Christmas Freesat Bargains 2014

Looking to hunker down this Christmas and watch excessive amounts of TV? Or maybe so busy over doing it that you want to be able to record your favourite repeats programmes. Well fear not, here is our (brief) guide to the best deals out there from the Freesat range.

At the low end of scale, the Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 is an exceptionally good Freesat HD receiver. What it lacks in on-demand services and record functionality, it makes up for in design, ease of use, quality of picture and low low price. You can pick up from Amazon for just £47 delivered; or shave £1 off via their marketplace sellers.

Fancy a tastier treat, then what about the Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime receiver? Our favourite Freesat product of late, this great little box offers all the same features as the Manhattan above, but also includes the latest television guide and roll-back/on-demand services offered by Freetime. Whilst it may not have a hard drive built-in, you can add a USB drive for basic record functionality. Once again, Amazon were the best priced retailer, currently selling at £78.95 delivered, which trust us, is close to trade value! Worth the extra £31.95? Definitely!

If you fancy stepping up to include a built-in hard drive for record functionality, but are not bothered by the new fancy EPG and on-demand services offered by Freesat’s Freetime, then what about the Manhattan Plaza HDR-S? It comes in two hard drive sizes, 320GB and 500GB. The 320GB is actually the outgoing version, so bargains can be had. Satbuyer are selling for £129.95 plus delivery (additional £10 for the 500GB version). Alternatively, in a similar vain, the ‘graded’ version of the discontinued Echostar HDS-600RS is available for as little as £109.95 plus delivery also from Satbuyer.

If Christmas isn’t Christmas without the best, then the Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+HD Freetime Receiver is currently top of the crop. Humax recently dropped their prices…twice (quite rare for them) so now is the time to pick up a deal. The 500GB version is available at the lowest price we’ve seen of £169 from John Lewis, including 2 year warranty. The 1TB version is cheapest on the Amazon marketplace at £194.95 and the top of the range HDR-1010S/1TB in ‘white’ with built-in wifi can be found for £224.90 including delivery and 2 year warranty from Satbuyer.

There are of course other options available, and prices do vary, but these are our pick…happy Christmas.

16 thoughts on “Christmas Freesat Bargains 2014”

  1. There are indeed some great deals out there and anyone reluctant to upgrade should be encouraged by the very healthy secondhand values of quality Freesat gear. This means that you can upgrade to the latest box from say a Humax Foxsat HD, or HDR, for surprisingly little money if you’re prepared to sell the old machine.
    Go on, give it a go!

  2. Are there still no new Freesat Recorders that can copy to DVD-R?

    I’m wondering what I will do when my old Panasonic Freesat/Hard Drive/DVD-R finally gives up the ghost.

    Shop assistants claim that nobody wants to keep DVD-Rs any more, because “everything can be watched online”. However, I’ve been asked to record several discs over the next month, for friends & family who will be appearing in various shows.

    Apparently a Sky+ recording or a Youtube video just can’t match the souvenir value of a DVD sitting on the shelf. Especially when it’s you that’s singing at the Proms, or being grilled by Victoria Coren.

  3. ChristopherM said:
    Are there still no new Freesat Recorders that can copy to DVD-R?

    Unlikely to have any going forward, it is old technology and broadcasters don’t like them, as it becomes too easy to copy copyright content to external sources, where as on-demand etc is in theory never downloaded/kept.

  4. admin said: Unlikely to have any going forward, it is old technology and broadcasters don’t like them, as it becomes too easy to copy copyright content to external sources, where as on-demand etc is in theory never downloaded/kept.

    Yes, that’s pretty much what I was told in Hughes (but only after the assistant realised they had none left in stock).

    However, leaving aside the virtues of old vs new technology, I notice that broadcaster preferences have not curtailed the availability of Panasonic’s Freeview boxes with DVD-R capability. Unfortunately I can’t use a Freeview recorder because of (a) poor reception and (b) my irritation at Freeview’s poor PQ.

    Perhaps the lack of current Freesat equipment with DVD-R capability might account for the “very healthy secondhand values of quality Freesat gear” that Lawrence mentioned in post #1.

  5. It’s a pity there is not a broader choice of freesat TVs available to match the choice of STBs.
    I was looking for a 32″ TV with integrated freesat for my kitchen wall, but could only find 1 model (Samsung) which was over £400!
    Ended up buying cheap freeview TV, Manhattan freesat box, and an IR repeater to get round the problem (and cost!) The freesat box hidden in a cupboard.

  6. Agreed, not many Freesat TVs, especially at the affordable end of the spectrum. Ironically there are quite a few TVs with built in free to air satellite tuners though, but you have check the actual machine because the DVB S tuner isn’t always mentioned in the manufacturer’s blurb. Check out the LG range for example.

  7. Kate said:
    I was trying to check out current Freesat boxes and most of the links to the right don’t seem to work?

    Working fine for me using my phone.

  8. for any new freesatters thinking of purchasing a box and satellite dish package this Christmas please donot take long cause installers will shortly stop taking orders for this side of Christmas! I wonder what admin is looking forward to tv wise?

  9. Ian Vallender said:
    I wonder what admin is looking forward to tv wise?

    To watch? I don’t, not a TV fan ironically; love my films though, and a few series.

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