Question Advice on best Freeview/Youview recorder

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  1. donka

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    Having to replace all contents in our house and was previously using a Humax HDR T2 which to be honest, gave us pretty great service. Was looking for something more updated and was set on getting a BT Youview+ recorder (rebranded Humax) for the integrated catchup services and remote record but have been dismayed to read about the lack of any padding support for recordings. I had padding set up on my previous Humax and it worked great - much better than before using the so called accurate record from the EPG.
    Is it still worth picking up a Youview box or are the recording issues such as missing the end of a show still very prevalent?
    What would be people's choice if buying today?
     
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    A new HDR FOX T2 with custom firrmware on board.
     
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    Thanks Graham. It's looking like that.
     
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    Why HDR fox t2 or fox sat HDR over say vbox?
     
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    Is that vbox as in with Virgin?
     
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    No as in the ip streaming box Home TV Gateway | Retail - Learn more or buy a VBox product. Assume the HDR recommendation as the vbox is headless if you will. Genuinely just a question as I've just left sky and exploring my options and I've stumbled upon these HDR boxes as an alternative. My solution will need to wife friendly as she doesn't get on with the htpc and tv card at moment
     
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    You would have to check the epg on these devices. The satellite model especially is not Freesat+ certified. Not sure if either the Freeview or Freesat options has the user friendly Accurate and Series recording capability by simply clicking on a epg item. Also unlikely to have access to on demand content via same epg.

    Foxsat-Hdr is long out of production and HDR FOX T2 has also now been replaced by inferior and much less flexible boxes. (1800/2000T).
     
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    How so, Graham?
     
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    How So what ? Do you mean why later models are inferior ?
     
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    Yes. And you said 'less flexible.' I was just wondering why?
     
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    Thank you Graham. Out of the two does is one better than the other as have the option of installing both (subject to sourcing). I think both cover the main points I would be concerned with using CF and packages. I.e unencrypted HD recording, dnla style sharing around house etc
     
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    HDR FOX T2 can use the Custom Firmware extension which makes it massively more flexible.

    Far too many extra features for a single post.

    hummy.tv Wiki

    The newer boxes can't use CF and have a string of issues particulary with some common TV makes.

    These include

    Missing audio over HDMI, unable to boot while recording. In the case of the 2000T flawed rf loopthrough. No front panel display and hard to read coloured LED display that is supposed to tell you what the box is doing.

    Some light reading

    HDR 1800T/2000T « My Humax Forum
     
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    Thanks guys. I wasn't aware of the vbox and it makes some interesting reading. I think it is a half baked solution for the wife to use in all honesty but I like the idea of it and I may still look into it as a supplemental solution.
    Still undecided over the Freeview v Youview debate but still got time before I need to make a purchase.
     
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    The Humax FVP4000T will certainly be worth a look after the next firmware release. Present one is a bit too buggy.
     
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    ignore - I was thinking of a different product.
     
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    So the T4000 looks like it could be the best option. I'm familiar with the functionality and the Humax Live app allows remote recording. Has anyone used this and can comment on how reliable it is?
     
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    The YouView 4K UHD box goes by that model number, which is also known as a G5.

    Edit - is that what you meant?
     
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    The VBox does have one click series recording capability (using Series ID) with free EPG, personally I love the fact that it records to a NAS or USB storage, let you watch the recordings on any device, anywhere and you can set recordings over the internet (did it a couple of times :))
     
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    The FVP4000 will let you watch SD recordings on other devices via its server or transfer them off via USB (very slowly!) and watch them any time. PS3 also see's the server very well to access recordings. Tablets can stream live TV (not SD) but need the Humax app, unfortunately no version on the Amazon site for Fire HD tablets, Samsung Tab works fine.
     

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