Humax HDR-1100S 500GB Freesat recorder £176 plus 1000 Clubcard points @ Tesco (Free C&C)
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Humax HDR-1100S 500GB Freesat recorder £176 plus 1000 Clubcard points @ Tesco (Free C&C)

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Found 15th Oct
Bit of a one off investment but so much cheaper in the long run than Sky (unless you want Sky Sports)

A couple of quid cheaper than in other places but the 1000 Clubcard points could be useful (I am sure everyone will tell us how to make the most of them!)

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This machine is seriously slow to use. It's about time Humax refreshed it's line up with some decent hardware. Paying this kind of price for a recorder with some streaming services is robbery. I use a usb TV stick and a Nvidia shield TV for watching and recording TV, its a touch more expensive, but the overall experience is top notch. Humax were the best, but now, I just would not touch them. Too expensive, too slow.

ontheqt11 m ago

This machine is seriously slow to use. It's about time Humax refreshed …This machine is seriously slow to use. It's about time Humax refreshed it's line up with some decent hardware. Paying this kind of price for a recorder with some streaming services is robbery. I use a usb TV stick and a Nvidia shield TV for watching and recording TV, its a touch more expensive, but the overall experience is top notch. Humax were the best, but now, I just would not touch them. Too expensive, too slow.


I'm looking to buy one of these to replace a Humax HD1000s as i want a second tuner for simultaneous recording.
I'm surprised to hear the HDR1100 is slow in use as my old HD1000s is easily as fast as the Virgin V6 I replaced with it.

What menu functions exactly did you find slow? TV Guide? On Demand? Recordings?
Edited by: "Uridium" 15th Oct

Uridium8 m ago

I'm looking to buy one of these to replace a Humax HD1000s as i want a …I'm looking to buy one of these to replace a Humax HD1000s as i want a second tuner for simultaneous recording.I'm surprised to hear the HDR1100 is slow in use as my old HD1000s is easily as fast as the Virgin V6 I replaced with it.What menu functions exactly did you find slow? TV Guide? On Demand? Recordings?


The thing is its a bit like driving. You have a two litre bmw car and then thinking a one litre Renault will do the job just fine, but it doesn't. Using a Nvidia Shield TV then flipping back to my Humax made me feel really frustrated with how slow every function of the Humax was in comparison to the Shield TV.

ontheqt27 m ago

The thing is its a bit like driving. You have a two litre bmw car and then …The thing is its a bit like driving. You have a two litre bmw car and then thinking a one litre Renault will do the job just fine, but it doesn't. Using a Nvidia Shield TV then flipping back to my Humax made me feel really frustrated with how slow every function of the Humax was in comparison to the Shield TV.


I kind of agree with both of you...I am in the same boat as Uridium with my HD1000S. I think it's just the case that embedded controllers just use really underpowered hardware to cut costs. Look at the number of expensive tvs that suffer from slow user interfaces. When you buy a tablet or such then a key spec is speed. Not so much when the processor is hiding in an AV device...my opinion
I'd got a Humax Refurb one though...probably just someone underwhelmed by the user experience has returned it. But if, like me, your happy with the HD1000S, then it will be OK for us
Edited by: "SleepyChris" 15th Oct

Have one of the original Humax Freesat 1800Ts which we bought in 2008 (back then, we were stuck in a Freeview dead zone). We've replaced the remote a couple of times but the basic box still works fine. It's never ever struck me as being slow to use.

Think I paid £250 back in 2008 so I'd say the 1100T, at £169, is pretty good value!

I really want one of these or any decent freesat pvr but the costs are far too much.

HankHandsome7 h, 9 m ago

I really want one of these or any decent freesat pvr but the costs are far …I really want one of these or any decent freesat pvr but the costs are far too much.


Humax brought out a new cheaper model this year called the HB-1100s which costs £99 and has no built-in hard drive. However it does come with a USB port and allows you to plug your own hard drive in to record programs and pause live tv.
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jordanc933 h, 16 m ago

Humax brought out a new cheaper model this year called the HB-1100s which …Humax brought out a new cheaper model this year called the HB-1100s which costs £99 and has no built-in hard drive. However it does come with a USB port and allows you to plug your own hard drive in to record programs and pause live tv. https://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/freesat/humax-hb-1100s-smart-freesat-receiver-now-with-wifi.html


Sadly that model only has one tuner

jordanc934 h, 33 m ago

Humax brought out a new cheaper model this year called the HB-1100s which …Humax brought out a new cheaper model this year called the HB-1100s which costs £99 and has no built-in hard drive. However it does come with a USB port and allows you to plug your own hard drive in to record programs and pause live tv. https://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/freesat/humax-hb-1100s-smart-freesat-receiver-now-with-wifi.html


cheers for that, but £99 quid is still too expensive for me at the moment.

Humax gone down hill since the Fox T2 , mine still going strong after 7 years. Except for the times its acted up, a good smack sorts it out, overall a great bit of kit.

Uridium4 h, 18 m ago

Sadly that model only has one tuner



Checked that out, could not believe that when the Sky Virgin boxes have multiple tuners thought at least two.

morrig1 h, 30 m ago

Checked that out, could not believe that when the Sky Virgin boxes have …Checked that out, could not believe that when the Sky Virgin boxes have multiple tuners thought at least two.




This is what the HDR (twin tuner recording) models exist for.

joepineapples9011 h, 16 m ago

This is what the HDR (twin tuner recording) models exist for.

The problem is their slow and haven't been refreshed. Humax seem to be focusing more on freeview at the moment, they even have multiroom boxes you can buy to go with their latest freeview box.

jordanc9326 m ago

The problem is their slow and haven't been refreshed. Humax seem to be …The problem is their slow and haven't been refreshed. Humax seem to be focusing more on freeview at the moment, they even have multiroom boxes you can buy to go with their latest freeview box.




True they are slow compared to a lot these days, and I would happily pay for a proper (fast) refresh of my HDR-1000S refurb. But it is still more than useable and doesn't leave me hating it with everyday use.

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Humax's lack of development of Freesat recorders down to the gradual demise of the satellite TV market generally.

I imagine that most Freesat boxes will have been bought to make use of redundant Sky dishes, but now with Sky moving over to streamed TV for the future the demand for Sat TV boxes will inevitably disappear.

DonDraper7 h, 29 m ago

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Humax's lack of development of Freesat …Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Humax's lack of development of Freesat recorders down to the gradual demise of the satellite TV market generally. I imagine that most Freesat boxes will have been bought to make use of redundant Sky dishes, but now with Sky moving over to streamed TV for the future the demand for Sat TV boxes will inevitably disappear.


your most likely right hence the focus on new freeview play boxes instead.

I have two of these. They're OK. I have got used to them and I have saved a fortune since not having Sky. The worst thing is the amount of time they take to come on. I feel that Humax are still investing in them as there have been a few updates in the year I have had them.

... At the time I couldn't see anything on the market that was better for my situation which was wanting as much free UK TV as possible in my house which has crappy TV signal but an existing Sky dish.
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