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Sep 12 2013

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, has today announced the launch of its new Freesat HD with freetime box, further bolstering the products available with freetime built in. The Freesat HD with freetime box is manufactured by Humax and will be available to buy from the 12th September from retailers including John Lewis, Currys PC World and a range of independents such as Satbuyer. The shelf price will be in the region of £99.

Freesat’s freetime service launched to great acclaim a year ago, bringing new features to Freesat, including a Roll Back TV guide that lets viewers ‘turn back time’ to watch programmes that have already been on, ‘Showcase’ providing daily TV recommendations and enhanced On-Demand.

Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime Receiver
Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime Receiver

The new Freesat HD with freetime box allows viewers to tune into over 180 free digital TV and radio channels, six of which are available to watch in HD, with more to come in the New Year. As part of the freetime family of products, the new box offers the full set of the UK’s top On-Demand players – BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5 and YouTube. The new compact box provides all the key benefits of freetime to viewers wanting to choose a stylish, value option or those looking to add freetime to a second or third room in their home. Freetime products which give intelligent record ability are already available in-store and online.

Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime Receiver
Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime Receiver – no scart!!!

The new Freesat HD with freetime box is a natural extension of our award winning TV service, and it’s great to build on the popularity of the service,

said Matthew Huntington, Freesat’s Chief Technology Officer.

It’s a product we’re really proud of, offering the popular benefits of freetime such as Catch-Up and On-Demand TV, including BBC iPlayer, 4oD and YouTube, via a slick TV Guide which rolls back in time and also gives recommendations on what to watch.

Graham North, Commercial Director of Humax, commented:

The affordable Humax HB-1000S brings the seamless freetime TV guide to cost-conscious consumers, opening up the opportunity for more people to benefit from this leading subscription-free satellite service. It offers the first low-cost option for the freetime range, without compromising on the performance and quality that TV viewers expect from Humax and Freesat.

Freesat is growing the freetime features’ set over time, including a remote record and remote control app for phones and tablets as well as the introduction of additional movie and music services.

Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime Receiver
Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime Receiver – same remote as big brother

56 Responses to “New Freesat HD with freetime box from Humax launches”

  1. avit_now Says:

    Sounds good. and at quite a good price to start with.

    Admin if possible can you chase humax/freesat for more info on the recordings sharing feature from other freetime boxes; re timeframe, whether it’s a standard freetime feature or humax specific and whether hd recordings (with copy protection) are shared.

    nothing quite like beating the official unveiling is there admin ;)

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  2. Neil Says:

    Just had the Humax email confirming this is now available, great to see this replacement unit available for sale – I expect with it’s features complementing the HDS for DLNA stored sharing it will be a fantastic and alternative to Sky Multiroom without the Monthly costs!

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  3. Al catraz Says:

    I see they plan to upgrade this box to a network server later this year which is good news, I hope:

    As this is a new xxx-1000S model I’m guessing the software is pretty much the same as in the current HDR-1000S, so can we also expect to get this feature on the HDR-1000S later this year?

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  4. Al catraz Says:

    Of course, when I say “later this year” I mean “some time around June next year” based on historical delivery! ;)

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  5. miffo Says:

    Not yet available from those websites listed, so ordered from Humax. Additional £6.50 delivery, but what the hell? Will have it tomorrow..cant wait for it to slave my freetime recorder.

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  6. admin Says:

    miffo said:
    Not yet available from those websites listed, so ordered from Humax. Additional £6.50 delivery, but what the hell? Will have it tomorrow..cant wait for it to slave my freetime recorder.

    Yep, sadly happens with Humax, only Humax Direct and select few get them on release day giving them the upper-hand supplying direct to retailers. A common complaint made by the independent retailers and why many won’t stock Humax products.

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  7. BigBarruda Says:

    About bloomin’ time they brought out a G2 non-hdd box…. 1 ordered from HumaxDirect, should arrive Monday…

    Loving joinfreesat.co.uk, been a long time RSS subscribe… Keep up the good work :)

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  8. Pete Says:

    I foresee one potential problem. The remote control looks like the same as the ones supplied with the YouView boxes. Those do not have the normal Humax remotes’ ability to change the code set. If it is stuck on code list one, it will be impossible to use in the same room.

