What is the Humax FVP-5000T?
Design & Connections
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Features & Apps
Try as we might, we couldn’t get the Humax LIVE TV app to work on our Android tablet (Galaxy Tab S2, for the record) as we kept getting the message that it and the FVP-5000T need to be connected to the same wireless router. They, of course, were but for whatever reason they were unable to communicate happily which is a shame as the app promises some good features including allowing content and live TV from the box to be streamed to the device, an on-screen remote and recordings management.
The fact that the box is locked at 50Hz is also to the detriment of the built-in streaming apps from YouTube and Netflix, for the reasons noted above – virtually all of Netflix’s Originals are 23.976 frames per second and YouTube tends to be 30 or 60 FPS, that are even worse mismatches to the output player, in terms of smooth video playback.
The three tuner architecture of the FVP-5000T is another plus point over the opposition that, according to Humax, lets you record up to four channels – depending on which multiplex they are on – while watching another. In fact, it is actually possible to record five if you set a timer reservation for one of the programmes and then hit the manual record button on that but we can’t think of many (any?) instances where there will be that number of programmes you want to see being broadcast on Freeview simultaneously. As a very brief explanation, the Freeview channels are grouped in to what are known as multiplexes (mux) and there are seven, in all, to cover each of them. When you switch to a channel on a particular mux, all the data for all of the channels on it are sent to the box but you only see the one you select; but the FVP-5000T is capable of recording the data for two channels per multiplex. So, with three tuners at its disposal, the Humax can record two channels on each of the first two tuners while displaying/recording another channel on the third.
All the other more usual Freeview PVR features are also present, including the ability to ‘chase play,’ i.e. to begin watching something you are recording before it ends. There’s also full Series Record functionality and even the ability to binge watch your accumulated boxsets with a Series Play option, which is on by default. We also like the fact that the software will prompt you to record in HD (when available) if you’ve only selected a standard definition channel – it also does so for Live TV which can be slightly irritating around the time when local news is being broadcast. In terms of things we’d like to see, there’s no capability for creating your own folders to organise recordings but then the Recordings Menu can be viewed by programme name, channel or date so it’s reasonably easy to find what you’re looking for fairly quickly.
- Modern UI that's easy to use
- All the major UK catch-up services
- Super reliable recording
- Up to 5 simultaneous recordings
- Impressive content discovery features
- Android app is flakey
- 50Hz output for everything, including Netflix & YouTube
Humax FVP-5000T Freeview Play PVR Review
Should I buy one?The Humax FVP-5000T is a feature packed, modern take on the Freeview recorder. Not only does it allow you to record up to five channels simultaneously but also provides a slick, content discovery rich interface that combines being (mostly) easy to use with being slick and attractive. The build quality is decent, although the remote could be better while connectivity options are plentiful and include built-in Wi-Fi. The Humax FVP-5000T also delivers catch-up services from the BBC, ITV, Channels 4 and 5, plus the suite of UK TV channels that can be accessed from various parts of the interface, including a seven-day scroll back programme guide. Humax has always been strong in terms of delivering recorders with extremely solid recording capabilities and the rock-solid FVP-5000T proved no exception with faultless performance during testing. If there is an area where the Humax is lacking it’s that video output is locked at 50Hz, which is not ideal for the likes of the built-in YouTube and Netflix apps. In the final analysis, however, the Humax FVP-5000T is probably the best Freeview Recorder we’ve seen so comes Highly Recommended.
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