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.
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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