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  9. Steve Says:

    admin said: Yep, sadly happens with Humax, only Humax Direct and select few get them on release day giving them the upper-hand supplying direct to retailers. A common complaint made by the independent retailers and why many won’t stock Humax products.

    I must pop over some time to see your shop some time admin. as you keep having little digs at Humax . From when I’m out seeing shops they have No issues holding Humax stock. Check out @ valentinesteve I have the proof that I know what I’m talking about.

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  10. admin Says:

    Steve said: I must pop over some time to see your shop some time admin. as you keep having little digs at Humax . From when I’m out seeing shops they have No issues holding Humax stock. Check out @ valentinesteve I have the proof that I know what I’m talking about.

    Humax produce great products, no doubt, but they have made a few errors with distribution, including this product. Obviously great for them to sell direct with improved margins, but does and has alienated some retailers. Sorry, I have no shop (live in the virtual world) but can see you managed to get one physically today which is good, restores a bit of faith that some retailers have them, though suspect a major retailer?

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  11. MPD Says:

    Anyone else got a feeling of deja vu?

    When the DLNA server on the HDR-1000S is sorted and wifi added (don’t like white) this could be a very interesting proposition.

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  12. Steve Says:

    Playing with the box tonight. The client services work very well with my Nas drive. Via the USB . The software looks and feels the same as the HDR 1000s and the HDR 1010s.The roll back and on demand channels working very well. A very well presented and easy to use box at a reasonable price. I will let you other guys find out what extra it can do.

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  13. admin Says:

    Steve said:
    Playing with the box tonight. The client services work very well with my Nas drive. Via the USB . The software looks and feels the same as the HDR 1000s and the HDR 1010s.The roll back and on demand channels working very well. A very well presented and easy to use box at a reasonable price. I will let you other guys find out what extra it can do.

    Good stuff, the DNLA is something I’m interested in. Was due a review box Wednesday/Thursday but hasn’t appeared yet…possibly because of staff and units at IBC.

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  14. Steve Says:

    Sorry forgot the USB ports reads my mp3 and pictures via my sticks and the Nas was via the network. :)

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  15. admin Says:

    Steve said:
    Sorry forgot the USB ports reads my mp3 and pictures via my sticks and the Nas was via the network. :)

    Let me know how it copes with reading MKV via DNLA on your NAS ;)

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  16. Steve Says:

    Have no mkv files to hand to try tonight.I’m sure some one will be able to answer soon as they will try to be the first to post. My guess is what the HDRs read then this should be the same. :)

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  17. Terry Says:

    Looking forward to more info on this – nearly bought the little Manhattan, but might stump up the extra cash for this.

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  18. Clem Dye Says:

    What about recording to USB stick? I got the impression that that was up for grabs.

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  19. Night Watchman Says:

    Glad to see that Humax have gone back to a more traditional design again. The PVR model is not to everyone’s taste.

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  20. admin Says:

    Clem Dye said:
    What about recording to USB stick? I got the impression that that was up for grabs.

    I believe it is available, it is on the website.

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  21. christine maureen put Says:

    I am a pensioner with Freesat and using a Echostar HDS-600RS model and I would love to change to to this new Humax box for all the on demand and roll back television options which my box does not have-but I am concerned about trying to set this up-is it just a matter of plugging it in or is it more involved as I am definitely NOT tech. minded. Thank you

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  22. admin Says:

    christine maureen put said:
    I am a pensioner with Freesat and using a Echostar HDS-600RS model and I would love to change toto this new Humax box for all the on demand and roll back television options which my box does not have-but I am concerned about trying to set this up-is it just a matter of plugging it inor is it more involved as I am definitely NOT tech. minded. Thank you

    If you can plug the Humax directly into your broadband router via an Ethernet/network cable, and you know your broadband is faster than 2mbps, there shouldn’t really be any reason why you can’t get it working with ease. If you need to use wifi with the optional adapter etc, it might need more effort to get it working.

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  23. Lawrence Pearce Says:

    Will this machine record to a Fat32 or NTFS formatted hard drive – or must the drive be formatted Ex3 (like the HD Fox T2)?. With this latter machine it is rather annoying and limiting to have to partition the hard drive in order to both record TV and play media files.

