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.
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.