Humax FOXSAT-HD

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Humax Freesat HD Digital Box (FOXSAT-HD)
Released: 6th May 2008

Humax FOXSAT-HD Freesat Digital Box

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About the Humax FOXSAT-HD Digital Receiver

The Humax Freesat HD Digital Box (FOXSAT-HD) was the first HD receiver launched for the new Freesat satellite service, on 6th May 2008. Offering excellent quality picture and sound on both HD and SD broadcasts, plus a much improved EPG and menu system over its competition; the Humax HD Box almost instantly became a firm favourite with enthusiasts and general consumers alike. In addition, the Humax receiver offers the ‘add channel’ facility, which allows you to add further FTA channels which are not available via the EPG/TV Guide, plus the option to search for channels from other satellites, with the correct satellite dish setup of course.

High-Definition (HD) TV packs in up to 5 times as much picture detail as standard definition TV, so you get crystal clear images and mind-blowing colours.

Humax FOXSATHD Specification

– Receives HDTV signals (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and MPEG-2)
– Under 1Watt power consumption in standby
– HDMI digital interface for perfect transmission of picture and sound
– Simultaneous playing of transmissions over HDMI, YPbPr or Scart (2 x Scart sockets)
– Easy installation and operation – automatic tuners and start-up guide
– Resolution format: 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i
– DVB-S2 and DVB-S compatible
– Ethernet support – for future iPlayer and Kangaroo use
– Full colour, high resolution electronic program guide (EPG)
– Dolby digital optical audio output (S/PDIF)
– Automatic software upgrade via satellite
– Audio description / One touch subtitle
– Dimensions (Width x Height x Depth): 280mm x 45mm x 200mm
– Weight: 1.5kg

Humax FOXSATHD official website

http://www.humaxdigital.com/freesat/

Humax FOXSATHD manuals

http://www.humaxdigital.com/freesat/FOXSATHD_100GB_040308_onlyref1.pdf (6.72mb – user manual)
http://www.humaxdigital.com/freesat/FOXSAT_100GB_033108.pdf (4.16mb – quick start guide)

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Humax FOXSAT-HD Freesat Box
Humax FOXSAT-HD Packaging

Humax FOXSAT-HD Freesat Front Panel
Humax FOXSAT-HD Front Panel

Humax FOXSAT-HD Freesat Rear Panel
Humax FOXSAT-HD Rear Panel

Humax FOXSAT-HD Freesat EPG
Humax FOXSAT-HD EPG

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142 thoughts on “Humax FOXSAT-HD”

  1. My Humax Foxsat receiver gives a blank green screen if I switch back to it from TV’s or my Sony HDR995’s receiver. It started to happen after the last update. I hope this new update will cure it. Because it is really annoying.
    Has anyone else got similar problem?

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  2. I bought this box 2 months ago and love it! I replaced a Sky box for this one to get HD which is just amazing. Can’t believe how easy it was to swap it over and set up was easy. Had a bit of an issue with my terrestrial areal which was via the sky box and the FOXSAT HD does not have this connection. I have a SONY PVR which works fine with this box and changes the channel via an external IR. EPG is good too. What is really annoying is the volume is controlled on the box not on the TV, unlike SKY which is preset on the box and the remote changes the TV volume, and you can’t use another remote to control FOXSAT, unless its a self learning one. Still its a great bit of kit 8/10.

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  3. Hi Folks – im just about to dump my SKY+ box and go for this Humax one. One question though – I have 2 LNB cables feeding into my SKY box and, as far as I can see, there is only one connector on the Humax – can I assume that I just connect the one cable leaving the other one free? Thanks

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  4. Hi Stu
    Yes, just connect one of the LNB cables into the box. Keep the other one though, as when you update to “twin tuner” versions, you will need the additional LNB to allow you to record one channel whilst watching another

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  5. I bought this receiver a few days ago and I’m very happy with it.
    Great picture (SD or HD), good sound and cool TV services and very simple to use ! However, there are not so many HD channels but I think more will come in 2010 or 2011.
    I also got more FTA channels (True Entertainement, Sky News,…) just by going to ‘manual mode’ to find them. Then I switch to Freesat/non-Freesat channels with ‘menu’, ‘settings’ and ‘STB mode’ !
    Et voilà !