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  24. miffo Says:

    Just unboxed this little beauty… it is small. Comes with all you need (HDMI cable, cat 5 cable) and very clear instructions with photos of setup, but I didn’t refer to any of it, other than for what the second usb port was for… could only see a schematic for the remote, not one for the rear of the box… odd. So it set up much in the same way as its big brother, requiring a postcode (with a space in middle) before offering any channels. At one time it said that I would need to plug a second cable in to be able to watch one, record one… but there simply isn’t the input. I guess this is software from the HDR.
    I have tried several high capacity sticks in it and whilst recognised, will not format when requested, so guess it is just an HDD for pause/record currently. The remote is similar to that of the recorder, but not identical. It has the facility to control your TV too. On demand stuff is all there, only requiring a setting to HD change in Iplayer.
    So, my only problem thus far is the ability to record although I shall use it for pausing more. Can anyone recommend a hard disk that is cost effective and will deffo work with this machine? Thanks

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  25. Night Watchman Says:

    Pete said:
    I foresee one potential problem. The remote control looks like the same as the ones supplied with the YouView boxes. Those do not have the normal Humax remotes’ ability to change the code set. If it is stuck on code list one, it will be impossible to use in the same room.

    There are slight differences between the HB-1000S remote and the HDR-1000S remotes but basically given a couple of different keys in different places they are the same. To change the code set make sure the device you do not want to change is off. Press and hold ‘OK’ and ‘0” simultaneously for 5-10 seconds on the remote for the device you want to change. A message will appear on screen ‘You can change the remote control mode. Press a numeric key {1-6} to select the mode. Current mode: Mode 1′. Choose whatever number you want to assign to that unit.

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  26. miffo Says:

    I emailed Humax asking if it was possible to use memory sticks in this machine, their reply was yes, as long as formatted to fat32 or ext3… I can’t get it working with fat32, so is there a simple way to format a stick to ext3?

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  27. Lawrence Pearce Says:

    @miffo
    I don’t know if the HB-100S is anything like the HD Fox T2, but this machine will only record to USB where the drive capacity is greater than 20GB. It doesn’t matter how the drive is formatted, because the set top box simply asks you if the want to reformat drive to enable recording. If you click yes, it then reformats the drive to Ext3 and away you go. Only problem is that PCs will not recognise this format, so you can’t do anything with the recordings apart from play them back through the Humax machine. I suspect the HB-1000S is similar, hence my original question…

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  28. miffo Says:

    I’ve been formatting a 32gb HP stick to ext3 for close on to five hours (on a win 8 pc) and only at 40 percent. As I originally posted, am only interested in the occasional pause or episode record, so would rather use a £15 stick than have to pay £50+ for a drive that I will not use.

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  29. Mark Says:

    Can some one who has one of these please upload some pics of the epg and menus thanks

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  30. Ian Says:

    Hi Miffo Use EASEUS Partion Manager to format your USB Drive.
    Has anybody managed to record anything yet and does the pause feature work?

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  31. Neil Says:

    admin said: Good stuff, the DNLA is something I’m interested in. Was due a review box Wednesday/Thursday but hasn’t appeared yet…possibly because of staff and units at IBC.

    Yep, they’ll be showcasing this at IBC, pity I’m not there this year as could have had a nosy. Looking forward to a good review though, might be moving in to a bigger property soon and the prospect of two TV’s in a lounge and sitting room means the potential for a HB1000S and/or HDS in the second/third rooms. Will keep the other half happy too who keeps ranting on about how good Sky is with a remote recording app – once freesat sort their own remote recording app that is!!

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  32. admin Says:

    Neil said: Yep, they’ll be showcasing this at IBC, pity I’m not there this year as could have had a nosy.

    Believe the HB-1000S at IBC is a dummy box only so no demonstrations there!

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  33. miffo Says:

    I have formatted a 32gb HP stick and a 16gb Sandisk to ext3. Neither work in the box. It says unable to format. Have emailed Humax to ask why these will not work. Have also asked what spec HDD I need to buy for this box. Anyone here know? Has anyone else got a stick working?
    EPG, on demand, tv portal etc…are the same as the freetime PVR.

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  34. Simon Says:

    Looking at the £99 price tag am I correct in saying that this box doesn’t have a Hard-Drive and allows you to record programmes?

