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Humax HB-1000S DVB-S2 PVR

170 free satellite channels at a great price. No subscription needed.

The Humax HB-1000S DVB-S2 is a great set-top box that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, delivering over 170 free satellite channels, and allowing you to pause and record live TV. It’s not the slickest in terms of modern features but you’d be crazy to ignore its charms.


Sleek and low-profile, this Freesat tuner from Humax will slip effortlessly into your current home entertainment system without needing a lot of space. You will need to install a satellite dish (sold separately) but it’ll work a treat with your old Sky dish. Humax’s HB-1000S comes with an Ethernet port and cable to let you connect to the internet and use Freetime – a feature that lets you stream on-demand content from providers such as BBC iPlayer, 4oD, Demand 5, or ITV Player, but also allows you to catch up with the last week’s offerings if you’ve missed them. If you want to connect wirelessly you’ll need a dongle (sold separately). You get over 170 satellite channels in both standard and high definition – without needing a subscription – so could end up saving a small fortune if you switch over from Sky or Virgin.

If you want to pause and record live TV the process is very simple, and just involves plugging in a separate USB storage device. However, there’s no warning when your storage device begins to fill up, so you’ll need to keep a watchful eye on your recordings to avoid older content getting wiped with the new.

Most importantly the picture and sound are delivered to phenomenal effect, and make all the fuss with dongles and the lack of a “disk full” warning worthwhile. HD content in particular looks fabulous, but all content is recreated artfully and you won’t be disappointed.

What’s hot:

  • Over 170 free satellite channels
  • Can be turned into PVR with USB device
  • Pretty cheap

What’s not:

  • Menu sluggish at times
  • No front-facing controls if you misplace remote
  • No Wi-Fi

Why you should buy it:

For a crazily low price UK buyers have the chance here to get their hands on a versatile piece of kit that delivers almost 200 subscription-free channels with stunning pictures and audio.