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Humax Foxsat-HDR Freesat+ PVR Launches


Humax Foxsat-HDR Freesat+ PVR Launches

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.


November 20, 2008, 7:54 pm

Oh yes. I have one of these on pre-order. I'm just waiting for another LNB to be installed so I can record two programs at once.

Matt G Baish

November 20, 2008, 7:55 pm

The fact that Humax/BBC have knobbled the HD Output via component on Freesat kills this stone dead for me :( I was really looking forward to some Hi-Def F1 action from the BBC next year as well.

Ho hum.

Andy Vandervell

November 20, 2008, 8:16 pm

What exactly have they done Matt?

Brian 8

November 20, 2008, 8:27 pm

I'm really looking forward to reading a review for this device. I'm rather keen to add it to my home setup if it's any good!


November 20, 2008, 8:59 pm

Think Matts referring to this:


Paul Nicolson

November 21, 2008, 1:10 am

Anything to get away from SKY, this is the future let it open up some competition.

As for the component problems, i wouldnt loose sleep over it, as most people will just be using hdmi. Even on the sky boxes you couldnt out put to disk anything but 4:3 as it had something in place to stop you ripping off HD at 16:9

Just think no more contracts, no tie in, record and watch what you want. Im getting one !!!!!

Matt G Baish

November 21, 2008, 3:22 pm

@Andy/@Stelph - yes that`s the bu@@er!

Worse though (last I looked) is that the BBC (for whatever technical/business/other reason) have opted to have the flag PERMANENTLY switched on for BBC HD (not sure what ITV is doing) - I could understand (grudgingly) if the programme producer insisted on this (say for Heroes or something) but to knobble *all* HD content in this way seems totally ludicrous. Let me know if they have/will see the light though (I am much too busy today to go digging - have to do some real work - bah!)

(P.S. Humax are just implementing what they need under contract to get the Freesat badge so no blame there).

Matt G Baish

November 21, 2008, 3:26 pm

@Paul Nicolson - Whilst not losing sleep over anything to do with TV :P I am annoyed since I bought my TV about 6 weeks before HD Ready/HDMI was announced (& it cost me 3 blimmin grand back in the day!) I am not due to update my TV again until about 2012 (having had a couple in quick succession since my Philips plasma conked out about a month after warranty ran out - Grrrrrr) so this is **REALLY** annoying. Luckily my HD-DVD player (yes I know!) and Xbox360 allow me to at least watch some HiDef content.

alan 2

November 21, 2008, 7:08 pm

hi,can anybody tell me what extra cabling i will need to watch and record through this new humax reciever,and would joe bloggs be able to do it? cheers.


November 21, 2008, 10:35 pm

No cables required if you already have a satellite installation. You just connect the satellite to this box, the box to your TV (most likely via HDMI) and a power socket and you're done.

Recording should be pretty intuitive.


November 22, 2008, 1:16 am

@Hugo - remember you need 2 satellite cable feeds (ie had to have had SKY+ installed previously) to fully make use of the box - recording 2 channels while watching a recorded program, etc.

Can't wait for this - fully expect this to move HD on far more than SKY HD and I reckon it won't belong before lots more free channels come on stream - Freeview owners wanting HD, you'll be waiting a very long time for HD to come to you down your aerial and you'll need a new box then anyway - bite the bullet and get one of these :D

So when's a review due??!!

Paul Nicolson

November 22, 2008, 2:15 pm

@matt, thats a shame on the TV front, Im sure you can get a hdmi box to component out put.


November 23, 2008, 12:21 am

I have been looking forward to this item hitting the shelves, which it seems to have at long last, even if only at Comet, as yet, if JL and Curry's web sites are anything to go by!As above, i'm waiting for an independent review on this box, and if it hits high enough marks in the praise worthy field, i'll go for it!

Matt G Baish

November 24, 2008, 4:14 pm

@Paul Nicolson "Im sure you can get a hdmi box to component output."

HDMI is digital & encrypted & so although you can go from component to HDMI through a suitable AV amp you can't easily go the other way. There are solutions, but they seem to be expensive (&#163150 plus) and I would imagine the performance is pretty poor - maybe a chance for some reviews here? :)





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Mike Derrick

December 6, 2008, 3:21 am

Recieved today wow what a piece of kit this is,See why it's difficult to purchase.Picture perfect built for the future.Well Pleased


December 8, 2008, 12:05 am

OK, techie virgin here. I already have Sky+ with the two cables installed. If I get a Freesat+ box do I have to get an extra double cable with another receiver thingie on the dish so that I can have Sky in one room and Freesat in another?

Ken Coulson

December 29, 2008, 6:29 pm

i recieved my humax from john lewis before xmas, very pleased but the remote has a short range and works intermitantly at 17 feet away, and now the hard drive has started clicking a bit poor for 10 days use but the unit is great and although not as good as sky still very good

Carolyn Walker

May 16, 2009, 9:26 pm

Just about to press the button on purchase of Humax Foxsat when advised that we need additional lead from satellite dish in order to record one prog whilst watching another. Oh dear, already have quad LNB on dish but have 4 Tvs connected! Don't get out a lot!! Is it worth waiting for next generation of this technology or is there another way round this?

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