Excerpt: " I bought the Humax because of three main features. 1. It’s free! Once you’ve paid just over £100 for the box itself anyway. There’s no hideously expensive Sky contract or anything here. The humax lets you watch freesat channels which - funnily enough - are free. You get all the big channels that you’d ever want to watch (all the BBCs, all the channel 4s including film 4, the ITVs and so on) and countless more small channels (CBS action and Dave ...
Pros: Record/rewind is great when it works . Huge hard drive .
Cons: Software bugs can be very annoying . iPlayer doesn't always work .
Summary: Bought as a replacement for Sky. Interface not as good as Sky's Good storage Does more stuff than Sky, e.g. Has a search facility for programs and can get iplayer and other Internet players. Slow to startup.
Summary: I'm a long-term Sky customer who got fed up with their exorbitant fees for just basic channels that are free elsewhere. This box is very average, and I'll explain why (and yes, I have the latest firmware). THE BAD The remote control is just awful. I counted 56 buttons. 56! And some of those are dual purpose! The box can perform a number of neat tricks above and beyond a Sky HD box, but this just silly.
Over priced, ugly & cheap feel but does it's job really well.
22 February 2012
Excerpt: "...to point to getting a Humax box based on reliability and trusted brand. So again, a simple decision.I went for the Humax Foxsat HDR with a 500Gb hard drive. It gives a good amount of space for recording programs and there's plenty of space for long pausing of programs when required. And to be honest I'm only partially satisfied...The first thing I noticed as a major down point is the price of ...
Pros: Pause, rewind, record TV . Record 2 channels, watch a third . USB port to transfer programs to PC .
Cons: VERY expensive for what it is . Looks very dated . User interface feels cheap .
Summary: This is a review of the Humax Foxsat-hdr, not a Freesat review or a guide to installing a sat dish ect.. One thing I was critical of initially was the cost. Why is this unit so much more expensive than the practically identical Freeview version? Possibly Freesat licence issues. The unit comes with a scart and HD cable included. Remote control with batteries.
Summary: One major problem with this otherwise excellent PVR can occur when you try to record two programs with an overlap. Sometimes a message appears that there is a program conflict which prevents recording the two programs. In some cases it gives an second alternative timing, which is fine, but in other cases you can only record one program at a time. Also, if the PVR is recording, you can sometimes only view what its recording,not a different channel.
Excerpt: We bought this box instead of Sky as it was a one off payment for free satellite TV including high definition channels. We had it installed by a company and it did look slightly complicating, so I'd recommend having it installed by others and not bothering to try yourself. I think it's a great box but at the price of £122 on Amazon.co.uk at the moment, I still think it's a bit too expensive.
Summary: Generally I am very pleased with the product. However, there is one important missing feature that I find bizarre. It is not possible to set the PVR to record a program in the future on a non-Freesat channel! One of the main reasons for buying this product is that there are two lnb inputs.
Summary: This is a great bit of kit. Some features far better than than either Sky Plus or Virgin's equivalent, such as programmes that run late are still recorded. But other featuress are missing, like there's no indication whether you've watched (or part watched) a particular episode/show or not. However, my main gripe, also reflected by others I've talked to, is it's not user friendly. Unlike it's competitors, it works like a computer.