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Sep 06 2013

Humax are to launch a new single-tuner <free time> receiver this month, capable of USB recording, network client and then later in the year, turn your main <free time> box into a server and access its recordings through this receiver.

Information on the HB-1000S Freesat HD is limited at this time, but stock is due any day now with an expected RRP of £109. We are surprised how quiet Humax have been on this, as it seems to offer quite a few functions that Freesat customers have been crying out for.

Some key features of the high-definition receiver seem to be the ability to access all the same <free time> on-demand/interactive services, and whilst it doesn’t have the internal hard drive of the big brother (HDR-1000S), it can record any freesat channel to an external USB drive, which we assume will be either a stick or HDD. This is an option only seem in the TechniSat model of old, so is a great addition.

Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime Receiver
Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime Receiver (better images to follow!)

There will be no Scart socket, so this is solely a high-definition receiver via HDMI only.

Also included is a client allowing you to stream videos, music and photos from your home network, though we are unsure at this stage what type of client it uses.

Another aim of the receiver is to act as a multiroom style box in the future, with the expectation that the bigger brother (HDR-1000S) will act as a server later in the year allowing you to access any recordings via this receiver. This is a feature we are very excited about, as no other platform currently offers this, not even Sky with their expensive subscription based multiroom package.

Features
Freesat+ Freesat+ with <free time>
EPG 8 Days forward 7 days backward
Recording Hours With additional plug in HDD
Pause, Record and Rewind Live TV No

Power Supply
Power type External adaptor
Power Consumption Max 13W (Standby: under 0.5w)
Input Voltage AC 100-240,50/60Hz
Protection Separate internal fuse & lightning protection

System Resource
Flash 4Gb (512MB SLC)
RAM DDR3 1GB (512MB*2EA)
HDD No (1 Tuner PVR Ready via USB)

Video/Audio Processing
Video Decoder ISO/IEC 13818-2 MPEG-2 MP@ML (minimum bitrate of 15Mbps)
Picture Decoder MPEG2 I-Frame, JPEG, JPEG2000, BMP, GIF, PNG
Output Resolution Automatic (576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p)
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
Audio Decoder ISO/IEC 11172-3 MPEG-1 Layer I and Layer II, III encoded audio
Dolby Digital Plus/Pulse

Front Panel
LED Display 1 x power indicator Green 1 x Standby Red
Buttons Power
USB Port Yes

Front End (Tuner/Demodulator)
Demodulation QPSK, 8PSK
Input Connector F-Type, IEC 169-24, Female X 1
Loop Connector N/A
Frequency Range L-Band (950MHz to 2150MHz)
Signal Level -25dBmV to -75dBmV

I/O Specification
Tuner 1x SAT input
TV Scart No
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) *to be confirmed, believe both on rear
Ethernet 1 x Fast Ethernet 100BaseT (RJ45)
Wi-Fi Via USB Dongle
CI/CI+ N/A

Accessories
Quick Start Guide Yes
User Manual Yes
Remote Control Yes
Batteries 2 x AAA
Scart Cable No
HDMI Cable Yes (1.5m)
Ethernet Cable Yes (1.5m)

Physical Specification
Size (W x H x D) mm 200 x 38 x 155
Weight 458g
EAN Code 8809095666809
Carton Weight Product Included 2.0kg

More information is available on the Satbuyer website.

21 Responses to “Humax to launch single tuner <free time> receiver”

  1. Bob Says:

    This is my next box..

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  2. Brian Says:

    That will be very appealing if the promised remote record feature arrives and is available on this box too….

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  3. alexander Says:

    Can HUMAX HDR 1000S & HB 1000S recieve groups of seperate spare channels compareed to the MANHATTAN freesat.?

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  4. admin Says:

    Brian said:
    That will be very appealing if the promised remote record feature arrives and is available on this box too….

    Suspect most, if not all new features on the HDR-1000S/1010S will appear on this too, as they appear to have the same internals apart from the hard drive.

    alexander said:
    Can HUMAX HDR 1000S & HB 1000S recieve groups of seperate spare channels compareed to the MANHATTAN freesat.?

    No, the ability to create your own categories with freesat (and non-freesat) channels in is only available on the Manhattan receiver. Suspect Freesat won’t allow this of the newer generation boxes as allowing you to tailor your own channel order/list takes value away from broadcasters when picking an LCN slot on the EPG.

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  5. Gary M Says:

    “This is a feature we are very excited about, as no other platform currently offers this” – Are you sure? The Panasonic Freeview HD box acts as a DLNA server, allowing any networked TV or box with a DLNA client to watch its recordings, including HD ones whe used with a compatible client, such as a Panasonic Bluray player. I assume the Panasonc Freesat HD equivalent has the same functionality.

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  6. admin Says:

    Gary M said:
    “This is a feature we are very excited about, as no other platform currently offers this” – Are you sure?The Panasonic Freeview HD box acts as a DLNA server, allowing any networked TV or box with a DLNA client to watch its recordings, including HD ones whe used with a compatible client, such as a Panasonic Bluray player.I assume the Panasonc Freesat HD equivalent has the same functionality.

