Humax PVR-9200T Personal Video Recorder - Humax PVR-9200T

By Danny Phillips


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Humax PVR-9200T Personal Video Recorder


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So onto those new Freeview Playback features. The PVR-9200T can now be programmed to record an entire series of a particular programme at the touch of a button thanks to the Series Recording feature, while Split Recording detects when a programme has been split in two (perhaps to accommodate the news) and automatically records both parts. The unit will even let you know when a clash occurs in your recording schedule, and suggests an alternative time when the programme is repeated. All of these features make the recording experience incredibly simple, and finally make the Humax a serious rival to Sky+.

All units shipped into the UK after November 2007 already contain the new software, but if you bought one before then (or buy an older version second hand) then Humax says the over-the-air updates take place at least once a month, possibly for the next few months if not more. You can check the two-week download schedule here

Nestled inside is a 160GB hard-disk, which offers up to 100 hours of recording time. As with most hard-disk recorders you can pause live TV, but unlike some rivals the Humax's buffer memory lets you rewind back to the point where you started watching the channel. Further flexibility is provided by the inclusion of two digital tuners, which makes it possible not only to record two channels at the same time but also to watch a third, provided it's on the same multiplex as one of the programmes being recorded. You can also watch a recording from the hard-disk while recording two channels.

The features don't stop there. There's also an 8-day EPG, digital text, an auto-tracking feature for reserved recordings that keeps up to date with schedule changes, and a picture-in-picture mode to keep an eye on another channel without leaving the current one. And if you thought video editing was limited to DVD/HDD combi recorders, you'd be wrong - the PVR-9200T lets you copy, cut and split recordings to remove unwanted parts using a slick onscreen display.

The main reason for the unit's success is its user-friendliness. With its canny use of icons and bright colours, the onscreen displays are nigh-on perfect, treading a fine line between welcoming newcomers and not patronising experienced users. The unit is ultra-quick in action, not only when changing channels or using digital text, but also when cruising around the menu options. Watching recorded shows is easy thanks to the attractive library menu that plays each video in a small box - but pressing Exit instead of OK or Play to start watching the recording in full screen is counter intuitive.

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August 25, 2008, 8:44 pm

Great article but I am totally new to PVR's, being a VHS person. Have read a lot but still do not know if they will be suitable for my viewing. We often stop part way through a program and watch following day. Will PVR's pick up from where I left it or can I go quickly through when starting again? If I have say 20 hours of programming recorded how can I archive the one I want,are they stored in date order?

Is the 9300 series that much better than the 9200 and worth the extra?

Many thanks


September 12, 2008, 5:20 pm

I've been having issues with my PVR9200 for the last few months - there is apparently a known issue if units arent kept in standby all the time - hard disk errors. Mine has been "fixed" once and has gone wrong again - I've been offered a replacement "factory grade" unit which may or may not have had a functional fault and no extension on my warranty so only a couple of months to see if it will go wrong again.

You cannot rely on being able to keep programs indefinitely - I have now lost programs I wanted to keep twice so far

Tom McVeigh

February 7, 2009, 6:17 pm

Having read the great reviews this PVR has had I bought one. I was very happy with it apart from the loud hum. It broke down 9 months later. It has been 2 months now trying to get any responce from Humax. Don't email the cusomer services-they do not respond. If you phone you have to wait at least 15 minutes on an 0870 (10p per min) number before anyone responds. Eventually they sent a replacement-a refurbished scratched one that would not even switch on! Will never buy a Humax product again.


June 23, 2009, 10:41 pm

I have had a PVR9200t for some time a Great Machine, lost all recordings once early on, re-booted and has been fine since. I also have single tuner PVR8000t which I only use very occasionally now, so is not on permanent standby but still works fine every time. I would look at Humax again if I was looking to upgrade in ther future.

Ingrid Hodge

July 15, 2009, 2:19 am

I have had myPVR 92oot for nearly 2years and it has been superb, but now with the digital changeover I cannot get the BBC channels at all. Can anyone help please it appears the signal is not strong enough even with a brand new aerial and booster.

nic pearse

August 9, 2009, 8:22 pm

Hi Ingrid

I had the same problem, until I discovered that the channels have moved - look in the channels numbered around 800 - hopefully ,like mine they will be there!

Eileen Seath

December 13, 2009, 2:42 am

Sadly I would have to say that I've found my pvr to be rather tempramental! Whilst it can work brilliantly for a lot of the time this is, unfortunately, not always the case. There are also many, many times when it appears to be slower than it could possibly be if I were having to wind the whole thing up by hand, but then even this becomes the more desirable state rather than the (becoming more and more frequent!) times when the whole system decides to freeze! Even worse, intertwined with this is the fact that this, rather bizarre, machine will also decide to set it's own times for recording! I have lost count of the number of times I've been contentedly enjoying some programme that should have been recorded only to discover that my, somewhat insane, humax pvr has decided to stop recording 10 mins before the end of the programme! Ultimately, when it comes to reccommending this mad piece of technology, I have to say I don't think I'd buy another!!

Sean Bradley

March 26, 2013, 8:44 pm

My experience exactly. Good in the beginning, soon became sick and gave up the ghost. Humax support pathetic


November 26, 2013, 11:53 am

how can i change from bbc wales to bbc north west?

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