The DTR-T1010 is the replacement for the DTR-T1000, Humax’s first venture into the world of YouView – a place where online catch-up TV lives alongside terrestrial digital broadcasts in perfect harmony. That means you can use the DTR-T1010 like a regular Freeview PVR but with the last seven days’ worth of programmes thrown in. The idea is that you can access all content, be it online or broadcast, in one place, without having to search disparate Smart TV menus or pay subscription fees to VirginMedia or Sky.
The main difference between the T1010 and its predecessor is the radical redesign – it sports a more eye-catching silver fascia contrasted by a black finish on the rest of the body. It looks great, and the silver finish certainly adds a touch of elegance, but we’re not entirely sure it looks better than its predecessor – after all, the DTR-T1000 hadn’t exactly been beaten with the ugly stick.
There’s a generous selection of sockets on the back too, including two crucial connections – HDMI output and Ethernet. The former pipes hi-def pictures to your TV, while the latter connects to your router (or a Homeplug) to stream catch-up TV from BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Five – more on that later.
They’re joined by an optical digital audio output to send Dolby Digital Plus to a sound system; Scart, composite and analogue stereo outputs; another USB port; plus RF in and loopthrough.