Humax HDR-1000S

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Humax Freesat+ HD Freetime PVR Digital Box (HDR-1000S 500GB and 1TB)
Released: October 2012

Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+HD Freetime Digital Box

Best price (Amazon): £189.95 (500GB)

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About the Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+HD Freetime Digital Box

Introducing the next generation in free digital viewing the Humax HDR1000S 500GB Freesat+ with free time Digital Satellite Recorder offers unbeatable TV recording and viewing flexibility with bucket loads of storage space.

The benefits of Freesat+

First and foremost, the range of viewing choices is extraordinary with 150 Freesat channels as standard, and there are 5 free HD channels on offer too.

The Freesat+ Digital Satellite Recorder brings you all of this and more with its fabulous functionality. Including the outstanding programme guide feature, you’ll be able to find the programmes you love far more easily.

The advantages of free time

With its true twin tuners, the HDR-1000S Satellite Recorder allows you to record two channels whilst watching another – 2 channels are on the same multiplex, so you can be sure not to miss out on your favourite programmes while watching something in the moment. You’ll be able to create a veritable library of your favourite shows to view time and again at your leisure.

The Showcase feature from Freesat+ will tantalise you with the day’s top TV picks, and there’s the facility to pause and rewind live TV, so you can replay your favourite moments to your heart’s content. If this isn’t enough, the brilliant scroll-back EPG with selected broadcaster catch up services lets you see shows you’ve missed from the past 7 days via BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5 offers great online viewing with clever recording and recommended TV content with Showcase and Video On-Demand.

The built-in 500GB hard drive can store up to 125 hours of HD programmes or 300 hours of SD programmes, guaranteeing a satisfying TV viewing experience any time.

Quality functions and connectivity

This top-class Digital Satellite Recorder features touch sensitive buttons and there is a very useful universal remote supplied from which you can initiate series, split, accurate, and one touch recording. The recorder can also be configured as a client or server device on your home network to facilitate streaming content from other DLNA devices.

Other brilliant features on the HDR-1000S Recorder include video on-demand, recommended content and easily-accessible internet content via the ethernet connection, keeping you totally up to date and in the loop. There’s a USB port as well for easy file sharing and device expansion.

Quality and control For peace of mind, the Satellite Recorder has full parental control features, and subtitles are also available to make sure everyone’s included. Last but not least, excellent picture and sound quality are ensured via the included HDMI and SCART cables, and the Quick Start guide eliminates all setup hassles.

Bring the Humax HDR1000S 500GB Freesat+ with free time Digital Satellite Recorder into your home to take your entertainment setup to the next level.

Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+HD Freetime Digital Box (press release)

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Humax HDR-1000S Online Reviews

Joinfreesat – 9 out of 10
Cnet – 4 out of 5
Trusted Reviews – 9 out of 10

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69 Responses to “Humax HDR-1000S”

  1. GarethDPhillips Says:

    Is there a firm date for the initial stock of the 500gb units? I’m dying to get by hands on one.

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  2. admin Says:

    GarethDPhillips said:
    Is there a firm date for the initial stock of the 500gb units? I’m dying to get by hands on one.

    First or second week in October it seems.

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  3. GarethDPhillips Says:

    I’ve got a Youview box which I was very greatful to receive from the recent trial, but this looks far superior, just too impatient!!

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  4. Greg Davies Says:

    What about the 1TB version? Any ideas when that is likely to become available in the UK?

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  5. admin Says:

    Greg Davies said:
    What about the 1TB version?Any ideas when that is likely to become available in the UK?

    No confirmed date at all yet, later this year is all we have heard at this stage.

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  6. Geoff Says:

    I think this unit still needs a dual lnb and twin cable?
    When are units arriving with dual signal on single cable?

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  7. admin Says:

    Geoff said:
    I think this unit still needs a dual lnb and twin cable?
    When are units arriving with dual signal on single cable?

    All PVR/HDR’s with twin tuners require two cables for full use of the record facility. The only way of having full use via a single cable is with an SCR LNB and suitable functionality within the receiver, which Humax claim their receivers have, but will be added via software update at a future date.

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  8. Al (Original) Says:

    admin said: All PVR/HDR’s with twin tuners require two cables for full use of the record facility. The only way of having full use via a single cable is with an SCR LNB and suitable functionality within the receiver, which Humax claim their receivers have, but will be added via software update at a future date.

