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Humax To Launch Freesat HD DVR Box In November

Humax, together with Topfield, is one of the most recognised PVR manufacturers in the market and the fact that it is set to release its first Freesat HD PVR next month means good news for the free satellite service.

The Foxsat-HD will combine two digital tuners - that can record two Freesat channels simultaneously - and a huge 320GB hard disk drive - enough for 80 hours of HD recording - in a stunningly beautiful box while consuming less than 1w in standby mode.

It has the ability of the being able to simultaneously playing transmissions over HDMI, YPbPr or Scart and also offers upscaling that improves standard definition content on a HD LCD TV.

In addition, you will be able to connect your computer to the Foxsat-HD via the onboard Ethernet port and the box can automatically be upgraded via satellite.

Like most existing Humax PVRs, you will be able to record series, do live pause and rewinding, split recording and schedule tracking.

Already 100,000 HD boxes have been sold already in the past five months.

The device will be on sale as from next month at around GBP 299 (excluding the dish and installation) and will almost certainly add legions of new Freesat HD users.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.