Humax HDR-FOX T2 500GB Freeview + HD Digital TV Recorder £179.95 @ Amazon
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Humax HDR-FOX T2 500GB Freeview + HD Digital TV Recorder £179.95 @ Amazon

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Found 10th Aug 2013
Amazon has reduced the price of this well-regarded twin-tuner Freeview HD PVR by £10. Unfortunately, there is no similar reduction for the 1TB version.

You can also get this PVR direct from Humax for the same price, but there is a delivery charge of at least £6.00. Humax also sell "Grade A" (returned) versions for £129. They come with a 1-year warranty, rather than the two years for new models.

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good to know, the grade A price is not much more than ebay (without warranty!)

Original Poster

macamask

Thanks OP...Can't see grade … Thanks OP...Can't see grade A‘s?http://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/product.asp?ProdRef=10095


Try here:
humaxdirect.co.uk/pro…104

thinkin about the 1tb version of this for £160 refurb from humax direct but dunno if to get humax again or the panasonic 1tb one i like the look of

I have a 500GB Grade A. No issues. Looked like new.
Great unit. My only gripe is I wish the volume on the remote changed my TV rather than the volume output on the PVR.

I'm curious to know the advantage of getting this as opposed to having a Sky subscription.

Argos have this at the same price at the moment.

I really recommend this pvr it is brilliant, especially if you have a tablet / fancy phone

For android tablets / phones you can quickly transfer shows to a micro sd card and watch them via mx player which plays.ts files, no conversion etc required (sd recordings)

For apple gadgets you can use buzzplayer app (also works on android) and transfer shows via wifi.

Best pvr out there for me, I got the 1tb version

K1LLER HORNET

I'm curious to know the advantage of getting this as opposed to having a … I'm curious to know the advantage of getting this as opposed to having a Sky subscription.



This is a one-off payment of £180, no special installation required. Sky requires installation (dish) and a large monthly bill...

The advantage is it's cheaper, the disadvantage is, of course, you don't get Sky channels. It seems strange to compare the two, why would somebody buy Sky and pay a monthly fee if all they're wanting to do is record freeview channels and watch catch-up TV?

Edited by: "James123" 10th Aug 2013

Why are these so expensive?

Freeview box...£15?
Hard Drive....£25?
Iplayer etc....free online or £10 NowTV box

A lot to pay to have it all in one box and get HD channels no?

James123

This is a one-off payment of £180, no special installation required. Sky … This is a one-off payment of £180, no special installation required. Sky requires installation (dish) and a large monthly bill... The advantage is it's cheaper, the disadvantage is, of course, you don't get Sky channels. It seems strange to compare the two, why would somebody buy Sky and pay a monthly fee if all they're wanting to do is record freeview channels and watch catch-up TV?



Isn't the basic Sky package £21.50/mth? Plus you get £60 Quidco + a 2TB Box + free installation + you get the Sky channels.
All that works out as £198 for the whole year.
You can cancel the contract after 12 months and keep the 2TB box to watch/record Freeview HD...

Maybe I'm missing something.

I would buy this and ditch Virgin in a heartbeat if only I could find a decent, cheap, alternative for broadband.
Their prices just keep rising.
Edited by: "collectorcol" 11th Aug 2013

K1LLER HORNET

Isn't the basic Sky package £21.50/mth? Plus you get £60 Quidco + a 2TB B … Isn't the basic Sky package £21.50/mth? Plus you get £60 Quidco + a 2TB Box + free installation + you get the Sky channels.All that works out as £198 for the whole year.You can cancel the contract after 12 months and keep the 2TB box to watch/record Freeview HD...Maybe I'm missing something.


I think the recording function of a Sky box is disabled by default when there is no active Sky subscription, but will happily stand corrected.
I would be more interested in someone explaining the benefit of the OP Humax over say the standard TalkTalk YouView box, besides the hard drive capacity of course. I'm looking for something to replace a Luxor SD FV recorder that has just died.

K1LLER HORNET

Isn't the basic Sky package £21.50/mth? Plus you get £60 Quidco + a 2TB B … Isn't the basic Sky package £21.50/mth? Plus you get £60 Quidco + a 2TB Box + free installation + you get the Sky channels.All that works out as £198 for the whole year.You can cancel the contract after 12 months and keep the 2TB box to watch/record Freeview HD...Maybe I'm missing something.



you can't record anything on a sky box once you cancel your subscription

Flipd

I think the recording function of a Sky box is disabled by default when … I think the recording function of a Sky box is disabled by default when there is no active Sky subscription, but will happily stand corrected.I would be more interested in someone explaining the benefit of the OP Humax over say the standard TalkTalk YouView box, besides the hard drive capacity of course. I'm looking for something to replace a Luxor SD FV recorder that has just died.


itsadeal

you can't record anything on a sky box once you cancel your subscription



Oh wow. Didn't know Sky started doing that.
Thought it was only those buggers at Virgin.

Guess that's what I missed then. Thanks for pointing that out.

With this you can also stream recordings elsewhere and back them up with custom firmware.