    Does that mean you could in the future record 4 channels at once with a twin cable?

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  9. admin Says:

    Al (Original) said: Does that mean you could in the future record 4 channels at once with a twin cable?

    No, I don’t think SCR LNB’s work on that principle, nor can the receiver cope with so many processes. However, I’d love to be proven wrong on this.

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  10. Whatsup Says:

    Hi can you tell me how to get this box to display in two rooms. With only one box?

    Also can you tell me how to get my videos from my mobile onto this for home sharing as there is not much information about this. Something which raydons software does for humax foxsat

    Which then allows to view on a pc or any device which is connected to the home network

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  11. Mark Dyer Says:

    Whatsup said:
    Hi can you tell me how to get this box to display in two rooms. With only one box?
    Also can you tell me how to get my videos from my mobile onto this for home sharing as there is not much information about this. Something which raydons software does for humax foxsat
    Which then allows to view on a pc or any device which is connected to the home network

    for using it in 2 rooms u could do what i have done and purchase some 5.8 Ghz digisenders such as, http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/9239827/Trail/searchtext%3EDIGISENDER.htm, they work excellently and also the receiver can b added to to extend it to 3 rooms or more…

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  12. What's up Says:

    Mark Dyer said: for using it in 2 rooms u could do what i have done and purchase some 5.8 Ghz digisenders such as, http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/9239827/Trail/searchtext%3EDIGISENDER.htm, they work excellently and also the receiver can b added to to extend it to 3 rooms or more…

    Hey marks seems like a very expensive option any other ideas what about streaming like you can with a apple tv does this achieve the same

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  13. Mark Dyer Says:

    has this box launch been delayed and if so for what reason…

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  14. Mike Says:

    Humax Direct have advised some customers by phone that despatch 17th delivery 18th October, from posts on another forum.

    I’m regretting by the Samsung even more now!

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  15. Jeff Says:

    Hi,

    Will freetime work on a box that is based outside of the UK? Obviously computers outside the UK cant use BBC iplayer etc…..
    Just want to know if anyone knows the answer to this?

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  16. Paul Says:

    I’ve wanted something like this ever since iPlayer and the like came out and I was very tempted first by the YouView advert I saw last week. However, I heard that the Humax YouView, as launched, has no Wifi and so needs an ethernet cable connected. That’s just rubbish if the TV is in the living room, downstairs, and the broadband modem is next to the PC in the study, upstairs; so I gave up on the idea. Then I saw this freesat version of the same, single box, catch-up concept was coming out and so I thought I’d get one of these instead but after a little research I learned, quickly, that this new Humax has no Wifi either. Why ever not?

    I know that these players should work using Wifi vice Ethernet because I currently view my catch-up TV via an old Mac mini, attached to and viewed on my TV, running off the home Wifi. So, why do Humax bring out these very enticing new gadgets without thinking how people will use them? I mean that I’m sure that only a minority of families have their internet modems installed within a couple of metres of their TVs but I bet most will have Wifi throughout the house. It seems obvious that these players must come with integral Wifi before the vast majority of people will want to buy them.

    Also, on another matter, I wonder that if everyone gets one of these new players (either YouView or the one reviewed here) then the countriy’s ISPs will not be able to cope with the sudden extra demand for Bandwidth. I know for one, that I have to be on the highest bandwidth tariff that I can get from my ISP (BT) just to get good uninterrupted playback on my Apple Mac. Then, of course, there’s the other matter of everyone finding out that, once they start using these systems, they’ll need to pay their ISPs a whole lot extra for unlimited downloads, because viewing just a few programmes in HD a month, e.g. a weekly Top Gear show, goes well over the average ISP contract’s permitted limit.

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  17. admin Says:

    Paul, the 500GB will work with the Humax wifi adaptor you can buy, and the 1TB is rumoured to have wifi built-in when it launches. The alternative might be homeplugs.

    I guess the non-inclusion of wifi could be a result of a few things; cost, ability to make more selling the adaptor, or just that streaming is more problematic over wifi than hard wire, so in turn, they reduce the number of customer queries.

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  18. Paul Says:

    Thanks admin, for your very speedy reply. If the rumour is true then I’ll be buying the 1TB version (I hope it’s out soon). Otherwise, I’ll stick to the Mac.