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  6. Have one these Humax boxes since its first launch. No problems whatsoever. Excellent picture. I have purchsed a second device with the record option – forced by Sky trying their trick of selling replacement freeview cards. I used to run four skyboxes on freeview – have now binned them all for two Humax boxes and two freeview to aerial. Freesat is indeed free although could do with some more HD channels. It should be noted that all satellite HD channels are broadcast on 720p, not 1080p – this includes Sky, thus if you do not use BluRay a cheaper 1080i TV still will give comparable results.

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  7. Gary,

    All Freesat HD Broadcasts are in 1080i not 720p from my experience & your not going to find any cheap 1080i TV’s for sale now. But you can still buy a cheaper 720p TV that supports 1080i.

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  8. Does anyone know if its possible to run this on my sky dish whilst keeping the Sky? The dish has a quad LNB in which 2 are in use for the Sky+. I want the freesat for my sons bedroom. Will we be able to watch Sky (downstairs) and freesat at the same time. Thanks in advance

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  9. just got a humax foxsat hd G refurbished. works like a charm great images easy to use non freesat mode. would like to be able to exclude all the scrambled channels automatically???? any suggestions please???

    so far can not see any of the issues discussed in this list of comments..

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  10. I have just purchased the Humax Foxsat for my place in Portugal but before I take it over I want to try it here in the UK. I presume I just key my postcode in here but ask, if I,ve used the quick set up scan will the box be automatically set up for Portugal. Thanks for any replies

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  11. Does anybody know how to permanently re-order channels on the Humax Foxsat box? Its straight forward on Freview boxes to swap channel number positions, but I can’t find any easy way to do it with my Freesat box. I live in Wales so a normal channel scan always ends up with channel 4 on channel number 120 on Freesat and channel 8 on Freeview (as we have S4C on position 104 or 4). Hence I want to swap channel 4 from position 120 to 104. Thanks.

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  12. Hi
    I’m moving into a flat with an existing sky satellite dish, previous tenants did not have sky up and running (so no sky box / card available) – from reading the above it sounds like I might be able to simply hook up this humax box to the existing satellite cable and away we go – is it really that simple?
    Thanks
    Mark

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  13. @Mark

    Yes, if the satellite dish is in working condition and aligned correctly, you can just plug a Humax HD Freesat receiver in.

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  14. I’m considering replacing my Sky Boxes which only show free to air channels that I use while down in Costa Del Sol. I’m looking to change as they have started causing problems since card change from Sky.
    Currently on a 1.5m dish and will be upgrading shortly to 2m dish.
    Does anyone have any experiance with this Humax box down there? Can I expect as good as quality as I got with Sky. Previuosly I have been told only Pace boxes work this far south satisfactorily.
    Any comments will be helpful.

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  15. I apologise in advance for asking such an ignorant question but can I replace the freeview box I use for my Sony non-HDI TV with a freesat box? Also, I have a Hitachi HD ready TV wih an internal freeview tuner: can I front-end it by a freesat box?

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  16. @Osters
    Just installed Humax box with 1.3 mtr dish in Benalmadena after problems with my Sky box, really great reception! I miss Sky news though…………

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  17. I now have two freesat boxes, one with HD and the other standard. I also have sky boxes in two rooms. I have tried using a splitter to connect the cables into both the sky boxes and the freesat boxes. The Freesat are connected via HMDI to the TV and the sky by SKART. All my efforts to get signals to EITHER box in this way have failed !..Its not that I dont wish to pay for a quad LMB just that I hate so many cables dangling off the roof. Any ideas ???

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  18. You cannot split a satellite cable, you’ll need a larger capacity LNB so you can independently run cables to each receiver input.

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  19. Thanks for the swift response – so the people selling the ‘splitter’ switches are not selling something that will work for running seperate boxes ? I guess I will have to get a quad LMB now – I already have cables from two though and they are very hard to hide.

