Refurbished HUMAX Freeview Play Recorder FVP-4000T 500GB (Free delivery) £117 @ Humax Direct
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Refurbished HUMAX Freeview Play Recorder FVP-4000T 500GB (Free delivery) £117 @ Humax Direct

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Found 6th Feb
This is a Freeview Play recorder, which allows you to record, pause and rewind live TV on Freeview Channels.

This is not the latest version, the FVP-5000T is available now but is over £200. The FVP-4000T usually costs £169 and so I think £117 is a good deal.

It also allows you to set recordings via your mobile phone with the App and stream media from other devices on your network.

Plus it has integrated support for many streaming services like BBC iPlayer, All 4, Demand 5, ITV Hub, YouTube, UKTV Play, Netflix (subscription required)


If you purchase a Humax H3 Espresso you can also stream your recordings into different rooms.

It has 3x HD Tuners, so you can record many programs at once.
I know 500GB isn't massive but if it's big enough for you, then I think this is a good deal


Not sure how many they have but it is showing as In Stock
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Got the last grade b for 85 a couple of weeks back. Decent box but not faultless. The tv box and remote itself was near immaculate, the box it came in was barely still a box. Still worth the 85 tho
I've been using Humax since the PVR-8000T days. This one is a bit clunky with the user interface/TV Guide compared to the Fox T2 but fine otherwise.

Once had a Topfield PVR, but it was a disaster (whatever happened to them?) and a Sharp PVR that died within a year!
I found my last Humax box very clunky, got BT youview now and much smoother, good price for this though...
col115 h, 23 m ago

I found my last Humax box very clunky, got BT youview now and much …I found my last Humax box very clunky, got BT youview now and much smoother, good price for this though...


The BT youview box is a Humax box rebadged.
dreamt128 h, 15 m ago

https://uk.m.webuy.com/product-detail/electronics/tv-media-players/humax-fvp-4000t-500gb-freeview-tv-media-a/stvhumfvp4000taa#.Wnj5BVCnx-E


Adding a bit more info, I've bought a Freeview recorder from Cex - really impressed and good warranty (read the T&Cs); quite a range of HUMAX Freeview recorders too... (**check specs before buying**)
uk.webuy.com/sea…k=2
I own one these and hate it. The interface is slow (press button...1...2....3...something happens), the UI has not been thought through (in this screen, back button does nothing), and it crashes every so often.
Hard resets, etc don't fix it.
If I was less cheap I would have bought a different box by now!
Musicrab29 m ago

Adding a bit more info, I've bought a Freeview recorder from Cex - really …Adding a bit more info, I've bought a Freeview recorder from Cex - really impressed and good warranty (read the T&Cs); quite a range of HUMAX Freeview recorders too... (**check specs before buying**)https://uk.webuy.com/search/index.php?stext=humax+freeview§ion=&rad_which_stock=2


While one would you recommend please?
This may seem a rather stupid question but then again I have only ever had Sky and can't see the purpose of these for me, I don't even know if/how they would function with Sky.

So is this more about Virgin punters, are there channels on these Humax things you don't get on cable? Don't these have to run through an outside aerial rather than cable or dish anyway?
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Chasloyal27 m ago

This may seem a rather stupid question but then again I have only ever had …This may seem a rather stupid question but then again I have only ever had Sky and can't see the purpose of these for me, I don't even know if/how they would function with Sky.So is this more about Virgin punters, are there channels on these Humax things you don't get on cable? Don't these have to run through an outside aerial rather than cable or dish anyway?


This is for Freeview, so not much use for people with Sky or Virgin cable.
Freeview is available to anyone with a TV aerial and a TV Licence, you don't have to pay any monthly fee to use a box like this.
Here is a list of Freeview channels:
freeview.co.uk/why…els

You need an external aerial (or possibly one in the loft will work) and so this box only gives you the standard freeview channels to watch and record. Plus this box gives you access to the Video on demand services I have listed above, including Netflix (if you pay for it).
This box has 3 HD tuners and you can record up to 4 channels at once. It includes features like Series link. So it provides most of the same functionality as Sky+ but for people who don't have Sky and don't want the extra Sky channels cost.

It is not to be confused with Freesat, which is a different service that people often use if they used to subscribe to Sky or if they live in an area where they don't get a good signal with their TV aerial. Many of the channels are the same between Freesat and Freeview, but not all of them!
Edited by: "JoeLennox" 6th Feb
exgrouponer1 h, 30 m ago

I own one these and hate it. The interface is slow (press …I own one these and hate it. The interface is slow (press button...1...2....3...something happens), the UI has not been thought through (in this screen, back button does nothing), and it crashes every so often.Hard resets, etc don't fix it.If I was less cheap I would have bought a different box by now!


