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Sep 04 2012

Humax first to launch Freesat <free time> boxHumax are expected to be the first to launch the next generation Freesat receiver, branded <free time>.

The new receiver, model HDR-1000S is expected to have a 500GB hard drive (1TB optional) and be available by the end of this month.

The rrp is expected to be £279, undercutting rival YouView’s launch price by £20, though we’d imagine prices will be lower than this from some online independent retailers.

Details are limited at this time, but here is the technical specification:

Power Supply
Power Type: External Adaptor
Power Consumption: Max. 48W (standby: under 0.5W)
Input Voltage: AC 100-240, 50/60Hz
Protection: Seperate Internal Fuse & Lightning protection

System Resource
FLASH: NAND 256MB
DDR: 1GB (DDR3)
HDD: 500GB or 1TB (optional)

Video/Audio Processing
Output Resolution: 1080p/1080i/720p/576p/576i
Graphics: 32bpp with 256 alpha blending, 1280 x 720 resolution for Native UI & Web Page, 3 layers (GUI/Subtitle & Teletext/Web Page)
Audio Mode: Single/Dual Mono/Stereo/Joint Stereo

Front Panel
VFD Display: 12 digits
LED display: 1 inside power button
Buttons: 5 keys (Power, Vol+/-, Ch+/-)
USB Port: USB 2.0

Physical Specification
Size (W x H x D): 352mm x 55mm x 238mm
Weight: 1.7kg

Front End (Tuner/Demodulator)
Input Connector: 2 x F-Type, IEC 169-24, Female
Frequency Range: 950MHz to 2150MHz
Signal Level: -25dBmV to -75dBmV
Demodulation: QPSK, 8PSK

I/O Specification
Tuner: 2 SAT input
TV Scart: 1 x TV Scart
RCA Out: 1 x CVBS/L/R
HDMI Out: 1 x HDMI 1.4 with HDCP
S/PDIF Out: 1 x Optical
USB: 2 x USB 2.0 (1 x @Front, 1 x @Rear)
Ethernet: 1 x 100BaseT (RJ45)
CI/CI+: 1 Slot @Side

Accessories
Quick start guide, User manual, Remote control unit with 2 batteries (AA), HDMI cable, Ethernet cable

Humax first to launch Freesat <free time> box
First image of front of Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+HD <free time> Receiver

Humax first to launch Freesat <free time> box
First image of rear of Humax HDR-1000S Freesat+HD <free time> Receiver

Satbuyer already have the product listed and are taking pre-orders; they usually offer the best launch prices and have access to stock first.

99 Responses to “Humax first to launch Freesat <free time> box”

  1. Eamonn Says:

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  2. admin Says:

    Thanks Eamonn

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  3. Chris Says:

    It’s annoying that existing boxes can’t be updated with new specs and I was adamant I was not going to replace my humax, which cost £300 at the time, with a new model just for “backwards TV” which I can’t even get diue to my poor broadband anyway. But looking at the above pics and details, I’m now starting to think differently. The new box seems to be correcting a lot of the frustrations with the old box, which now looks distinctly antiquated in comparison. Far better looking casing (although the old model is still the best-looker of the freesat range), proper VFD display instead of the tacky LCD one with the backlight that everyone complains about, 1080p output, new chipset presumably means it won’t be sluggish in operation, nicer looking on-screen display, looks like a smaller box (but I hope the fan is not audible), nicer remote, an dhopefully they’ll have listened to the complaints about remote responsiveness, hopefully they’ll have also resolved the pause live TV bug, app for remote recording etc. Perhaps it’s time to wipe the slate clean and stop hoping that 4-year old boxes can be made compatible with latest innovations.

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  4. Lawrence Pearce Says:

    I like what this box does, but why oh why did Humax use a separate wall adapter power supply, rather than a built in one?
    I suspect that the reason was to keep the size of the box down, so presumably this machine uses a 2.5″ laptop hard drive like the Manhattan?
    Would be good to know whether this box allows transfer of recordings via USB like the existing one does, this useful feature is by no means standard among PVRs.

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  5. Wouter Says:

    1280 x 720 resolution for Native UI & Web Page

    Does this mean that when you set output to 1080, the UI will be upscaled, or will resolution constantly switch between UI (720p) and broadcast (1080i for the HD channels)?

    still not sure if it is worth upgrading the previous Foxsat HDR, as it is doing a decent job in recording, despite is various shortcomings.

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  6. chris Says:

    its bit unfair on the people over the years who has brought the current freesat boxes and now cant use the full service, if they can offer box office 365 they can offer this.

