Humax HDR1100S Twin Tuner Freesat HD Digital TV Personal Video Recorder (Black) £159 @ Superfi
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Humax HDR1100S Twin Tuner Freesat HD Digital TV Personal Video Recorder (Black) £159 @ Superfi

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Found 23rd Dec 2017
Looking around to replace our old freesat Humax and this is the best price for a 500gb option including free delivery.
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We've had this box for 18 months or so. Overall it's great, but it is slow to start up (25-50 seconds) and occasionally goes a bit wrong requiring a reboot to get it going properly. So, it's just like most PC's! Must try adding a SSD..... anyone done it?

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kkthomask4 m ago

Sky Q 2TB box with multiple recordings.


And what do you do after 12 months?? leave sky and try and watch all your recordings in the 30 day notice period then send the box back to sky then go out and buy the Humax?? Got any more great ideas
donkeydavid4 h, 4 m ago

Just got rid of my SKY Q box, and gone on to NOW TV, but I miss the …Just got rid of my SKY Q box, and gone on to NOW TV, but I miss the recording capabilities. Can others confirm that this is a good deal?



A much cheaper option if you're prepared to buy used is pick up a BT branded DTR2100 Youview box. They are made by Humax and can be had for under 40 quid in excellent condition and are fantastic value. Loads of them about and no need to be a BT customer to use for viewing or recording.
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kkthomask1 h, 23 m ago

I would rather join Sky on offer with Quidco/TCB and leave after a year!


I kid you not it took me 90mins solid on phone to cancel sky, yet I could add channels and packages instantly online.....no thanks.
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Just got rid of my SKY Q box, and gone on to NOW TV, but I miss the recording capabilities. Can others confirm that this is a good deal?
Edited by: "donkeydavid" 23rd Dec 2017
Its the best freesat box ideal if you are moving from sky.

Cheaper £143.94
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garybb11 m ago

Its the best freesat box ideal if you are moving from sky.Cheaper £143.94


Your link is for a refurbished model
nastypasty1 m ago

Your link is for a refurbished model


Yeah just noticed that but still cheaper, i would go for a new one myself.
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garybb6 m ago

Yeah just noticed that but still cheaper, i would go for a new one myself.


10% cheaper for a refurbished one is a good excuse for me to buy a new one too
I would rather join Sky on offer with Quidco/TCB and leave after a year!
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kkthomask3 m ago

I would rather join Sky on offer with Quidco/TCB and leave after a year!


And you get the same model Humax box as above? I thought Sky used their own boxes
nastypasty1 m ago

And you get the same model Humax box as above? I thought Sky used their …And you get the same model Humax box as above? I thought Sky used their own boxes



Sky Q 2TB box with multiple recordings.
kkthomask1 m ago

Sky Q 2TB box with multiple recordings.


Think you're on the wrong thread bud.
kkthomask4 m ago

Sky Q 2TB box with multiple recordings.


And what do you do after 12 months?? leave sky and try and watch all your recordings in the 30 day notice period then send the box back to sky then go out and buy the Humax?? Got any more great ideas
Personally a freeview user. I think the recordable boxes are brilliant. I've had a few over the years. Now using the humax DTR 1010 with a 500gb hard drive. Newly full so I m looking at the freeview equivalent of the 1100s. 1tb and three tuners. I thought this was the best available without subscribing ( thee we box is 1tb but 4 tuners.

I recently had a copy of a computer magazine webuser or computer active. It had an article on Kodi, legal uses. It mentioned using a Kodi box with usb tuners and a software frontend? I think. But this could allow more tuners and more importantly a hard drive that isn't encrypted. So you would be able to use the hard drive in different TVs PC's etc. I think all the available freeview/freeway boxs are encrypted so you can't transfer recordings or even upgrade the hard drive.

Maybe a little off topic but maybe an alternative?

Look forward to anyone s else experience or solutions?
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kkthomask1 h, 23 m ago

I would rather join Sky on offer with Quidco/TCB and leave after a year!


