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 »
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.
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.
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.
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!) Continue reading »
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).
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.
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.