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Feb 21 2012
It shouldn’t really come as any surprise but Panasonic have today announced they have dropped the Freesat+ recorders from their new range of products due to launch in March.
The reason being poor sales on the recorder side of their business, though it is expected they will continue to offer televisions with Freesat built-in (models tbc). …read more »
Oct 12 2011
TechniSat have confirmed a fix for the HDFS EPG issue is underway. The fault appeared a few weeks ago which prevents you accessing programme information more than 12 hours ahead, where as the standard Freesat EPG should allow you 8 days listings.
TechniSat have confirmed that they have located and solved the issue and the revised software will be tested week commencing 31st October 2011. Providing all goes well, they will be released shortly after via their website and presumably by over-the-air download too.
Good to see manufacturers still supporting existing products.
Oct 28 2010
Adding to a great year for the multi-award winning TechniSat HDFS, it has received the Freesat HD Receiver of the Year 2010 award.
The Freesat Product Awards 2010 were judged by the editors of What Satellite & Digital TV, Home Cinema Choice and consumer technology website Techradar.
Across the categories of Freesat HD, Freesat + Recorders and TVs, products were recognised for excellent design, build quality, AV performance and for including features that exceed the Freesat specification to bring greater functionality to the user.
The HDFS was the winner of the Freesat HD Receiver category:
Technisat’s HDFS made instant waves by building on the Freesat HD specification, enabling users to enjoy music, video or photos, both from USB, flash or networked storage, with an optional Wi-Fi connection.
The HDFS received still further recognition as it was judged to be runner up in the overall Freesat Product of the Year 2010 which covers products across all Freesat categories:
The Technisat HDFS proves it is possible to innovate with entry-level products, and has raised all our expectations for future Freesat HD receivers.
Click here for more information on the TechniSat HDFS.
Best Price: £129.99 (inc delivery)
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Mar 09 2010
**update 15 Mar 2010**
Amazon have now increased their price by a considerable amount; but Satbuyer are still selling at a very good rate.
The highly rated TechniSat HDFS Freesat HD receiver has seen a massive price drop over the past week which now puts it firmly in contention with the cheaper Humax FOXSAT-HD.
The TechniSat HDFS originally retailed for £199 but recent trade price drops and price matching has meant that this fantastic unit can be picked up brand new for as little as £139.99.
The price difference between the HDFS and FOXSAT-HD is now just £20 and with the TechniSat widely regarded as the best for reliability and picture; plus inclusive of a 3 year manufacturers warranty and USB record facility, the fractional additional cost must surely make this a bargain!!!
Don’t forget iPlayer will be available very soon too!
The TechniSat HDFS can be picked up for just £139.99 inc delivery from Amazon UK…
or £146 inc delivery from Satbuyer.
Dec 08 2009
Following a brief absence of the latest software from TechniSat including the PVR functionality, we are pleased to confirm that it will return Wednesday 9th December (downloadable from website) followed by an OTA version on Monday 14th December.
An official statement from TechniSat has been sent to us to confirm;
TechniSat would like to announce the latest revision of a software update that allows recording of TV programmes to an external hard disk drive from the TechniSat HDFS. Software version 1364c will be on air for automatic download and update from Monday 14th December – however, from Wednesday 9th December, it can be downloaded from www.technisat.co.uk and updated manually.
After the update, the HDFS is ready to record, pause live TV and timeshift with the addition of an external hard disk drive connected to one of the USB ports. A user guide detailing the new functionality is available from www.technisat.co.uk.
Dec 04 2009
Following on from 3 out of 5 stars back in September; What Hi-Fi have been so impressed with the software updates and additional functionality that they have now given it the highest 5 out of 5 honour, ranking it as the best single tuner Freesat HD receiver on the market.
Read the review here
This rating is a credit to the development TechniSat have put in to the device and the unique PVR functionality which despite a current set back with availability, has proven very popular so far. Congrats TechniSat.
The TechniSat HDFS can be currently be picked up for as little as £162 including delivery and 3 years manufacturers warranty; visit our price comparison page for details.
Oct 31 2009
Following the announce that TechniSat HDFS customers would soon benefit from PVR record functionality, we thought we’d just let you know that the software is due for release on or around the 4th November 2009 and TechniSat have released the PDF instructions on their website.
TechniSat HDFS Satellite HD Digital Receiver USB Recorder Instructions
The software should automatically be downloaded to your receiver when released…without hopefully the muck up encountered by Harvard International receivers!
The TechniSat HDFS is available from a number of retailers, visit our product comparison page for details.
Oct 10 2009
TechniSat have confirmed that through a software update, you’ll be able to record directly to any USB storage device via the existing TechniSat HDFS Freesat receiver.
It will be possible to record both standard and high-definition programmes, though broadcaster restrictions mean that you’ll only be able to playback on that specific receiver. Some broadcasters like ITV HD flag their programmes so you’ll not be able to record them at all.
The new feature will enable you to record the channel you are on, or record one whilst playing back another; you’ll not be able to record two channels at a time as the TechniSat HDFS is only a single tuner unit. Time-shift and pausing live TV will be available.
All this will be possible via the existing remote controls coloured buttons, and you’ll be able to manually record and schedule recordings using the existing Freesat EPG / TV Guide.
The software update will be sent over-the-air to all TechniSat HDFS receivers at the end of October.