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Good: because it is good
Comment: i am just so cant wait to have a freesat box
Good: Interface looks good. Youtube.
Bad: Bad EPG experience in practice. Cant copy recordings onto USB.
Comment: Hi tried this for a few days before returning it to the store. There is no 'list' style view of programmes on a single channel in the EPG, just the traditional horizontal view which I don't care for, as it truncates programme names. Interestingly though, there is a list view for the On Demand programs in the EPG. Hmm. Also I would have liked to copy recordings onto usb, to whatch on my laptop later etc, but it does not have this capability. I have now got the older Foxsat-HDR box from Humax, which does everything I want, (except the Youtube app, which is a shame).
Comment: will get one next month
Comment: With reference to Paul Eaton's review ( 16/10/2012 ) Humax supply a wi fi dongle which plugs into a usb port so that you can get connected to the internet without the need for a ethernet cable.
Comment: Paul - you can use one of these:
Good: All it says on the box is true and good
Bad: It does dot work with Viera Link, which has to be turned off therefore preventing all that is good about your existing setup.
Comment: I will keep the product for my fourteen day trial period but if it cant be controlled or at least let me use my existing linked equipment I will return it.
Good: All the catch-up TV and a PVR in one box.
Bad: It needs an ethernet cable to be attached to the home internet modem.
Comment: I’ve wanted something like this (Freesat+ HD with free time) ever since iPlayer and the like came out and I was very tempted first by the YouView advert I saw last week. However, I heard that the Humax YouView, as launched, has no Wifi and so needs an ethernet cable connected. That’s just rubbish if the TV is in the living room, downstairs, and the broadband modem is next to the PC in the study, upstairs; so I gave up on the idea. Then I saw this freesat version of the same, single box, catch-up concept was coming out and so I thought I'd get one of these instead but after a little research I learned, quickly, that this new Humax has no Wifi either. Why ever not?
I know that these players should work using Wifi vice Ethernet because I currently view my catch-up TV via an old Mac mini, attached to and viewed on my TV, running off the home Wifi. So, why do Humax bring out these very enticing new gadgets without thinking how people will use them? I mean that I'm sure that only a minority of families have their internet modems installed within a couple of metres of their TVs but I bet most will have Wifi throughout the house. It seems obvious that these players must come with integral Wifi before the vast majority of people will want to buy them.
Also, on another matter, I wonder that if everyone gets one of these new players (either YouView or the one reviewed here) then the country's ISPs will not be able to cope with the sudden extra demand for Bandwidth. I know for one, that I have to be on the highest bandwidth tariff that I can get from my ISP (BT) just to get good uninterrupted playback on my Apple Mac. Then, of course, there’s the other matter of everyone finding out that, once they start using these systems, they’ll need to pay their ISPs a whole lot extra for unlimited downloads, because viewing just a few programmes in HD a month, e.g. a weekly Top Gear show, goes well over the average ISP contract's permitted limit.
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