It would appear that a few days ago some of the major retailers decided to increase their retail price of the Humax FOXSAT-HD from £119.99 to £149.99.
The retailers involved in the price hike include John Lewis, Dixons, Maplin, Argos and Currys, with a lesser increase also by Amazon.
We have checked the trade price for this Freesat high-definition receiver but it hasn’t changed, suggesting that the major retailers have some how determined that the demand for this product is increasing, or available stock is about to become very short. We cannot imagine it would be due to lack of sales, as these big retailers would typically drop the price to trade values just to sell stock.
Very interesting, and odd at the same time; wonder if the same will happen with any other Freesat product.
Update (3rd March) – Play price now increased to £289.99. If you pre-ordered one at £249.99, let us know whether Play honour that price or not.
Play.com, the DVD/CD, Games and Electronic online giant have today announced the plan to sell the Humax FOXSAT-HDR from the end of March for just £249.99 delivered, almost £35 cheaper than the closest competitor today.
It’s possible that they have been given an indication of trade cost for in a months time, or are making full use of their Channel Island VAT status, but either way it’s an amazing price consider demand is still very high. It sets a precedent for price reductions over the next month, so will be interesting to see what happens.
If your willing to wait, Play.com are accepting pre-orders online now, alternatively, have a look at the currently availability on our Humax FOXSAT-HDR product page.
Little has been known of the reason why Alba Group have not been distributing Freesat SD Digital Boxes to retailers for some time. Most retailers ran out of stock a couple of months ago when availability dried out.
It seems now that Grundig, Goodmans and Bush branded receivers are due a come back within days, with one big difference…price! It appears that due to the weak pound, plus possible increases in manufacturing costs, that the trade price has increased by approx. £15 per unit, so expect the new retail price to hover around £65, not leaving much of a margin between the SD and HD variants.
The rumours of a 2nd generation box are true, which should launch around April/May, but are not the reason for the lack of supply over the past few months, this is believed, although not confirmed to be down to lack of component availability, i.e. Alba Group had not anticipated the high uptake of their Freesat receivers and didn’t have enough parts ready!
With availability again of SD boxes, plus the announcement of new products from Panasonic and TechniSat, sale volumes of Freesat, which are currently at 250,000 should rocket…no wonder Freesat are considering a large advertising campaign this Spring.
Comet, not wanting to be outdone by Dixons’ consistent low Freesat prices have released a 15% off discount code, applicable on all Freesat HD digital boxes until 10th November 2008.
They are offering the Humax FOXSAT-HD at £127.49 plus delivery (£5.95) and the Grundig GUFSAT01HD at £110.49 plus delivery (£5.95).
So if you are looking for Freesat HD, and not waiting for the Freesat PVR, then this is a good time to buy. Visit Comet online here, entering discount code FREESAT15 at checkout (also applies to store collections, just book the collection online).
EDIT – PRICE ONLY APPLICABLE TO HUMAX HD MODEL, NOT GRUNDIG.
We are please to announce that Dixons have extended their 10% discount on all Freesat digital boxes until 16th October 2008.
The 10% discount applies to purchases made online, using discount code 10DIGI when prompted.
So if you are still considering a purchase, now would be a good time to buy.
Don’t forget to compare the prices of each Freesat receiver using the right hand column and the Freesat receivers pages.
Still a work in progress but in the interests of improving the all round experience of visiting our site, we’ve introduced a more complete comparison site. The comparison site (or pages) will allow any potential Freesat customer the ability to check the latest prices from the major retailers of all Freesat receivers, televisions and installation; these prices include available ‘official’ and ‘exclusive’ discounts, ensuring the best price possible.
All Freesat products and price comparisons can be found within the ‘Freesat Receivers‘ pages.
Below is an example of the comparison chart for the Humax FOXSATHD, showing price excluding and including delivery, as well as any discounts on offer (please note that the chart below will not be updated, see here for latest):
||Code ’10DIGI’ (-10%)
||Code ‘0108EM6’ (-£15)
We have also included the icon to take you directly to the product page to buy.
In addition, you will see that the right-hand column now shows the best price currently available, rather than listing them all on every page you visit.
If you would like to contribute any comments to this, or have ideas of how we can further improve the site, please let us know by contacting us, or adding a comment to this post.
Just a reminder that Dixons are still offering the exclusive 10% off Freesat receivers until the end of this month, incase you are considering a purchase soon. The Humax is probably the best buy with only the Grundig HD also in stock. Hopefully the standard-definition receivers will be available before the discount expiries!
Simply visit Dixons Online and enter discount code ‘10DIGI‘ at checkout.
Humax FOXSAT-HD was £149.99, with discount £135.49
Grundig GUFSAT01HD was £149.99, with discount £135.49
Goodmans GFSAT200HD was £119.99, with discount £108.49 (presently out of stock)
Goodmans GFSAT100SD was £49.99, with discount £45.49 (presently out of stock)
These are online exclusives, not available in the shops, but certainly the best prices currently available.
Dixons are offering an exclusive 10% off all Freesat boxes for the month of July.
Simply visit Dixons Online and enter discount code ‘10DIGI‘ at checkout.
Humax FOXSAT-HD was £149.99, with discount £134.99
Grundig GUFSAT01HD was £149.99, with discount £134.99
Goodmans GFSAT200HD was £119.99, with discount £107.99
Goodmans GFSAT100SD was £49.99, with discount £44.99
It has been some time coming, but John Lewis are finally selling Freesat digital boxes online. We always thought that in accordance with their agreement with Freesat, they should have been, so it looks like they’ve finally got there.
No sign of any standard definition Freesat receivers yet, but they are selling the premium high definition models, plus the Panasonic Plasmas with Freesat built-in. If you are a loyal John Lewis customer, then these are their Freesat products available to buy online:
Humax Freesat HD Digital Receiver – £149.00
Grundig GUFSAT HD Freesat Receiver – £149.00
Panasonic Viera TH42PZ81B Plasma, 42in with Built-in freesat – £1299.00
Panasonic Viera TH46PZ81B Plasma, 46in with Built-in freesat – £1699.00
Don’t forget that John Lewis’ Panasonic plasmas come with a 5 year warranty, which explains why they are slightly more expensive. Some have mentioned that Panasonic offer a 5 year warranty free anyway, but note this is only from selected/limited retailers.
Prices are beginning to drop on the Freesat digital boxes, with the Goodmans Freesat HD reduced from £149.99 to £119.99, and the Goodmans SD from £69.99 to £49.99.
It makes much more sense that all the Alba Group Freesat boxes are price matched against each other, considering they are all effectively the same unit with the same internals.
Expect to see the price of the Grundig Freesat HD to come down from £149.99 soon too.
As far as the Humax Freesat HD, there’s every possibility that this will also drop too, with plenty of room for movement in the existing trade price, certainly for the major retailers anyway.
If you can’t wait though, check out our price comparison on the right hand column, for the best prices online.