Humax HDR-FOX T2 500GB Freeview + HD Digital TV Recorder
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Humax HDR-FOX T2
This product will require an aerial to receive Freeview channels (this is not a satellite product).
The Humax HDR-FOX T2 is a feature-packed, Freeview+HD digital TV recorder, bursting with recording, multimedia, home-networking and on-demand services for the ultimate subscription-free TV experience. Simply plug the HDR-FOX T2 into your HD-ready TV to enjoy high definition (HD) content, as well as access to up to 50 Freeview standard definition TV channels and 24 radio channels.
Amazing High Definition Viewing
Connect the HDR-FOX T2 to your HD-ready TV to upscale to full 1080p HD and enjoy the intense images and vibrant colours of HD channels from the BBC, ITV, C4 and S4C, all subscription-free. The box will also upscale standard definition programmes, making sure every image looks as fantastic as possible. Sound is also crystal clear as the HDR-FOX T2 boasts Dolby Digital Pulse Audio Output for an unrivalled, all-round viewing experience from the comfort of your sofa.
Huge Recording Capacity
Boasting a 500GB hard drive, the HDR-FOX T2 can store up to 125 hours of HD programming or up to 300 hours of standard definition shows.
Twin Tuners for Simultaneous Recording
Twin tuners mean you can watch one programme while recording another channel at the same time. You can even record two Freeview channels simultaneously if you are watching a recording from the hard drive.
The Humax HDR-FOX T2 is packed with smart recording features to give you complete control over everything you want to watch:
Note: The above Freeview+ HD features are available on channels where the correct and accurate data is being broadcast. Some channels may not support all of the Freeview+ HD services.
Humax TV Portal
The Humax TV Portal is your gateway to a host of extra catch-up and on-demand services. Simply connect the HDR-FOX T2 to your home broadband connection, either by Ethernet cable, powerline adaptors or a Humax wireless dongle, to access services including YouTube, BBC iPlayer, and Internet Radio. Additional services to be added in the future.
Multimedia and Home Networking
The HDR-FOX T2 offers exciting multimedia and home networking capabilities, making it the hub of any home. Play media content including photos, videos and MP3s directly onto your TV using a memory device in the USB port, or connect it to PCs or laptops around the home through your home router, using the Ethernet port. Your friends and family will be able to see your holiday moments without having to crowd around your digital camera, so there's no chance the family can avoid that slideshow. Share your recorded programmes from the HDR-FOX T2 with other compatible devices around the home via your home network.
This eco-friendly digital TV recorder boasts less than 1 watt power consumption in standby mode, ensuring energy efficiency. Software upgrades happen automatically when the box is in standby mode, so 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. The product comes with an auto-standby feature meaning that if you forget to switch it off it will automatically go into standby if inactive for 3 hours.
Once you've removed the HDR-FOX T2 from its box, set up is quick and very easy. Every box comes with an HDMI cable for perfect digital transmission of HD pictures and sound. Other features include parental control for peace of mind, subtitle and audio description, and an easy find function to search for programmes in the guide.
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Within 30 days of installing and using for the first time, the remote control suddenly stopped working. Totally dead. Replaced the batteries (even though the batteries in it were only less than a month old) and nothing! Of course the unit is unusable without the remote. The front of the box control allows only channel changes and volume changes so no access to my hard disk drive, no recording, no nothing. The unit became totally defunct. I was not happy.
A quick search on Google brought up 40+ complaints on one forum of Humax Remote Controllers failing. Another huge amount of pages on other forums about Humax Remote Controllers failing. Same as mine - just suddenly stops working one day. I think looking at the evidence out there, that there is a serious issue with the remotes.
Luckily I was able to arrange return to Amazon but could not get a replacement as they were out of stock. I am not happy as I have now lost all the recordings on my box (can't get them back now!) and I have to dismantle the TV set up again ....
Ordered a different model as I was happy with the unit but the remote was gubbed.
Mmmm ..... never had a problem with a remote dying with any other brand before!
Be warned, it could happen to you. Put a search in Google for 'Humax Remote Control stopped working' and see how many people it has happened to, including me. Simply hundreds!
It automatically titles everything, records the subtitles too if you need them and during playback you don't need to put a bookmark in to find your spot when you pick it up again. You can also start watching programmes while they are still recording.
Pausing live TV is brilliant. My old box was very primitive, so all this is a revelation to me!
Iplayer is good on this, but it would be lovely to have catch-up services from all the TV companies - you can get that on the Xbox.
Drawbacks - recording from the BBC HD channel you have to add an extra five minutes to the end of each recording as I think the BBC are transmitting the wrong start and end times and everything starts a bit late. Kept missing the ends of programmes. BBC One HD is fine - it's the special HD channel. You can fix this by going into the schedule, clicking on the programme and changing the end time.
Series link can be a bit flaky, but, again, I suspect that's the television companies transmitting wrong info. Keep checking your schedule list to make sure what you want to record is in there.
If you do a retune (as I had to do to get all the red button stuff for the Olympics) it loses all your scheduled recordings, so you'll need to make a note of them and put them back in.
Not very intuitive menus - sometimes you press OK to continue, sometimes you press an arrow and sometimes you press the red button. I keep pressing OK by mistake and dropping out of menus.
Sometimes it says a recording failed because start and end times overlapped, but generally they actually play fine.
Some people might like a DVD recorder in it too - I'm not bothered, so the lack of it isn't an issue.
The remote control is a bit fiddly - the play/pause/stop buttons, etc, are a bit small for my liking, but you get used to it.
Not terribly easy to create a favourite channels list and use it, so I don't bother with that any more.
I haven't done any really fancy stuff except transferring some things to it via usb, which works fine.
Overall, a fantastic box and I'm really pleased with it.
So as you can tell, I'm very pleased. Most of the reviews here are equally positive, and that's no coincidence. If you have any doubts, or if the Humax brand is unfamiliar to you, take it from me; it's a top product.