Humax YouView DTR-T1000 review
While the Humax YouView DTR-T1000 may look like any other hard disk PVR, inside it's something a bit special, as this is the first model to use the YouView platform. What this means, is that as well as being able to view and record Freeview HD broadcasts, you can access all of the main channels' (BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five) on-demand programming from one seamless interface.
Before we get into the details of this PVR, it's worth addressing some of the points made about YouView, particularly as a lot of the press have been rather negative about it. We've explained why YouView is good in our in-depth article, but the short version is, yes it's delayed, no that doesn't make any difference to you and the Humax DTR-T1000 isn't particularly expensive - as it has the same launch price as the company's previous Freeview HD PVR, the Humax HDR-FOX T2. The only thing that's important about this box is whether or not it's a good PVR for live TV and if the on-demand programming adds anything.
Things are certainly off to a good start from the outside. The DTR-T1000 has Humax's usual quality build quality and looks every inch the high-end PVR. It's currently available as a 500GB model, although a 1TB model will be available in the future.
At the rear are all of the usual connections you'd expect including a single RF-in for the dual Freeview HD tuners, HDMI out (a cable's included in the box), Ethernet (again a cable is provided) and composite and SCART outputs for older televisions.
A short quick-start guide helps you set up the box and basically involves plugging the Ethernet cable into your router and the HDMI cable into your TV. Sadly, there's no support for wireless at the moment, although the USB port at the rear may be enabled for this at a later date; in the meantime, Humax recommends HomePlug if you don't have your router within network cable distance of your router.
The first time you power on the box it takes a few minutes to set itself up. Then, there's a short wizard you have to go through to automatically tune in the channels and set your postcode so that you receive the right programme information.
FREEVIEW HD PVR
Once done, you're ready. From an initial look the DTR-T1000 looks and acts like a regular PVR. The EPG is simple to browse through and we like the thumbnail preview of the channel you're currently watching.
Hit record on any programme and you get the option to record either that single programme or, if it's part of a series, all future episodes. You can step forwards by a day and use the channel up and down buttons on the remote to skip quickly through the channel list.
Recordings are simple to access, you can view programmes that have been recorded and scheduled recordings - so you can cancel the latter if required. You can also filter the list of recordings by those you've watched and those you haven't. There's also the standard option to delete a recording or lock it, so that you can keep it forever.
Watching live TV gives you all of the features you'd expect, including the ability to rewind and pause live TV. As there are dual Freeview HD tuners, you can record two programmes at once and watch a third, provided it's on the same multiplex as one of the current recordings (multiplexes being the small groupings that digital channels are broadcast in). All-in-all, it's a very simple, feature packed PVR that does everything we'd expect.
Beware limits compared to Humax T2
Google "Humax DTR-T1000 wiki" Youview has asked Humax to remove many of the Humax T2 best features for Youview.
By DannyBrown on 28 Jul 2012
Does not have HTPC functionality
While this product clearly does what it sets out to do very well, it only addresses TV functionality (at least you do not mention it if it does, or could do, more). It has much better TV functionality than Windows MCE, but I am afraid that this does not compensate for all the other multimedia functionalty the MCE offers, So, while tempted, I will not be giving up on my HTPC for the present.
By sidelong on 30 Jul 2012
Does it have an edit facility, to remove garbage at start and end of progs?
Can it transfer recordings to PC for editing?
If those two facilities are missing, then it's useless to me and, I suspect, a lot of other people.
By johnatrott on 31 Jul 2012
O.K but to be honest still disappointing after so long in the waiting
thanks for the review but I see that there are conflicts here, you say that there are component connections in the specification, does it really have component output?, also does it not upscale to 1080p (not that it is not that important but most HD boxes do now. Is it Dolby digital out or HE-AAC (Dolby digital +) in which case you may well have to use PCM output on the dolby reciever) it should be able to record from the start of the program you have been watching like on sky and also allow you to create manual recording timers. a wireless connection shouldnt have to be an optional extra, does it really cost so much to integrate that now as so many things do already.
By flintstone on 1 Aug 2012
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