Rated 5 out of 5áby davidjohn Better than a sky box
Very easy to set up and operate. Picture quality is excellent.
22 April 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby TimJo Good product but slow to load
I bought this as I had moved to a house with a satellite dish but no conventional freeview aerial, and I wanted something with only a one off cost but with the features to record to a decent sized hard disk.
The box meet my expectations and needs. It has a decent sized hard disk and the record function is easy to use and navigate. Similarly the ability to pause and rewind live television is a bonus (not something I felt I needed but that I now use more than I would've imagined).
However a couple of minor things take the gloss off slightly. The load time from turning the box on is quite long. There have been times where I thought I couldn't have pressed the button hard enough and then turned it straight off because off the load time. The remote is also a little larger than it needs to be and any time you press a button makes a loud click. Quite irritating if you are trying to increase or decrease the volume... Minor things really and they shouldn't detract from what is a good product.
21 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby jswarbri Superb alternative to Sky
Bought this when I "cut the cord" and cancelled my ú90 Sky subscription. Having come from Sky, this system took a bit of getting used to. The way the recordings work is a bit different to Sky.
There doesn't seem to be any shortcuts with the recordings, you enter a menu and there you can select watch, delete, etc.
When you delete, it doesn't ask you to confirm, it has no keep function (as equivalent to Sky). The keep option it does have relates to the automatic deletion process when the hard drive starts to get full.
The picture quality is good. In fact the HD channels seem to be better quality than on Sky, however, there are less of them.
This can also see my NAS box and has played every file I have thrown at it, which was a nice surprise.
All in all, I am very pleased to have made the switch and the few niggles I have are not worth the extra money.
08 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby Tibz1000 Excellent picture quality and better smart features
Excellent product. Nice and simple to use with great smart apps. Would recommend to anyone looking to replace an existing Freesat box or replace sky.
03 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby PWH44 Really does work
My first experience of a PVR and very favourable after a few months of ownership.
Quite a revolution to be able to watch so many channels going back 7 days all in one place.
Recording is very easy too.
Just hope the service and technology are kept going for the life of the product.
A few minor shortcomings - sound does not match properly with my Panasonic TV, so that one has to raise the TV level high to get enough volume through the Freesat box; also the screen aspect ratio does not always set itself correctly even though set to Auto, and has to be changed manually. The remote buttons are quite small, as is some of the on-screen text. None of these things are deal breakers
To summarise, I rate it a good buy.
28 March 2015
Rated 4 out of 5áby redsi Humax HDR1000S
Nice bit of kit and does what we wanted.
Sound and picture quality are good.
Very easy to navigate and it performs quickly from power up; our sky box used to take an age in comparison. Our old sky box was noisy too, this is silent.
Only issue I have and it may well be me not knowing how to use it properly yet but, if you record something in SD and select series link, it also records the HD programme too so you end trawling through loads of recordings?
We bought a wifi dongle and this links up well for on demand services.
500GB is plenty of space for us, cant see us ever filling it.
We use a scart (old plasma screen) be careful when plugging this in as the casting/moulding is very weak and cracked on the first unit we bought.
27 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5áby IB1979 Excellent product packed with features
I would recommend this product to anyone, I personally bought one as I had SKY, after evaluating what we actually watched and recorded as a family this turned out to be mainly all the terrestrial channels. This box will pay for itself in 6 Months in my case. Once you have purchased the box there are no subscription fees. I chose A Freesat PVR over a Freeview one as it is literally a straight swap as the box utilises the satellite dish that your SKY box used without any need for a specialist install. Literally unplug your SKY Box and replace with the Humax and away you go.
You can use a Freesat smartphone app to control the box and also record programmes remotely via your smartphone.
One nice little feature I found which isn't advertised is, providing you connect the Humax to your home broadband using an Ethernet cable. You are able to cast YouTube videos from smartphones and tablets and display them on your TV via the Humax.
26 March 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 Brilliant replacement for sky !
After realizing that nearly all the tv we watch was on free to air channels I ditched sky and bought this. I needed something simple for the household to use and this fits the bill perfectly.
Picture quality from this box is brilliant, plenty of HD channels, super quiet operation, love the menu system, you can remote record, use your phone as a remote too.
I highly recommend this product. If you could get the now tv app on it it would be perfect.
26 March 2015