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  7. Richard Crichton Says:

    chris said:
    its bit unfair on the people over the years who has brought the current freesat boxes andnow cant use the full service, if they can offer box office 365 they can offer this.

    I don’t get your logic. It’s a brand new service which requires more powerful hardware. When colour tv’s came out was it unfair on people who had bought black and white tv’s? When DAB radios came out was it unfair on people who had bought FM radios? When iPhone 3G came out was it unfair on people who had bought non 3G iPhones? Is YouView unfair on people who have Freeview plus boxes? Technology moves on.

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  8. Muzer Says:

    This box looks like a backwards step. I notice that single cable mode looks impossible. I notice no mention of DiSEqC…

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  9. Vikas Says:

    chris said: its bit unfair on the people over the years who has brought the current freesat boxes and now cant use the full service, if they can offer box office 365 they can offer this.

    No its not. Current freesat stbs still offer the service they did when they were bought.

    This is a huge step forward for freesat.

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  10. Klipp Says:

    I’ll wait for a wifi model.

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  11. admin Says:

    Klipp said:
    I’ll wait for a wifi model.

    It won’t happen so you’ll be waiting a long time ;)

    Consider homeplugs instead.

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  12. bazm Says:

    Silly question time; when you replace the Humax box will you be able to transfer your recorded stuff easily to the new box?

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  13. Muzer Says:

    SD? Probably not. HD? Definitely not.

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  14. Castle Says:

    Does anyone have any idea if there is a network media player on the Humax box (or any of the others). Would miss this from the buggy Samsung if I changed box.

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  15. MPD Says:

    Is Scart really necessary?

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  16. admin Says:

    MPD said:
    Is Scart really necessary?

    It’s helpful, especially is linking to an RF modulator, but certainly a step forward having one rather than two (as per the FOXSAT-HDR).

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  17. Nathan Says:

    I am really disappointed, 2 years in coming and basically it does catchup tv via the epg and (not even 4od and 5 on demand are ready) a few extras that we can already do with the moded humax firmware like remote record and remote control from a browser.

    Where is the Humax Tv portal apps and all the other internet video streams? like blinkbox/hulu/you tube/now tv etc…Radio Player app etc… official DLNA support for Networking multiple boxes, superior Tivo like search facilities…

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  18. Klipp Says:

    admin said: It won’t happen so you’ll be waiting a long time
    Consider homeplugs instead.

    Why won’t it happen? I don’t get it.

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  19. admin Says:

    Klipp said: Why won’t it happen?I don’t get it.

    There are no plans for wifi inclusion and it all adds significantly to the cost of manufacture. Many manufacturers see the gains in homeplugs these days and often mention these when asked about wifi, so it doesn’t seem likely they would invest more when the Freesat spec doesn’t demand it.

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  20. Richard Crichton Says:

    Nice pictures here :http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/digital-tv-recorders/humax-freesat-hdr-1000s-1094623/review

    It says on av forums that Humax will be selling a wifi dongle for it.

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  21. G Says:

    No Dolby Digital 5.1?

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  22. Chris Says:

    MPD said:
    Is Scart really necessary?

    Very useful for me! I have a DVD/HDD recorder and this is a very easy route archiving a recording if I want to. Yes, I could install Raydon’s firmware modification and then FTP the files to my PC and then convert to a DVD format and then use a DVD burner program to put it onto DVD, but….

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  23. Chris Says:

    Nathan said:
    Where is the Humax Tv portal apps and all the other internet video streams? like blinkbox/hulu/you tube/now tv etc…

    The world doesn’t revolve around connected apps. This is a satellite TV PVR, first and foremost, I suspect a lot of people like me have got Freesat in the first place because they are off the beaten track therefore connected apps are useless anyway. If bells and whistles are there then all well and good but I’d rather it not add substantially to the cost of the product if it’s not core functionality. You can get this type of connected functionality and more via a £100 media player box. If IP TV is considered core functionality of a satellite PVR, then why stop there….why not include DVB-T tuners, cable tuners and incorporate Virgin and BT TV services….

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  24. Phil Says:

    admin said: There are no plans for wifi inclusion and it all adds significantly to the cost of manufacture. Many manufacturers see the gains in homeplugs these days and often mention these when asked about wifi, so it doesn’t seem likely they would invest more when the Freesat spec doesn’t demand it.

    Klipp could try one of these or similar device http://www.amazon.co.uk/Netgear-Universal-Wifi-Internet-Adapter/dp/B003VIWJYI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1346772169&sr=8-2 They plug into the ethernet on the Freesat box and draw there power from the USB socket on the Freesat box or whatever it is you want to connect.

    I imagine most on here have seen or in fact use such a dvice.

