Apologies I do not own nor have used a Humax HDR-Fox T2 at all. I only bring this up as I know the majority of people are comparing this unit directly to that one. I know that the T2 is an incredible unit and is very good especially when considering the custom firmware that can be used. My previous Samsung BD-DT7800 after almost 2 months of trying to get on with it, I hated it and ended up exchanging it for this unit. I have had extensive use of Sky+ HD boxes round numerous friends and although not perfect I think it is an adequate unit for its capabilities. Most if not all online reviews only focus on the catch-up part. It's as if they have all either forgotten or not realised that there is a PVR side and TV to this unit that is just as vital. With that in mind I'll start with talk on the catch-up services and get it out the way. On-Demand Functions: First off nearly any electronic device with a data connection now has on-demand services plugged in somewhere. I mean you can now get it on your freeview/smart tv/xbox/ps3/blu-ray player, literally any box under the tv now shoves on-demand somewhere. What I hate about all of them is it's an afterthought and not the main feature. Just a bolt on app on their box normally poorly implemented. With that said… It works………… and very well I feel. I have a 6MB connection and have tried out all content providers including HD on BBC Iplayer. Have not had any buffering issues or prolonged loading screens that I have seen on many other smart TV's and similar units. Most vital to this unit is how it integrates on-demand with live TV. One way to catch-up is through going backwards on the 7-day EPG. This allows for quick scanning from all content providers across the last 7 days. The interface is good looking in my opinion with it being clean, clear and simple. Content that is available on-demand has a play symbol represented next to the programme name. Scrolling speeds are fast. There's some good reason to this although the majority of time text is loaded fairly instantly it will occasionally need you to pause for a momentary second to load all the text on the EPG. When I say for a moment I really do mean for just a second and it has loaded up. One benefit to this is that it will not impair your scrolling speeds allowing you to flick fast from top to bottom of EPG instead of it pausing on every button press to load all the text on the page even if you're not interested in it. However that being said compared to all good EPG's that I have come across I would say it works on par if not better due to no pausing if wanting to scroll fast. Although I do believe this can and hope will be sorted with future software updates but to tell you the truth it is not something that has really concerned me at all. Selecting programmes from the catch-up EPG takes you straight to the episode page. With some content providers automatically playing and others requesting you to further click play it's all very slick, smooth and instant. When on the EPG you can press the rewind and fast forward buttons to take you back in 24 hour periods. This allows you to easily scan the primetime slot throughout the week. Another way of accessing on-demand content is through the on-demand subsection in the main menu (no surprise there). This is where you can access all content providers either individually or one of the best parts all together. Through this section you can select comedy/film and it will show you that entire genre across all content providers. While I'm on the subject of slight differences from content providers there are more to be noticed. Looks wise they all have their own branding as seen in all their other on demand apps they make but they do all follow the same sort of style for accessing contents. There is nothing that is present on others that is severally lacking on the other channels. With the exception of HD which at this time only BBC offer. HD can be auto selected in the system menu which will always play HD content on-demand when available. The final and most simple way of finding on demand content is through the search feature in the main menu or through the dedicated button on the remote. Not really much to go into here other than you search it finds and then displays some info for you from there you can select and go straight to content. Simple, fast and efficient. Lots of ooooo I wonder if this is available games. Overall the on-demand features all work. With loading times all within acceptable and having not experienced any buffering or programmes stopping half way I really can't fault it. It has performed robustly and consistently. Here's hoping it carries on like that. PVR Functions: EPG is exactly the same as the on-demand one as they are both linked together and are the same thing. So I won't go over points mentioned earlier again. Recordings can be set through the EPG by highlighting the programme and selecting the record button on the remote or a reminder can be placed by selecting OK on the remote. When selecting to record a programme if available a series link option will be displayed. Split recordings are automatically covered for instance if a movie is split by the news it will auto select the other half of the programme. Conflict recordings are also presented and give you options to resolve. Mini guide can be displayed by pressing OK on the remote when watching live TV. A small bar like guide is displayed at the bottom part of the screen. You can scroll through channels and backwards and forwards through time. Recordings and reminders can also be set/cancelled from here. There are no recording settings whatsoever in the system menu. The only option you do have is to select auto delete on or off to stop the box from auto-deleting content when it is full. There are no options for padded recording or manual timing like other Humax units have. This is not a major concern to me but can understand why some may find it an issue. Only on BBC but if selecting to record a programme and it is available in HD it will ask you if you want to record this content in HD. I love this feature especially