Humax YouView DTR-T1000 review

Simply the best EPG of any Freeview HD PVR, a responsive box and neatly integrated on-demand TV

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One of the main things about YouView is that it's not just designed to work with the big broadcasters, but with a mind to extending the service in future. Click on the Players link to view on the on-demand apps and you can see that there's plenty of room on this screen for new content to be added.

One of the first services to be added will be Sky's Now TV. Offering movies to start with, this IP TV service will later add sport and entertainment, including Sky Atlantic and Sky 1. It will cost £15-per-month for unlimited access or from 99p to £3.49 on pay-as-you-go. Other companies and services can pay to have their content added to YouView, meaning that the platform can only get better in the future.

YouView Players

YouView has plenty of scope for being expanded in the future, with Sky's Now TV due to be added soon

In the meantime, we think that the current offering could be improved slightly, by making sure that every company provides an HD stream. It would be good to provide a consistent interface for each of their individual Players, too.


The big question is whether the YouView DTR-T1000 is worth buying or not. Our simple answer is, yes. YouView gives you all of the free catch-up TV services and lets you watch content in a way that's considerably easier than using any Smart TV or connected laptop. We love the YouView interface and the way it treats live and on-demand programming in the same way. With more services due to be added, YouView will only get better. We can also see the technology being the de facto standard for PVRs, set-top boxes and, hopefully, even TVs.

Humax YouView DTR-T1000

There's not quite enough reason to upgrade, but the Humax YouView DTR-T1000 is the best if you need a new PVR

That all said, if you've got a Freeview HD PVR that you're perfectly happy with, the Humax YouView DTR-T1000 is a little expensive for an upgrade and we can't see many people swapping. However, if you're looking for a new PVR, this is the one to buy and well worth the relatively small premium over existing Freeview HD boxes. As for YouView in general, provided it's in it for the long-haul, it has a bright future ahead. After all, who doesn't want on-demand TV integrated into the same neat EPG?

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