I kid you not it took me 90mins solid on phone to cancel sky, yet I could add channels and packages instantly online.....no thanks.
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stec7742 m ago

Personally a freeview user. I think the recordable boxes are brilliant. …Personally a freeview user. I think the recordable boxes are brilliant. I've had a few over the years. Now using the humax DTR 1010 with a 500gb hard drive. Newly full so I m looking at the freeview equivalent of the 1100s. 1tb and three tuners. I thought this was the best available without subscribing ( thee we box is 1tb but 4 tuners.I recently had a copy of a computer magazine webuser or computer active. It had an article on Kodi, legal uses. It mentioned using a Kodi box with usb tuners and a software frontend? I think. But this could allow more tuners and more importantly a hard drive that isn't encrypted. So you would be able to use the hard drive in different TVs PC's etc. I think all the available freeview/freeway boxs are encrypted so you can't transfer recordings or even upgrade the hard drive.Maybe a little off topic but maybe an alternative?Look forward to anyone s else experience or solutions?


Ran that setup up for years for my PVR, except all my tuners (4) are in a central server meaning I get multi room with shared recording from every room without the need for coax to each room.
I did try the tuners in the kodi box solution you suggest but found it unreliable. The solution I have about is bullet proof rock solid.
The biggest advantage is the menus on kodi are much slicker than the humax. The disadvantage you don't get all of the catchup stuff that you do with the humax, however I have a smart TV so don't care.
I'm not sure about the system you're using successfully, not sure about the server?

Is that similar to a nas with the tuner's plugged into it. Or does the server do that job plus being more versatile?

When I read the magazine article I did look for usb tuners, but didn't seem to find any decent quality dvb 2 tuners at a reasonable price. Years ago, maybe 15 years I had a hauppauge nova usb tuner that was close to a hundred pounds. Maybe they haven't exactly improved much in quality or a reduction in cost.

If I could have my ideal system it would have three tuners maybe four, and have a removable hard drive or at least one that I could share/upgrade without encryption. Do you have any suggestions? TIA
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Ran that setup up for years for my PVR, except all my tuners (4) are in a …Ran that setup up for years for my PVR, except all my tuners (4) are in a central server meaning I get multi room with shared recording from every room without the need for coax to each room.I did try the tuners in the kodi box solution you suggest but found it unreliable. The solution I have about is bullet proof rock solid. The biggest advantage is the menus on kodi are much slicker than the humax. The disadvantage you don't get all of the catchup stuff that you do with the humax, however I have a smart TV so don't care.

stec771 h, 27 m ago

Personally a freeview user. I think the recordable boxes are brilliant. …Personally a freeview user. I think the recordable boxes are brilliant. I've had a few over the years. Now using the humax DTR 1010 with a 500gb hard drive. Newly full so I m looking at the freeview equivalent of the 1100s. 1tb and three tuners. I thought this was the best available without subscribing ( thee we box is 1tb but 4 tuners.I recently had a copy of a computer magazine webuser or computer active. It had an article on Kodi, legal uses. It mentioned using a Kodi box with usb tuners and a software frontend? I think. But this could allow more tuners and more importantly a hard drive that isn't encrypted. So you would be able to use the hard drive in different TVs PC's etc. I think all the available freeview/freeway boxs are encrypted so you can't transfer recordings or even upgrade the hard drive.Maybe a little off topic but maybe an alternative?Look forward to anyone s else experience or solutions?


Upgrade the HDD
donkeydavid4 h, 4 m ago

Just got rid of my SKY Q box, and gone on to NOW TV, but I miss the …Just got rid of my SKY Q box, and gone on to NOW TV, but I miss the recording capabilities. Can others confirm that this is a good deal?



