Humax DTR-T1000 review

The first YouView box goes on sale, only two years behind schedule

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While it may have taken its own sweet time arriving, YouView doesn't disappoint. Indeed, this first generation Humax box offers the best integration of On Demand and Catch-up available from any platform, and that includes subscription offerings from Sky and Virgin Media. Browsing content is intuitive and the menu system is fresh and inviting.

Of course, where the pay competition maintains an edge is depth and quality of content. It'll be interesting to see how the arrival of Sky's Now TV's VoD service impacts that.

Without Wi-Fi some might argue that YouView's target market will be flummoxed by the prospect of getting online. There's already plenty of evidence that only half the buyers of internet-enabled televisions actually have them connected - it clearly doesn't take much to put off Joe Public.

In truth, a Wi-Fi dongle or better still, a powerline/HomePlug adaptor, is all that's needed to solve this problem, but both could be deemed too daunting by technophobes who flee at the mention of words like 'router' and 'Ethernet.' A second iteration of the DTR-T1000, with built-in Wi-Fi will launch shortly, and for those buyers, that might be the box to wait for.

Caveats aside, what we have here is a forward looking Freeview HD PVR which fundamentally changes the user viewing experience. The game has most definitely been changed.

We Liked

With YouView, it's often difficult to tell where broadcast TV ends and On-demand Catch-up begins. Picture performance is excellent and it's very easy to use.

We disliked

The lack of integrated Wi-Fi will cause its target technophobe audience some consternation. This debut Humax box also has some (admittedly minor) noise management issues to resolve.

Final Verdict

YouView is breath of fresh air in the PVR market. The user interface is smart in every sense, and overall performance is high. This is 21st century TV done right.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Video Recorder
Ethernet TechnologyFast Ethernet
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoNo
Product FamilyYouView
HD RecordingYes
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Brand NameHumax
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height246 mm
Width380 mm
Depth55 mm
Certifications & StandardsCE
ManufacturerHumax Corporation, Ltd
Product ModelDTR-T1000
Product NameDTR-T1000 YouView / Digital TV Recorder
Product LineYouView
Manufacturer Part NumberDTR-T1000
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationExtraordinary control

YouView has an extraordinary scroll back guide.
But that's just the beginning. With on demand, search and record you'll always find something to match your mood.

Scroll back TV

The seven day scroll back guide brings together catch up TV from across BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5.

Simply scroll back through the guide and choose from a great selection
of programmes. Catch up TV where it should be, on your TV.
Package Contents
  • DTR-T1000 YouView / Digital TV Recorder
  • Quick Start Guide
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x Batteries
  • HDMI Cable
  • Ethernet Cable
Weight (Approximate)2.75 kg