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Satellite just got better
on 1 October 2011
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.
VALUE FOR MONEY
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. Sports fans, you will have a problem watching a huge variety of live events, but the built in players such as BBC's iPlayer and itvPlayer. When you plug the unit into your router you have a huge choice of 'on demand' media. It requires a wired connection to use the iplayer etc, and if your installation is not close to your modem/router, you might want to consider using a pair of adapters which plug into your mains and uses your house ring main as the network cable. Works great, much faster than wireless, and you get a chance on iPlayer to use higher quality, which is excellent and doesn't have the stop start buffering problems you might get on wireless at times.
Go for it, you know it makes sense!