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Humax Foxsat HDR 500GB Freesat HD Digital TV Recorder (Requires Satellite Dish) (Old model)

by Humax Electronics Co. Ltd
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (645 customer reviews)

Price: 199.99
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  • HD Freesat Receiver PVR
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • Access to free to air HD channels
  • Audio Description
  • Improved SDTV on HD LCD TV
  • Full colour, High Resolution EPG
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 23.8 x 35.2 cm ; 2.8 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 4.5 Kg
  • Item model number: Foxsat-HDR/500GB
  • ASIN: B0039J42LM
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 15 Feb 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (645 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,634 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description


The FOXSAT-HDR is an award winning twin-tuner Freesat+ digital TV recorder (DTR), bursting with Freesat+ recording features to capture the incredible colour, sound and crystal clear images of HD channels from the BBC and ITV. The FOXSAT-HDR also gives you access to over 140 TV and radio channels including other services such as BBC iPlayer for the ultimate viewing experience.

Large recording capacity
Boasting a massive 500GB hard drive, the FOXSAT-HDR can store up to120 hours of HD programming or up to 300 hours of standard definition shows so you’ll never miss that crucial episode of your favourite show. The FOXSAT-HDR is perfect for those households where arguments over the remote control are guaranteed. 

Viewing made easy
An eight day on-screen electronic programme guide makes it simple for anyone to scan the Freesat TV schedule and plan your viewing. By pressing the ‘guide’ button on the remote an attractive and intuitive TV schedule will appear to effortlessly scan through programmes and plan your viewing days, or even weeks in advance.

Amazing choice with twin tuners
A double booking in the TV schedule is never a good thing, but luckily, thanks to twin tuners, the Humax FOXSAT-HDR ensures a peaceful household. Because the recorder comes with two digital tuners, one programme can be watched while another is recording for viewing at a time that is convenient to you. Two Freesat channels can even be recorded at the same time while you watch another recording so you’ll never miss a thing.

Advanced recording features
The Humax FOXSAT-HDR is jam-packed with other recording features for the Freesat+ digital TV service:
Live pause and instant rewind – desperate for a cuppa but there’s no ad break to grab one? Don’t panic! It’s easy to pause any live show and go and quench your thirst. Then come back to the TV and simply carry on wherever you left off
Series recording – if you know you’re going to be out and about when you’re favourite weekly drama is on, it’s easy to set your FOXSAT-HDR to record every single episode at the touch of a button
Schedule tracking – if there’s a change to the TV schedule due to breaking news or an over-running programme, there is no need to worry about missing anything. The FOXSAT-HDR will track the recording according to broadcast signals and ensure you receive every last second
Split recording – For those long movies with a break for the news, the FOXSAT-HDR will ensure it records both halves of the film to eliminate any disappointment
Chase Play - no need to wait until the programme you are recording has finished before you can start to watch it. With chase play you can start watching from the beginning even if the programme is still being recorded 

Energy saving
This eco-friendly recorder boasts less than 1watt power consumption in standby mode, ensuring energy efficiency at all times. And because software upgrades will happen automatically, as long as the box is in standby mode, there’s no excuse to waste more energy than necessary – and you can save yourself a bit of cash on the electricity bill at the same time.

Other features
BBC iPlayer features on the FOXSAT-HDR and this can be accessed via the red button service. Anything you’ve missed from the BBC can be easily viewed on the big screen. The box comes with a HDMI slot including cable for transmission of amazing high definition pictures and sound. Parental controls also mean that access codes prevent young children watching inappropriate content.

Product Description

Freesat HD Tuner with 500GB PVR & HDMI Socket & Upscaling for Standard Definition channels.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
160 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satellite just got better 1 Oct 2011
By Aleinmk
Size Name:1TB
I'd like to start with thanking other reviewers notes which went a long way to helping make the decision to ditch SKY and go for a Humax box.
Unplug your Sky box, connect the Humax, switch on and follow the automated menu's - job done! Initially we found the remote nowhere near as intuitive as the Sky controller, and the manual not having an index was a tad irritating, however there are so many forums on the Humax PVR box, that mastering features like the recurring recordings, recorded programmes menu etc is easy.... when you know how and where to find it, 1 week on and no problems. There isn't an RF output to feed a second TV, but this is easily resolved by the addition of a Universal Modulator, a what? I hear people say! It plugs into either of the scart sockets on the back of the PVR, and presto normal TV antenna connections are ready. You can also programme the remote for other audio visual devices such as BluRay players, tv etc.
Quiet simply, brilliant and I concur with other reviews, the HD is better and it doesn't cost an extra 10 a month for the privilege. Watching the Rugby world cup with the overhead camera focused on a scrum today, you could actually see the grass tufts and strands being kicked up by the players boots.
If you like films, you might find it a bit frustrating at the lack of choice at a given point in time, but plan ahead and record as much as you can find and you will soon have a library at your finger tips, and it's not an issue with 1TB of storage. There are also so many other ways of watching films now with streaming, postal rental services etc you will soon make huge savings from not paying a monthly charge for each package.
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603 of 618 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product at a good price! 16 Dec 2010
By J. Kirby TOP 500 REVIEWER
Size Name:500GB|Verified Purchase
This prduct was bought for my parents and I have been very impressed with its simplicty having heard some reviews say how complicated it was compared to Sky+ (which I have).
Set-up is simple with everything automated, the only thing you need to do is insert your postcode for regional viewing settings.
I would say it is slightly more complex than Sky+ in that you store all series linked (or multiples of each programme) in separated folders (as you would on a PC) but anyone who has ever used a computer or read the instructions will pick it up immediately.
Picture quality in SD is at least as good as Sky SD and the freesat HD channels look great (pity you only have 3 at present). Both my parents and myself live in a weak freeview signal area so the reassurance of no picture drop out was the main reason for freesat rather than freeview.
With most new HD TV's now having only a freeview HD receiver (except Panasonic), this box gives you the ability to see the full range of free channels available with the capability to record everything on freesat. Freesat has the vast majority of channels most people would want to record (incuding HD when available) but some channels are only on freeview or freesat not both - see their websites and check which ones you are most likely to record!
This Humax box lets you pause live TV, watch one channel while recording another and series link, pretty much everything you can do with Sky+ except you don't pay 26+ per month for doing it!
It does require x2 LNB cables to do this which could mean a new dish if you only have a single cable coming off an old Sky dish (as in our case) but this cost including installation was only a one off 120.
This box is also capable of viewing BBC i-player as long as you have broadband and an ethernet cable connected to it (ITV on demand coming soon).
All in all a great package at a reasonable price.
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195 of 200 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 500GB FOXSAT HD PVR 22 Dec 2010
Size Name:500GB|Verified Purchase
I bought this sat box and cancelled sky HD and second room all options that was costing 71 per month. The choice of programmes and quality over the satelite are more than adequate. The stop, pause, rewind, tv is dead easy to use and the record option from the on-screen guide is as simple as the sky one was.

