Humax Freesat+ HDR-1000S review

New Freesat box with Free Time backwards EPG inside

Humax Freesat+ HDR-1000S
Go back in time with the Freetime EPG

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Humax Freesat Freetime HDR-1000S

There's no doubt that Freetime represents a sizable step forward for the Freesat platform, bringing it in line with more contemporary options. However equally it doesn't take long to come to the conclusion that the service isn't quite ready for primetime.

There is a definite sense that Freetime has been fast tracked purely to compete with YouView. What other excuse is there for the hilarious 'My Musics' headline in the media playback section? There's no doubt that the broadcaster will firmware update much of this nonsense off the box in due course, but in the meantime this is not a hardware upgrade worth rushing into.

We Liked

The refreshed user interface and the integration of catch up services is welcome. The fact that you can also use the box to play files from USB or across a network is another big plus.

We Disliked

The box is clearly buggy, from grammatical goofs to unpredictable operational failures. Stay clear until the first round of firmware updates at least (Freesat won't be able to announce them fast enough).

Final Verdict

The germs of a good upgrade for the Freesat platform are here, but this debutant this has been bundled out before it's ready. Given how much polish went into YouView, this fumbled rush to market comes as a bit of a surprise.

Steve May
Home entertainment AV specialist

Steve has been writing about AV and home cinema since the dawn of time, or more accurately, since the glory days of VHS and Betamax. He has strong opinions on the latest TV technology, Hi-Fi and Blu-ray/media players, and likes nothing better than to crank up his ludicrously powerful home theatre system to binge-watch TV shows.