Humax YouView DTR-T1000 review
STEP BACK IN TIME
Where things are different from a usual PVR is that you can also step back up to seven days using the same EPG. Programmes that were shown in the past can be viewed, as long as they are on a major channel, via internet-based streaming services.
Just hit the OK button and instead of box tuning into the correct channel, the relevant on-demand player (BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD or Demand Five) is started and the programme plays automatically. It's a neat trick and the integration of live and catch-up TV in one simple EPG makes choosing what you want to watch incredibly easy. Though we would have liked our own recordings to have also been marked up on the EPG, as an alternative to streamed ones.
The integration of the services goes beyond simply being able to select a past programme to watch, though. Because YouView is connected to the internet it can also pull in extra information about live programmes. So, select Info on a programme in the future and, if available, you get a More Episodes button, which pulls its content from the relevant on-demand service. Each programme's information is also pulled from online, giving more detail than is standard for a Freeview EPG.
There's also a search facility, which lets you search all of the on-demand services in one go, looking for the programme that you want to watch. This search steps back through the entire content catalogue, so you can find programmes that are more than seven days old. At no point do you have to concern yourself with which on-demand application you need to load. Currently, the search facility doesn't work with live TV, which is a shame, as you can only find this by browsing through the EPG.
You can also browse through on-demand content by type (Films, children's TV, Adult, etc), with YouView pulling all of the relevant programmes from each service. Should you know which on-demand service houses the content you want to watch, you can jump directly to its YouView app and use that solely.
Even better, when you're watching on-demand TV you can bring up the YouView menu and search for new content or browse the EPG without interrupting your viewing. In essence, then, YouView presents and treats catch-up TV as though it were live TV.
Detractors of YouView often don't take into account this integration when they say that all of these facilities are available already through Smart TV or by plugging a laptop or tablet into your TV. Smart TV doesn't have every catch-up service and you have to quit live TV and then choose the service you want to watch. Plugging in a laptop gives you every catch-up service, but you can't search through them seamlessly and you lose the remote control ability. So, yes YouView does what you can already do, but it does it better and with less hassle.
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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