A much cheaper option if you're prepared to buy used is pick up a BT branded DTR2100 Youview box. They are made by Humax and can be had for under 40 quid in excellent condition and are fantastic value. Loads of them about and no need to be a BT customer to use for viewing or recording.
We are talking about a recordable freesat player here
stec776 h, 56 m ago

Personally a freeview user. I think the recordable boxes are brilliant. …Personally a freeview user. I think the recordable boxes are brilliant. I've had a few over the years. Now using the humax DTR 1010 with a 500gb hard drive. Newly full so I m looking at the freeview equivalent of the 1100s. 1tb and three tuners. I thought this was the best available without subscribing ( thee we box is 1tb but 4 tuners.I recently had a copy of a computer magazine webuser or computer active. It had an article on Kodi, legal uses. It mentioned using a Kodi box with usb tuners and a software frontend? I think. But this could allow more tuners and more importantly a hard drive that isn't encrypted. So you would be able to use the hard drive in different TVs PC's etc. I think all the available freeview/freeway boxs are encrypted so you can't transfer recordings or even upgrade the hard drive.Maybe a little off topic but maybe an alternative?Look forward to anyone s else experience or solutions?


Had Kodi setup with a 20 quid tuner off ebay running on a Raspberry Pi 3. Lot of faff to setup but it worked well enough. Problem was the tvheadend server running on the Pi would randomly crash which required a reboot to restore the TV part.
Wouldn't recommend.
I'm still running a Humax Foxsat with a custom firmware update with a hack to get around the pesky encryption. So all recordings available for copying if I want. Not sure if this can be done on the current crop of Humax pvr.
stec778 h, 3 m ago

Personally a freeview user. I think the recordable boxes are brilliant. …Personally a freeview user. I think the recordable boxes are brilliant. I've had a few over the years. Now using the humax DTR 1010 with a 500gb hard drive. Newly full so I m looking at the freeview equivalent of the 1100s. 1tb and three tuners. I thought this was the best available without subscribing ( thee we box is 1tb but 4 tuners.I recently had a copy of a computer magazine webuser or computer active. It had an article on Kodi, legal uses. It mentioned using a Kodi box with usb tuners and a software frontend? I think. But this could allow more tuners and more importantly a hard drive that isn't encrypted. So you would be able to use the hard drive in different TVs PC's etc. I think all the available freeview/freeway boxs are encrypted so you can't transfer recordings or even upgrade the hard drive.Maybe a little off topic but maybe an alternative?Look forward to anyone s else experience or solutions?


Still using my Foxsat-HDR and a custom firmware (it is but Linux under the hood) and can be accessed (remote, recording, scheduling etc) and set to record remotely.
There is also a patch to have it record HD without the encryption (none freesat channels didn't have it anywhere and the patch was actually hinted at by a human engineer).

It still chugging alone, interface a touch slow at the screen by today's standards, simple. But using the webinterface over a network speed doesn't matter.

Version are also available for some slightly newer freeSat/View boxes, no idea if these new one can be done as well.

Check out hummy TV & avr for reviews and stuff.
swarnford1 h, 28 m ago

We are talking about a recordable freesat player here



My mistake, too many xmas drinks and not paying proper atention!
Have had quite a few Humax boxes over the years and all have been pretty good. Bought one of these last year and haven't been impressed. I'd steer clear of a refurb with this one as I think it's prone to issues - you need maximum warranty just in case
donkeydavid10 h, 3 m ago

Just got rid of my SKY Q box, and gone on to NOW TV, but I miss the …Just got rid of my SKY Q box, and gone on to NOW TV, but I miss the recording capabilities. Can others confirm that this is a good deal?


It is
kkthomask9 h, 34 m ago

I would rather join Sky on offer with Quidco/TCB and leave after a year!



Once you join, you can never leave!
Best thing we ever did was to cancel the Virgin and get a Humax Freesat box.

Must have been 6+ years now and saved hundreds and it's still going well.

The speed and menus are not as nice as Sky/Virgin, but I can put up with that.

