Humax 500GB Freesat+ with freetime
Find out what I thought of the Humax 500GB Freesat+ with freetime box
08 November 2013
- Easy To Install
- Easy To Use
- Looks Good
Earlier this year, we cancelled our Sky+ subscription to save money. I haven't missed it really - except for the ability to record stuff, and to pause live TV. I didn't think we used this feature much - until it was gone! I didn't realise just how many dummy runs we had to do during one episode of Downton until we couldn't pause live TV! When I saw that Mumsnet were looking for 10 bloggers to test the Humax 500GB Freesat+ with FreeTime
If you're not familiar with Freesat, it is a subscription free set top box which gives you access to 180+ TV channels. (View all the channels HERE). The box connects to your satellite dish connections - not a TV aerial like freeview. It includes HD channels, and you can access BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5 too - as long as your box is connected to the internet!
When the box arrived, I made a quick unboxing video - just so people could see what was included.
Once I had unboxed it, I set about unplugging the old sky+ box and installing the new Freesat one. I didn't pick up the manual, and the entire process took 7 minutes! That included setting up the internet connection too. It did take another 5 minutes to tune in, but I could do this part from the comfort of my armchair. It was very easy! You do need to have a satellite dish for your freesat installation to be so simple, though.
I immediately began scheduling all of my TV shows to record on series link. One feature which I loved when doing this was if I chose to record something on a "normal" channel, it would give me the option to record it in HD instead - if it was available. This makes the entire process much quicker! (I used to hate trawling through, looking for the HD equivalent on our sky+ box).
A few nights later, I sat down to watch the Downton episode I'd recorded, and it wasn't there! I was beyond confused. A bit of googling later told me I needed to make sure the box was powered on and off every day to prevent it freezing. Luckily, it is a 2 minute job to set the box to auto power on and off every day. In "Settings," I set a daily auto power-on / power-off at 06:00 - 06:20am - This has resolved the problem for me, and I am happy to report I can now record and watch Downton successfully - HOORAY!
I have loved the fact I can pause live TV again. Sydney likes to disturb our TV viewing - frequently! We used to watch almost everything online as it had become almost impossible to watch a show live on tv. Now that we can press pause to settle her back to sleep, it means we get to watch a bit more tv than we have in a while. You can pause recordings too, of course - or pick up where you left off if you have to stop watching for a long period.
A few things to note about
The Humax 500GB Freesat+ with
We don't need it yet, but the parental controls are fab too. As well as blocking some channels with a pin number, you can actually hide channels from the TV guide altogether. The front of the box also has a digital display to show which channel you are watching - see!
The navigation is easy to use too - it did take me a few days to get used to the remote control, but now I've been using it for a month, I love it. The search feature is much better than Sky's - in my opinion! I am definitely happy with the Humax Freesat Box, and we won't be returning to Sky any time soon.
Humax are offering an exclusive discount code to my readers - purchase a 500GB Humax Freesat+ box for £199, a saving of £30. Just enter the code: FT30 when ordering.
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