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  35. miffo Says:

    Box does not have a hard drive. I gave up on memory sticks and attached a 2TB Western Digital external HD that I had previously connected to my LG TV, but not really used since getting Freetime HDR.
    Before formatting, the box asked for a pin so I put ‘0000’ in and it worked. After formatting, you need to go back into settings to tell the box to record to the HDD and that is it. Annoyingly, on boot, it tells you that HDR is connected.
    Test recordings worked well…same as the Freetime HDR, although obviously single tuner. This box will suit me well, as it is behind a wall hung bedroom TV, with the HDD in the loft, something I wouldn’t get away with if I bought the original Freetime box for this purpose. Very happy with it thus far.

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  36. Kev version 1 Says:

    As soon as I saw this I checked out the John Lewis website. This Humax is not listed. Hope they will have it in stock soon as my current satellite receiver has packed up and Humax seem to have a good reputation. My brother in law’s Humax has just broken but as he has had it for over 10 years I think that is acceptable.

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  37. Chris S Says:

    Is there an alpha display on the front of this box? No pics as yet show any sort of display.

    I currently have a Technisat as a zapper which is a lovely looking piece of kit, has a gorgeous front display, and allows pausing and recording via a USB stick, but it has appalling on-screen display. It would be a shame if this new generation Humax has problems with USB sticks and has no alpha display.

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  38. miffo Says:

    No display, only an LED status indicator.

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  39. Chris S Says:

    :-) even the Foxsat had at least a channel number!

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  40. Pete Says:

    The 120Gb minimum is the same constraint that the Freeview HD Fox T2 had. In fact Humax announced a 2G freesat box at the same press launch back in Autumn 2009 although it had the same “silver ring” button and a display compared to this new box. The “Foxsat HD2″ never appeared on the market.

    A large amount (30Gb)is reserved for “system use” including the pause/resume buffer.

    The problem with their YouView boxes’ remote controls not changing code set is likely down to YouView not yet having the manufacturer specific sub-menu provided for in the YV specifications but, like using the USB sockets for playback (but not necessarily recording), have not yet been programmed.

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  41. Pete Says:

    BTW, those of you who remember the Foxsat HD may recall the problems some people (me included) had with a batch of sub-standard capacitors in the power supply which resulted in the box being stuck when booting and remaining on the “chasing snake” display. Similar problems have been hitting some YouView boxes in that they stick after loading the low level “system” firmware before reading the YV program. I am on my second although it was replaced after a system crash which wiped the hard drive, not that problem.

    [admin]This part has been removed as it doesn’t support the continual running of the site sorry, plus at this stage, there is nothing to suggest/confirm that the new receiver is using the same poorly made capacitors[/admin]

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  42. Lawrence Pearce Says:

    Short lived electrolytic capacitors seem to be endemic in most modern consumer equipment, not just Humax. It’s one reason why I always select low power standby mode when available as I have the gut feeling that the resultant lower temperature of the equipment will lead to a longer life.
    From this standpoint, there’s an argument in favour of separate power supplies (like the HB 1000S and HDR 1000s have). But then again I’m sure these are expensive to replace and not faily easily repairable as most inbuilt power supplies are,

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  43. David Hewett Says:

    I thought I would ask about disc capacity after having some difficulties with external drives for my Technisat …..

    Thank you for contacting Humax Support.

    I am currently awaiting confirmation from my boss about which HDs are appropriate. At the minute, any external HDD with a capacity up to 1TB should work on in the box.

    Best Regards,

    Nick A

    Humax Customer Support

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  44. miffo Says:

    I have a 2tb western digital external HDD attached, the box recognises all of the storage, so in that respect, it has double the capacity of the hdr 1000s.

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  45. miffo Says:

    Those of you buying this box and hoping to use a memory stick in it are out of luck. I got this in response to an email I sent them recently. I have already posted on here that I am using a 2TB HDD, so their testing needs continuing. Anyway, here is the response from Humax….

    A memory stick won’t work with the HB 1000S. It requires an external hard drive. Any external drive can be used, but needs to be formatted and paired to be used for recording. When attached to the HB 1000S you’ll be asked if you want to pair the HDD.

    You will require at least a 60Gb HDD to record (40Gb will be reserved for system and TSR buffer). The maximum size tested is 1Tb.

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  46. miffo Says:

    Should have said that a stick is no good for recording, it’s ok for playback of photos, music and movie files in the right format.