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  25. Andy Clayton Says:

    Good point raised by bazm @ 12. I’d like to move my trusty Foxsat HDR into another room and get one of these babies for the lounge but only if I can stick a USB key into either box and transfer programs between them in case I want to watch something on the other unit. Depends if they’ve tweaked their proprietary ts format on the new hardware, I suppose.

    Ideally there’d be some kind of option to allow use of streaming from a central hub but I doubt the old Foxsat would be beefy enough to cope with that so copying via USB is a reasonable alternative until a better option comes along.

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  26. Mark Aberfan Aerials Says:

    Hi all,

    This Humax looks great, I’m happy to see a external psu as it will be dead easy to replace if it goes faulty & it wont cook the caps in the box while its working, to me a cooler box is a longer lasting box !
    Its a shame that Echostar don’t seem to be joining in the G2 party :-( I’ll just have to link one of these to a Slingbox pro or hd to get the best of all worlds, access to all that content anywhere in the world, I’m looking forward to it !

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

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  27. admin Says:

    Mark Aberfan Aerials said:
    Its a shame that Echostar don’t seem to be joining in the G2 party

    They are considering it now that their existing receiver build has finished.

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  28. Stuart Says:

    This is what I’ve been waiting for. What a cracking looking EPG. Some really good features, I am pleased I held off buying a first generation box for this. I’ll wait until the first few boxes have shipped, let any bugs get ironed out, that should mean I’ll be looking at ordering around Christmas.

    Great job guys.

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  29. Mark Aberfan Aerials Says:

    Hi all,

    Just a thought, if a wifi dongle is not available or is too expensive, a vonets wifi bridge (around £15 on ebay) will work well, I use these & they do work very well. By using these I can wifi equip almost any stb / blu ray / smart tv on the spot for my customers. I dont have to order make / model specific wifi dongles & then revisit the customer to set them up,

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

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  30. Mark Aberfan Aerials Says:

    admin said: They are considering it now that their existing receiver build has finished.

    Hi Admin,

    I’m glad to hear that ! :-)

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

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  31. Andy Clayton Says:

    Further to my comment @ 25 searching around the net there appears to be some mention of “home streaming” or “Contents sharing via Home Networking” for the new Humax box. Don’t want to get my hopes up, but even if it has this kind of feature I’d need to get 2 to make it useful (and that’s not going to happen).

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  32. Mike B Says:

    At present, i have a Foxsat HD box. I am thinking of upgrading to the new HDR-1000S. The problem is, i only have one sat. cable to input. Is there any way i can get the full benefit of the unit without having a second cable fitted?

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  33. Lee S Says:

    It mentions on another website who have had the opportunity of a hands on look at the Humax box, that unlike Freeview (Youview), Freesat is less restrictive in what it will allow manufacturers to put in their receivers. On that note, it mentions that Humax will include its own online portal for access to other content and that other manufacturers may offer their own online portals.

    I would just like to ask Alex from Manhattan, if he can divulge (where possible), what extra features and online content can we expect to see from their equivalent G2 box that will differentiate them from the other manufacturers?

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  34. admin Says:

    Mike B said:
    At present, i have a Foxsat HD box. I am thinking of upgrading to the new HDR-1000S. Theproblem is, i only have one sat. cable to input.Is there any way i can get the full benefit of the unit without having a second cable fitted?

    I’m a little unclear on this, but there was talk of SCR LNB compatibility which would mean full functionality with the change of LNB to a SCR type, but I’ve not received clarification on this yet.

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  35. Muzer Says:

    I’m sure plenty of people would be happy if you could confirm or deny whether or not it has a single-cable mode similar to the old one – it would obviously have some sort of internal connection controlled by a relay or something if so, as opposed to an external loop port. However, I doubt it – I’m just sure many people would be wanting proper confirmation.

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  36. Neil Says:

    A very nice looking box, very sleek design-wise too.

    I agree with Mark (Aberfan aerials) too about the external PSU as it keeps the box cooler and if it does fail then you simply replace it rather than the whole unit. Does the youview and T2 STB’s have external PSU’s?

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  37. admin Says:

    Neil said:
    A very nice looking box, very sleek design-wise too.
    I agree with Mark (Aberfan aerials) too about the external PSU as it keeps the box cooler and if it does fail then you simply replace it rather than the whole unit. Does the youview and T2 STB’s have external PSU’s?

    Agreed, external power is the way to go to avoid those nasty capacitors bulging! Not sure about the YouView box, think is has an internal power module as the unit is much bigger.

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  38. Sean Says:

    I would like to ask, if you don’t have a broadband connection available, will you still get the new shiny epg, albeit without the various iplayers and without the facility to go backwards ?