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  19. paul r Says:

    Re the lack of WIFI. Why not use a WiFi bridge? (about £15 on amazon), this is the solution for $ky+HD boxes.

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  20. Rozzo Says:

    Still no online version of the user manual?
    Or knowledge whether it has multiple satellite (incl. timer recording) capabiltites?
    Or if there is a non-freesat mode, etc…?

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  21. Paul Says:

    paul r, good idea – hadn’t heard of that but far better if Humax were to make the kit with built in wifi in the first place, imho.

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  22. Gordon Says:

    Have just seen an HDR-1000s at Hughes. I was very interested in the DLNA function, but it would NOT act as a server to stream recorded video to a Panasonic TV as the Panasonic could not “see” the IP address of the Humax. It will POSSIBLY stream to a PC but that is not true DLNA functionality on either the Panasonic or Humax part. I don’t know which.
    Still NO online user manual. Come on HUMAX!!

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  23. Al Catraz Says:

    just a word of caution – Comet are struggling a bit at the mo and there is a threat of liquidation, so be careful if you’re buying from them – use your credit card so you have some safeguards under the consumer credit act 1974 if they do go pear-shaped!

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  24. Al Catraz Says:

    seems I’m too late with this news – their site has gone down.

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  25. ALAN 1 Says:

    Just bought a 500GB 1000s from Comet at a knock down price of £195.99.

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  26. Al Catraz Says:

    ALAN 1 said:
    Just bought a 500GB 1000s from Comet at a knock down price of £195.99.

    well done! thought the sale didn’t start til tomorrow

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  27. ALAN 1 Says:

    started today at 14.00 .

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  28. Al Catraz Says:

    managed to track one down in my local comet too – 30% off – so I’m a happy bunny.

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  29. ALAN 1 Says:

    Al Catraz said:
    managed to track one down in my local comet too – 30% off –so I’m a happy bunny.

    well thats great news, nice receiver, very pleased with mine.

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  30. Nick Says:

    Satbuyer are offering the 500gb at £249.95 delivered when using discount code FREETIME500GB.

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  31. Gary Says:

    Hello, great review, but can someone please answer a quick question? Can you start to watch a program this is currently being recorded, as a sky+ box will let you do, thanks

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  32. Dave Says:

    I presume yes cos you can on my humax

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  33. antony Says:

    http://www.t3.com/reviews/humax-dtr-1000s-review
    3 out of 5.

    will humax be able to rectify these issues? also 4OD & 5OD is looking more like 2013 by the day!
    I am still waiting to buy the box, but the list of reasons not to buy at this stage is increasing.

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  34. Neil Says:

    Very pleased with my 1TB Humax . Have successfully copied recorded programmes from my old Foxsat unit via USB – the SD programmes work fine (although the programme information for the i-button has been lost), but my old HD programmes will not play – it says the file format is not recognised. Does anyone know whether this is an incompatability (that could be resolved with format changing software) or is it because HD programmes have copy protection?

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  35. Al Catraz Says:

    SATBUYER price for 500GB version is now £239.95 with code FREETIME500GB

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  36. antony Says:

    I watched a review on youtube with the clicking from remote control (you would expect that from a £20 box not £300) and the general review also put me off, think i will be keeping my cash. very disappointed with humax and freesat as things stand.

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  37. SiM0N Says:

    Anyone got any idea when to expect a software update for the 1000S ?

    Was sent one of these when the company I ordered from couldnt supply the FOXSAT-HDR ordered, only to find that satellite recordings cannot be transferred to a USB device. I spoke to Humax (20 mins on hold) and was told that it could be done with an external HDD as long as it was FAT32 and less than 4Gb or EXT3 format. Much fiddling later, still no joy, back on the phone to Humax (40 mins on hold)….. “Yes it can be done”. So I asked to be talked through the process (long pause on phone, much keyboard tapping), “No it cant be done, but there will be a software update soon and then it will be possible”

    “When will that be”

    “I don’t know”

    Anyone ?

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  38. ALAN 1 Says:

    O.T.A. update today, bugfix sofeware version (1.00.16).

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  39. ALAN 1 Says:

    ALAN 1 said:
    O.T.A. update today, bugfix software version (1.00.16).

