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Leaving Sky, Now need new PVR box

Just handed in my notice with Sky and need a new PVR, i used to own Humax Foxsat HDR which i was very please with but i now see new boxes.

Have been looking at 3 contenders 

 

Pure Avalon 300R

 

Humax DTR-T1010

 

HDR-1000S Freesat HD+

 

Not sure to go with freeview or freesat as i have access to both, i gues it would all have to do with ease of use and content, 

i know WHF have done reviews but has anyone had any experiance with any of these?

 


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Have you considered Freesat

Have you considered Freesat via Sky? It isn't free but it is inexpensive and would save the cost of a new PVR.

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RE: Leaving Sky, Now need new PVR box

I have the Humax you mention - I think it's an excellent PVR. YouView is pretty decent now, and the ability to just find the programme you want to watch and play it, rather than faffing around searching in iPlayer for the right programme / episode is good. Also, the ability to remote record programmes using iPhone / Android app is very useful.

 

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RE: Leaving Sky, Now need new PVR box

You cant go wrong with either of the Humax tbh. Both platforms have a 'roll back' EPG now so that's not a differentiator anymore.

Both are easy to use too.

So really a question of channel lineups, as there are channels available on FV that aren't on FS and vice versa.

My personal preference would be freesat over youview though, as it doesn't have the bandwidth constraints of dtt and I'm not really fan of YVs split personalities....

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RE: Leaving Sky, Now need new PVR box

The line up of channels on freesat are all round better, but the Humax freeview box has all the channels for catchup (not that see a point of it) though i have never used it.

It's the added stuff like Now TV, Love Film rental services that i think could be the deal breaker

What do you mean by you views split personalities daveh75?

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RE: Leaving Sky, Now need new PVR box

landzw wrote:

The line up of channels on freesat are all round better, but the Humax freeview box has all the channels for catchup (not that see a point of it) though i have never used it.

As do the Freesat <free time> boxes now.

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What do you mean by you views split personalities daveh75?

I just don't like the fact YV differs depending on whether you by the standalone version, or BTs or TTs

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RE: Leaving Sky, Now need new PVR box

The split personality has nothing to do with the box, if you plug the standard Humax box into a BT Broadband connection it will look exactly the same as the BT box, (Same with Talk Talk) and vica versa.

Catch up TV is handy if you forget to record something, (Or didn’t notice it was on) as you can still watch it. (NOTE: It only applies to channels that have a catch up service)

Hope this helps

Bill

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RE: Leaving Sky, Now need new PVR box

abacus wrote:

The split personality has nothing to do with the box, if you plug the standard Humax box into a BT Broadband connection it will look exactly the same as the BT box, (Same with Talk Talk) and vica versa.

 

Did I say it was?

I personally just don't like that the services differ...

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RE: Leaving Sky, Now need new PVR box

I wasn't aware of the difference between BT/TT & standard YV apart from the online content.

The Freesat free time does it now have itv & C5 on demand because looking over forums people are still claiming Humax have still not added them as yet 

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Yes. Demand 5 was added back

Yes.

Demand 5 was added back in August to complete the lineup.

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Great news daveh75 and also i have seen Humax do a new freesat box HDR-1010s

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RE: Yes.Demand 5 was added back

Its just the WiFi version of the 1000s 

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RE: The box is dead. Long live the box

Hi, Don't know if you're still looking, but my Humax Freeview DTR-T1000 very sadly passed away sometime on Thursday evening. It had been expected as the 'click of death' had been heard, but it's certainly an 'ex-box' and has ceased to be. I'm getting 'a new one' - but there are increasing stories of hard drive failure (some on the TalkTalk forums). Mine was purchased in November 2012 and you do get a two year warranty. It is a good box (with some very minor irritations remaining in the latest update – can be a bit sluggish using the remaote for example) and I found the ability to go backwards through the EPG useful on occasions to catch up on things missed.

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RE: The box is dead. Long live the box

progwardy wrote:

I'm getting 'a new one' - but there are increasing stories of hard drive failure (some on the TalkTalk forums). 

Talktalk use Hauwei boxes.

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Before you choose, just make

Before you choose, just make sure you actually get the full Freeview service. There are a number of areas that only get Freeview 'Lite'which seriously limits the channels, no E4 or Film 4 for example.
The earlier recommendation of moving over to 'Freesat from Sky' is a good one, but I wonder if you are then not able to take advantage of 'new'deals as you are a continuing customer.

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relocated wrote:
The earlier recommendation of moving over to 'Freesat from Sky' is a good one, but I wonder if you are then not able to take advantage of 'new'deals as you are a continuing customer.

Not really, since the op wants a PVR, and you have to continue to pay Sky a tenner a month for the recording facility and requires talking to a CS rep who's aware it exists/willing to offer it.

 

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