I did a guide for getting it to stream to an xbmc device, I'll hunt it out when it's more sensible o'clock

Cold. In this day and age without wifi ?? Ruins the whole product!!

Banned

mrsuave

Cold. In this day and age without wifi ?? Ruins the whole product!!

deary me

you really dont understand the voting system

hot to counteract the dumb cold vote

Swarfega

I have a 500GB Grade A. No issues. Looked like new. Great unit. My only … I have a 500GB Grade A. No issues. Looked like new. Great unit. My only gripe is I wish the volume on the remote changed my TV rather than the volume output on the PVR.



You can program the "tv" button on the remote to control most of your televisions features.

Collectorcol, I was in the same position but Virgin did us a great deal on line rental and broadband only...give them a call.

This thing is fantastic. Be sure to install the custom firmware.

sancho1983

With this you can also stream recordings elsewhere and back them up with … With this you can also stream recordings elsewhere and back them up with custom firmware. I did a guide for getting it to stream to an xbmc device, I'll hunt it out when it's more sensible o'clock



I've been trying to work out how to stream bt sport from my PC to the humax but no joy as yet.

Flubit.....

Gambler

I've been trying to work out how to stream bt sport from my PC to the … I've been trying to work out how to stream bt sport from my PC to the humax but no joy as yet.



We used to get the footie streams from the PC through VLC player and then used a program so that the xbox could pick it up (which was connected to the TV). If BT sport can somehow be opened with VLC - which I somehow doubt, then it would be possible.

Why would you get this when you can get the 1TB you view version for the same price from Humax Direct ( grade a)?

Quite fancy replacing Sky with one of these or Freesat Hd. Humax Direct also have Humax HDR-1000S/1TB-G which is a Freesat+ box with free time, which I assume is a catch up service. Can anyone advise which is best, Freesat or free view and the relative merits of freetime and you view? Epg and ease of use are most important to me.

Great machine. Hot!

itsadeal

you can't record anything on a sky box once you cancel your subscription




That's right............and if you want to record anything they charge you £120 per year (£10 per month) for the privilege, so you may as well as get something like this.

I've just cancelled my Sky and almost bought one of these but have decided to go down the 'multisat' route.

K1LLER HORNET

Oh wow. Didn't know Sky started doing that.



Sky haven't started doing, it's always been the case. In addition I believe that without a current subscription you can't watch previous recordings either.
Edited by: "rbz5416" 11th Aug 2013

mrsuave

Cold. In this day and age without wifi ?? Ruins the whole product!!



If you really want wifi you can add it for less than a tenner.
Edited by: "rbz5416" 11th Aug 2013

still toyin with the 1tb freeview version or the panasonic 1tb one dunno which is best though

SUPERCOOLWILLOW

still toyin with the 1tb freeview version or the panasonic 1tb one dunno … still toyin with the 1tb freeview version or the panasonic 1tb one dunno which is best though



The 500GB seems to be more reliable. Can't comment on the Panny but I was badly bitten by their first attempt at a dual tuner recorder.

azocarbo

Why are these so expensive?Freeview box...£15?Hard Drive....£25?Iplayer e … Why are these so expensive?Freeview box...£15?Hard Drive....£25?Iplayer etc....free online or £10 NowTV boxA lot to pay to have it all in one box and get HD channels no?



Software developers aren't free though.

Cool..but what about the youview refurbs on the humax site ..are those better?

Same price at John Lewis with 2 year warranty.

simba75

Cool..but what about the youview refurbs on the humax site ..are those … Cool..but what about the youview refurbs on the humax site ..are those better?



Better in that they offer more catch up services but you can't customise the firmware like you can with this. There's also several reports of HDMI problems.


Munas

Same price at John Lewis with 2 year warranty.



If you register the box with Humax within 30 days you get 2 years direct with them.

simba75

Cool..but what about the youview refurbs on the humax site ..are those … Cool..but what about the youview refurbs on the humax site ..are those better?



I bought a mint youview box for £25 from our local fb selling groups - seems that is the going rate - obviously they have no warranty but I thought it was worth a punt.

Whilst the catch up services are great, I prefer a lot of the features on my old 9200.

rbz5416

The 500GB seems to be more reliable. Can't comment on the Panny but I was … The 500GB seems to be more reliable. Can't comment on the Panny but I was badly bitten by their first attempt at a dual tuner recorder.



ive got a humax 320gb one and wanted to upgrade as its not always doin what i want it to though that could because of the freeview signal too but dunno yet if i do it would have to be 1tb

Possibly also worth noting that this box won't support IPTV services such as the newly launched 4Music red button.

This is a fantastic piece of kit, but I would go for the Grade A 500GB model from Humax Direct at £135 delivered. I know you only get a 12 month warranty but the machines that I have bought have all looked new and have lasted just over 2 years and work as well now as they did when we bough them, i.e. brilliantly.

Original Poster

It looks like this model has been been reduced in price (by Argos and John Lewis, as well as Amazon) because there's a new model on the way. Argos already has the new machine (called the HDR-2000T) on its Web site but it's not available yet. It's not clear what the differences will be and the specs list looks almost identical.

argos.co.uk/sta…htm
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