The new Freeview Play Recorder FVP-4000T 500GB with built in WiFi and 3 x HD tuners (Mocha or Cappuccino) - Use Code "HUMAXBD1" £179.10 @ Humax
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The new Freeview Play Recorder FVP-4000T 500GB with built in WiFi and 3 x HD tuners (Mocha or Cappuccino) - Use Code "HUMAXBD1" £179.10 @ Humax

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Found 8th Oct 2015
Use Code "HUMAXBD1"

With 3 x HS tuners you can record up to 4* programmes at once and watch a 5th live channel!

This new Freeview Play Recorder, FVP-4000T 500GB with built in WiFi and 3 x HD tuners allow customers to view over 60+ channels of free TV, plus connect wirelessly to their home networks and enjoy the best in catch-up TV, additional apps, on demand VOD services.
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I've had 2 Humax boxes for over 6 years no trouble at all very well made product
Had a Fox pvr for 5 years , about the best device I've bought.Pity these latest models don't have a proper display, a retrograde step.Three tuners is one good improvement but surprised not 1Gb's drive as standard by now.
Didn't realize this just out this week,thats new that is.
Edited by: "morrig" 8th Oct 2015
3 hd tuners & only a 500gb hard drive seems a bit undergunned.
£229.99 for the 1TB model (Coming Soon)
Edited by: "Giant_Panda" 8th Oct 2015
belsibub

3 hd tuners & only a 500gb hard drive seems a bit undergunned.


500GB is acceptable, unless the user has a tendancy to retain recorcings rather than watch-then-delete. I am more disappointed with three tuners being configured to only record upto 4 channels - would have thought by now the hardware should be capable of simultaneously recording all channels on the same mux, in this case: x3
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Good luck finding 4 programs worth recording at once on freeview.
OrribleHarry

Good luck finding 4 programs worth recording at once on freeview.



If do shifts, say, and you can't watch any TV in the evening, even 3 clashes across the 5 main channels is easy enough, so 4 across the board is easily done.
AndyRoyd

500GB is acceptable, unless the user has a tendancy to retain recorcings … 500GB is acceptable, unless the user has a tendancy to retain recorcings rather than watch-then-delete. I am more disappointed with three tuners being configured to only record upto 4 channels - would have thought by now the hardware should be capable of simultaneously recording all channels on the same mux, in this case: x3



It's probably not the hardware limitation - if you can pick out one you can pick out all TSs, there's no transcoding, it's direct broadcast stream to hard disk..

the shortfall would be the software - dealing with timer clashes becomes much more complicated.
trevordavies0629

It's probably not the hardware limitation - if you can pick out one you … It's probably not the hardware limitation - if you can pick out one you can pick out all TSs, there's no transcoding, it's direct broadcast stream to hard disk..the shortfall would be the software - dealing with timer clashes becomes much more complicated.


Reasonably sure the timer is no issue, just record everything from £599
promise.tv/pro…tml
AndyRoyd

would have thought by now the hardware should be capable of … would have thought by now the hardware should be capable of simultaneously recording all channels on the same mux, in this case: x3


The hardware in these devices is slower than you think, slow CPU, slow RAM and not much off it, the slowest drives still available (designed for 24/7 on while streaming rather than random access). Capturing a single full mux would fill 500Gb in less than 2 days - just over 1 for HD muxes, so that's not an option if you actually want channels from more than 1 mux (you do). Even using the tuner PID filters you still need enough CPU power to sort out the mess they decode. You don't want those streams interleaved either so the drive will be seeking like crazy or fragmenting the drive if you try.

And they have to leave plenty of unused margin to cope with the worst case.

For reference: my PC with 3 tuners, 32Gb RAM, fast drives and a 3.3Ghz hex core started to struggle above 10 simultaneous SD recordings, started dropping channels at 14. They're doing pretty good getting 4 out of low end hardware. Especially if they're HD streams.
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trevordavies0629

If do shifts, say, and you can't watch any TV in the evening, even 3 … If do shifts, say, and you can't watch any TV in the evening, even 3 clashes across the 5 main channels is easy enough, so 4 across the board is easily done.



​This is FreeVIEW remember not freesat....
Maybe somebody with more spare time than myself can show a timeline cost comparison of this unit against the 4-tuner smart streaming unit provided "free" with EE TV, phone & bb. broadband.ee.co.uk/ee-tv
How can it record 4 things at once with only 4 tuners?
AndyRoyd

Reasonably sure the timer is no issue, just record everything from … Reasonably sure the timer is no issue, just record everything from £599http://www.promise.tv/products/lite.html



I wasn't aware of the Promise Lite, so thanks for the link. Has it or the Promise Seven been reviewed?
shalton

How can it record 4 things at once with only 4 tuners?


Probably spare processing power to record one additional channel from one of the muxes already being used for recording.
The aging Huawei TalkTalk Youview box has two tuners but is capable of recording two channels whilst allowing the user to view one other broadcast channel from the same mux as one of the recordings, although TT & YV chooses not to advertise that fact cos it thinks it's too much for Joe Public to get their head around !
OrribleHarry

Good luck finding 4 programs worth recording at once on freeview.


I don't think I've ever found two programmes worth recording at once!
Stompa

I don't think I've ever found two programmes worth recording at once!


I have! I'd value that 3rd tuner - but not with a 500GB HD!
Nice, thanks OP
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Newbold

I have! I'd value that 3rd tuner - but not with a 500GB HD!



