freesat+ with "Freetime" HD Digital TV Recorder (Grade A) @ Humax Direct £159 + £6 delivery

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Found 6th Nov 2013
"Grade A"
Freesat 500GB HD PVR with Free time EPG
500GB Hard Drive - ~250 hours of SD or ~125 hours of HD recording
HD connection with HDMI (HDMI Cable Included), 12 months on site warranty

Seems a good deal.

1tb also available for £195 here: humaxdirect.co.uk/pro…209

What are "Manager Specials"?

These products are either older models we are attempting to clear from stock, or "Grade A" ("Grade A" units are marked with the suffix -G or -GSP at the end of the part code). Grade A's are predominantly store returns that have been tested and where appropriate repaired to an "as new" standard in our own service centre or factory. They come fully boxed with all accessories and full instructions and are all backed up by a complete 1 year on site warranty.

Generally these units are on the latest software version but this cannot be guaranteed so free software updates are available via 'Over the Air' transmissions (when available) and at our support website at humaxdigital.com/hcsa.

37 Comments

Heat added, thanks OP.

Have been waiting for one of these to come up with the freetime function. I can finally stick two fingers up to Sky and recoup my money within less than 6 months. Will be interesting to hear what fantastic deal they offer to try and retain my business but I'm determined to stay strong!

Now just the tricky decision of who to move BB to...

500gb is not much when you add in children/ partners and or hd recordings

My original 320gb Foxsat started stuttering at I think 200 to 250GB, it now has a 1TB hard drive

What's freetime please?

Great price, even though its a refurb ...... there were some niggles when this was first released but a few updates later and this has the be the best freesat box IMO

I have this and now it has all the catchup tv services it is brilliant. If I had to pick a niggle it would have to be the slow scroll speed of the tv guide.

Edited by: "debs626" 7th Nov 2013

I've had my 1tb box for a while now and I'm pretty happy with it. As mentioned it can be a bit slow on the guide, but other than that it's a decent alternative to Sky.

Bought one of these three weeks ago, it's a great box, integration with iplayer etc is very clever. 500gb might be a bit small if it's your only access to recordings, but we use a pi as well. Well worth the money. It's looked absolutely brand new, nothing graded about it at all, the only difference is you only get one year warranty rather than two.

FlashJordan

Heat added, thanks OP. Have been waiting for one of these to come up with … Heat added, thanks OP. Have been waiting for one of these to come up with the freetime function. I can finally stick two fingers up to Sky and recoup my money within less than 6 months. Will be interesting to hear what fantastic deal they offer to try and retain my business but I'm determined to stay strong!Now just the tricky decision of who to move BB to...



Cancelled the TV side of sky , they didnt call me to negotiate at all , but then i still have sky fibre BB

Andi Keane

Cancelled the TV side of sky , they didnt call me to negotiate at all , … Cancelled the TV side of sky , they didnt call me to negotiate at all , but then i still have sky fibre BB



give it a few weeks. you'll get something in the post. then a few weeks after that you'll get a call.
Edited by: "Derby_Lad" 7th Nov 2013

Derby_Lad

give it a few weeks. you'll get something in the post. then a few weeks … give it a few weeks. you'll get something in the post. then a few weeks after that you'll get a call.



You mean after its been switched off ? (just checking)

yeah. once you've actually stuck to it and 'gone without' (heaven forbid in this day and age) they will try to get you back.

the old 'im cancelling' line doesn't carry any weight anymore as i'm sure that 99% of the people that say it have no intention of going to another provider/freeview. They know this, so they'll chuck a token gesture discount or offer, and then the vast majority will snap their hand off.

Banned

hot

Just for info, Freesat requires a satellite dish and tintinet. There are other units around from Humax at a similar price or maybe a little more than this graded price which will do the same for an existing standard TV aerial and provide Freeview. Humax also cater for a third interface called Youview which personally having read up on them all appears to me to be the best option. Seamlessly integrates the catch up services into a tv guide with a week's worth of "catch up". I was looking at the Humax DTR1010 for this which I found for about £219 for the 500Gb

Anyway, hope this helps.

is this worth chucking in my freesat HD box for? it appears this freetime thing is only going back 7 days which the i players do.

I wonder if they could actually update the software on the older Freesat 500GB boxes to include the Freetime?

I am sure they would rather get you buying a new box, but I wonder if it's possible???

This looks good and easy to use. Will be purchasing for the parents. Cheers.

Think the whole mega-hard drive for these (we've an older model with 3 people inc 1 kid) ...it's probably a 250 gig HD or less, frankly the tv tends only to go on to check whats up & coming to record, then doubtless resort to pre-recorded off the hard drive, we endeavour (inc the kid) to keep it lower than 45% full whenever possible & tend to blitz our own recordings accordingly, ..cannot imagine a terabyte, really don't wan't that much low grade viewing.

