When recording a programme, can you tell easily that it is being recorded by looking at the front of the box. Sky plus had the red dot in the middle when in record mode. Can't see anything obvious from 4m away!
However, my question was specifically can you tell by looking at the box. Like the red light on the sky plus box. I have had a quick play with it and when I press the record button, I can see 'rec' on the Humax box, however, this is VERY SMALL and have to be 1m away top see it i.e not that obvious.