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Sep 10 2010

We’ve seen the price of the Humax FOXSAT-HDR go up and down quite a lot over the past weeks; we originally thought it might be due to a reduced trade price but this doesn’t appear to be the case. With this in mind, if you are considering purchasing what is regarded as the best Freesat+ receiver on the market, now is a good time, as £209.99 is pretty much selling at a loss for the retailers (maybe a price match battle is going on!). Buy before it goes back up to £229, as it did a few days ago.

Humax Freesat FOXSAT-HDR

Best Price: £209.99


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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.


Oct 31 2009

TechniSat Freesat Box

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.


Aug 02 2009

Edit (03-Aug-09): Price increased to £244 now they have stock!

Humax FOXSAT HDR Freesat+ Digital Box

Dixons have today reduced the price of the Humax FOXSAT-HDR PVR receiver to £234 including delivery, a new low for the product; so if you were still considering a purchase, this further price reduction might just be enough for you to consider buying this great product.

Visit Dixons £234 Humax Freesat+ PVR Offer

The cheapest 2 year warranty deal on the Humax FOXSAT-HDR remains at £254 including delivery, see the product page for more price comparisons.


Jul 25 2009

Goodmans Freesat+ PVR Digital Box
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Harvard PLC have finally confirmed the launch of their new range of Freesat+ PVR’s, to compete against the Humax FOXSAT-HDR which has been available for almost one year uncontested.

The initial models to launch will be the Goodmans GFSDTR320HD offering a 320GB hard drive to match the Humax; and the Goodmans GFSDTR500HD with a much needed larger 500GB hard drive for those who constant run out of space recording standard and high-definition programmes.

Information on these models is presently limited, but prices are expected to range from £300 to £350 depending on hard drive size. These prices are an RRP so expect lower, as Harvard PLC (also known previously as Alba Group) actively reduce trade prices where ever possible; whilst Humax generally retain an unmoveable trade valuation.

There is also expected to be like-for-like versions with the Grundig and Bush name too, with matching specifications.

Argos currently have both units displayed on their website:

Goodmans GFSDTR320HD Freesat+ PVR (320GB)
Goodmans GFSDTR500HD Freesat+ PVR (500GB)


Nov 28 2008

Comet FreesatOk, this will probably be our last update on availability, as it seems the product is becoming more accessible. In future, please refer to the Humax FOXSAT-HDR Price Comparison page. Comet are now accepting orders online again for the new Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat+ Digital Box, priced £299.99 (shows £293.61 but isn’t checking out at that price!). Deliveries are available from Saturday 29th November.

Just don’t forget to remove the HDMI cable they add to your basket, the Humax comes with an HDMI cable included.

Buy online at COMET here


Nov 25 2008

Comet FreesatComet have received a large quantity of Humax FOXSAT-HDR’s and are now accepting orders online again, for delivery from 2nd December 2008…but be quick!

Buy from Comet Online


Nov 11 2008

John Lewis Freesat

Probably should have mentioned this a few days ago but John Lewis are now showing the upcoming Humax FOXSAT-HDR on their website, allowing you to register your details for news of when available to buy. Certainly no harm in putting your name down:

Email me when in stock – John Lewis

Don’t forget you can also keep an eye on our price comparison product page, for news of availability and price:

Humax FOXSAT-HDR product page