Most of the time nowadays we watch catchup TV and Amazon Prime/Kodi anyway.
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stec779 h, 7 m ago

I'm not sure about the system you're using successfully, not sure about …I'm not sure about the system you're using successfully, not sure about the server?Is that similar to a nas with the tuner's plugged into it. Or does the server do that job plus being more versatile?When I read the magazine article I did look for usb tuners, but didn't seem to find any decent quality dvb 2 tuners at a reasonable price. Years ago, maybe 15 years I had a hauppauge nova usb tuner that was close to a hundred pounds. Maybe they haven't exactly improved much in quality or a reduction in cost.If I could have my ideal system it would have three tuners maybe four, and have a removable hard drive or at least one that I could share/upgrade without encryption. Do you have any suggestions? TIA


The "server" I am talking about can be anything capable of runningTvheadend (the TV software) all it needs is one spare hard drive to record to and one or more tuners (I use 2x pcie internal cards) try using an old PC as proof of concept?.
My personal setup is an HP microserver with two low profile DVBSky S952 tuners (circa £60-70) it is running Kubuntu and Tvheadend with a 1tb recording drive, but also has other drives as it acts as the NAS for the home.

Once running just tell each kodi instance the IP address of your server and they will all share the same timers/guide/recordings etc, it's even possible to schedule recordings and watch tv/recordings from outside the home.

Oh and if you have a smart TV that has Plex or Emby (Emby has much better live TV support) then you don't even need a kodi client to watch and record etc but that's a bit more complicated.
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I am just off the phone from cancelling my SKY contract. My 12 month deal had finished and it was going up to £85 a month.

Now, when I have cancelled before, I used the sky box just for the free to air channels, but have been informed that I have to return the box this time and as I do not have an aerial at the side of room where the tv is I will probably have to buy a freesat box to get normal tv programmes and use the smart side of tv for Amazon Prime and netflix


This looks a good deal, voted hot

Jesus the 1Tb option is £70 more, is that not a bit pricey

Question : will this be compatible with my sky connections, as I have SKY Q and cannot remember if he changed the lnb
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bensimmo3 h, 1 m ago

Still using my Foxsat-HDR and a custom firmware (it is but Linux under the …Still using my Foxsat-HDR and a custom firmware (it is but Linux under the hood) and can be accessed (remote, recording, scheduling etc) and set to record remotely.There is also a patch to have it record HD without the encryption (none freesat channels didn't have it anywhere and the patch was actually hinted at by a human engineer).It still chugging alone, interface a touch slow at the screen by today's standards, simple. But using the webinterface over a network speed doesn't matter.Version are also available for some slightly newer freeSat/View boxes, no idea if these new one can be done as well.Check out hummy TV & avr for reviews and stuff.


+1. Just bought a second hand "Humax HDR-FOX T2 500GB" from CEX for £55 with 2 year warranty. I have been running one of these for about 5 years, more recently with the custom firmware. Total recommend these, especially with the new firmware, best purchase I have made, However this box with only an 11% discount doesn't sound like the greatest of deals to me?.
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KendallC10 h, 26 m ago

A much cheaper option if you're prepared to buy used is pick up a BT …A much cheaper option if you're prepared to buy used is pick up a BT branded DTR2100 Youview box. They are made by Humax and can be had for under 40 quid in excellent condition and are fantastic value. Loads of them about and no need to be a BT customer to use for viewing or recording.


