Humax YouView DTR-T1000 review
ITV Player is a little disappointing. After launching a programme to watch, the only thing you can do is view information on the show. That's it. There's no option to find similar programmes or choose other applications. It's a real disappointment that more effort hasn't been put in here.
Through the ITV Player app, there's a bit more control, there's the option to resume watching recent programmes, plus you can browse by channel, day and A-to-Z. The interface looks very basic, though, and it's a real shame that there's no proper search integrated.
All programmes have adverts in them, which you can't skip. This is the same as the ITV Player service online, so we can't really complain; but if you're coming from using a traditional PVR, actually having to watch some adverts again is a bit of a shock.
4oD has adverts that you can't skip, as does the service when accessed through a web browser. We quite like what Channel 4 has done with its service and it's clearly made an effort to make the experience a good one.
Hitting the Info button on the remote control brings up programme information for the current show and lets you choose More Episodes, so you can find out what else is on.
Likewise, the 4oD app is similarly well-designed. You can browse content by Most Popular, Categories and Collections, and resume programmes that you've started to watch. There's no proper search, but an A-to-Z of programmes instead.
Five Player is an impressive bit of work. When you're watching a programme, you can view More Like This and get More Episodes. It's a quick and easy way to navigate through what you're watching.
Accessing the Five Player app shows that the quality has continued. You can resume programmes you've started to watch and access your Favourites. Five also lets you browse Featured programmes or through a full list of shows, and it has a proper search bar. It's great to see the company take YouView seriously and deliver a full set of features.
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