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  40. Andy Says:

    Currently thinking of buying a Humax HDR1000S – but very keen to be able to copy recordings made on its hard disk. Either to another hard drive (our NAS) or to a DVD recorder (Panasonic model a few years old). Can anyone help?
    I’m a newbie to Freesat/PVRs, so please can any answers be jargon free!
    Thanks
    Andy

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  41. Paul Says:

    Just been in the Norwich branch of John Lewis and they are selling a “used” 1TB Humax HDR-1000S for £249. Guess it’s a customer return, Says in full working order and is complete in it’s box.

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  42. George Says:

    Hi,just wondering if you have any info on dates planned for channels 4&5 demand to come on board,other than that highly delighted with free time plus box.

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  43. Rosie Says:

    I would like to buy a free sat box. I am a pensioner and don’t understand any of the technical jargon! I don’t want to make any mistakes, I want the latest and the best freesat box on the market. Please can you advise me.

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  44. Chris Says:

    Neil, (34) Yes it is because of copy protection on HD programmes.
    I would be interested to learn of the procedure to copy from the old Foxsat to the new one, as I am about to upgrade.

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  45. Howard Says:

    Rosie,

    I presume you want a freesat recorder? I bought this Freetime 1000S box from Humax and it has a lot of problems presently. These are “supposed” to be fixed by Humax this month but in the meantime, if you can wait a little while I would (once the online commnuity confirm that the dreaded firmware 1.00.16 is dead and fixed).

    I am holding onto my box for a few more weeks and if not fixed returning to John Lewis. In the meantime, I have bought a Samsung SMTS7800 unit from Richer Sounds for £100. It’s not as good as “working” Humax 1000S but it’s a nice back up unit and will do for the bedroom if Humax get their act together. Oh and it’s a HUNDRED POUNDS when it used to retail for £250+

    If you don’t need a recorder then there is a lot of choice and you would be as well off trying one out in a shop to ensure you can get on with the programme guide and remote as some are insufferable!

    Good luck and bide your time if you are looking for a dual tuner (means you can record one (or more things) while watching another) recorder.

    Howard

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  46. antony Says:

    Howard,

    Thanks!! bargain for a ton, been looking for ages and did not want to spend on the humax hdr1000s at the moment due to the problems it has. freesat recording now sorted!

    Thanks
    Antony

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  47. mark Says:

    Looking for some advice. I’m wanting to ditch sky and get a freesat PVR. I’d like to future proof as much as possible and currently some of my kit is archaic but with a view to buying a hd TV in the future etc. other problem is I don’t run a landline and use a 3 mifi for Internet . Is there any point in me looking at the humax HDR-1000 with the backwards TV. Even if I sort the wifi will my slow 3G connection allow me to download anything? Am I better buying the more proven HDR fox t2? Lastly, is there a rumour of Eurosport being made available ? Thanks in advance Mark

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  48. Damo Says:

    Hi
    Has anyone else had these problems with there box?
    1) The majority of recordings set in the planner normally fail to record.
    2) On one occasion all previous recording completely disappeared.
    3) When forwarding through a programme by pressing >> it can skip back to beginning if pressed too quick.
    I’ve checked that I have the latest firmware, a good satellite signal on both cables and factory reset the box but still have the issues.

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  49. admin Says:

    Damo said:
    Hi
    Has anyone else had these problems with there box?
    1) The majority of recordings set in the planner normally fail to record.
    2) On one occasion all previous recording completely disappeared.
    3) When forwarding through a programme by pressing >> it can skip back to beginning if pressed too quick.
    I’ve checked that I have the latest firmware, a good satellite signal on both cables and factory reset the box but still have the issues.

    This beta update will sort the recording issue for you:

    http://beta.humaxonline.co.uk/downloads/hdr-1000s

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  50. Damo Says:

    admin said: This beta update will sort the recording issue for you:
    http://beta.humaxonline.co.uk/downloads/hdr-1000s

    Thanks I’ve updated using the link and fingers crossed I will get some recordings now. I also emailed Humax who haven’t replied yet and starting to wish I never upgraded now as my last Humax freesat box worked ok.

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  51. George Says:

    Is there a set date for 4od to come on board with freesat

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  52. Jeff Says:

    Pricing on freetime boxes is simply daft
    will stay on freesat+ for now
    think the manufacturers are just taking the mickey

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  53. antony Says:

    is this still a buggy box? it’s also got to the stage where you wonder if 4OD &5OD is not going to arrive.

