Apr 252020

Humax Freesat Remote Control not working

Sometimes, you can find that your Humax Freesat Remote Control will no longer control your Humax Freesat Set Top Box.

Pressing buttons on your Humax Freesat Remote Control just does not work, does not change channels, does not turn the Humax Freesat set top box on.

One of the solutions to get your Humax Freesat Remote Control working again is very simple.

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Apr 162020

Comparing the Arris and Humax Freesat Install processes and speeds

This video shows a side by side comparison showing the set up process for these two Freesat receivers.

Both receivers had the install process done three times, with the fastest used for this video.

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Apr 052020

Can you watch the 4K Demo channel on the Arris Freesat UHD-X 4K satellite receiver

The Arris Freesat UHD-X 4K satellite receiver is the latest Freesat box on the market.

The Arris Freesat UHD-X 4K satellite receiver replaces the popular Humax Freesat boxes.

According to the specifications the Arris Freesat UHD-X 4K satellite receiver can support 4K broadcasts.
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Mar 142020

Set up and review of the new Arris Freesat UHD-X 4K satellite receiver

In a previous post we unboxed the latest Freesat box offering from Arris.
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Feb 142020

Unboxing a new Arris Freesat UHD-X 4K satellite receiver

Freesat – Subscription Free UK TV – 150 Subscription Free UK TV channels.

So I have my hands on a new 4K / UHD Freesat receiver, manufactured by Arris.

Earlier this week Freesat launched this new 4K / UHD satellite receiver, manufactured by Arris.

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Feb 112020

New Arris Freesat 4K box officially released

Finally, months after Humax stopped producing their popular HB-1100S and HDR-1100S range of Freesat boxes and stocks of the Huamx Freesat boxes virtually zero in the UK, the new and latest Freesat boxes have been launched.


Manufactured by Arris, these boxes will be sold to retailers by Freesat themselves, and not by Arris.

Currently only the non recording box is available, but a recording box, with 500GB, 1TB & 2TB hard dives, will be released in the coming weeks. Continue reading »

Jan 152020

First image for the new Arris Freesat receiver

The first images for the new Freesat box, produced by Arris have been released.

Mid 2018, it was announced by Freesat that Humax had lost the contract to produce the Freesat+ HDR recording receivers. Which was a shame as they are very good and easy to use receivers. Since that announcement Humax have decreased production the Humax Freesat HDR boxes, the HDR-1100S, and today stocks of new HDR-110S receivers now almost non existent.

The new Arris Freesat HDR box was initially promised to be available “late 2019”, but date this passed, with no explanation given by either Freesat or Arris. “Testing” was the unofficial reason given by some “user testers”.

This has meant that basically there has been NO Freesat HDR boxes available for a few months, damaging Freesat reputation.

But today, Arris have release an image of the new Freesat HDR box, that they will be launching “soon”…no definite date again, but some say March 2020.

Freesat Arris HDR

Other than the box has 4K capability, details are very sketchy. And no indication as to how good the tuners inside these new Arris Freesat set top boxes is.

Although the box has 4k capability, it is a shame that there is very little 4K content available on Freesat. In fact only very limited content from BBC is available, and that is delivered via the internet, and needs speeds of at least 20m download to be able to watch. So this does seem a bit pointless by Freesat to dump the Humax HDR, one of the best Freesat boxes there has ever been, for an “unknown” Freesat producer.

Sep 222019

Satellite Solar Outage Time Again – October 2019

It is that time of year again when the Sun / Solar Outage can affect the power of satellite signals your satellite dish is receiving, resulting in a loss of some of the more weaker UK TV channels.

This is information for people who may be experiencing this for the first time, and a nice reminder for those that have lived here before

This occurrence happens in March and October for a couple of weeks every year, around the time of the Spring and Autumn equinox. In the northern hemisphere, sun outages occur before the March equinox (February, March) and after the September equinox (September and October).

This “satellite solar outage” happens at around 10.30 – 11.30 am and can last for upto 20 minutes.

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Sep 172019

F1 on C4 for more years as C4 and Sky extend partnership

Sky and Channel 4 have announced an extension to their live sport, advertising and on-demand content partnership

Following a successful 2019 season, highlights of Formula 1® and live coverage of the British Grand Prix will continue to be broadcast on Channel 4 as part of a wider, multi-year content deal (note it does not say for how many years!)
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Jun 292016

Vintage TV, specialising in older music videos and performances has been removed from Freesat, the free-to-air satellite service.

Vintage TV was previously available on Freesat channel number 505.

Vintage TV is staying tight-lipped about the changes, but viewers with Freesat can currently still access Vintage TV using the manual tuning function on their Freesat boxes (technical parameters below).

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May 312016

Freesat is having a channel number reshuffle.

This channel number change will be filling the gaps left by the BBC’s reorganisation of services following the closure of BBC Three.

The changes are due to complete during the week commencing 6th June 2016:

Although scheduled recordings should transfer over to the new channel numbers, it is always advised to check your recordings have been transferred over to the new channel numbers.

Also, on the 7th June, S4C HD launches on channel 104 in Wales, 120 elsewhere, replacing SD on HD boxes.

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May 122016

As it reports what it calls a solid beginning to the year, the UK subscription-free service Freesat is claiming to be benefiting from enhancing its content offering and building international partnerships.

Freesat 11 May 2016At the end of Q1 2016 ended 31 March, the ITV/BBC joint venture company says that the number of homes connected to its service Freesat remains steady at 1.93 million, with those connected by both satellite and broadband is up 54% year-on-year. Sales of connected set-top boxes were up 18% year-on-year.

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Mar 302016

With the closure of BBC Three, the BBC are making a few channel number changes.

These changes will affect both Sky and Freesat box users.

The channel number change will take place during the course of Thursday 31st March.

This will especially affect BBC One HD for Sky and Freesat viewers in England and BBC Alba for viewers across the UK.

106 BBC One HD (England)
106 BBC One SD (Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
107 BBC Four (unchanged)
108 BBC Two SD (England)
108 BBC Two HD (Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
109 BBC Alba

115 BBC One HD (England)
115 BBC One SD (Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
141 BBC Two HD (England)
141 BBC Two SD (Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland)
142 BBC Alba

Best to check your planner for any recordings, incase your receiver does not pick up the new channel numbers.

Mar 142016

The BBC will be stopping support, and therefore stopping an early version of the BBC iPlayer app on quite a lot of Freesat set top boxes.

This will happen in September 2016.

The Freesat models affected are those that are without the Freetime label.

If your version of iPlayer looks like this then you’re going to be affected:

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Feb 212016

How to set up a Freesat Humax HDR 1100S with Freetime

Video to show the process for a first time installations for the Freesat Humax HDR 1100S with Freetime.

Freetime allows you to “roll back” the programme guide, and use the Catch Up TV services like BBC iPlayer, to watch programmes you may have missed.

If you try to use the UK TV iPlayer Catch-up TV services on a Freesat set top box or a Sky+HD digibox in Spain from a country other than the UK and ROI, you will be blocked from viewing content. Your Spanish IP address will be blocked, so UK TV iPlayer Catch-up TV content will NOT be available to you on your Freesat set top box or a Sky+HD digibox in Spain. This is because the UK TV iPlayer Catch-up TV content will only be made available to users connecting to the internet using a UK server. Using a VPN UK server, and a UK IP address, this “tricks” the UK TV iPlayer Catch-up TV services into thinking you are connecting from the UK, and not connecting from Spain.

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