Humax 4K Aura box? News to me! Looks like it’s update on the 5000. Haven’t seen anything about this, so thanx for the heads-up. Lucky, as I was just about to press the button and order a 5000.
@saffasy You've not been misinformed, as claimed above. YouView boxes are no longer 'freely available' from any of the common high-street or online electrical retailers (Richer Sounds, John Lewis, Currys/PC World, Argos, Crampton and Moore, Peter Tyson, AO etc). Even BT no longer sell them in their store, presumably because they only currently provide TV services in addition to their broadband packages.
A determined hunter might be able to dig up a few old models from specialist satellite retailers, but some of these boxes date back as far as 2012 and would be a very ill-advised buy in 2020.
While it's true that you can still get a couple of the BT YouView boxes from Amazon, even they date back to 2014 / 2016 and with 1Tb and even 2TB Freeview recorders becoming common, both have a relatively small 500GB capacity. Note that wi-fi isn't supported on either model so you'll need an ethernet cable connection to your router. If you discovered that the newer 4K box supported all the apps that you want then it might be worth a punt, but you'll need to decide if you want to buy it via Amazon's site from companies called 'TopGeezer' or 'Sky-Deals'...
I'm not dissing YouView as a platform in any way BTW and it obviously makes sense for existing users to continue using their boxes while they're supported and for BT, PlusNet and Talk Talk customers to subscribe to their TV packages if the ongoing expense isn't an issue, but for those looking for a subscription-free option for recording the Freeview channels in 2020, I'm just not convinced buying an old YouView box is a particularly good, future-proof option.
"Dispatched from and sold by Amazon". That's Amazon, you know that insignificant internet retailer.
While it's true that you can still get a couple of the BT YouView boxes from Amazon...
But going back to the OPs post, the BT Youview box does everything he asked whether a box was able to do, albeit he also does mention Disney+ in the subject title which of curse the BT box does not currently do.You're absolutely right and I'm not saying the Humax T2100 is a bad machine, but it was launched in Feb 2014 and as I mentioned above, an almost 7-year old recorder with no wi-fi, a small capacity and (in this case) no access to 4K streaming services is, IMO, not a great choice if you're buying in 2020.
If budget allows, an extra £50 would get a Manhattan PVR from 2020 for example, with a 1Gb capacity, wi-fi and 4K HDR support for the streaming services. They're not without their issues of course, but unfortunately none of them seem to be perfect these days.
But, saying all that... if the OP has a 1080p TV with no intention of upgrading to 4K in the next few years, watches recordings regularly enough that they don't need a large capacity and their router is sat next to the TV (so lack of wi-fi isn't an issue), then maybe that YouView box is worth a go if the price is right. I would be concerned about how much longer a 7-year old device will continue to receive updates though, particularly as it's no longer made by the manufacturer and no longer supplied by BT, because there'll be far less incentive for the manufacturer or YouView to keep those boxes updated and supported.
If I was in the market for a new PVR, I would be holding off to see what this new Humax 4K Aura is like.
It’s on its way in November. I am part of a test panel and am product testing one in the coming weeks.Humax 4K Aura box? News to me! Looks like it’s update on the 5000. Haven’t seen anything about this, so thanx for the heads-up. Lucky, as I was just about to press the button and order a 5000.
It’s on its way in November. I am part of a test panel and am product testing one in the coming weeks.
With the aura being android it won't have the same issues with compatibility and lack of apps.
It should be very similar any android tv out there like on Sony and Philips tvs. Not sure how the processor compares but bring a dedicated STB can imagine it being better than tv set and would need to be able to record 2 or 3 channels whilst watching a 4k movie on Netflix for example.