I purchased a Humax box in July '08 and have been running it along side my old Panasonic DBS31 Sky receiver. The Humax HD picture (thru HDMI)is sharp, but the SD and sound levels are average. In fact, the Panasonic's SD picture through a scart connection is better than the HDMI Humax! Given every review I have read on the Panasonic is terrible, it's not saying a lot. I am viewing them on a Sony 40W3000 LCD.
From a convenience point of view, the Sky EPG is better and faster. With hindsight, I would have just bought the Pace/Sky HD box and enjoyed more programs, PVR and simply a better receiver.
Great box with excellent support. Has component, audio and video outputs. Hdmi supports DVI adapter televisions. Only thing missing is a LNB feedthro. (Note the component HD outputs are not available with protected programming. Televisions/monitors need to be HDCP enabled). A manual tune allows viewing and editing of all other free to air channels but this is limited to the one satellite. Programme guides and lists are a great improvement over standard free to air receivers. Just the job for digital TV reception in sunny Argyll.
TV & PVR REVIEWERS missing Information helpful to 8 million users .....
I wish all reviewers would start testing Subtitle performance
When deaf people rely on Subtitles or the many thousands of users that put it on as an English teaching aid subtitles are really important, sadly sky platform can be appalling, sometimes its down to weather, or dish alignment is not spot on, or subtitles lag so you can be reading what happened five mins ago.
Worse offenders are advert breaks, a big splash across your screen imploring you to BE KIND TO YOUR BOTTOM - Andrex … and it stubbornly remains there 5 mins into the next programme until your forced to change channel and back.
The Font and Big Bold helvetica font has not changed in 30 years. Its awful, time has moved on when will at least one manufacturer at least try to offer an alternative.
choose a font, a colour scheme, transparency, with or without background.
We want real subtitles, not something dreamed up in the days of CEEFAX time has moved on.
Deaf and hard of hearing adults in the UK *
These are the latest estimated figures for the number of deaf and hard of hearing adults in the UK. There are:
* 8,945,000 deaf and hard of hearing people
* 2,474,000 deaf and hard of hearing people aged 16 to 60
* 6,471,000 deaf and hard of hearing people aged over 60
* 8,257,000 people with mild to moderate deafness
* 2,366,000 people with mild to moderate deafness aged 16 to 60
* 5,891,000 people with mild to moderate deafness aged over 60
* 688,000 people with severe to profound deafness
* 108,000 people with severe to profound deafness aged 16 to 60
* 580,000 people with severe to profound deafness aged over 60.
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