Got mine from CEX a few months ago and have experienced a few bugs. A couple of times the tv guide has partially loaded and then frozen requiring a restart. A hard reset seems to have fixed it (for the moment). Technophobe Mrs topazz could navigate the previous Skybox like a pro but so far has not taken to the Humax. My pet gripe is that i cannot always see the poorly designed front led status light to detect whether the box is on or standby. But overall the box does its job albeit in a slightly clunky manner and there's no denying it is good value for money.
exgrouponer1 h, 32 m ago

I own one these and hate it. The interface is slow (press …I own one these and hate it. The interface is slow (press button...1...2....3...something happens), the UI has not been thought through (in this screen, back button does nothing), and it crashes every so often.Hard resets, etc don't fix it.If I was less cheap I would have bought a different box by now!


Then it's faulty.

I have one and while it is slightly sluggish it's nowhere near that slow and never crashes.
JoeLennox51 m ago

This is for Freeview, so not much use for people with Sky or Virgin …This is for Freeview, so not much use for people with Sky or Virgin cable.Freeview is available to anyone with a TV aerial and a TV Licence, you don't have to pay any monthly fee to use a box like this.Here is a list of Freeview channels:https://www.freeview.co.uk/why-freeview/channels#kKIxZyLaDA4jxL85.97You need an external aerial (or possibly one in the loft will work) and so this box only gives you the standard freeview channels to watch and record. Plus this box gives you access to the Video on demand services I have listed above, including Netflix (if you pay for it).This box has 3 HD tuners and you can record up to 4 channels at once. It includes features like Series link. So it provides most of the same functionality as Sky+ but for people who don't have Sky and don't want the extra Sky channels cost.It is not to be confused with Freesat, which is a different service that people often use if they used to subscribe to Sky or if they live in an area where they don't get a good signal with their TV aerial. Many of the channels are the same between Freesat and Freeview, but not all of them!



I know what Freeview is, I ended up spending 150 quid having a booster aerial installed around millennium time to be able to receive On Digital or whatever it was called seeing that was the only way of getting European Cup games in that period.

But after the service's collapse the box a Nokia thing I think it was served no purpose at all. Every one of the channels that was on there just came through the aerial direct to your Freeview telly anyway which is why I wasn't sure what purpose these Humax things serve now.

I don't sit there scrutinising each channel on the youview thingy on our main telly downstairs or whatever it's called on the older Samsung in our room that comes through the aerial one by one to see if they're also on the Sky Q, just assumed they was.

I seem to remember someone telling me some of the channels available on Freeview back then weren't available on cable so just wondered if that was why Virgin viewers might get it

You say people don't have to pay a monthly fee to watch through an aerial and use boxes like these which I've never got because a licence costs what 150 quid a year now thus equates to £12.50 a month but that's a debate for another time n place.

This may sound a bit dismissive but they're really just recording devices for those who haven't got access to the net for BBC iplayer and other catch up services then.
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Chasloyal19 m ago

I know what Freeview is, I ended up spending 150 quid having a booster …I know what Freeview is, I ended up spending 150 quid having a booster aerial installed around millennium time to be able to receive On Digital or whatever it was called seeing that was the only way of getting European Cup games in that period.But after the service's collapse the box a Nokia thing I think it was served no purpose at all. Every one of the channels that was on there just came through the aerial direct to your Freeview telly anyway which is why I wasn't sure what purpose these Humax things serve now.I don't sit there scrutinising each channel on the youview thingy on our main telly downstairs or whatever it's called on the older Samsung in our room that comes through the aerial one by one to see if they're also on the Sky Q, just assumed they was.I seem to remember someone telling me some of the channels available on Freeview back then weren't available on cable so just wondered if that was why Virgin viewers might get itYou say people don't have to pay a monthly fee to watch through an aerial and use boxes like these which I've never got because a licence costs what 150 quid a year now thus equates to £12.50 a month but that's a debate for another time n place.This may sound a bit dismissive but they're really just recording devices for those who haven't got access to the net for BBC iplayer and other catch up services then.


You need a TV Licence if you watch Sky/Virgin/Freeview, so that's why it's Free. Sky/Virgin is £30ppm + a TV Licence. Freeview is just a TV Licence. As far as I know all the channels on Freeview are also on Sky/Virgin, so a box like this is only useful for people who don't have Sky/Virgin or who do have it, but don't want to pay extra for Sky Multiroom .

This box is basically a recording device, but it's one with more features than you'd get from most Freeview recorders.
Being able to set recordings via your Phone App and also being able to stream recordings to another room if you buy the H3 Espresso extender is a feature that isn't available on any other Freeview recorder (apart from the Humax FVP-5000T).

