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Humax’s new Freesat HD PVR rivals Sky+

UK’s first Freesat+ PVR launched

Humax Freesat+ Foxsat-HDR PVR

Humax has announced the launch of the Freesat+ Foxsat-HDR that will go on sale in the UK in November, with no subscription costs.

Humax says that at the time of launch, the twin tuner Humax Foxsat-HDR will be the only way to pause, rewind and record Freesat HD digital TV, as well as access SD TV, radio and interactive channels.

Which? has advice on digital television options, a guide to Freesat, and reviews of Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes.

Which? technology expert Al Warman said: ‘Freesat already offers a great digital TV alternative to Sky, and the launch of twin tuner Freesat PVRs like the Humax HDR bring Sky+ functionality to the Freesat party.’

High definition programmes on Freesat

High definition programmes on Freesat are currently available on the BBC HD channel and ITV’s HD red button service. Programmes which may tempt consumers to upgrade to HDTV on Freesat include Saturday night favourite Strictly Come Dancing, irreverent chat show Tonight with Jonathan Ross, Uefa Champions League, England home games, and the FA Cup.

The specification for the HDR includes a 320GB hard drive that can store up to 80 hours of HD TV programming, or up to 200 hours of standard definition shows, while the 8-day on-screen electronic programme guide (EPG) claims to make it easy to scan the Freesat TV schedule and plan your viewing.

Twin digital tuners means you can record two Freesat channels at the same time, while there’s also series recording, radio recording, schedule tracking, split recording and the ability to “live pause” with instant rewind, according to Humax.

Other features include advanced digital text and interactive services, HDMI connectivty, parental controls, Dolby digital output and two Scart sockets. The box is also claimed to have low power consumption, with an automatic standby function which consumes less than 1watt.

Freesat+ Foxsat-HDR will be available to buy from UK retailers from mid-November 2008, priced at around £299, although satellite installation is not included. See our guide to Freesat for more details.

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