    Was meaning in terms of watching recordings made via another satellite receiver from the same platform, in the way that Sky have been promising customers for years. Options have always been there to take recordings from receivers but not usually via DNLA; this would be a first I believe.

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  7. Neil Says:

    Just had a read, a very good looking receiver, really like the DLNA feature and for mulitroom this beats anything Sky currently have so top marks to Humax there. Many people have asked for RF outputs for second room viewing etc in the past, this solves that problem in an up to date mannor using IP rather than RF which is now outdated. I guess Sky won’t want to allow their hardware the capabilities to do this so they can continue to sting their subscribers for an extra £10 or £20 per Month just for the privilege!

    The ability to use this to make full use of the freetime features too is good, as is the record to USB option, turning it in to a mini PVR. The price tag for a new product is reasonable too, guess Humax have competition from Manhattan in the single receiver STB market which is a factor in this.

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  8. Fitzy Says:

    Is it possible to fall in love with a piece of plastic? I just have, my own little PVR, birthday coming up & I shall be very upset if I don’t receive this little bundle of fun! Shhhhhhhhh just don;t tell the mrs it records, last thing you want on your stick is Sundays omnibus of Eastenders !

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  9. A.Noyed Says:

    I hope they will add the ability to play back remote recordings on the old humax foxsat HDR, as I still use this box in another room, and I cannot see any reason why the hardware should not be capable of this.

    After all I currently do this reverse using the moded firmware on the HDR, I can playback the recordings on that box from the dlna client on the hdr 1000s.

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  10. Jonboy59 Says:

    Admin,

    I presume the wi-fi dongle is extra?

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  11. admin Says:

    Jonboy59 said:
    Admin,
    I presume the wi-fi dongle is extra?

    Of course! Humax sell through retailers for a terrifyingly high £29, for a 150mbps adapter! I’ve raised this with them before!

    I’d suggest in view of this being DNLA capable and to use in the future as a multiroom box that you hard wire with Ethernet or at worst, use homeplugs.

    There are links available on the satbuyer product page, http://www.satbuyer.co.uk/humax-hb-1000s-freesat-hd-freetime-digital-box-p225.html

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  12. Clem Dye Says:

    Pity there’s no built-in wireless networking. Two USB ports is good, one for storage, one for wireless perhaps, but with one port on the front of the box it will look a bit ugly, assuming that both ports can be used this way. Still, very tempting, nevertheless.

    Clem

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  13. admin Says:

    Agreed, in this day and age of network capable equipment, the Humax should have wifi built-in capable of a/b/g/n bands. It most likely comes down to cost of the card, installation and of course the wifi license, but also possibly to encourage hard wire connections in preference to wifi to reduce the calls to customer service when ‘buffering’ keeps presenting itself on-screen ;)

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  14. Lawrence Pearce Says:

    Sounds like a great piece of kit especially at the £99 price quoted by Satbuyer.
    But what’s happened to the competition – I seemed to remember that reading that Manhattan had been appointed as Freesat’s partner in the development of second generation (ie Freetime) Freesat receivers?
    From a consumer perspective, a little bit competition for Humax would not go amiss.

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  15. admin Says:

    Lawrence Pearce said:
    Sounds like a great piece of kit especially at the £99 price quoted by Satbuyer.
    But what’s happened to the competition – I seemed to remember that reading that Manhattan had been appointed as Freesat’s partner in the development of second generation (ie Freetime) Freesat receivers?
    From a consumer perspective, a little bit competition for Humax would not go amiss.

    Something must be wrong, I’m agreeing with all the comments today :)

    Yes, Manhattan and Sagemcom are working on their versions too, but due to some unforeseen circumstances earlier on the year (cannot disclose), they have been on the back foot and possibly now (speculating) that they are seeing how successful the Humax models sell first.

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  16. Groundskeeper Willie Says:

    @12 both of the USB ports are on the back

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  17. Groundskeeper Willie Says:

    USB layout Incorrect in specs.

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  18. admin Says:

    Groundskeeper Willie said:
    USB layout Incorrect in specs.

    Suspect you might be right, but will have to wait on official confirmation. I have a diagram of the rear but no official photos:

    http://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/humax-hb1000s-diagram.gif

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  19. stonedimmaculate1962 Says:

    Sham about the USB ports are 2.0 very slow delivery, better if Humax used USB 3, much faster by 10 x than USB 2.0. Nice box though.

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  20. martin Says:

    They got the box now freesat needs to make the most of it and launch more ondemand channels humax got a good product here so hope freesat will take advantege of it and produce more channels to it

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  21. Night Watchman Says:

    stonedimmaculate1962 said:
    Sham about the USB ports are 2.0 very slow delivery, better if Humax used USB 3, much faster by 10 x than USB 2.0. Nice box though.

    I raised this issue with them last year at IBC when the HDR-1000S was introduced – their excuse then was that the chip-set couldn’t handle USB3. Raised it again yesterday and this time they claimed USB3 wasn’t yet the norm and to my comment of ‘but it is backwards compatible’ I got no reaction.

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