Not all programs are available on catch-up services (especially films), which is why many people still record them. Plus you can't skip the ads on catch up.
JoeLennox35 m ago

You need a TV Licence if you watch Sky/Virgin/Freeview, so that's why it's …You need a TV Licence if you watch Sky/Virgin/Freeview, so that's why it's Free. Sky/Virgin is £30ppm + a TV Licence. Freeview is just a TV Licence. As far as I know all the channels on Freeview are also on Sky/Virgin, so a box like this is only useful for people who don't have Sky/Virgin or who do have it, but don't want to pay extra for Sky Multiroom .This box is basically a recording device, but it's one with more features than you'd get from most Freeview recorders. Being able to set recordings via your Phone App and also being able to stream recordings to another room if you buy the H3 Espresso extender is a feature that isn't available on any other Freeview recorder (apart from the Humax FVP-5000T).Not all programs are available on catch-up services (especially films), which is why many people still record them. Plus you can't skip the ads on catch up.



You don't need a TV licence when an 83 year old infirm parent lives with you not contributing 147 quid a year to poor old Auntie keeps me awake every night, especially seeing no member of our household watches a single programme she transmits it's tearing my heart out.

These boxes aren't offering anything people with satellite or cable don't get then, that's the crux of the matter and yeah I appreciate you don't pay a sub with these but when nearly everything you watch is premium stuff like sports and Sky Atlantic shows there would be no reason for households like ours to have one.

Saying about that we've never had cable, not even in the mid to late 90's when everyone knew someone knocking out them Jekyll boxes that was chipped because we preferred Sky. These days we are paying 25 quid a month for Sky Q, the 4K UHD 2TB/Silver/or whatever they've changed the name to this time box. And we have been paying that pony a month for nearly two years now too, so from long before we upgraded to Q last Spring. That monthly price is still locked in till Autumn this year with absolutely everything: sports, movies, box sets, the full monty and then we pay another 12 quid a month on top for a minibox in our bedroom.

When put like this, paying 37 quid a month for content you watch all the time compared to £12.50 a month for stuff you never watch it really does offer value for money to the max.
col1110 h, 31 m ago

I found my last Humax box very clunky, got BT youview now and much …I found my last Humax box very clunky, got BT youview now and much smoother, good price for this though...


Humax made that box too chap.
Remember to check if you have the latest software , last update was April last year... uk.humaxdigital.com/sup…ase
EndlessWaves5 h, 25 m ago

Then it's faulty. I have one and while it is slightly sluggish it's …Then it's faulty. I have one and while it is slightly sluggish it's nowhere near that slow and never crashes.


I bought this on release day from Humax for considerably more than this about £200 from memory and its pants, Humax dropped features from it with updates, originally it upscaled to 4k but that disappeared, the wifi in its is pretty much useless if placed in a cabinet and drops out constantly have to use tplink plugs just to get it to work, everything else works fine in my house and I'm on bts highest broadband package, its very slow to remote presses, very slow especially if using any of the aps / catch up services when you click on the guide takes a while to boot up the app, just not a fun user experience especially if used to sky or fire tv / nowtv etc

Humax have been constantly launching updates in the hope of fixing this box, if you had one for a while they even emailed all customers promising a fantastic update to the user interface which didn't really fix it

Really couldn't recommend it
Edited by: "matengawhat" 6th Feb
Do any of these Humax units allow you to transfer HD recordings onto another storage device and watch them on say a computer? Or are they still locked to being played on the very same Humax unit?
friar_chris15 h, 9 m ago

Do any of these Humax units allow you to transfer HD recordings onto …Do any of these Humax units allow you to transfer HD recordings onto another storage device and watch them on say a computer? Or are they still locked to being played on the very same Humax unit?


There are several YouTube videos showing how it is done but not tried it myself. Looks a bit of a faff tbh.
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friar_chris18 h, 42 m ago

Do any of these Humax units allow you to transfer HD recordings onto …Do any of these Humax units allow you to transfer HD recordings onto another storage device and watch them on say a computer? Or are they still locked to being played on the very same Humax unit?


I've managed to get Standard Definition freeview recordings transferred via USB to play on my PC
I have the FVP-5000T. It's quite good but the software is quite buggy, for example:- Sometimes when I press pause and then unpause it subtitles are then displayed even though they are set to off and the only way to get rid of them them is to turn the subtitles on and then off again. It's quite an annoying 'feature'.
Edited by: "Zaxxan" 9th Feb
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HUMAX have now updated the software on the FVP-4000T so that it now runs the same software as the FVP-5000T. So this is an even better deal now
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