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  20. Depends on the kind of splitter switch; some work, but only to control one of the receivers at a time; Quad LNB is always the best way to go on a single dwelling home.

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  21. Good quality box. Have previously tried a Grundig SD box (poor software, rubbish quality remote) which worked but couldn’t play BBC multistreams and also a Bush HD box (poor software, rubbish quality remote) which had a faulty HDMI connection (picture and sound kept cutting out) and had to return it so decided to go for quality over cheapness and have to say… this is great. Good software, quality remote, much better menu system. Not cheap, but you get what you pay for. Recommended.

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  22. I have non HD satellite which is not sky but the free transmission, for some time. I would like to go HD, will replacing receiving box with a freesat HD box give me the HD. Will I need to re direct my dish, at present I believe it is directed to Astra 2A.

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  23. Well a great product and I agree with all the fore mentioned points. However I have one concern why oh why does it take so long to change channels especially the hd ones surely a 2 second time lag is really not good enough. Having said that I live 26 miles from the transmitter and freeview signal is just not good enough. This is a wonderful product which always delivers great pictures.

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  24. I was one of the “lucky” folks who bought the LG TV with Freesat built-in so I got my Humax box FOC. Having said that I now have Satellite TV in the bedroom for free rather than having to pay $ky for the priviledge. Had the box some 6 months and – touch wood – no problems. It worked straight out of the box, I can also access the BBC iPlayer thanks to a spare Devolo Homeplug and everthing runs through a cheap’n’cheerful Bush 24″ full HD TV bought from Argos. I have to say I am well pleased with this Humax product and am considering buying the Humax PVR so this box can be used in one of the other bedrooms thus having a – albeit bit restricted but free – version of Multiroom.

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  25. It looks here they do not bother updating information. The latest software available is 1.00.28! Look at humax website.

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  26. Seems strange when there is so much complaint about the interruption “receiving broadcast information” and other reported malfunctions on other sites and yet there is none here?

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  27. Hi – I have a Foxsat HD box for about 10 months now. Really impressed with quality of picture especially HD but during the last few days whilst watching HD channels. I keep losing the picture albeit for only a split second. I keep the sound. Rather annoying. I have had all the leads including the HDMI ones and aerial lead out. Thinking it might be static. But still occuring. Please help.

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  28. I’m using this with a DVD recorder, but its reservation function alerts you with a pop-up when the channel is about to change, which is no good for timed recordings. Is there anyway of switching this off? Thanks.

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  29. i have just bought humax foxsat second hand,when i plug it into mains a grren rotating circle flashes on the front of the box.it doesnt come on and the standby light stays on.what have i done wrong? how do i get it to work please

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  30. danny said:
    i have just bought humax foxsat second hand,when i plug it into mains agrren rotating circle flashes on the front of the box.it doesnt come on and the standby light stays on.what have i done wrong? how do i get it to work please

    Sorry to say but that is a terminal fault, usually associated with the power supply capacitors. Hope the seller indicated it was faulty or you can get a refund.

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  31. I have the same problem with a rotating green circle on the front. Technical emailed me back telling me there was no fix for this problem. Advised me to disconnect coaxial and all other leads from the back and turn on hoping it will reboot. It did after a day and I did a factory reset when it came back on. Unfortunately it only lasted a day. Wonder if they will do me a deal on one of their managers specials on their website?

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  32. patsy said:
    Hi – I have a Foxsat HD box for about 10 months now. Really impressed with quality of picture especially HD but during the last few days whilst watching HD channels. I keep losing the picture albeit for only a split second. I keep the sound. Rather annoying. I have had all the leads including the HDMI ones and aerial lead out. Thinking it might be static. But still occuring. Please help.

    The cause of this *may* be your TV. I had a problem with the picture changing size slightly for no obvious reason. I eventually traced to the effect to be caused by BBC programmes changing from 1080i to 1080p and back. My TV (Sony KDL-37EX524) was scaling those two formats differently. The cure was to ensure that pixel mapping (“exact scan”, etc) is enabled. The problem went away.

    Changing between the 1080i and 1080p formats *may* be causing your TV to blank momentarily.

    Hope this helps,
    Mike

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