In Detail – Humax DTR-T1000

8/27/2012 12:53:37 AM

Price: $466.5

Despite the name, the T1000 isn’t a liquid metal killing machine from the future. It’s the launch vehicle for YouView, the subscription-free Freeview HD-plus-VoD service.

Until now, there have been two classes of TV citizen – the Sky and Virgin haves, and the Freeview have-not-quite-so-muches. YouView brings a new middle-class of viewer who doesn’t pay a monthly sub but still get catch-up, on-demand and other such magic.

Description: DTR-T1000

Humax DTR-T1000

While YouView’s choice of channels is much sparser than what you’d get in a basic package from Sky or Virgin, there’s the added frisson of on-demand content. A searchable archive contains whole seasons of programmes, to watch at any time.

YouView collects the catch-up services from Britain’s terrestrial TV channels: BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5. So you get a standard TV guide on your screen, but you can scroll back through the previous seven days’ worth of TV. For free, remember.

The T100 has intuitive controls for pausing and rewinding live TV, recording one channel while you match another and series-linking. There’s space for 300 hours of SD TV or 125 hours of HD, and twin Freeview HD tuners make taping Telly easy. A non-recording YouView box is also being readied.

What’s the catch? Well, YouView needs good broadband – a 5Mbps stream is recommended – so you could find yourself waiting for HD to buffer. Also, there’s no smartphone control or smart TV apps on offer yet, though both are possible future upgrades.

Whether the T100 can terminate its rivals will depend on its YouView programme Armoury, that’s why Sky is so popular – the box isn’t better, but it does get Sky Atlantic. If YouView can entice Lovefilm or Netflix into their stable, it’ll become a serious contender.


Samsung STB-E7500

Price: $ 466.5

Two Freeview tuners, Wi-Fi, the ability to stream from your phone, NAS or PC and lots and lots of apps, including Lovefilm, Netflix, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, a web browser and games, all in one pretty box

Description: STB-E7500

Samsung STB-E7500

Stuff says

Price: $ 466.5 for a lifetime’s worth of Telly? Not bad, but apps and Wi-Fi would sweeten the deal

Teach specs

Tuners: 2x Freeview HD

Storage: 500GB

Connectivity: HDMI, Ethernet, USB 2.0 (x2), SCART, RCA, digital audio out

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