Summary: If there weren’t a ban on hunting with dogs, Murdoch himself would be dressed up like a toff and stalk this crafty fox. It’s cheaper and greener than the Sky HD service, with a huge hard drive, great connections and brilliant audiovisuals.
Conclusion: There are a number of compelling reasons for users to opt for Freesat and the Humax FOXSAT-HDR. If you're unable to retrieve digital terrestrial, want a number of free-to-air digital channels, have an unused satellite dish lying around, or just find yourself craving for free HD material, it could be the perfect choice. Indeed, the only major stumbling block preventing us from making an outright recommendation is the FOXSAT-HDR's £300 asking price.
Excerpt: Let's just cut to the chase, shall we? This, the longest-serving Freesat PVR, remains the finest around. It's built and styled to a higher standard than any rival, delivers palpably the best picture and sound quality in this test, and it'll even stream BBC iPlayer (albeit only in beta form at present).
Pros: Fantastic picture and sound, superb usability, class-leading style and build, iPlayer support
Cons: Some rivals offer larger hard-disks for this money
Summary: As the first freesat PVR on the market, the Humax Foxsat-HDR would have sold even if it was utter rubbish. Luckily, it's brilliant and anyone who buys one will have a sturdy, easy-to-use machine that looks fantastic under their TV and boasts impressive picture quality
Pros: Styling, Picture and sound quality, Decent connectivity
Cons: Hard drive could be bigger, Component out would have been handy
Summary: It hasn't been an easy birth for Freesat HD. Billed as the non-subscription high-def alternative to the satellite offerings from Sky and Virgin Media, the service has proved something of a slow-burner due to some average tuner boxes and a dearth of HD content. What we’d like is a level of functionality to match Sky+ HD and, if the Foxsat HDR’s specs list is anything to go by, it might just be the affordable rival we’ve been hoping for.