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Freesat HD PVR

Hello all,

Our move to Switzerland is still pending, but just browsing the forums, I thought this new bit of kit might be of interest to some of you.

Humax Foxsat HDR

It's like a Sky+ box (you point is at the same satellite), does the whole recording malarkey (series links, etc), but no card or subscription required. You will also receive and be able to record BBC HD and ITV HD.

Obviously, no Sky Sports or Movies, but for those not interested in that, it's pretty good. Available in about 2-3 weeks.

We presently have the non-recording version and it works very well.

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Old 28.10.2008, 17:58
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Re: Freesat HD PVR

sounds promising - I currently use a Humax iCord, which the Foxsat is apparently based on. The price seems to be ok, too, given the current value of the pound, compared to the CHF

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Re: Freesat HD PVR

I've got one on pre-order with a UK store. Will be happy to let you know what it's like when it finally gets here. Could be another month though...
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Re: Freesat HD PVR

THe only issue is that there are not many HD programs available yet.

More info here:

http://www.trustedreviews.com/home-c...SAT-HDR-PVR/p1

Massive 320Gb Hard drive Hope it uses SATA and can be upgraded easily i.e. to 1TB

Also would be nice if you can copy content off the box for use on other systems.

Anyhow will stick to SD for the moment but this could change in the new year for me.
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Re: Freesat HD PVR

Agree re the number of HD programmes. However for my personal situation it makes sense at the moment, as I'm using an old Sky digibox (freeview) which crashes every 5 minutes, and has no HD or recording facility.

So I'm taking the view that I might as well upgrade it now, take the small amount of HD content that's on Freesat at the moment in the anticipation that it will increase next year. Five are going on their EPG from the 18th or thereabouts, so things are moving at least...
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Re: Freesat HD PVR

I have just read that you need a Freesat card, can you just use an old activated sky card, or is it a specific Freesat card.
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I have just read that you need a Freesat card, can you just use an old activated sky card, or is it a specific Freesat card.
You can use an old activated sky card if you are using a Sky digibox.

However the box under discussion is from Humax, and is for Freesat itself (and doesn't need a card). Freesat is basically all the FTA (free to air) channels brought together on one EPG. The Humax box will be an HD recorder which uses this EPG. There are already a few HD Freesat receivers out there which use the EPG, but don't have the recording function. There's often a lot of confusion about the distinction between all this.

To learn more about Freesat, start here: http://freesat.co.uk/

The Digital Spy forum also has a lot of useful info if you can avoid the Sky versus Freesat squabbles: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/forums/f...play.php?f=142

Also, for information about Humax boxes themselves: http://www.hummy.org.uk/forums/

Specific info relating the Humax Freesat HD PVR in this subsection: http://www.hummy.org.uk/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=74


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Re: Freesat HD PVR

Hi,

there is no such thing as a freesat card. You can use any digital satellite receiver to receive any of the non HD channels and a HD receiver for the BBC HD service. Currently ITV HD requires a Freesat box. All that you miss will be the freesat EPG. There is no such thing as a freesat card.

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Re: Freesat HD PVR

So how about channel 4 and 5, you need a sky card for this in your freesat box.

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there is no such thing as a freesat card. You can use any digital satellite receiver to receive any of the non HD channels and a HD receiver for the BBC HD service. Currently ITV HD requires a Freesat box. All that you miss will be the freesat EPG. There is no such thing as a freesat card.

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So how about channel 4 and 5, you need a sky card for this in your freesat box.
Nope. Channel 4 has been FTA for several months (along with E4, More4 and all the plus 1's), five since a couple of weeks.
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Re: Freesat HD PVR

Sorry out of touch that's great, so for all the FTA people which haven't updated your programmes, channel 5 is FTA.
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Re: Freesat HD PVR

My Freesat HDR arrived this morning in the UK, so with any luck I should have it before Christmas
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Old 17.12.2008, 18:33
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Re: Freesat HD PVR

I have discovered that PVR stands for Personal Video Recorder. Are there impersonal ones too??
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Re: Freesat HD PVR

Is there anywhere in Switzerland that we will be able to pick this up? I assume that being FREESAT that they will probably only be sold in the UK, but tis worth asking to save a trip.

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Is there anywhere in Switzerland that we will be able to pick this up? I assume that being FREESAT that they will probably only be sold in the UK, but tis worth asking to save a trip.

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As far as I know they are only retailing in the UK. However you may well be able to find someone who will deliver overseas. I used an independent store who sent it over with UPS, so it can be done. (However the levels of service and competence of the one I used are appalling so I won't be recommending them to anyone).
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Re: Freesat HD PVR

Cheers Ed! I will have a dig around to see what i can come up with; or just wait for the next load of visitors to come over.

How are you finding the new box, do you recommend it?
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Re: Freesat HD PVR

Overall I find it very good - record two channels simultaneously (inlcuding HD), 8 day EPG etc. It meets my needs exactly and does what it says on the tin, but of course everybody will have different requirements. Make sure you're happy with the channel list - Freesat doesn't carry everything.

On the downside the GUI could be a little better thought out and there are one or two annoying glitches which I hope will be sorted out through an OTA update (e.g. you can't delete a programme while another is being recorded).

However we have to remember that this is a very new product which will continue to evolve, and I'm happy to accept these kind of issues if I'm going to "early adopt" a product.

If you want to get a really indepth look at what's going on, check out the Digital Spy and Hummy forums.
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Re: Freesat HD PVR

What size of dish are you using to pick UK (BBC) signals in Zurich? I bought an 88cm Triax and a Humax Freesat HD 2 years ago, but it could only pick up E4, News 24, and some other weird channels. So now it just collects dust . Now the F1 will be in HD I'd though I'd give it another go at getting it working, so any ideas on size? 120? Larger!?
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What size of dish are you using to pick UK (BBC) signals in Zurich? I bought an 88cm Triax and a Humax Freesat HD 2 years ago, but it could only pick up E4, News 24, and some other weird channels. So now it just collects dust . Now the F1 will be in HD I'd though I'd give it another go at getting it working, so any ideas on size? 120? Larger!?
Size isn't everything :-) get a big bisat antenna - that'll do the trick and even give you some bad weather reserve . We're using one of those even further East and it works like a charm
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What size of dish are you using to pick UK (BBC) signals in Zurich? I bought an 88cm Triax and a Humax Freesat HD 2 years ago, but it could only pick up E4, News 24, and some other weird channels. So now it just collects dust . Now the F1 will be in HD I'd though I'd give it another go at getting it working, so any ideas on size? 120? Larger!?
I've got a 88cm triax and it picks up everything no problem. Even with the huge snowfalls in the last few weeks, no problem. Maybe you are not pointing it in the right direction?
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