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Humax Freesat+ HDR-1000S review

New Freesat box with Free Time backwards EPG inside

Our Verdict

For

  • Updated user interface
  • BBC and ITV Player catch-up integration
  • Fine image quality
  • Low operational noise
  • Multimedia file support

Against

  • Buggy behaviour
  • Catch-up players misbehave
  • 500GB version poor value

Humax Freesat Freetime HDR-1000S

There's no doubt that Freetime represents a sizable step forward for the Freesat platform, bringing it in line with more contemporary options. However equally it doesn't take long to come to the conclusion that the service isn't quite ready for primetime.

There is a definite sense that Freetime has been fast tracked purely to compete with YouView. What other excuse is there for the hilarious 'My Musics' headline in the media playback section? There's no doubt that the broadcaster will firmware update much of this nonsense off the box in due course, but in the meantime this is not a hardware upgrade worth rushing into.

We Liked

The refreshed user interface and the integration of catch up services is welcome. The fact that you can also use the box to play files from USB or across a network is another big plus.

We Disliked

The box is clearly buggy, from grammatical goofs to unpredictable operational failures. Stay clear until the first round of firmware updates at least (Freesat won't be able to announce them fast enough).

Final Verdict

The germs of a good upgrade for the Freesat platform are here, but this debutant this has been bundled out before it's ready. Given how much polish went into YouView, this fumbled rush to market comes as a bit of a surprise.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Video Recorder
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoNo
SCARTYes
Product FamilyFreesat
HD RecordingYes
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Brand NameHumax
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
EthernetYes
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height55 mm
Width352 mm
Depth238 mm
Certifications & StandardsCE
ManufacturerHumax Corporation, Ltd
Product ModelHDR-1000S
Product NameHDR-1000S Digital Satellite Recorder
Product LineFreesat
Manufacturer Part NumberHDR-1000S
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.humaxusa.com
Marketing InformationStop searching, start watching

This new freesat+ box comes with - our smart new on screen TV Guide that makes it even easier to find the programmes you love.
It even lets you browse backwards in time and watch shows that have already been on.

150+ channels

Combining freesat HD, BBC iPlayer and ITV Player (with 4oD and Demand5 to come) the Humax HDR-1000S delivers over 150 channels of viewing goodness.
Package Contents
  • HDR-1000S Digital Satellite Recorder
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x Batteries
  • HDMI Cable
  • Ethernet Cable
Weight (Approximate)1.70 kg