Humax names Freesat HD DVR debut date
Dual tuners, 320GB HDD on board
Humax is to release its long-awaited Freesat-branded HD-capable DVR next month.
The Humax Foxsat-HDR packs in a 320GB hard drive and a pair of tuners for recording one show while watching another. The manufacturer said the machine will also auto-record series and store radio broadcasts on the drive.
Humax's Foxsat-HDR: out next month
It also said the machine can handle programmes segmented by news breaks, and there are on-board parental controls to prevent junior taking a peek at unsuitable material. It can pick up and play programmes' audio descriptions for sight-impaired users.
The box has an HDMI port for hooking it up to an HD TV, plus Dolby-compatible digital audio outputs. There are a pair of Scart connectors for older kit.
In September, Humax told Register Hardware the HD DVR would ship in the UK before the end of the year.
The Foxsat-HDR will go on sale in the middle of November for around £299, though the cost of installing a suitable satellite dish is separate. Freesat broadcasts are free to receive.
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Missing the DVD drawer
This looks like exactly the right unit to get for subscription free HD telly. The HDMI connection is crucial to making HD broadcasts *look* like HD.
However, an inbuilt DVD player/recorder would be extremely useful.
We've had a Sony RDR-HXD860 for the last year or two and it's been fantastic. The real brucie bonus though is the ability to copy films off to DVD. This means we can archive the various kids films off for our lit'lun and make copies for her friends. It all being in the same box makes it really easy to do.
It's also really useful to be able to record hours and hours of late night music from the radio stations and then take the DVD into work to play. Of course, using re-recordable DVD's means that you can record a new show over the last one if you want.
Why can't they have the courtesy to respond?
Wouldn't it be nice if Humax had the courtesy to at least respond to mail sent via their 'contact us' button. And wouldn't it be nice if they could provide at least some details of a product we assume they'll release but clearly nobody can say for sure. Still we get really good advice like 'go search the forums' and 'go look up other internet sites' for a product we might release, and what it might look like that, but might not. What sort of advice is this? TOTAL RUBBISH that's what.
Humax have a policy of not putting the manuals online until a product is released, there might be some change or issue with the screen shots and expectation might get the better of consumers. I actually struggle to understand why people want the manual before the product other than to feed their appetite.
Plenty of information has been gathered by people who have been lucky to see the product at recent trade shows and through discussion on forums. Perhaps you need to take a look around the internet? As for screen shots, well it is the same as the Foxsat-HD in the core software, just expanded with more recording features.
Bob H from Humax