Records plenty of simultaneous programs and you are able to watch other live programs at the same time ( unlike the panasonic that it replaced). Still finding my way around the many facilities. The “8 day” programme guide is very slow and it’s a struggle to get 2days out of it sometimes unless it’s been on for a while. The stacking of recorded programs, one after the other is annoying too as you have to scroll down a long list once you have a number of items recorded. Good memories of the old, original humax, hope this one will eventually come out as useful. The wi fi facility is really great for youtube etc.
Had this machine machine just over a month now to replace my excellent digitalstream, which finally gave up the ghost after 6 trouble-free years. The humax works well with excellent picture quality and lots of features. I particularly like the freeview play facility which allows you to go backwards in the epg over the past 8 days and select a programme you missed and the humax automatically loads the appropriate catch-up app and starts to play the programme (needs to be connected to the internet of course for this). My only gripe is i find the interface overly complicated, particularly when you have a number of episodes of the same programme recorded, there is too much button-pressing than should be necessary. The digitalstream was much easier to navigate. Another good feature of the humax is if you want to watch 2 or more episodes of the same programme it will start to play the following episode when the first one has finished. All-in-all a good pvr (can record 4 programmes at once + watch a recording) which i am happy with and would recommend, although it’s not perfect.
My old humax gave up the ghost on monday and my new one came on tuesday. What a gem from the king of pvr. How things have moved on and this model only came to market at the end of last year. I have 3 computers on my home network and at last a pvr which slots seamlessly into the system. The real strength of this new unit is its ability to plug into the internet via the router. I’m one of these people who cannot just sit in an armchair watching tv so like to work on my computer with the tv out to one side. I have discovered that i’m not alone in this. So, if i needed to use one of the catch up services it meant all the rigmarole of setting it up and then locking up the computer to watch it. This new humax connects directly to ones router meaning i only have to connect once to each catch up service and from there on the humax’s capability to play programs from any channel over the past 8 days is there to connect to. The really clever bit is that it presents itself exactly the same as the normal tv guide and the unit knows which service to connect to as soon as you click on any program. This is a game changer because it means that when you sit down to watch tv you no longer have just the choice of that day or what you have recorded but can also cruise the channels for everything over the previous 8 days and play them as if they are all today’s programs. No more locking up your computer and no more explorer shenanigans. I have seen mentioned that some people are having problems with the amount of tuners working?.
The only negative point is that the status indicator led is located under the unit and i assume you are supposed to see the reflected light. This does not work too well, would have been better to mount it on the front panel. I have placed a sheet of white paper under my box, make the indicator much more visible.
Has worked almost flawlessly for 8 months. No missed recordings or anything to worry about. Very occasionally it comes on with no sound but a power off/on reset sorts it.
We ‘upgraded’ from a hdr-fox t2 and while some areas are improved, many are backwards steps. Improvements:- records more than 2 channels (4)- doesn’t complain about recording clashes caused by padding- ui is more modern looking- catch-up – don’t use as faster on smart tvproblems:- noisey hdd when recording more than 2 channels- noisey fan in standby if any of the background services are enabled- can’t tell if it’s on or off or recording from the light. The light is either red for off, or blue for on/recording. The light also faces down, so can’t be seen. – remote is bulky, large, and naff- more remote presses are needed to do most things- the android app does not work at all, so remote recording or playback is not possible- remote playback over dlna or ftp is not possible for hd (every we record)- it is slow. Far slower than our old humax, and this is made worse be the inefficient menus and controls- poor ui design throughout. For example when entering a series of recordings ‘play’ will play the most recent, rather than the oldest. ‘watch live’ is the default option when entering through the recordings menu, rather than ‘play recording’. Overall it is really tough to justify not returning this product. I hope for fixes by updates, but if history is anything to go by there will be none.
The humax fvp-5000t 1tb freeview play recorder is exactly what we wanted, it does everything that was described to us, it is very clear and easy to use.
I had previously used a humax digibox/recorder that i’d acquired through my local freecycle network and i’d been very impressed with it. However – probably due to its age, it had become unreliable when trying to record important tv programs, so i resolved to buy a new and more modern model. I chose the humax fvp-5000t 1tb model because it struck me as being the bees-knees among digibox/recorders – and i haven’t been disappointednot only does it act as my freeview digital tuner/receiver – it will also record (onto an internal hard drive) any program from any digital channel, either individually, or you can set it in advance to record a whole series for you – with a massive, two-terabyte storage capacity. Not only that, but it can record up to four different channels at the same time, while you are watching a fifthbut then there’s more. It also accesses a whole load of catch-up channels via the internet, so that – even if you happened to miss recording a program – you can still watch it at your leisure via bbciplayer/itv hub/all4/demand 5 and uk tv play, as well as many others, such as youtube and netflix. If the channel you select to record from has an hd version, it will ask you if you want to record from there instead. The picture quality is superb. Installation was a piece of cake – you can connect to your tv using the hdmi cable supplied (recommended), or via an rca cable. Your aerial plugs into the humax. There is an ethernet socket at the back as well as a cable supplied, but this was unnecessary for me to use, as it will also pick up your home wi-fi signal from your router through its built-in wireless receiver.