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  39. Al Catraz Says:

    why include an hdmi cable and an ethernet cable? they could have left them out and knocked £10-£20 off the price!

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  40. admin Says:

    Al Catraz said:
    why include an hdmi cable and an ethernet cable? they could have left them out and knocked £10-£20 off the price!

    haha, I assume that was a jest? The cables probably cost the manufacturer 50p for both.

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  41. Eppy Says:

    Al Catraz said: why include an hdmi cable and an ethernet cable? they could have left them out and knocked £10-£20 off the price!

    If you think Humax are paying even £10 for the included HDMI and Ethernet cables, I have a bridge to sell you.

    You could pick them up for a couple of quid, easily, and Humax will have wholesale bulk-buying capapbility, so you’d probably save a whole pound, tops.

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  42. steve 1 Says:

    I did come on this forum quite abit but since I split up with my girlfriend I didn’t bother with freesat because I didn’t have a dish and didnt want the expense and I bought humax t2 sorry cover your eyes freeview 1tb pvr wow 1080p I thought freesat was breath taking this is on a another level and its got all the sound processors has dts Dolby plus pulse its a state of art bit of kit and apps

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  43. Neil Says:

    admin said: Agreed, external power is the way to go to avoid those nasty capacitors bulging! Not sure about the YouView box, think is has an internal power module as the unit is much bigger.

    Next time I’m in John Lewis (and when the G2 freesat STB’s are released), I’ll pop over to the AV section to have a nosy at the new hardware.

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  44. steve 1 Says:

    Neil said: Next time I’m in John Lewis (and when the G2 freesat STB’s are released), I’ll pop over to the AV section to have a nosy at the new hardware.

    How is the night shift going Neil

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  45. Al (Original) Says:

    Lawrence Pearce said:
    I like what this box does, but why oh why did Humax use a separate wall adapter power supply, rather than a built in one?
    I suspect that the reason was to keep the size of the box down, so presumably this machine uses a 2.5″ laptop hard drive like the Manhattan?
    Would be good to know whether this box allows transfer of recordings via USB like the existing one does, this useful feature is by no means standard among PVRs.

    Probably because the PSU was allegedly the source of box existing HDR failures.

    By having an external PSU, it’s easier to keep cool and easier to replace if it does fail.

    A positive step forwards therefore.

    My only disappointment is that the USB ports are 2.0. With 3.0 firmly established and hard drives etc available using these it would have been nice to see 3.0 standard.

    Having said that, I have no intention to change my HDR. Internet tv is too unreliable and I’d also have to take out a more expensive broadband connection which effectively = a subscription.

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  46. Al (Original) Says:

    Damn connection – words and edits went missing. 1st line above should say

    ” …the source of most existing HDR failures.”

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  47. Andrew Says:

    admin said: haha, I assume that was a jest? The cables probably cost the manufacturer 50p for both.

    I’m sure WiFi can’t cost more than this either!

    If you look at boxes like Apple TV and even Roku and Philips media-players (£50) they include it as standard. I wonder if it’s because the new generations of PVRs are basically PVRs with catch-up functionality bolted on whereas media players like Roku and Apple TV have started with a blank sheet of paper and looked and asked themselves the question of how people will be using this technology.

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  48. admin Says:

    Andrew said: I’m sure WiFi can’t cost more than this either!
    If you look at boxes like Apple TV and even Roku and Philips media-players (£50) they include it as standard. I wonder if it’s because the new generations of PVRs are basically PVRs with catch-up functionality bolted on whereas media players like Roku and Apple TV have started with a blank sheet of paper and looked and asked themselves the question of how people will be using this technology.

    It is conceivable that maybe they didn’t want to include it as wifi can cause streaming issues and they wanted to ensure hard wire connections for reliability.

    Either that or maybe (like with adding formats to play back media) the wifi standard carries a licensing charge, I’m not sure. (maybe Alex can clarify this one).

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  49. Wayne Says:

    @Sean 38 yes the shiny new EPG is available without broadband, the other thing the new box does is it starts scanning for channels before you put in your postcode, once your postcode is in the stb is up and running in seconds.

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  50. Jon Says:

    I wonder why this box has a CI/CI+ slot?

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  51. Brian mcNaughton Says:

    MPD said:
    Is Scart really necessary?

    Yes

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  52. Rich Says:

    My existing Humax box is connected to my wifi router.
    For and ‘upgrade’, given todays technology, I would expect to be able to browse into the box via a web interface (or even an official Humax App) and access the content from there. Even being able to control it and access the EPG from a tablet or wifi device within the network should be a simple task… but no.
    It might be an improvement but to me it is by no means ‘now’ considering what I can do with a tablet and other technology around the home.
    This PSU issue is a bit backward. The latest Apple Air-Port has a native PSU. The last one didn’t. You don’t get a company like Apple doing anything unless it improves it or saves money during manufacture. So the external PSU only highlights Humax’s inability to take control of it’s manufacturing supply chain.

