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May 27 2011

Humax have announced they will release an important software update for both the FOXSAT-HD and FOXSAT-HDR on 1st June 2011.

The update is expected to resolve a number of the bugs which have been apparant on the receivers since launch.

The software will automatically update on your receiver (if you have it set to do so from within the menu) or alternatively you can download now from the Humax website and self-install. …read more »


Dec 18 2009

**Update 21/12/2009**
The code for accessing BBC iPlayer has been released to us for all of you to use; the code is 5483. Please note BBC iPlayer is currently in beta test so may still have bugs and glitches, plus is only available via Humax Freesat HD or Freesat+ receivers with the latest software versions. We’d ask that you have a play and leave your comments/feedback below so BBC/Freesat can take the information to assist in the development before an official launch in the New Year. For more information on the BBC iPlayer trial with Freesat, please visit this page.

How BBC iPlayer Will Connect

Though not officially announced, we have it from a very reliable source that BBC/Freesat will release the BBC iPlayer code to the general public from early next week.

This will give those with a Humax Freesat HD or Humax Freesat+ receiver the opportunity to test out the service over the Christmas period enjoying all there is to offer through the festive season from the BBC.

The BBC iPlayer setup video can be found here

All other Freesat HD and Freesat+ makes/models will be able to enjoy BBC iPlayer some time in the new year.


Dec 10 2009

Humax last night announced details of their next generation Freesat receivers due to launch in Autumn 2010.

The Humax FOXSAT-HD2 single tuner Freesat HD digital box will replace the existing FOXSAT-HD and include additional features such as PVR functionality via USB storage device (similar to how the TechniSat HDFS currently does). The receiver will also have an automatic re-tune function and be able to read file formats from USB including MP3, JPEG and XviD, as well as access media streaming over your home network.

The Humax FOXSAT-HDR2 twin tuner Freesat+ HD digital box, successor to the existing FOXSAT-HDR, will include new features as above, apart from USB recording instead opting for the increased size of a 500GB hard drive compared to the existing 320GB.

At the same time as announcing this information, they also confirmed an almost identical product range for the Freeview platform, due to launch in February 2010 in keeping with the availability of high-definition channels for the first time on terrestrial television.


Dec 01 2009

Humax’s current software versions (HD V1.00.23 / HDR V1.00.11) are due to expire tomorrow (2nd December 2009) so expect a new release which should hopefully resolve the problems some of you have been having with your receivers since the last update was released back on the 10th November 2009.

We are unclear at this stage whether Humax will simply roll-back the software to a previous stable version, or will release a new version that they have been working hard on since collating all the information supplied by you guys when contacting them with problems.

Whilst BBC iPlayer is expected to launch first on Humax receivers in December, we don’t expect at this stage the software will include that facility as beta testing still hasn’t began in full; it will be interesting to see the ‘end’ date of what ever new update is released, as that might give an indication of when iPlayer will be ready.


Nov 10 2009

The long awaited Humax software updates are due to be released today, following our previous post.

The version numbers are FOXSAT-HDR V1.00.11 / FOXSAT-HD V1.00.23.

There is presently the option to download the update directly from the Humax website, but the OTA (over the air) version should come live later this afternoon if you do a scan for it; or over night if you don’t.

Humax FOXSAT-HDR Manual Software Update (V1.00.11)
Humax FOXSAT-HD Manual Software Update (V1.00.23)

Let us know what you think about the updates when you have it.


Aug 19 2009

Humax FOXSAT

It would appear that a few days ago some of the major retailers decided to increase their retail price of the Humax FOXSAT-HD from £119.99 to £149.99.

The retailers involved in the price hike include John Lewis, Dixons, Maplin, Argos and Currys, with a lesser increase also by Amazon.

We have checked the trade price for this Freesat high-definition receiver but it hasn’t changed, suggesting that the major retailers have some how determined that the demand for this product is increasing, or available stock is about to become very short. We cannot imagine it would be due to lack of sales, as these big retailers would typically drop the price to trade values just to sell stock.

Very interesting, and odd at the same time; wonder if the same will happen with any other Freesat product.


Jan 19 2009

Freesat must be absolutely furious at the moment, having announced a fantastic 200,000 sales in 8 months since May 2008, it appears that the majority of retailers have no stock of the biggest selling products.

Alba Group have not distributed any Grundig or Goodmans SD/HD boxes since October/November 2008, and with Argos now owning the Bush brand, these are unlikely to be seen for sale anywhere but Argos. We are waiting for confirmation from Alba Group, but it’s been hinted that a 2nd generation box is in development which might mean no supply until February or maybe even March!

There’s no such issue with Humax’s HD Freesat box (FOXSAT-HD), they are still available everywhere, but the PVR version (FOXSAT-HDR) remains in very short supply, with no distribution since before Christmas! Humax have indicated that the PVR’s will be available from the major retailers and independents this week, but not in large volumes, with increased quantities expected from February. We of course will let you know when/where stock becomes available, alternatively visit Maplin who are taking pre-orders with an estimated delivery date of 14 days.

Panasonic’ supply of Freesat IDTV’s seems fine, no major issues on any of their screen sizes. John Lewis have said to a number of potential customers that the 42in Freesat Plasma (TH-42PZ81) has been discontinued. Panasonic have confirmed to us that this is certainly not the case and both the LCD and Plasma’s have all been selling very well.

Hopefully all these shortages are just a blip, a result of Christmas shutdowns etc; using the excuse of the present economic climate shouldn’t be much of a factor given that the large majority of the distributors have firm orders placed, they just can’t get the supply.

Visit our product pages to help you find available stock from the major retailers


Oct 13 2008

Since the update from 1.00.13 to 1.00.15 a number of Humax HD customers have noticed a return of the lip-sync issue, most obvious on BBC HD.

In a response to joinfreesat reader Derek, Humax have said,

Over the past 1-2 weeks a number of customers have reported Lip-sync issues on the BBC HD channel. Software version 1.00.13 has addressed the lip-sync issues with the BBC HD channel and Dolby Digital 5.1 broadcasts and until recently we have not had any reports of syncing issues.
Version 1.00.15 has now been released, but this has not made any changes that would affect the syncing.
We have reported the issue to the BBC for investigation as we believe there may be some issues with the broadcasts playing out; as we have not made any changes that could affect the lip-sync.

Let’s hope between Humax and the BBC this issue can be resolved once more.


Oct 07 2008

Humax have released a software update for the FOXSAT-HD commencing today. The version number is 1.00.15 and includes HD MHEG performance enhancements, plus DDS support added to DVB subtitles.

The release has been published on the Humax FOXSAT website at http://www.humaxdigital.com/freesat/support_software.asp


Aug 04 2008

According to the Humax website, a software update is due today for all Humax FOXSAT-HD Freesat Digital Boxes. The update should take place automatically around midday, version number 1.00.13.

The software update should resolve the following issues, the lip-sync being the most critical:

– Lip-sync improvements for BBC HD
– Interactive Software improvements
– Display LED fix
– Scart loop-through fix
– i button now removes i-plate after 3rd press

In an unofficial chat we had with Humax, they said that testing has been carried out for quite a while on this new software update, and they are confident that it will resolve the lip-sync issue. Lets hope so, the Olympics 2008 should be a nightmare!

Visit the Humax software update page for more information.

Don’t forget to post your comments once the update is complete, telling us whether the issues have been resolved on your particular box.

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