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  54. Jimbob Says:

    I had one of these for a few days before taking it back and getting the older Foxsat HDR. I am much happier. OK, so I don’t now have YouTube or 4OD, but I can copy stuff onto usb and I prefer the list view EPG that the Foxsat offers. The box is a dissapointment.

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  55. carol Says:

    I have in the last few days bought one of these, compared to the Manhatton box thier not even on the same planet. The remote is quick and easy and the box so far functions perfectly.

    Id have prefered a little more info on the direct sales site . Maybe then id not have invested in Freetime, however i cannot yet fault this box and have taken the upgrade on the 26th .

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  56. puggy Says:

    Hi, my brother just got one of these, does anyone know if it yet supports single cable routing?

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  57. danceswithhorses Says:

    Any news on a competitor to Humax for a freetime box ?

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  58. admin Says:

    danceswithhorses said:
    Any news on a competitor to Humax for a freetime box ?

    Not this year, they have nicely sewn up this corner of the market.

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  59. danceswithhorses Says:

    admin said: Not this year, they have nicely sewn up this corner of the market.

    Still think its very anti-competitive of freesat to only allow 1 manufacturer for the freetime boxes

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  60. Peter P Says:

    Are the only problems with this box to do with the freetime. I don’t particularly need freetime as I don’t have the bandwidth but I do want the ‘extra’ channels and the ability to switch between freetime and FTA channels without the whole thing crashing.

    Will this box do this ?

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  61. Rozzo Says:

    Rozzo said:
    Still no online version of the user manual?
    Or knowledge whether it has multiple satellite (incl. timer recording) capabiltites?
    Or if there is a non-freesat mode, etc…?

    Can anyone answer the above?

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  62. admin Says:

    There is a non freesat mode. Not sure why they haven’t presented a user manual yet.

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  63. Pete Wellock Says:

    Please help before my wife kills me……

    Had a Foxsat HDR and it rarely failed me.

    I wanted the new all singing all dancing 1000S and its been rubbish. It misses recordings and when it does miss, it doesn’t tell you what program its missed, just gives you a time and date so you have to go back a look what’s not recorded. Anecdotal evidence seems to be if you have a recording and cancel it, it disappears but something hangs round in the back ground stopping replacement programs recording.

    Worst of all is that when you turn it on it fails to power up HDMI on about 20% of tries. This tends to be when its recording something so you can’t reboot it to get it up and running. Have tried new HDMI cables, moving ports, swopping devices and PS3, PC, Sky all work fine where ever you put them.

    Contacted Humax about the issues but got no response.

    Has anyone else experienced these problems, and if so did you find any solution so I don’t have to hear, “I told you it was a waste of money” anymore.

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  64. Chris S Says:

    @Pete: Idon’t know if this will solve your HDMI issue with the new HDR-1000S but my Foxsat HDR is notoriously bad at not handshaking properly. Especially, as you say, when it turns itself on to record. I’ve found it can be rest by taking the HDMI plug out and pluggig it back in while the TV is switched to th HDMI port – this causes the handshake to happen again.

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  65. David Begg Says:

    Hi set it to record when I was out and left it on standby but when I came back home it had not recorded, the hand book trouble shooting says it must be left on, is this right or am I doing something wrong? What do you think? Thank you.

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  66. Charlie Says:

    the digital information display on the front of the unit has stopped displaying and is now just blank all the time , anyone help or know whats wrong ???

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  67. George Says:

    Help ! We turned on our hdr 1000 1tb box yesterday to be greeted with the message ” no signal being received ” all was fine up till then ! I checked the signals & if I swap cables over I can watch programmes, that is if I don’t use record .. I can only record the programme I am watching which isn’t much good !! .. If I swap cables back I can’t do anything .. Suspect this is due to latest update ! .. Any help appreciated & has anyone else got similar problem.

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  68. George Says:

    Had aerial engineer out to check sat dish & he said cable must be at fault as one cable worked in both inputs . Changed cables & all ok now !

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  69. Peter B Says:

    I have dish with 2 LNBs and diseq switch to watch both UK free to air channels and foreign channels on Astra. I now bought Humax HDR 1010s , can I this be used with diseq switch to watch also foreign channels? I can download non-freesat channels with the menu but they only seem to be additional English channels from the same LNB…
    Does anyone know more?

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