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  53. Chris Says:

    Rich This PSU issue is a bit backward. The latest Apple Air-Port has a native PSU. The last one didn’t. You don’t get a company like Apple doing anything unless it improves it or saves money during manufacture. So the external PSU only highlights Humax’s inability to take control of it’s manufacturing supply chain.

    I think that’s a very sweeping statement. The external PSU is actually a very good idea for keeping the main box smaller and cooler and quieter that it would be if it was internal, and also makes replacing it easier if it blows, as that is likely to be the component most as risk from failing. Just because Apple has done something it doesn’t mean it’s always the right thing to do and soemone else who doesn’t do it is wrong! (Apple products are notoriously difficult to upgrade or repair). I’ve just replaced my 12 year old NEC LCD monitor, which has a mains plug going directly into it, with a bang up-to-date modern 1080P one from Acer, which has an external PSU. A 24″ 1080P TV I bought from Samsung last year also has an external PSU. My 7-year old HTPC has an internal PSU which I’m unhappy with as the box gets very warm and it has a fan for the PUS board alone. I’m now building a new one with, guess what, an external PSU. Am I wrong to do so?

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  54. Chris Says:

    PS. you’re right in that Apple only does something if it benefits them. Putting the PSU inside a box makes it more prone to failure and more difficult to repair, therefore they can charge high prices for repairs or else you’ll just decide to but a new one when it fails.

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  55. Sean Says:

    Wayne said:
    @Sean 38 yes the shiny new EPG is available without broadband, the other thing the new box does is it starts scanning for channels before you put in your postcode, once your postcode is in the stb is up and running in seconds.

    Thanks for that Wayne. I will invest in one of these for Christmas, that new EPG looks fabulous and I was afraid that perhaps the box would default to the old epg without a broadband connection, unfortunately where I live, a broadband connection is not an option at the moment, but as long as I can get the new epg ( albeit without iplayers etc ) I will be happy to buy one of these boxes. Looks far superior to the new Sky epg, using channel logos is a nice touch.

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  56. Stuart Says:

    I have read that a ‘zapper’ box is planned in 2013. What form is that likely to take? It would be really ideal to be able to use the main freetime box as a ‘master’ box and have zapper boxes that can stream content from the master box, along with working independently on IP streams. Is this likely to be what a zapper box can do?

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  57. Lawrence Pearce Says:

    I accept there are two distinct and valid arguments regarding the merits of external power supplies. All I can say is that I prefer the neatness and simplicity of a built in power supply, one that has plenty of surrounding air to cool it and that is easily and cheaply repairable if it ever fails. The 50 watt external supply that this new Humax will have will no doubt get warm and be a sealed (and expensive) unit if goes wrong – plus these things are relatively easily lost or damaged in many households. Plus they look ugly on a wall!
    On a different topic, I assume that neither this box nor its YouView equivalent allow programs accessible via i-Player or ITV player etc to be recorded?
    Is there a technical reason for this, or is it a question of broadcasting rights? It seems a bit strange to allow a live broadcast to be recorded, but not one replayed via i-Player…

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  58. (required) Says:

    Features:
    Disequ? (What flavour/version)
    3:00am housekeeping still required?
    Does IPTV still function if Sat signal not present?
    Any browsing capability?
    Any email capability?
    Any 3rd party app capability?
    Easy access to other sat?
    i.e. quick flip button/code or integrated into LCNs e.g. 5xxx
    or is more custom firmware going yo be needed?
    Is single cable mode supported? (What type[s], how many virtual RXs)
    Option to use cordless keyboard?
    Transfer old HD recordings for upgraders?
    What DNLA functions? (Share RX to other sets?)
    Extending disk using LAN NAS?
    Has anyone used the CI+ slot? (What results)
    Typical power operating? (says PSU 48W max)
    Pici shows fan slots – Really? (off board PSU…)

    Thanks in advance to any beta/reviewer who can look and answer any of these questions….

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  59. Rich (not the one above) Says:

    I wonder what the resale price for a 1.5yr old Foxsat HDR would be … if it left a gap of about £100 between that and this I’d be tempted. But like others, I spent a lot on the Foxsat HDR and this new box isn’t really cheap either; I’ve had rid of Sky for 18 months so the Foxsat has technically paid for itself … but seems false economy to grab one of these as much as I’d like one …

    Also a shame the other OD channels aren’t ready at launch; Freesat has POOR rep for bringing this stuff on time and promising vague dates that pass us by … iPlayer still isn’t present on some boxes it was promised on at the time, so I hope they’ve tightened up their agreements with manufacturers in terms of product support.

