Humax HB 1000S Freesat HD Review (Part 2)

3/30/2014 3:28:50 PM

PVR and multimedia

Recordings can be scheduled by pressing record while watching, from the EPG, banner or the Showcase and Search menus. You're asked if you want to record a series and, should a clash occur, can opt to record the next available showing. You can also apply start and end padding times either side.

As mentioned, you can record one channel at a time and if both are on the same transponder (BBC One HD and BBC Two HD, for example) watch - and timeshift - one while recording the other. An automatic timeshift buffer lasting up to 30 minutes kicks in when you switch to a channel and - providing you're not recording another - you can hit record to store timeshifted TV as a permanent recording.

We could record while playing a recording, using players (with the exception of ITV Player), YouTube and Humax's TV Portal or playing/ streaming media files.

You can watch a recording while it's taking place, resume watching where you left off previously and protect them from deletion. Recordings and timeshifted TV can be rewound and fast-forwarded at up to 32x normal speed or you can skip around for short periods of time with the help of a progress bar.

The TV players also appear in an On Demand menu where you'll also find a slick version of YouTube.

The box can also play numerous media files located on USB drives or networked storage devices. MP3, XviD, MKV and JPEG are among the list of formats supported, but while the box detected our networked Windows 7 PC and Western Digital NAS drive, it wouldn't stream some of our MKV files.

Humax's TV Portal is a less impressive bonus with Flickr, Picasa and Wikipedia among the best known of an otherwise underwhelming selection of web-delivered apps.


The HB-1000S generates decent if not exceptional-looking pictures. Though it won't transform the often poor-quality output broadcast by the likes of VIVA, SD TV upscaled via HDMI is reasonably smooth looking. Hi-def TV looks sharp and detailed and audio sounds good too, especially when using the optical output


It may be limited when used as a recorder, but the Freetime and multimedia playback features, support for non-Freesat channels and overall performance make the HB-1000S an attractive purchase.

The planned addition of multi-room slave functionality further strengthens its appeal.


·         Price: $166.95

·         No LNB inputs: 1

·         LNB Loopthrough: No

·         Selectable FEC: Yes

·         Symbol rate range: 2000-45000

·         CAM: None

·         Common Interface: None

·         Teletext: DVB decoded

·         EPG support: Freesat 8-day

·         Timer: No

·         Hard drive: No (USB drive required)

·         Catch-up TV/VoD: BBC iPlayer; ITV Player; 4oD; Demand 5; YouTube

·         Media playback: Via USB/ network

·         UHF modulator tuning: No

·         Software upgrade: Over-the-air

·         Data ports: 2x USB 2.0.Ethernet

·         AV outputs

·         SD out: Composite video

·         HD out: HDMI

·         Audio out: HDMI; stereo phonos; optical digital audio



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