Love the ease of Humax box programming, my only slight grumble would be an auto reminder for the end of a series, (nice to be able to cancel serial links on the spot, or automatically, or else you forget & it starts over again, can be frustrating).

we'd buy another Humax before any other brand!

does it cope well with Saorview, if anyone knows?

Hot - agree with comments on 1TB box. Saves you having a spring clean out quite so often. Internet connection - spoke to a few retailers about these (and YouView) and you really need an average of 6MB download on your broadband (?!) - some manufacturers state two.

Anyone know if this can be a 'client' box – i.e. buy another less expensive box for another room and you can watch all the recordings from the one downstairs? Some Foxsat boxes have this – cant see any tech specs In this product link?

Lisatpr241

does it cope well with Saorview, if anyone knows?



This is the UK Sat version of Saorview is it not? I don't think its compatible.

Are these any good? I've had a Humax 9200, 9300 and a Foxsat, and they have all been very very poo.

What are the advantages of Freetime over Youview?

tin

Are these any good? I've had a Humax 9200, 9300 and a Foxsat, and they … Are these any good? I've had a Humax 9200, 9300 and a Foxsat, and they have all been very very poo.




I also have a Humax 9200, 9300 and a Foxsat, and they have all been very very good.

Anyone know if you HAVE to have this connected to the internet to work, or whether you just lose online functionality? My parents don't have a connection anywhere near their TV

taker920

Anyone know if you HAVE to have this connected to the internet to work, … Anyone know if you HAVE to have this connected to the internet to work, or whether you just lose online functionality? My parents don't have a connection anywhere near their TV



You'd only need the internet for the online functionality, I'm sure (I've got the Humax Freeview Youview box and that's so), but you'd miss out on the clever stuff. I use a pair of Homeplugs one of which plugs in at the TV's mains socket.

Works fine for me.
Edited by: "DonDraper" 7th Nov 2013

Got Samsung SMT-S7800, no issues... But is this an upgrade?

Don't Samsung and others so this plus the set includes bluray & 3d players...? Seems those would be better deals.....?

robertybob

What are the advantages of Freetime over Youview?



Not sure exactly, but a big difference is that YouView is freeview so uses an antenna, and Freetime is freesat and uses a dish. Which is great if you have poor freeview reception.

I have this box. It has had a lot of teething problems as you will all no doubt find in your Google searches, however most of these have been addressed. main good points are when connected to internet(mine is via homeplugs) you get BBC iPlayer, ITV player, C4od, channel 5 catch up, youtube and a few apps such as picasa and wiki. also has dlna compatibility which means you can access all your movies/pictures/music from any other dlna device on your network ie smart phones, NAS servers, PCs etc. I have my HDD plugged into my router and it shows movies fine and in 1080p.
If you use the movie tube app on your smartphone or PC you can add movies to your watch later list then access your stored watch later list on YouTube and watch film in HD if possible.

kennypowers2012

I have this box. It has had a lot of teething problems as you will all no … I have this box. It has had a lot of teething problems as you will all no doubt find in your Google searches, however most of these have been addressed. main good points are when connected to internet(mine is via homeplugs) you get BBC iPlayer, ITV player, C4od, channel 5 catch up, youtube and a few apps such as picasa and wiki. also has dlna compatibility which means you can access all your movies/pictures/music from any other dlna device on your network ie smart phones, NAS servers, PCs etc. I have my HDD plugged into my router and it shows movies fine and in 1080p. If you use the movie tube app on your smartphone or PC you can add movies to your watch later list then access your stored watch later list on YouTube and watch film in HD if possible.



thanks for this, seems like it does a lot more than i can see on the specs. Do you know if this is one of the boxes where you can buy another box and watch the same recordings from the 'downstairs' box? ta

Thanks for this one, ordered last night as "downsizing" my HTPC setup and this is a great deal.

robertybob

What are the advantages of Freetime over Youview?


You can only get Youview from BT or TalkTalk as part of a subscription package, whereas FreeSat is, er, free. However, both TalkTalk and BT offer supplementary content such as movies and sport.
Also, as pointed out elsewhere FreeSat uses satellite compared to aerial for YouView.
However, in terms of their core features and channels they're similar.

Plugged mine in tonight (2 cables from sky+ box)

Only one tuner found channels (saying I cannot watch a channel while recording another)

Is this normal?

bobbler

Thanks for this one, ordered last night as "downsizing" my HTPC setup and … Thanks for this one, ordered last night as "downsizing" my HTPC setup and this is a great deal.



how did it go? im in the same boat, just need something easier to use for the mrs and fed up with 'tinkering' on the HTPC... is the media library any good for large collections of music/movies stored on a NAS?

Brilliant - 100 squids off the price on the Freesat website. Thanks OP.

Boo and sucks to Sky.
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