Unfortunately Youview is not nationwide like freesat.
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davieg12 h, 34 m ago

I am just off the phone from cancelling my SKY contract. My 12 month deal …I am just off the phone from cancelling my SKY contract. My 12 month deal had finished and it was going up to £85 a month.Now, when I have cancelled before, I used the sky box just for the free to air channels, but have been informed that I have to return the box this time and as I do not have an aerial at the side of room where the tv is I will probably have to buy a freesat box to get normal tv programmes and use the smart side of tv for Amazon Prime and netflixThis looks a good deal, voted hotJesus the 1Tb option is £70 more, is that not a bit priceyQuestion : will this be compatible with my sky connections, as I have SKY Q and cannot remember if he changed the lnb


Unless you got a hybrid LNB installed by sky (unlikely as it's non standard), which you, would have needed to specifically ask for then this won't work without changing to standard LNB. It's a DIY replacement and only £10-15 on eBay.
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Unless you got a hybrid LNB installed by sky (unlikely as it's non …Unless you got a hybrid LNB installed by sky (unlikely as it's non standard), which you, would have needed to specifically ask for then this won't work without changing to standard LNB. It's a DIY replacement and only £10-15 on eBay.


ok, thank you for reply, so I will need a standard LNB and a 20 foot ladder lol
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davieg152 m ago

ok, thank you for reply, so I will need a standard LNB and a 20 foot …ok, thank you for reply, so I will need a standard LNB and a 20 foot ladder lol


Yeah but it just clips on.

Get at least a quad LNB
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I don't think the hard drive is upgradable. I think it depends on the model. I believe the discontinued fox model is. I think there is some encryption or firmware that prevents this although I may be wrong.
idroidmaniac13 h, 47 m ago

Upgrade the HDD

jamgin8 h, 27 m ago

Had Kodi setup with a 20 quid tuner off ebay running on a Raspberry Pi 3. …Had Kodi setup with a 20 quid tuner off ebay running on a Raspberry Pi 3. Lot of faff to setup but it worked well enough. Problem was the tvheadend server running on the Pi would randomly crash which required a reboot to restore the TV part.Wouldn't recommend.I'm still running a Humax Foxsat with a custom firmware update with a hack to get around the pesky encryption. So all recordings available for copying if I want. Not sure if this can be done on the current crop of Humax pvr.



I bought a pi to maybe try this but was worried about its reliability. You've just confirmed this, thanks.

The custom firmware on the box interests me slot. I'd be interested in further information on this or a point in the right direction to a forum. I was considering getting the discontinued fox box which ibelieve can be modded for a larger hard drive, I think I've seen 2gb mentioned. To have it unencrypted would be great for keeping a backup and transferring.

If I could do it to the fvp 4000 model would be ideal but I think it is locked down significantly.
bensimmo7 h, 59 m ago

Still using my Foxsat-HDR and a custom firmware (it is but Linux under the …Still using my Foxsat-HDR and a custom firmware (it is but Linux under the hood) and can be accessed (remote, recording, scheduling etc) and set to record remotely.There is also a patch to have it record HD without the encryption (none freesat channels didn't have it anywhere and the patch was actually hinted at by a human engineer).It still chugging alone, interface a touch slow at the screen by today's standards, simple. But using the webinterface over a network speed doesn't matter.Version are also available for some slightly newer freeSat/View boxes, no idea if these new one can be done as well.Check out hummy TV & avr for reviews and stuff.


I'm considering the fox freeview model, just reluctant as it is an old model now and discontinued although is still quite expensive second hand especially compared to the newer boxes.

I'm certainly interested in the custom firmware, I'll have to look into those forums that you've alluded to. I've not looked at them, I'm assuming they'll be easy to find by Google. I'll check avr, hopefully easy to find or does it have a fuller name?

I'm really interested in getting it unencrypted because then I could just transfer media from the box onto pc or a backup hd, r even further down the line to a nas.
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The "server" I am talking about can be anything capable of …The "server" I am talking about can be anything capable of runningTvheadend (the TV software) all it needs is one spare hard drive to record to and one or more tuners (I use 2x pcie internal cards) try using an old PC as proof of concept?.My personal setup is an HP microserver with two low profile DVBSky S952 tuners (circa £60-70) it is running Kubuntu and Tvheadend with a 1tb recording drive, but also has other drives as it acts as the NAS for the home.Once running just tell each kodi instance the IP address of your server and they will all share the same timers/guide/recordings etc, it's even possible to schedule recordings and watch tv/recordings from outside the home.Oh and if you have a smart TV that has Plex or Emby (Emby has much better live TV support) then you don't even need a kodi client to watch and record etc but that's a bit more complicated.