    Glad to see Humax leading the way though; Foxsat owners have certainly never been left behind so I’d be confident in buying one of these new boxes by them; by other manufacturers, not so sure.

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  60. Lawrence Pearce Says:

    @Rich (not the one above) Says
    The obvious answer is not to be an early adopter, but wait for 6-12 months. By then the Humax box will be available for around £200, there will be other Freetime boxes available from Manhattan and the like – and the other OD channels will have lanched.
    I don’t think you need have any worries about the resale value of your HDR, the Humax boxes of all ages seem to hold their value pretty well.

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  61. upthePOSH Says:

    Sorry if this is a daft question but will the new tv guide be in HD?

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  62. Jeff Says:

    Will this catch up function work with non uk ip addresses? Freesat works perfect in mainland Europe, but iplayer etc will not work as non uk ip detected. Be great if it worked outside the uk, anyone know?

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  63. steve 1 Says:

    upthePOSH said:
    Sorry if this is a daft question but will the new tv guide be in HD?

    Yes you are right its a daft question why would anyone be bothered its only a tv guide

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  64. upthePOSH Says:

    steve 1 said: Yes you are right its a daft question why would anyone be bothered its only a tv guide

    What I mean is I’ve experienced the new sky egp which is in hd on a big screen tv and it looks very sharp , clean and detailed and as I’m considering buying the new humax box I just wanted to know if the new freesat epg was in hd because in my opinion it does make a difference.

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  65. steve 1 Says:

    upthePOSH said: What I mean is I’ve experienced the new sky egp which is in hd on a big screen tv and it looks very sharp , clean and detailed and as I’m considering buying the new humax box I just wanted to know if the new freesat epg was in hd because in my opinion it does make a difference.

    How do you know its in hd its a gimmick you don’t really watch a tv guide its just a
    Reference really anyway if its hd anywayvon sky you will be paying for it.its the programs what really count surely

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  66. steve 1 Says:

    steve 1 said: How do you know its in hd its a gimmick you don’t really watch a tv guide its just a
    Reference really anyway if its hd anywayvon sky you will be paying for it.its the programs what really count surely

    I can spell by the way I was tapping away on my smartphone and I pressed the wrong keys and I didn’t check before I sent it.

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  67. steve 1 Says:

    upthePOSH said: What I mean is I’ve experienced the new sky egp which is in hd on a big screen tv and it looks very sharp , clean and detailed and as I’m considering buying the new humax box I just wanted to know if the new freesat epg was in hd because in my opinion it does make a difference.

    Everything is upscaled anyway a bit like a hdmi DVD player you cant tell.go for the humax you won’t be disappointed

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  68. Andrew Says:

    admin said: It is conceivable that maybe they didn’t want to include it as wifi can cause streaming issues and they wanted to ensure hard wire connections for reliability.
    Either that or maybe (like with adding formats to play back media) the wifi standard carries a licensing charge, I’m not sure. (maybe Alex can clarify this one).

    Good news – the 1TB Humax box will have WiFi. http://recombu.com/digital/news/what-is-freesat_M10877.html

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  69. admin Says:

    Andrew said: Good news – the 1TB Humax box will have WiFi. http://recombu.com/digital/news/what-is-freesat_M10877.html

    If accurate (not always on Recombu) then this is good news for those that want it. I had wondered why Humax were indicating that the 1TB version might not launch until Christmas and I had thought surely this delay wasn’t because of a larger hard drive; I guess wifi is a reasonable explanation.

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  70. steve 1 Says:

    admin said: If accurate (not always on Recombu) then this is good news for those that want it. I had wondered why Humax were indicating that the 1TB version might not launch until Christmas and I had thought surely this delay wasn’t because of a larger hard drive; I guess wifi is a reasonable explanation.

    The humax t2 pvr has a WiFi dongle at a extra charge of around £30

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  71. Stuart Says:

    Any update on these ‘zapper’ boxes that Humax have been talking about? What do they do, when are they likely to be available?

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  72. Andrew Says:

    admin said: If accurate (not always on Recombu) then this is good news for those that want it. I had wondered why Humax were indicating that the 1TB version might not launch until Christmas and I had thought surely this delay wasn’t because of a larger hard drive; I guess wifi is a reasonable explanation.

