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.