Technisat HDFS Freesat HD Receiver - Technisat HDFS Freesat HD Receiver

By Danny Phillips



  • Recommended by TR
Technisat HDFS Freesat HD Receiver


Our Score:


Performance wise, the HDFS is top class. Operating speed is ultra quick – digital text pages appear reasonably quick and channels change instantly. And while connected wirelessly to the web, we hit the red button on BBC One and sure enough the ‘BBC iPlayer Beta’ option is listed at the bottom (although it disappeared a couple of times).

The service appears in a flash, it moves from option to option with minimum delay and programmes loaded up in around 10 seconds. They also played back without a single buffering pause, making this a beautifully smooth way of seeing iPlayer in action. Picture quality is a touch fuzzy in standard quality but step up to higher quality and it can look as good as live Freesat programmes.

Moving to Freesat, we’re hugely impressed by the picture quality. High-definition channels, in this case BBC HD, look as stunning as ever, boasting lashings of glorious detail and splashes of radiant, natural colour. The through-a-window clarity of the image alone makes this box worth buying.

Standard definition pictures on BBC One are obviously softer and introduce some sprinklings of mosquito and block noise. We’ve seen boxes that offer a touch more sharpness, but on the whole we reckon you’ll be more than happy with the HDFS’s picture prowess.

Sonically the Technisat doesn’t put a foot wrong – Dolby Digital on BBC HD is dynamic and expansive, particularly when you pipe it though a home cinema system as we did, and analogue stereo through a TV is consistently clean and audible. When streaming MP3 files from a PC, punchy, well-balanced sound quality is the order of the day.


Could the Technisat HDFS be the best Freesat receiver money can buy? We think so. It boasts a fantastic array of features that will appeal to beginners and advanced users alike, and the wireless PC streaming and iPlayer access puts it in a class all of its own. Picture quality, operating speed, onscreen design and looks are also impressive, putting even the impressive Humax FOXSAT-HD to shame.

The only issue could be the £150 price tag, which some people may find slightly high for a straight up receiver with no PVR functionality – particularly as you have to pay out an extra £30 for the wireless adaptor. But in our opinion it’s a small price to pay for such a slick, feature-packed Freesat box.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Performance 9
  • Value 9
  • Features 9
  • Design 8


April 23, 2010, 3:58 pm

I was just going to buy the Humax HDR box and now this review! Do you know if Technisat will be releasing a PVR version of this box? I'm leaving Sky at the end of May and need to make a decision.


April 23, 2010, 4:17 pm

Add PVR functionality and it's "hasta luego" SKY.


April 23, 2010, 5:14 pm

@TrustedReviews - I've just performed a few google searches which have revealed...PVR functionality...



Can you confirm? Did you review box perform a software update, which revealed this functionality?


April 23, 2010, 5:25 pm

Well I for one am confused by the review as I have this Technisat HDFS Freesat receiver and I'm happily recording stuff from it onto an external hard drive that's plugged into the rear USB socket... Admittedly the interface needs a bit of work but it's a feature that Technisat introduce via firmare update some months ago now.

Supports all the standard features like pausing live tv etc.

Great unit and even better once divx streaming is supported.


April 23, 2010, 7:24 pm

I have had the Technisat HDFS since November and I can confirm its as good as any box I have ever considered - The Recording Function added after buying it works really well (mostly) and I was blown away by the quality of iPlayer its much better than I dare expected.

With it showing up online for as little as £139 and that includes a THREE YEAR warranty I cannot recommend this receiver more highly.

And if your interested the Tech Support department available in the UK by phone and email could teach a few other manufacturers how it should be done.


April 23, 2010, 7:56 pm

Question is do you go Freesat or Freeview for HD in the future? Somewhat confusing marketing by UK channels methinks. Puts me off deciding....


April 23, 2010, 8:17 pm

Odd, how could TrustedReviews have missed the PVR function of this box? It may be a bit of a bodge involving an external Hard Drive (and the files that are recorded are encoded so youcant play them back on a PC unfortunatly, only the box you recorded them on) but it is there:

Hadnt spotted that it had dropped to £139 tho, I was thinking of saving up for the Humax but thats still +£200 and as I live in a flat with a single LNR this may be the better option TBH


April 23, 2010, 8:32 pm

Thanks for confirming the PVR functionality. Looks like I'll be getting the Techinsat instead of the Humax. Bye bye Sky.


April 23, 2010, 8:33 pm

Long term Freesat will have way more bandwidth than Freeview HD - but the channel line up may not reflect this at launch. There will be more capacity when Astra launches an additional satellite next year. Plus ITVplayer is on its way soon to Freesat Boxes soon.

FREESAT is available in your area now (at a safe bet) but you will of course need to check when your area switches over to Freesat HD - the World Cup will help a lot of people decide which way to jump. And just think of all those dead Sky dishes around the UK just waiting to get some low cost HD goodnes.


April 23, 2010, 9:10 pm

Would it be possible to include screenshots of the menus and on screen display in future reviews? Ultimately they're what you'll be staring at a most of the time.

Martin Daler

April 23, 2010, 10:04 pm

@Stelph - can you use USB powered hard drives?


April 23, 2010, 10:15 pm

Isn't FreeSat currently limited mainly because its sharing the satellite with Sky, which wont give it the bandwidth it needs...something to do with needing a narrow frequency so that the channels can't be picked up say in France or Germany, if they can then the providers won't sell them the channels/content.


April 24, 2010, 4:47 am

Judging by the comments of 'Free at last. Free at last from Sky.' Is it any wonder the Murdochs were complaining of the BBC's “chilling ambitions”.

Well if you want to keep Freesat, BBC's website, iPlayer, Canvas, etc and ensure that the BBC continues to innovate and not be brow beaten by self interests of the profiteering private sector of the likes of the Sky (aka News Corporation of the Murdoch empire) then you may want to have a look at the publication of the proposed strategy for the BBC. The proposals will now be subject to a 12 week consultation  (From 02 Mar - 25 May 2010).  

The Executive's proposals can be found here:

There are a number of ways in which you can have your say:

Online Survey: https://consultations.exter...



April 25, 2010, 3:33 am

I thought all those seeking 'freedom' from Sky tv may like to see these stories:

James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks invade Independent newspaper office:

So 'expect' a visit from James & Rebekah :-(( very sooon!

Viewers complain to Ofcom over Nick Clegg's treatment in Sky debate:


April 26, 2010, 1:47 am

I inadvertently (as I don't normally watch PoVs) caught an interview with one of BBC's Executives on Points of View on the issue of limited HD programming by the BBC. You may be able to catch it on BBC iPlayer.


April 26, 2010, 2:53 am

It MUST be serious! “Stars line up to condemn the Tories over funding plans for the BBC”:

Danny P

April 26, 2010, 2:31 pm

Apologies for not mentioning the PVR add-on - guess I was too busy checking out the iPlayer - but yes, it's fantastic and yet another reason why this is the Freesat box to beat.

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