    The Recombu article is sourced from Digital TV Europe which quotes Humax’s commercial director Graham North and looks convincing. Will be interesting to see how much it costs.
    http://www.digitaltveurope.net/27981/freesat-to-launch-wifi-free-time-set-top-this-year/

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  73. admin Says:

    Andrew said: The Recombu article is sourced from Digital TV Europe which quotes Humax’s commercial director Graham North and looks convincing. Will be interesting to see how much it costs.
    http://www.digitaltveurope.net/27981/freesat-to-launch-wifi-free-time-set-top-this-year/

    Probably is right but no official quotes from Graham North. Seen the trade prices and it looks like the rrp will be £299, or follow the 500GB at an approx. £20/£30 difference.

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  74. Chris Says:

    They may have shot themselves in the foot calling it . This has thepotential to cause havoc with browsers! For example, the Recombu article linked above has the phrase: “Freetime (or as it’s styled)…” that doesn’t make sense. A quick look at the HTML source clarifies…

    “Freetime (or as it’s styled)”

    Basically, Freesat have chosen a styling for the brand that web browsers and servers have difficulty rendering!

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  75. Chris Says:

    Ah. Point proved. My message above is not displaying correctly. LOL

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  76. admin Says:

    Chris said:
    They may have shot themselves in the foot calling it .This has thepotential to cause havoc with browsers!For example, the Recombu article linked above has the phrase: “Freetime (or as it’s styled)…” that doesn’t make sense.A quick look at the HTML source clarifies…
    “Freetime (oras it’s styled)”
    Basically, Freesat have chosen a styling for the brand that web browsers and servers have difficulty rendering!

    Agreed and I’ve already raised this issue with them; it makes a right mess of the email notifications sent out to this sites readers. I think most will end up dropping the <>‘s because of this.

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  77. Lawrence Pearce Says:

    I don’t know if everyone is aware of this technical information sheet which is rather hidden away on the Humax Direct website (http://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/product.asp?ProdRef=10108#more-info)?
    It reveals that Wi-fi connectivity will be provided by a separate dongle sold by Humax. Also that the HUMAX TV Portal will provide access to YouTube, Wiki@TV, flickr, Picasa, Teletext Holidays, AUPEO, HUMAX support, etc.
    Not sure if any of this is new, but I am surprised that the machine isn’t getting more prominence on the main Humax site.

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  78. steve 1 Says:

    Lawrence Pearce said:
    I don’t know if everyone is aware of this technical information sheet which is rather hidden away on the Humax Direct website (http://www.humaxdirect.co.uk/product.asp?ProdRef=10108#more-info)?
    It reveals that Wi-fi connectivity will be provided by a separate dongle sold by Humax. Also that the HUMAX TV Portal will provide access to YouTube, Wiki@TV, flickr, Picasa, Teletext Holidays, AUPEO, HUMAX support, etc.
    Not sure if any of this is new, but I am surprised that the machine isn’t getting more prominence on the main Humax site.

    The humax t2 freeview hdr has it

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  79. Lee S Says:

    Just to let people know who haven’t already noticed, but Comet is now listing the Humax on their website for £279.99 (the same as Currys). If you click on availability, it says the earliest they can deliver is Monday 24th September, so I take it this is the date we can expect availability.

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  80. Damian Johnson Says:

    MPD said:
    Is Scart really necessary?

    Yes when the upscaler on the PVR using the HDMI does a poor job on standard definition pictures. Unfortunately, this is my experience of Humax boxes so I use Scart for Standard definition and switch to HDMI with the HD channels.

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  81. steve 1 Says:

    The hdmi lead doesn’t hand shake but I disagree I think the humax does a good job of upscaling of sd.its a clever box well thought out

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  82. Stuart Says:

    Comet appear to have pulled all references to the HDR1000S at the moment – could be due to shipping delays, but the only mention of a Freetime product is now ‘coming soon’ on their website.

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  83. bampsam Says:

    Lee S said:
    Just to let people know who haven’t already noticed, but Comet is now listing the Humax on their website for £279.99 (the same as Currys). If you click on availability, it says the earliest they can deliver is Monday 24th September, so I take it this is the date we can expect availability.

    I did indeed have one ordered for delivery on Monday 24/09,however had a call from Comet stating this would now be Monday 08/10. I have now cancelled this order and have emailed Humax for clarification on delivery dates.

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  84. lawrence Pearce Says:

    Just noticed that the Humax Freetime box is now being advertised on Ebay

    The two sellers have good feedback ratings and prices are £260 for the 500GB machine and £280 for the 1TB. Would be interesting to know the source of these machines!

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  85. admin Says:

    lawrence Pearce said:
    Just noticed that the Humax Freetime box is now being advertised on Ebay
    The two sellers have good feedback ratings and prices are £260 for the 500GB machine and £280 for the 1TB. Would be interesting to know the source of these machines!

