Operating a PVR with one input

It’s commonly known that a PVR satellite receiver operates best when used in conjunction with two inputs/cables from the satellite dish. This allows you to record one channel whilst watching/recording another, or even recording two channels whilst playing back another.

Not everyone can benefit from this setup, many have to suffer with just a single input/cable, especially when residing in an apartment or flat. This results in conflicts and problems when trying to record one channel and watch another, usually a message on screen telling you “no can do”

Fortunately the Humax FOXSAT-HDR has a solution, and whilst it won’t give you the ultimate flexibility of two inputs/cables, it’s certainly a step forward. Humax have included for 2 inputs and 1 output on their PVR receiver, which means that with the correct set up you can at least record one channel whilst watching another, providing it’s sharing the same polarity.

All you need to do is connect up your cable from the satellite dish to input 1, then using a small length of cable with f-plugs on both ends, connect up input 2 to output 1. That’s it.

The channels you will be able to watch whilst recording are below. Big thank you to Graham Thompson (member of DigitalSpy) for the list:

Updated 14-Apr-09

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102 BBC Two
103 ITV HD (red button)
104 Channel 4
105 Channel 5
106 BBC Three
107 BBC Four
114 ITV2 +1
118 ITV4 +1
125 More4 +1
138 Zone Horror
139 Zone Horror + 1
206 Russia Today
300 Film4
301 Film4 +1
400 Wedding TV
514 Clubland
600 CBBC
601 CBeebies
690 Inspiration TV
705 BBC Radio 5 Live
706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
750 RTE Radio 1
751 RTE Radio 2fm
752 RTE Radio Lyric FM
753 RTE Raidio na Gaeltacta
786 BFBS Radio
806 Celebrity Shop
807 Shop on TV
809 JML
811 Thane Direct
851 Netplay TV
861 Gala TV
950 BBC 1 London
957 BBC 1 NI
960 BBC 1 Scotland
964 BBC 1 Wales
968 BBC 2 England
969 BBC 2 NI
970 BBC 2 SCOTLAND
971 BBC 2 W
974 Channel 4
986 Teletext

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101 BBC One
103 ITV1
108 BBC HD
113 ITV2
115 ITV3
116 ITV3 +1
117 ITV4
121 Channel 4 + 1
122 E4
123 E4 +1
124 More4
135 Zone Romantica
140 Black Entertainment Television (BET)
203 Al Jazeera English
205 France 24
208 Bloomberg TV
302 True Movies
303 True Movies 2
304 Movies4Men
306 Movies4Men2
308 Simply Movies
403 Rural TV
450 Men and Motors
451 Audi Channel
500 Chart Show TV
501 The Vault
502 Scuzz
519 9XM
602 CITV
603 POP
604 POPGirl
605 Tiny POP
606 Kix!
662 9X
724 Absolute Radio
725 Absolute Classic Rock
726 Absolute Radio Extreme
727 NME Radio
728 WRN
729 JazzFM
777 Insight Radio
790 TWR Radio
803 Pitch TV
804 Pitch World
852 Smart Live Casino
951 BBC 1 CI
952 BBC 1 E Mids
953 BBC 1 East (E)
954 BBC 1 East (W)
955 BBC 1 N West
956 BBC 1 NE & C
958 BBC 1 Oxford
959 BBC 1 S East
961 BBC 1 South
962 BBC 1 S West
963 BBC 1 W Mids
965 BBC 1 West
966 BBC 1 Yorks
967 BBC 1 Eyrks*L
975 Channel 4 + 1
977 ITV 1 London (audio described)

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110 BBC ALBA
120 S4C
200 BBC News
201 BBC Parliament
202 S4C2
402 Information TV
504 B4U Music
691 DAYSTAR TV
700 BBC Radio 1
701 BBC Radio 1 Xtra
702 BBC Radio 2
703 BBC Radio 3
704 BBC Radio 4 FM
707 BBC 6Music
708 BBC Radio 7
709 BBC Asian Network
710 BBC Radio 4 LW
711 BBC World Service
712 BBC Radio Scotland
713 BBC Radio nan Gaidheal (Gaelic)
714 BBC Radio Wales
715 BBC Radio Cymru (Welsh)
716 BBC Radio Ulster
800 QVC
801 price-drop tv
802 bid tv
816 Ideal World

