The Humax DTR-T1000 is the first set-top box for YouView (formerly Project Canvas), the new non-subscription TV service that combines live digital TV channels and internet-delivered content. Backed by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Arqiva, BT and TalkTalk, YouView allows you to watch Freeview HD channels through a regular rooftop aerial as well as access online catch-up TV and on-demand services.
The Humax DTR-T1000 is the first YouView PVR
It’s the first time that Freeview and online portals have been integrated in this way, bringing all available content together into one easy-to-understand interface, which makes things much simpler for newcomers to the whole TV streaming phenomenon. Sky and Virgin Media offer a similar mixture of live and on-demand content but you’re tied into pricey contracts and subscriptions – YouView is yours for a one-off fee. Similarly the latest smart TVs and PVRs offer online access alongside the regular Freeview channels, but not as part of a single integrated service.
Away from online access, the DTR-T1000 is a competent PVR with twin tuners and a 500GB hard-disk drive that can store up to 300 hours of SD-quality programmes or 125 hours of HD content. So if all you want to do is watch and record Freeview channels without the added complication of online content, then you can.
The box itself is immensely attractive, clad in a sleek gloss black finish and packed into a compact 380mm-wide casing. The look is classy and minimal, with gently curved edges giving a touch of elegance. On the front is a wide display panel that shows the full name of the current channel in red lettering, but during playback of recordings it switches to the name of the programme and the elapsed time.
In the middle, the blue ring of light surrounding the power button catches the eye, while on the right a row of four buttons for changing channel and volume feature. There’s also a USB port on the front but it can’t be used for media playback from storage devices – it’s for Humax’s LAN dongle as the DTR-T1000 lacks built-in Wi-Fi.
On the rear panel is a generous selection of sockets that combine the old with the new, ensuring compatibility with older TVs. Alongside HDMI and optical digital audio outputs are Scart, composite and analogue stereo outputs, plus an Ethernet port and a second USB port.
Humax DTR-T1000 connections include HDMI and Scart ports