with how the guide is laid out with all the HD channels shoved to the end. Also only on BBC if you press the i button and the content is in HD you can select watch in HD. I just wish that ITV and Ch4 would follow this as it just makes HD more integrated. Instant rewind works very very well. When tuned into a channel you can rewind at any point to any stage from when you switched to that channel. From pressing the rewind button on live TV the response is instant and is not jerky. You have 4 speed options to select from up to x30 speed in both directions. Pressing stop at any time takes you right back to the current moment in live TV. Unlike other units I have used the timeshift function is not broken when you go to the guide/settings/menu or anything for that matter except for when you launch an on-demand service. I only point this out because on my previous Samsung unit it would stop timeshift if you went to the guide/settings/menu, just about anything that wasn't just watching tv. I have found it a real pleasure to use unlike many other manufactures. The interface is clean and simple with progress bar at bottom and simple ff/rw symbols appearing on button press. Recording from half way through a programme can be done by pressing the record button and it will automatically record till the end of the programme. However if you were already watching the programme it will not save anything viewed previous to the record button being pressed. This is a little disappointing as it already has that part of the recording saved for instant rewind but won't combine them. I believe this is a feature on Sky+ but please do correct me if I'm wrong. If you come in half way through a recording you can go to my recordings and choose to watch the current recording from the beginning while it is still recording the rest of the programme. Whilst watching the recording it will automatically stop at the end of the programme and will not interrupt you while you watch. Unlike my old Samsung that when the recording was complete it would stop the playback and you would have to go through everything again. A major pain in the ass! One slight improvement I would like is the ability to also go to the channel and simply rewind it without having to go to my recordings. However this could be argued to be longer to wait for it to rewind than go to youview -> myview -> select recording -> play. As it is a dual tuner it can record two programmes at once and you can also watch on-demand content at the same time as the recordings taking place or even a previous recording. Scheduled recordings can be viewed by accessing youview -> myview -> schedule and organised by date or a-z. There is no DLNA or Wi-Fi so not much to cover there. These are two features I know many of you are going to be expecting and wanting. I'm fortunate enough that DLNA is not too much of a big deal for me as I have PC hooked up to TV. Wi-Fi again I am lucky that my router is by my TV. (Dongle planned to come out but can not comment as I have no information) Settings for the unit are simple and there aren't that many compared to some units that seem to go on forever with sub-menus and extra options. As not at TV at the moment hard to remember any exacts. I'm happy with that as there aren't really any settings I need to play around with at the moment. However I am sure as software updates happen more will come and add some extra functionality that I will enjoy. One thing it really lacks is although being Dolby Digital Pulse certified it only outputs the HD channels in PCM not DD. Not sure if this is because during Olympics they have changed to try and fit more channels on or if this is something that will need updating on the unit. With Eco mode set to high I found the boot up times to be faaaar too long. For others this may not be a concern depending on how you live and how you use the box on a daily basis. But I didn't really want to spend that amount of time at a loading screen each time I turn on the unit. Switching the setting to low has helped greatly reduce boot up times to a much more practical level. Shame loosing out on the super eco savings but a compromise is no problem. Again maybe with future software updates we could see improvements. In true Humax tradition there is no HDMI-CEC which is a shame. So that means it won't auto switch HDMI source when switched on/off and won't auto switch on/off when TV turned on/off. A feature that is present on many other devices but under a whole host of other names. Don't think that this will get updated in the future only because no Humax device I know off has had this feature enabled. Overall the performance of the box I have found to be very good. All features that it does have it performs them well. I have found all menu's and actions to be done all with good reaction times and with hardly any delays. Unlike my constant frustration with other units that have messy user interfaces and slow navigation this really is a nice fresh feeling. I mean that in looks too, nice to see a user interface that is trying to be 2012. What this box does offer/do that I have felt others have missed is seamlessly uniting catch-up and live TV together into all round lovely interface. More vitally it has ALL the major free content providers in one place. Although very early days I'm finding the performance to be great and am looking for any improvements they can make through software updates. But even without any updating I'm actually really happy with my box and can't wait to continue using it. With some little tweaks and performance improvements I will love this box even more. For instance I would like to see the auto HD to be updated to include live TV. So if you ever select SD live tv it will take you straight to the HD channel too, just like on-demand. As well as some of the other things mentioned above. Will be looking to create a video review/feature showcase as it's much better to see it working if your interested, just need a little some spare time. Please do point out any major points that I am missing out on and I will try and update you accordingly.