If you have sky, kick it into touch and grab yourself one of these, it will pay for itself in 3 monts!!
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134 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should Have Bought this Sooner 10 July 2010
Size Name:500GB|Verified Purchase
I am extremely satisfied with the Humax Freesat recorder, the picture and sound quality are far superior to SKY. It was easy to set up and recording is so simple now. It is great to have only 1 box of tricks instead of 2. The only hassle was taking a new cable right therough my loft, and having to climb a ladder. I would definitely reccommend this to anyone who is fed up with SKY and wants to watch programmes in HD. Our LCD TV really does complete the new viewing experience.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive Unit 29 April 2011
Size Name:500GB
We've had this Freesat box installed for about 1 week now and it has been a God-send! The picture is excellent. Even standard definition is much better than my previous receiver and HD is brilliant for watching football & rugby where the colours of the players really stand out against the green grass. The operation is reasonably intuitive, which may explain why the instruction book is so basic. I have read a couple of common complaints about this box, but if you understand what's going on technically, then there's little to complain about.
1) "It sometimes takes a long time to boot up". Well, for me it typically takes 10 - 15 seconds. It may take longer but that is because it is scanning and downloading more channel information. This happens when a new channel is added to the Freesat list. Waiting the extra 20 seconds is much better than having to tune the new channels in yourself! If you find it is slow, check your dish alignment and signal strength.

2) "Remote is slow to respond" Sometimes you push the button to move the highlighted section in the program schedule and nothing happens. You instinctively push it again and then it jumps two sections! Again, this is because the box is downloading the program information from the satellite feed, which takes time. Just be a little patient and if you get upset, remember the days when you actually had to get out of your seat to switch between the 3 channels on your 625 line TV!!!

Something worth mentioning, which I think is BRILLIANT! Not only can you record one channel whilst watching another, you can also record two different channels at the same time! Very handy when there's a Champions League match on at the same time as your wife's favourite cooking program!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Took a long time to make up my mind .
Very easy to install , works really well , very satisfied with it . Picture improved when the satellite dish was updated.
Published 14 days ago by John Dunne
5.0 out of 5 stars Records!
I use this in my French house with no problems. To make full use of the twin recording channels you do need to have two separate cables run from the satellite dish.
Published 18 days ago by R. Ding
4.0 out of 5 stars Simplifies Entertainment
Easy to use and does what it says on the tin. The UI could be more intuitive, especially for the non-technical.
Published 25 days ago by Alan Beresford
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Rubbish and Terrible Service - don't buy this and don't buy...
I bought this humax box for my holiday home. When we first installed it, we immediately had problems setting it up. Read more
Published 26 days ago by JiF
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't know how we lived without it.
This makes recording so simple I can't imagine how we managed before we had one. Love it, love it, love it!
Published 28 days ago by Mrs P
5.0 out of 5 stars FOXSAT outfoxes the rest
apart from an early mistake on my part the foxsat has lived up to its billing. looks good and if i could speed up my broadband it would be my perfect purchase. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tonyb
3.0 out of 5 stars to complicated after sky
had this unit about 6weeks froze twice had to power off and wait then power on....it misses ends of programmes especially itv very annoying as itv player is a complete pain... Read more
Published 1 month ago by graham notts
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT PRODUCT
well impressed with this product i like it that much i told my friends and family and they bought it too so get it yourself
Published 1 month ago by Chris Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Even the wife can use it!
Very pleased with the box, set up was easy and automatic and in use it's so easy even my technophobe wife can manage. It's great to be able to record as my old box could not. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lady in red
5.0 out of 5 stars freesat box
Didnt know much about these boxes so went by reviews on them, very pleased with my purchase, easy to use and a lot cheaper than Sky would recommend anyone to buy this if they want... Read more
Published 1 month ago by stylishlady
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