Humax PVR launch at What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Show

It was announced on What Hi-Fi’s website yesterday that the Humax PVR (named Humax FOXSAT-HDR) will be displayed “and launched” at the What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision Show, London ExCel, running over the weekend of the 31st October – 2nd November.

The key word here is “launched”, which suggests Humax are now confident of a date, although no official communication has been made from them. Whilst we might see the receiver launched in early November, don’t get too excited, we would imagine that the launch will be followed then by distribution, so we might still be waiting a few weeks longer.

Humax PVR Launch Late November

This is by no means a confirmation, Humax have not issued an official statement, but from speaking to a number of contacts (Humax, Freesat and distributors) it’s believed that the Humax FOXSAT-HDR PVR unit will be available late November, week commencing 24th November 2008.

Given our contacts at Humax and Freesat, plus our routes in retail (knowing the leading distributors of Humax products) we are fairly confident that this is the date potential buyers should be aiming for.

Of course this is assuming that the schedule does not slip, which is the reason why Humax have not released an official statement yet, but they are hoping to announce early October. Fingers crossed for around that date, as any later and it might be hard for the distribution chain to get these units onto general sale before Christmas.

Humax FOXSAT-HDR Screenshots

Visit the Humax FOXSATHDR product page for price and availability

Some screenshots and further external images have appeared on the web, courtesy of PVR Junction. They show a very similar look and feel to that of the existing HD receiver, with the additions of the schedule feature etc to suit the PVR functionality. The box itself also looks cool with the blue glow and channel displayed on the front panel.

Humax wanted to make it clear that whilst these are the present screenshots, they have certainly not finished working daily on changes, so the final product may not look exactly the same. They have also said they are intending on releasing more details on their website within the next week or so, to help answer a number of the questions they are receiving each day via email and telephone. We’ll be sure to let you know when this information goes live.

Expected release date has still not been announced, but late November certainly seems to be the suggestion at this time. The product does seem to be in the later stages of completion so fingers crossed.

Humax FOXSAT-HDR at IBC Show

The Humax FOXSAT-HDR made an appearance at the IBC show yesterday in Amsterdam, where it will remain until the 16th September.

The eagerly anticipated Freesat PVR made an earlier than expected unveiling at IFA 2008 late August, but despite assurances of being a fully operational box, was unfortunately not able to display any content due to last minute inclusion.

This is the first time the FOXSATHDR has been seen in action, and appeared to be sporting a very similar EPG and menu configuration to that of the FOXSAT-HD; but Humax have said that the look and feel won’t necessarily match that of the finished product, as daily changes are still being made.

The sleek black unit with it’s tinted perspex front panel, discretely hiding the navigation buttons will suit most modern television setups and conceals within the very latest PVR technology with 320GB hard drive, allowing for approx 160 hours of standard-definition recordings, or 80 hours in high-definition.

Including dual tuners will allow for very similar functionality as Sky+, minus the subscription costs. You will be able to record one channel whilst watching/recording another, or even record two channels whilst playing back a previously recorded programme. Couple this with the Freesat EPG, setting up to record couldn’t be easier. Humax also assured us that recording ITV HD will be possible.

Connections include HDMI, Optical Out, Scart, 2 x LNB In.

The Humax PVR also has two USB ports, one front, one back and will be capable of linking up to an external hard drive for further storage capacity. The included Ethernet port will allow data transfer via FTP client to your computer, allowing for 100mb/sec transfer speeds; this however is a planned addition for a future roll out, not available from launch.

Release is still on target for this year but they wouldn’t give a more specific date than this. Humax have assured us that they are reviewing the distribution to ensure that all official Freesat retailers get an opportunity to sell this product and that stock can meet the demands, especially when you also have to factor in Christmas.

Images to follow as soon as possible.

Humax PVR makes appearance at IFA 2008

Humax today unveiled earlier than expected their new Humax PVR at the IFA 2008 show, due for launch later this year.

Humax FOXSAT-HDR
Image courtesy of trustedreviews.com

Dubbed as the FOXSAT-HDR, it includes dual tuner, HDMI, Optical Out and 320GB HDD. The look is very similar to the existing Freeview models.

Humax reps were not saying much about the price of the unit, other than expected to be around double that of the FOXSAT-HD, so around £299 as originally thought.

Humax FOXSAT-HDR
Image courtesy of reghardware.co.uk

Specification includes:

– Freesat HD and SD channel recording
– Simultaneous viewing of one channel and recording another channel
– Receive HDTV signals (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and MPEG-2)
– Under 1W power consumption in standby
– HDMI – digital interface for perfect transmission of picture and sound
– Simultaneous playing of transmissions over HDMI, composite and Scart
– Easy installation and operation
– Resolution format: 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i
– DVB-S2 and DVB-S compatible
– Ethernet support
– Full colour, high resolution electronic program guide
– Dolby digital audio output (S/PDIF)
– Automatic software upgrade via satellite
– Upscaling of SDTV to HD
– Audio description / One touch subtitle
– Massive 320GB HDD

We’re hoping to get some confirmation from Humax on this information, as so far we are being told by both Freesat’s PR and Humax that they know nothing of this unveiling.

Humax Freesat PVR making an appearance at IBC

Humax have announced that the eagerly anticipated Humax Freesat PVR/DTR will be unveiled at the IBC show in Amsterdam, September 12th – 16th.

Whilst the Humax PVR won’t be the finished product, and may still be a few months off release, it gives a first real chance to take a look at the new receiver; we can’t wait.

You never know, there might be other Freesat goodies on show that haven’t been announced yet.

Humax Software Update Due Today

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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