We were pretty impressed with the Humax Foxsat-HDR Freesat PVR when we spotted it at IFA this year so it is indisputably good news to hear the system will be available to buy as of Saturday.
Humax reckons the Foxsat-HDR's 320GB hard drive is capacious enough to take 80 hours of HD video or 200 of SD (or a mix of the two, of course) which should be more than enough for all but the most avid of recorders. There's also the option to record in HD and SD simultaneously, which is interesting - although I can't actually think why such a feature would be useful.
Other features include an eight-day EPG, series-recording, that is the automatic recording of all programs in a series, and split recordings (or automatic advert recording avoidance as it might as well be called). And of course the ability to pause and rewind live TV. Although how long a cache the player keeps is unspecified - at least from the beginning of the currently watched programme I would have thought, though.
At £299 the Foxsat-HDR isn't exactly cheap, but compared to a Sky HD set-up, the long-terms saving more than make up for the slightly increased initial investment.