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Humax FOXSAT-HDR Freesat+ 320GB HD Digital TV Twin Tuner HD Recorder - Installation Recommended (Old model)

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  • FOXSAT-HDR Satellite HD Digital Television Recorder - INSTALLATION RECOMMENDED
  • freesat HD and SD channel recording
  • Simultaneous viewing of one channel and recording another channel
  • Record 2 channels at the same time
  • Receive HDTV signals (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and MPEG-2)

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Product details

  • Item Weight: 3.1 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 4.9 Kg
  • Item model number: Foxsat HDR
  • ASIN: B001L5YU36
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 July 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (655 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,569 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Manufacturer's Description

The new Foxsat HDR is a freesat receiver with the ability to record your favourite freeview TV programmes on its impressive 320GB hard drive. With its sleek black design, this Humax set top box would not out of place next to any modern TV equipment. The Foxsat HDR 320GB hard drive gives you the capacity to record over 160 hours in standard definition or over 80 hours in high definition.

Dual freesat tuners allows you to pause, record and rewind live TV record one channel whilst watching another, or even record two channels whilst watching a prerecorded programme. The Foxsat HDR is DUB-S and DUB-S2 compatible and supports connectivity for HDMI, ethernet, and opitical audio as well as the ability to record MPEG-2, MPEG4 H.264 broadcasts.


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4.3 out of 5 stars

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1,335 of 1,343 people found the following review helpful By Titheman on 7 Nov. 2009
There are now so many reviews in here, mine probably won't be see by many people, but I am still going to try to ease the pain for people learning to use this very good piece of kit.

The validity of the many comments about how awkward it is to use depend upon your personal background. If you are a Unix computer whizz it will all seem pretty simple; on the other hand if you are uncomfortable around technical gadgets, you will struggle with some of its excellent functionality. Those are the two extremes of course, most of us fit somewhere in between.
If you are at or near the non-tecchy extreme you might want to consider paying up and sticking with $ky....

For most people I believe it is definitely worth persevering, because you get many advantages over a Sky+ box:-

* picture quality - even SD is superb on a good quality TV (noticeably better than Sky for me)
* proper support for radio programmes (EPG and point and select record functionality)
* availability of folders - highly desirable with a large disk
* ability to connect a flash drive for copying to and from external media (with a USB connector on the front of the box, so you don't have grovel round the back each time you want to connect)
* ability to store and play back mp3 and jpeg files (kept in separate areas of the disk from TV progs.)
* buttons for skip forward and back during playback (duration can be customised)
and of course - no monthly subscription to pay!

Now for some tips that may help you reduce the learning curve:-

(I take no credit for most of this info.
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501 of 507 people found the following review helpful By A. I. Mackenzie VINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2009
I waited for Sky to make upgrading to Sky+ reasonable but it was always a case of new customers only...

When my video went on the blink, thanks to my son, I decided to take the plunge and get rid of Sky.

To get this box working I needed a new cable which was about £90 - dual cables like Sky+ for this box . I live in a tenement block and there is no way I'm going up on the roof!

Availability was poor for this in early 2009, and I had to wait 3 weeks or so after ordering it from Comet, who for once were the easiest retailer to deal with - they didn't even push their warranty!

I've been very pleased with the box so far, the initial tune was easy, once I'd realised you put in the Post Code like you were using a mobile phone, the box seems to retune when there are new channels without you doing anything.

The recording is easy and very useful, much better than a Video Recorder and the picture quality is good. Channel selection is good, and I'm watching more Film 4 and BBC 3/4, the only channel I miss is Paramount Comedy and we mostly watched 'Sex and the City' reruns on that.

The only niggle is the remote, the controls are grouped strangely and the often used buttons are frequently smaller and harder to find than the obscure ones. Also you need to point the remote right at the box. On the plus side the remote has codes to be used for your TV and DVD players (it's a universal remote). They need to let an interface expert loose on it, either that or borrow as much as they can from the Sky remote, without getting sued!

In short well worth it, great to be shot of Sky and their money grabbing ways. If you're a big sports fan you may be stuck with Sky but otherwise come on in the water's fine.
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160 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Tellboy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Feb. 2009
I have bought 3 Humax PVR (Personal Video Recorder)for myself and family and have always found them to be problem free. Indeed I was always pleasantly surprised that you could buy something and improvements to it were downloaded overnight a couple of times a year in response to feedback from users.
It was like having the latest machine for free.
This model is an entirely different technology getting the signal from a satellite rather than the aerial. If you have a Sky + box set up with twin LNB feeds from a successful SKY installation and are fed up of paying over the top to SKY this is the box for you.
It self installed apart from input of postcode to give the correct regional programs.
I found the HD reception amazing although this is limited to 2 channels at the moment but I am running on a 37 inch 1086p Panasonic
It is as good as my Blu-Ray player.
Apart from some functions being at different places on the remote control no problems at all. The black glossy remote control which is now fashionable is good for detecting fingerprints and I dont know why this is not a more practical matt finish.
No software updates were detected.
It has a blue glow when running but a very large red glow when put into standby which is slightly obtrusive (I wonder if this is by design to encourage you to switch off at the wall. If you did that you would not pick up updates.)

There are plenty of functions that you may never use with an interface and file manager more like a computer. I am very pleased I bought it.
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