​I built a quad tuner setup works a treat.
Hope this thing boots up faster than the 1000s version!
How does this work? Can it take all it's video for the tuners via the ethernet cable? Just asking, as could be interested in using it abroad via a VPN router.
Stompa

I don't think I've ever found two programmes worth recording at once!


Ok, cheers for that.
belsibub

3 hd tuners & only a 500gb hard drive seems a bit undergunned.



​500gb is what you get in the majority of Sky HD boxes. Dont see the issue
I sometimes can't find one thing to watch on Freeview. How on earth would there ever be 4 things to record all on at once?

I can only think of Jeremy Kyle, Bargain Hunt and Judge Judy at the most!
AndyRoyd

Maybe somebody with more spare time than myself can show a timeline cost … Maybe somebody with more spare time than myself can show a timeline cost comparison of this unit against the 4-tuner smart streaming unit provided "free" with EE TV, phone & bb. https://broadband.ee.co.uk/ee-tv



I ditched our HDR-1000S (Freesat version) a year ago in favour of the EE box for the HD streaming to iPhones/IPads. Years ahead of what Sky and co were offering at the time.
anlygi

I sometimes can't find one thing to watch on Freeview. How on earth would … I sometimes can't find one thing to watch on Freeview. How on earth would there ever be 4 things to record all on at once? I can only think of Jeremy Kyle, Bargain Hunt and Judge Judy at the most!


You've obviously not discovered BBC4, BBC2, or even BBC1 and BBC3. There are huge numbers of excellent programmes just on the BBC channels - let alone Channel 4, Film 4, E4 and all the other Freeview channels. No need for Sky in this house!
anlygi

I sometimes can't find one thing to watch on Freeview. How on earth would … I sometimes can't find one thing to watch on Freeview. How on earth would there ever be 4 things to record all on at once? I can only think of Jeremy Kyle, Bargain Hunt and Judge Judy at the most!


Yep and now they're sacking Tim Wonnacott off BH for apparently doing a bit of a Clarkson that leaves just the two.
What do you lot watch on TV? I find myself watching the news for 15mns and then watching things on youtube in the evening or anything on 4od or iplayer. Sky only exists in our household for the foreign channels that my mother watches. But that's it... All other channels or the content atleast can be seen online.
Newbold

You've obviously not discovered BBC4, BBC2, or even BBC1 and BBC3. There … You've obviously not discovered BBC4, BBC2, or even BBC1 and BBC3. There are huge numbers of excellent programmes just on the BBC channels - let alone Channel 4, Film 4, E4 and all the other Freeview channels. No need for Sky in this house!



Oh I have. No sly in this house! I wouldn't say I watch the BBC, or TV for that matter, every day but I get value from the licence fee for the BBC's online services alone. Smart devices with all the catchup services, though iPlayer is the only one I use, Netflix and Amazon Prime video. I still maintain there would not be 4 simultaneous Freeview broadcasts of interest to me, but if it suits someone...
Christ some of you lot are bores. Who cares about your viewing habits? Is this just a competition to see who can fill up comment threads with the most irrelevant bullpoop?
I have the previous 2 channel version with 500GB. There are many times I needed three tuners (Luckily I have a satellite to do the third one) but one device only would be better. Even though we use it a lot, we have never come close to filling the HD. I do however use an external HD to export programmes to that I want to keep.
gbmcginty

Christ some of you lot are bores. Who cares about your viewing habits? Is … Christ some of you lot are bores. Who cares about your viewing habits? Is this just a competition to see who can fill up comment threads with the most irrelevant bullpoop?


Yup - and you just won it!
Can get a brand new style Sky HD box with Freesat for £175, granted it will only record 2 channels but after having Sky I find the Sky guide above and beyond anything found on any other freeview/freesat box
£7 delivery fee as well
AndyRoyd

For reference: my PC with 3 tuners, 32Gb RAM, fast drives and a 3.3Ghz … For reference: my PC with 3 tuners, 32Gb RAM, fast drives and a 3.3Ghz hex core started to struggle above 10 simultaneous SD recordings, started dropping channels at 14. They're doing pretty good getting 4 out of low end hardware. Especially if they're HD streams.



What PVR software (I'm hoping Windows) do you use please?
OrribleHarry

Good luck finding 4 programs worth recording at once on freeview.


As opposed to only 2 being able to record on Sky which looking at my planner over 80% are from channels available on Freeview...
Munger2k

Can get a brand new style Sky HD box with Freesat for £175, granted it … Can get a brand new style Sky HD box with Freesat for £175, granted it will only record 2 channels but after having Sky I find the Sky guide above and beyond anything found on any other freeview/freesat box


Don't $ky still charge about £10 monthly just for the record function of 'free' channels? All the different platforms' EPG's have their pros & cons and paying for one is a con.
Has anyone found a way of copying HD recordings off one of these Freeview Play/Youview boxes so that they can be stored on a NAS or PC? Some of the older Humaxes had custom firmware which worked around the HD encryption and allowed this, but I haven't seen anything similar for the newer boxes.
belsibub

3 hd tuners & only a 500gb hard drive seems a bit undergunned.


Rear panel photo shows a single usb port (above the ethernet socket). Doesn't seem to have any front or side ports.
Tech Spec on Humax site says "usb x2". I wonder if someone misunderstood USB2 ?

I'd hope that might be a route to dealing with any concerns about limited storage. If so, strange that it isn't trumpeted ...
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