Key Features: 500GB hard disk; Dual Freeview HD tuners; Humax TV Portal; DLNA media streaming; USB media playback

Manufacturer: Humax

Quick Glance
DVD recording No
Scart 0
Composite 0
Component 0
Charging/Computer Connection 0
Firewire 0
Scart 0
Composite 0
Component 0
Toslink S/PDIF 1
Antennae 1
S-Video 0
Stereo Line Out 1
Format Support
DivX Via USB
MP3 Yes
Physical Specifications
Height 245
Width 320
Depth 50
Weight 1.83kg
Type Freeview PVR
DVD Optical Drive No
Hard Drive Size 500
Recording Time 125 (HD); 300 (SD)
Freeview Yes
Freeview+ Yes
Freeview HD Yes
Freesat No
Upscaling Yes
Editing Features No
Audio Decoder Dolby Digital Plus
Number of Tuners 2
DVD recording No


October 31, 2013, 1:48 pm

It's a shame that Humax's Youview box doesn't support the media serving
features of this box. From what I've read about the Youview box, it looks
like it's the Youview company that control the features and firmware. I
guess this means that any features that take functionality outside of what the
broadcasters want you to have is never going to happen :(

I own a Humax HDR Fox T2.....Basically the older version of the one reviewed
above. It's a great bit of kit, but not having all the catch up services
is irritating. I can't understand why UK terrestrial broadcasters keep
doing exclusivity deals with manufacturers to keep their catch up services
limited to particular brands. My Sony BluRay does Demand5 and iPlayer; my
Samsung BluRay does 4od and iPlayer. Only my PS3 could do all of them but
it's now died.

While I'm ranting about catch-up services, why is the selection of
programming different on consumer devices compared to the PC? 4od's website gives you access to way more content than I can get through the client on my BluRay
player (or now dead PS3). Is this true of Youview boxes too?


November 1, 2013, 11:02 am

So its basically exactly the same as the FOX-T2 which I bought about three years ago then? Also really annoying that manufacturers still arent including wifi in their devices, even when there are features they boast of that require an internet connection- of which the youview box must be the very worst offender.


November 3, 2013, 4:07 pm

Most 'dead' PS3s are fairly easy to fix btw. Take a look here:


November 4, 2013, 3:53 pm

Thanks squuiid.

I did have a go a stripping it down, but since I had a load of unbacked up game saves on it I chickened out before I actually got the heat gun on it; I figured it would be best to pay a pro to do it for me.

I found a guy who was widely recommended but I'm not sure how professional he really was. I visited his workshop and didn't see any evidence of the claimed IR reflow gear so I guess he just heat gunned it anyway. Actually the workshop in question was was a barely converted bedroom in an old terraced house, there were piles of broken electronics everywhere and hand scrawled signs pointing to the "workshop". Like something out of Fallout 3?!

To his credit though it did work for about 4 hours after the repair which was long enough for me to get all my data onto it was still just about worth the 50quid fee.

I guess I could always give it another go, although TBH ps3's aren't that expensive anymore so I should probably just buy a new one.


November 4, 2013, 10:04 pm

The secret in getting it to work for more than 4 hours is to use flux when reflowing with the heat gun. This will do it:

For 50quid I'd take it back to the Fallout 3 workshop for a 2nd reflow + flux for free! ;)

Alternatively see here for a PS3 flux guide:


November 4, 2013, 10:05 pm

Folks, see here for differences between the new 2000T and the older FOX T2 box
it replaces. This is a great comparison list:


November 19, 2013, 9:07 am

cannot watch TV separately in standby mode, you have to switch on humax. and no clock to see how long the recorded program has to run


October 27, 2014, 8:41 pm

I bought one of these a few days ago, when I installed it, it worked twice, then froze, I unplugged it, tried to get it to go again and was presented with the Magenta screen of death.

There's an upgrade to allow RF loop through to work when in standby, I would have liked to try to do it, but the instructions to do it were as clear as mud & it had already given up the ghost anyway.

As for Humax. Their customer service sucks.

Brigid Daley

March 25, 2015, 3:02 pm

Why doesn't it record some programmes that have been set to record on for example channel 5, 5* & BBC 2?

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