Humax release first Freesat <free time> box

Humax release first Freesat <free time> boxThe first of the next generation Freesat <free time> boxes launches this week, with Humax leading the way. The HDR-1000S will be available in-stores from tomorrow as well as available to buy online.

The new product with more focus on interactive services, including the 7 day roll-back TV guide, plus access to on-demand, has received a lot of attention over the past few weeks, and expectations are that it will be a great success.

The main retailers stocking this item can be found on our Humax HDR-1000S product page should you wish to be one of the first to get your hands on the new device.

The only disappointing thing we have come across so far is that Humax have introduced a new distribution policy which means many of the smaller retailers and installers won’t be able to get their hands on them, and in turn, won’t be able to offer you the best prices. For now you will have to buy from the major retailers at the rrp price.

More information on <free time> can be found here, as well as details of the new Humax receiver, and useful questions answered.

Don’t forget to let us know your opinions of the new receiver once you have it, and leave a review on the product page.

Edit: 18/10/12

Humax have been reading the comments regarding the new distribution policy and would like to add the following statement:

Humax has a newly-implemented distribution policy, which is designed to ensure a consistent quality approach to sales and promotion for our products and the best possible experience for consumers. The approved distribution network is open for retailers of any size who meet the criteria, including independents who remain a valued part of our distribution strategy. We expect distribution of the HDR-1000S to expand across more retail partners in the coming weeks

74 thoughts on “Humax release first Freesat <free time> box”

  1. admin said: That is the case with all Freesat receivers, as the radio channels have been assigned the 7xx range.

    That is ridiculous, I don’t get the rationale for that whatsoever!

  2. Gareth Phillips said: That is ridiculous, I don’t get the rationale for that whatsoever!

    I suspect most will deem that radio channels are more important than shopping, adult and regional channels, which is why they are ordered as they are.

  3. admin said: I suspect most will deem that radio channels are more important than shopping, adult and regional channels, which is why they are ordered as they are.

    I agree too, more listen to radio than do watch the TV channels above and this is the same on all freesat EPG’s. Does the new freetime STB cache the EPG like the HD/HDR or does it do real-time updates (without the overnight housekeeping necessity)?

  4. Neil said: I agree too, more listen to radio than do watch the TV channels above and this is the same on all freesat EPG’s. Does the new freetime STB cache the EPG like the HD/HDR or does it do real-time updates (without the overnight housekeeping necessity)?

    It uses a dynamic system so immediate updates.

  5. That’s good, means EPG updates can be done and happen real time which was the only limitation to the HD and HDR’s, still though by far was one of the best PVR’s on the market up until Manhattan released their PVR and the new freetime unit arrived.

    All we need now is a good freesat ad campaign for autumn/winter to promote freetime – I’m not holding my breath though!

  6. Clive said:
    Does this new box work using one sat cable or do you still need two?

    No you need two cables that’s why I opted for youviwe and kep my old goodmans freesat box

  7. despite Humax’s efforts, there is a way to get this box a bit cheaper

    [admin]comment removed[/admin]

    5% discount seems to be independent of cashback site – just use code “5COMET” at the checkout.

  8. al catraz said:
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    Sorry al, but given the way this site operates for funding/hosting, that method wouldn’t benefit the running of the site 😉

  9. I am sitting tight for a few weeks, just got an email back from one retailer who has said expect stock in first two weeks of November. Their prices are well below the big name prices.

  10. Plugged in this new box this morning. Easy to setup. Initial comments:
    1. The picture in the manual on page 24 shows a general freesat box. On the Humax box, there is HDMI, Ethernet, USB, SPDIF, A/V, 1xSCART,2xSat.
    2. I have only one Sat cable and it seems to work fine. Obviously I cannot record one channel while watching another.
    3. The List button on the remote doesn’t do anything, despite the manual stating it should.
    4. I can set up favourite channels but I have no idea how to access them. The manual doesn’t make any reference to favourites.
    5. Small point: I don’t like the ‘clickyness’ of some of the buttons. Some click when pressed, others don’t.
    6. Another even smaller point: The black glossy top of the box collects dust very quickly and doesn’t like to give it away.
    It all seems very straightforward at this stage but I would like to scroll through my favourite channels.

  11. I should have added – the manual seems to be a bit general. It doesn’t make any reference to the USB, SPDIF, SCART sockets. Neither does it mention anywhere about favourite channels.

  12. Further update: I figured out the List button & favourite channels. You have to enter the TV Guide first, then press List, then you can choose how to sort the channel list, one of which is the Favourites. Then the TV Guide will list just your favourite channels.
    I think this would be more useful if I could set up the favourites list as default, rather than having to go through the above process. Then I could scroll through my favourites channels using the P buttons.

  13. James – unable to name the retailer as this site receives sponsorship via Satbuyer so it isn’t fair to them (and fair play, this is a good site and it’s up to admin how they keep the lights on). Google shopping provides many useful links if you catch my drift however.

  14. Hi everybody,I have just bought the 500g Gen 2 box and I am over the moon with it.
    I have done a lot of research on this box and found it very easy to use,piece of cake to set up , brilliant pic quality , as for the free time menu its very easy to record do series link and play back.I was going to get rid of the sky box , but there is a way of running the sky hd on 1 lnb which frees up 1 cable.Go in to (services) then to set up press 0 1 select to open a new menu, at the bottom it has (single feed mode) switch that on then select and the box will go into reboot. Make sure the lnb or sky cable is in the lnb 1 input at the back of machine.This will mean you can only record 1 channel at a time, so with the freesat that gives you 3 channels to record then.

  15. Whilst wanting to carry on with Freesat, I find the price and promises prohibitive for the moment. So taking a year out with YouView and watching how it goes.

  16. hi just to note, the unamed retailer which i mentioned in an earlier post today delivered the 1tb model of the receiver to me. Seems the are a reliable company.

  17. ref question 65
    Could the town of the masked seller be identified?
    I had a look for humax’s freetime box on google shopping
    Quite clearly a cartell run by a mob of crooks

  18. Marky said:
    Will they do an update of the firmware for the Foxsat hdr??

    No, none of the g1 boxes can receive the new freetime service as it requires significantly improved chipsets etc.

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