Humax DTR-T1000 review

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Humax DTR-T1000

Summary

Our Score:

9

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Pros

  • Slick, simple operating system
  • Crisp pictures
  • Seamlessly mixes regular and online TV content

Cons

  • No built-in Wi-Fi
  • No DLNA or USB media playback
  • Some SD picture noise

Key Features

  • Dual Freeview HD tuners
  • Access to BBC iPlayer, 4OD, ITV Player, Demand 5 and Now TV
  • 500GB hard-disk drive
  • Series recording
  • 15-day EPG
  • Manufacturer: Humax
  • Review Price: £299.00

Introduction

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.

Humax DTR-T1000

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.

Design

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.

Humax DTR-T1000

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.

Connections

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

Humax DTR-T1000 connections include HDMI and Scart ports

Terrystan

September 9, 2012, 9:10 pm

Here is Q/A that compares features between the Humax HDR-Fox T2 and the Humax YouView, Features that most PVR owners expect to be there :-

Are my recording saved if I reset the Unit = Not without Maintenance Mode
Is there an Edit Channels option = No
Can we set up Favourites = No
Is there a Manual Tuning option = No
Padding of timers = No padding options
Manual schedule times = No
Edit schedule timers = No
Extend instant Record time = No
EPG Programme searches = No (on demand only)
USB file Export = No
USB Media playback = No
WiFi Available = Not at present (Future enhancement)
Can I skip adverts = No
Can I select multiple recordings to delete = No
Is there a folders option = No
Can I record on demand content = No
Power up time = 2 Mins 13 Secs
Power Down time = 6 Mins 7 Secs
Quick power up = 23 Secs (Requires 16.2 Watt Standby)
OTA Software updates = No
Resolution change options = No
Aspect ratio change options = No
Screen Saver = No
Can I use alternate Remote codes = No
Is a CAM slot available = No
Do Vision / Connect channels work = No
Can you skip forward / backwards = No
Is slow motion available = No
FTP Server Available = No
DLNA Server / Client Available = No
Are Tuner conflict alternatives supplied = No
IPTV HDD buffer (for slow broadband) = No
Is multi-channel sound transcoded to DD 5.1 = No

chris25

September 27, 2012, 2:16 pm

HD content which Iplayer is capable of cannot be reliably streamed over Wi-Fi so i'm guessing that is why Wi-Fi was not added.

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