OK. At the moment my PC is close to the TV so I can use that as the hardware to run the software TV headend.the tuners though seem to make it too expensive to justify. But I'll look into the tuner's, they seem to be a bit of a niche product hence expensive. Maybe cheaper on eBay or Amazon warehouse.also , I'm not 100% about the power use of my PC is. It's an old generation 2500k, so not as efficient as some of the newer processors. Might be something I'll bare in mind for the future with a htpc!?
Thanks for all the responses I've had for my predicament! Lots too think about. Second hand box with custom firmware. Maybe newer box with custom firmware. Hopefully larger hard drive ideally not encrypted.or even a pc style unit with desperate tuners with a software frontend. Lots to think about! Will check out the forums mentioned here. Thanks.
stec7730 m ago

I'm considering the fox freeview model, just reluctant as it is an old …I'm considering the fox freeview model, just reluctant as it is an old model now and discontinued although is still quite expensive second hand especially compared to the newer boxes.I'm certainly interested in the custom firmware, I'll have to look into those forums that you've alluded to. I've not looked at them, I'm assuming they'll be easy to find by Google. I'll check avr, hopefully easy to find or does it have a fuller name?I'm really interested in getting it unencrypted because then I could just transfer media from the box onto pc or a backup hd, r even further down the line to a nas.


Have a look here
Foxsat HDR custom firmware

It's what I use. Hence the reason the Foxsat HDR boxes are holding value me thinks.
donkeydavid18 h, 37 m ago

Just got rid of my SKY Q box, and gone on to NOW TV, but I miss the …Just got rid of my SKY Q box, and gone on to NOW TV, but I miss the recording capabilities. Can others confirm that this is a good deal?


If you had several channels in your Sky-Q package, including many non-FreeView HD channels, this or any other FreeView/FreeSat box is not going to come even close. I only had the old SkyHD+ box with Entertainment + Box sets, & even then none of these compare well when it comes to watchable options & recording.
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stec772 h, 3 m ago

OK. At the moment my PC is close to the TV so I can use that as the …OK. At the moment my PC is close to the TV so I can use that as the hardware to run the software TV headend.the tuners though seem to make it too expensive to justify. But I'll look into the tuner's, they seem to be a bit of a niche product hence expensive. Maybe cheaper on eBay or Amazon warehouse.also , I'm not 100% about the power use of my PC is. It's an old generation 2500k, so not as efficient as some of the newer processors. Might be something I'll bare in mind for the future with a htpc!?


stec772 h, 3 m ago

OK. At the moment my PC is close to the TV so I can use that as the …OK. At the moment my PC is close to the TV so I can use that as the hardware to run the software TV headend.the tuners though seem to make it too expensive to justify. But I'll look into the tuner's, they seem to be a bit of a niche product hence expensive. Maybe cheaper on eBay or Amazon warehouse.also , I'm not 100% about the power use of my PC is. It's an old generation 2500k, so not as efficient as some of the newer processors. Might be something I'll bare in mind for the future with a htpc!?


Think I paid £59 each for my tuners.

That was just one example there are dozens of ways such as using a network tuner such as a Satellite IP tuner like this or using an all in one solution such as a Wetek play which has twin satellite tuner built in and natively runs kodi. The wetek for example only needs a USB hdd in order to record, these are available around the £70 mark.
Lowonpower:

"+1. Just bought a second hand "Humax HDR-FOX T2 500GB" from CEX for £55 with 2 year warranty. I have been running one of these for about 5 years, more recently with the custom firmware. Total recommend these, especially with the new firmware, best purchase I have made, However this box with only an 11% discount doesn't sound like the greatest of deals to me?."

The 11% refers to the next best price. Actual saving from RRP is 25%. That is a good deal.
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