    Sorry, I won’t allow this company to be advertised on here. Both those companies are one of the same. Neither have stock (they state estimated 16 days arrival) and aren’t in Humax’s good books so might not get stock! Feedback good, providing you have no issues with the product, try contacting them with a query or fault, you’ll not get a reply!

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  86. Ian G Says:

    Mike B said:
    At present, i have a Foxsat HD box. I am thinking of upgrading to the new HDR-1000S. Theproblem is, i only have one sat. cable to input.Is there any way i can get the full benefit of the unit without having a second cable fitted?

    Mike, try a stacker/destacker setup such as http://www.globalinvacom.com/products/sds.php. I’ve been using this with my Foxsat HDR for quite some time now with great results. I had a single (high quality) cable installed some 10 years ago when I never thought of adding a 2nd cable, I then had a quad LNB fitted in the attic and use the stacker/destacker which works a treat.

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  87. Chris Guest Says:

    John Lewis are stating availability on 4th October, 2012.

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  88. Chris Guest Says:

    John Lewis date has changed to 8th October, 2012.

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  89. bampsam Says:

    Humax Direct are stating the HDR-1000S will be available 08/10 subject to confirmation. They also say the launch delay is down to Freesat. Have mine ordered from Comet for delivery launch day.

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  90. admin Says:

    bampsam said:
    Humax Direct are stating the HDR-1000S will be available 08/10 subject to confirmation. They also say the launch delay is down to Freesat. Have mine ordered from Comet for delivery launch day.

    You might not get it launch day, very rarely do Humax have stock with the suppliers prior to the day; preferring to hold back to encourage more sales from them direct first. Something Humax have done for quite a while and has annoyed many a retailer.

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  91. Jon Says:

    Managed to pre-order one of the 1TB models for £259. Apparently should be in by November. Humax have it listed on their website at £299, so this is a steal at cheaper than the 500GB model.

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  92. upthePOSH Says:

    Jon said:
    Managed to pre-order one of the 1TB models for £259. Apparently should be in by November. Humax have it listed on their website at £299, so this is a steal at cheaper than the 500GB model.

    May I ask where you have pre-ordered it from at that price , I’m looking to buy this to compliment my humax hdr g1 box and I don’t mind waiting till November to get this.

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  93. admin Says:

    upthePOSH said: May I ask where you have pre-ordered it from at that price , I’m looking to buy this to compliment myhumax hdr g1 boxand I don’t mind waiting till November to get this.

    Jon stated the place but I’ve removed it because he’s a new poster here and couldn’t validate a genuine customer or representative for them (sure he’ll appreciate that). In the interest of encourage sales to our sponsors, Satbuyer are stating £269.95 with further discounts to those that pre-order or get added to their waiting/news list.

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  94. upthePOSH Says:

    admin said: Jon stated the place but I’ve removed it because he’s a new poster here and couldn’t validate a genuine customer or representative for them (sure he’ll appreciate that). In the interest of encourage sales to our sponsors, Satbuyer are stating £269.95 with further discounts to those that pre-order or get added to their waiting/news list.

    Thanks for the info admin , I’ll pre-order it with Satbuyer .I’ts still a great price at £269.95

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  95. Stuart Says:

    Just done a search on Google [admin – site removed] offering the HDR-1000S box for a penny under £240. They appear to be genuine as there are stores in Yorkshire and Lancashire, but you know when something appears almost too good? They do have a company registration number on their website which checks out and they publish their addresses.

    Has anyone had experience of them, or if someone lives around Bolton/Dewsbury/Wetherby/Doncaster, can they confirm if this is a genuine company? If so this is one heck of a bargain but I’d like some second opinions what others think.

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  96. admin Says:

    Stuart, this company (of which we’ve removed the name) has been spammed to death on this site today. Never heard of them before and know of most retailers in this sector. Note that the company you mention also charge £6.99 postage.

    The price is good, though Satbuyer (currently showing £249) have said they will offer a discount to those who pre-order or go on their waiting list, so probably to around the same price (and sponsor this site so take priority of course).

    The margins appear quite good on this product whilst the price suggestion remains around the rrp. Suspect £239 will become common place before long.

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  97. Jon Says:

    Oops sorry didn’t realise i shouldn’t post the name, never mind – i took a punt, completed on credit card – any issues they share the liability. Seems to have some good google reviews. If not I’ll stump up the extra and buy direct.

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  98. admin Says:

    No wifi built-in for the 1TB version.

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  99. Grant Says:

    Sorry for the question if it is a repeat.

    Is the Humax HDR 1000S freesat “SAT>IP” compatible?

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