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  47. Ian Vallender Says:

    Checked Currys digital yesterday Sat 21 september and they didn’t have this box even on their computers I also noticed that Currys are selling the Manhattan HD-S2 for 59pounds 99pence 10 pounds more than Manhattan’s RRP.

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  48. admin Says:

    Ian Vallender said:
    Checked Currys digital yesterday Sat 21 september and they didn’t have this box even on their computers I also noticed that Currys are selling the Manhattan HD-S2 for 59pounds 99pence 10 pounds more than Manhattan’s RRP.

    Major retailers seem only just to be getting stock; some kind of delay from Humax. Manhattan are waiting on the next batch of stock early October, so likely the retailers have upped the price due to ‘supply and demand’. The margin was always unachievable at under £50 though, so suspect they might not drop that low again.

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  49. Keith (original) Says:

    Does this box have a non-Freesat mode? If so, has anyone tried it and how does it compare to the Foxsat-HD?

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  50. Jonnie Squareyes Says:

    Dear Readers,
    My first observation in this forum!
    Why is it that TalkTalk do not offer your ‘FreeTime’ in parallel to their current arrangements of vigorously marketing
    ‘YouView’. Is it a question of Freesat not offering commercial incentives to secure a deal with TalkTalk? Cannot Humax being part of an integrated deal? I have a vested interest in this possibility as my reception via the terrestial aerial suffers from frequent drop out! My only cost effective solution was to install my own satdish for Freesat reception. This I did successfully and now enjoy the benefits, interference free!
    I look forward to your reply.
    Jonnie squareyes

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  51. admin Says:

    Jonnie Squareyes said:
    Dear Readers,
    My first observation in this forum!
    Why is it that TalkTalk do not offer your ‘FreeTime’ in parallel to their current arrangements of vigorously marketing
    ‘YouView’. Is it a question of Freesat not offering commercial incentives to secure a deal with TalkTalk? Cannot Humax being part of an integrated deal? I have a vested interest in this possibility as my reception via the terrestial aerial suffers from frequent drop out! My only cost effective solution was to install my own satdish for Freesat reception. This I did successfully and now enjoy the benefits, interference free!
    I look forward to your reply.
    Jonnie squareyes

    Not sure what this has to do with the new Humax HB-1000S receiver, but in brief, it was the original intention that Freesat would partner with YouView for the new generation boxes, but they decided to go their own way. There is more of a separation of manufacturers and Freesat than the same with YouView, so isn’t so easy to facilitate in a deal. Ultimately Freesat have taken their path, and I believe YouView had an agreement with certain companies that made sense to combine a deal with TalkTalk.

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  52. Jonnie Squareyes Says:

    Thank you for your reply especially as my question did not directly relate to the new box. Just a final question if I may; could Freesat/FreeTime & possibly Humax have a future plan to offer a business proposition to TalkTalk which would enable them to offer their customers (of which I am one) an option to their FreeView box? Would it not provide Freesat a potential to further increase to their user base? Thank you for your anticipated response.
    Jonnie squareyes.

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  53. admin Says:

    Jonnie Squareyes said:
    Thank you for your reply especially as my question did not directly relate to the new box. Just a final question if I may; could Freesat/FreeTime & possibly Humax have a future plan to offer a business proposition to TalkTalk which would enable them to offer their customers (of which I am one) an option to their FreeView box? Would it not provide Freesat a potential to further increase to their user base? Thank you for your anticipated response.
    Jonnie squareyes.

    That is the same question asked another way. I think you’d have to ask Freesat directly, but suspect if any discussion has taken place, it will have a non-disclosure associated with it.

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  54. Andy Says:

    Yes the new box does have non-freesat mode. I have not tried it yet but enquired on the HB1000S My Humax forum as I could not find it in settings.

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  55. miffo Says:

    Remember that in non-freesat mode on this box you need to change to the following, otherwise you get about 150 channels in this mode –

    Settings, system settings, STB mode, change to non-freesat mode.
    Channel search – transponder all, network search on (if off gives you 150 channels) Scrambled Type FTA, channel type All then start channel search.
    It is the same process as the freetime HDR.

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  56. Keith (original) Says:

    Thanks Andy. Does anyone know if it handles multiple satellites (motor drive etc) in non-Freesat mode – possibly in the same way as the Foxsat-HD – with the hidden menu (RGYBGYB)?

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