High Band Vertical

136 Zone Reality
137 Zone Thriller
141 BET + 1
204 Euronews
401 Wedding TV +1
509 Zee Music
650 Teachers TV
719 Capital 95.8
720 Choice FM
721 Classic FM
722 Gold
723 XFM London
730 Planet Rock
805 Gems TV1
810 JML COOKSHOP
813 Best Direct

62 thoughts on “Operating a PVR with one input”

  1. Yes indeed thank you Graham Thompson for your polarity and band group list as at 14th April 2009 but could you possibly update this list so we can see what’s possible to record while watching an alternative channel on the Humax HDR with only one LNB connection in use.

    Many thanks.

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  2. Could you please advise. My Daughter lives in Spain Menorca and have a Sky Box. Through the day BBC1 and BBC2 has a perfect picture until about 18:15hr and then she loses the picture it pixerlates. Could you please tell me how she can fix this problem.

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  3. hi all, iam looking to buy a Humax Foxsat 500bg HDR or a Echostar PVR 500 bg (HDS-600RS) only £30 difference in price, which is the better model? and what can you do with the Humax LBN output , I would like to run another tv/freesat box from it , and would like to watch rec. programs from the Humax Foxsat 500bg HDR or a Echostar PVR 500 bg on the second tv, and only use a standard freesat box with the second tv. I think the only way to watch rec. programs on a 2nd tv is to use the scart output and connect it to a R F modulator, and do away with the 2nd freesat box, if so would sky magic eyes work ?. Its all confusing but great fun.

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  4. If you only have one dish connector , say in flats, why not use the freesat recorder to record, and watch live TV using freeserve. Surely the freesat will still record if you switch the TV to freeserve?

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  5. You mean Freeview. Consider that some don’t have Freeview and others that can’t receive it at all. You are right though, changing the input of the television won’t cause problems for recording as you are not changing the channel of the freesat receiver itself.

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  6. Sorry..of course I meant freeview ! Both John Lewis and Currys salesmen say I can set the recorder on a Manhattan recorderto record one channel, then switch tv source to freeview ( which I can get) and watch live tv on a different channel. Using only the one dish connector to the freesat as I will be in a flat with only one. Ii think you are saying that they are correct.

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  7. Gerry said:
    Sorry..of course I meant freeview ! Both John Lewis and Currys salesmen say I can set the recorder on a Manhattan recorderto record one channel, then switch tv source to freeview ( which I can get) and watch live tv on a different channel. Using only the one dish connector to the freesat as I will be in a flat with only one. I think you are saying that they are correct.

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  8. Sorry to be a pest, but could you confirm that what I say above is correct………..I don’t want to buy one and find it does not work !! Gerry

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  9. I have just purchased a humax HDR 1000S recorder with freetime.to receive and record uk tv in france.

    I am purchasing 2 homeplugs to connect to my WIIFI.

    As I only have 1 LNB input can I change channels to watch freeview whilst recoding another as Gerry suggested.

    Can a double head be installed on an excisting dish?

    Thank you- still trying to get my head around best way to proceed.

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  10. Martin Vermond said:
    I have a Panasonic TV with built-in Freesat tuner giving great reception from one of the outputs on a twin output LNB. Now want to add a pvr but they all have 2 inputs. Any suggestions? Forget the TV tuner and connect both cables to the pvr? Connect just one cable to the pvr? Or will the feed-through on the Humax pvr give me the same service on the TV as I get direct from dish?

    I have the same situation with Samsung tv with freesat connection. currently have both connections via humax pvr, but appear to be only getting sound via tv without humax sound turned up with HD channels. wondering whether it would be better to use one connection each for tv and humax 1000s.

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