- Does what I wanted
- Good, but Not as good as it thinks it is
- Can recommend
Humax FVP-5000T 1TB Freeview Play HD TV Recorder – Black
I only watch freeview channels so i was paying sky or virgin a high fee just to record them. I would just warn people that the box does take a little while to warm up but there are features i like such a when you delete a recording it automatically asks if you want to delete the series. I wish i had got it years ago.
A few weeks in and the unit seems to be settling down. Initially had a few days where a number of bugs appeared to manifest themselves – eg not linking in with network, losing privacy statement and requiring restart, inexplicably stetting down. But these appear to have stopped – maybe it likes it’s new home.
My old tvonics pvr died after 8 years, so time for a new pvr. The humax fvp 5000t was a which best buy, so after looking at the other reviews on amazon, most good, some not so good, decided to give it a go. The fvp 5000t with 2 tb of storage is the model i went for. Connecting it up and setting it up was very easy (with the exception of entering my long and secure passwords for the wifi and netflix – but that is purely a function of long passwords and navigating an on screen keyboard) and it worked well first time. I would recommend this freeview play box, easy to set up and use and a vast improvement on my old device – should have upgraded to humax a few years ago. A quick note, after setting up the wifi internet connection, the box updated to the latest software over the internet. I hope humax keep updating the software over the comming years.
After a bit of time messing around with other systems for recording from a new tv i eventually lashed out for this unit which wasn’t the cheapest option, however it does everything which i require. Still not full conversant with all the settings and having to use two remote controls, one for this unit and one for the tv, gets a bit confusing at times. But perhaps that is just memy only real complaint is that the live indicator light is placed underneath the unit which makes it difficult to see so i am sometimes struggling with getting the controls to work while not realising the unit is turned off.
. Having told sky where to go with their endless repeats this allows us to see the programmes we watch and has access to many other channel features. It has the odd ‘quirk’ but overall an very acceptable replacement that will eventually become completely free as the saving on sky monthly charges is offset against the initial cost. Great picture and flexibility for recording. Imho a better bet than sky if you don’t want to pay the inflated sky price to receive sport and/or old movies. Updatehaving had it a while now i can understand some of the other buyers comments. The menu system and the relationship between the function of watching ‘live tv’ as opposed to a ‘recording’ and getting to and/or from those functions is, in my opinion, not at all consumer friendly and certainly not easy for those who are not highly trained in the art of the humax handset controller. For the price i expected better functionality. Still ok for watching and recording but the menu and recording/deleting system is a real pain in the proverbial imho.
I bought this before christmas on a fabulous deal. I bought this to replace an older model that i wanted to update. Firstly i spent a couple of hours setting up the unit, it was easy and once set up everything was how i liked it. The speed of remote response, well yes it is slightly slower, after a month i am used to it. The auto turn on via hdmi, this is a great feature, i agree it is slow and difficult because it takes about 10 seconds for any response, it does work but slow. The issue is that the red ‘on’ led is along the bottom of the unit and it is difficult to see that it has changed colour. I am happy with the remote functions, it is easy and is has ‘learnt’ more than enough of my samsung tv features. I am happy with the picture quality and recording features. My old unit had a one press feature to wind on a fixed time, say 30 seconds, 1 or 2 minutes, this unit also has that but it is longer winded and i have already forgotten how to do itoverall i am pleased with the unit and i think for most people they will find it ideal.
This product is a replacement for my original purchase and is still faulty. I have checked with the humax website that it has installed the latest version of the software but it still fails to record all items selected and it does not allow me to delete items from the schedule no longer required. I have returned to factory settings in the hope that it will then work but it does not. I have owned many humax products over many years and have never experienced anything so bad. However, since writing this review, i have downloaded the upgrade file (fvp5000t_upgrade. Hdf) directly from the humax website and all seemed to be ok but the attached photo shows that it is not and so i am returning it for refund.
It is a very good quality item. It does everything it say’s it does. It’s ability to record four channels at the same time is primarily why i went with this particular model and was pleased i did so as the os is very easy and quick to use. (not quite as good as sky’s box but you can’t have everything can you. )i would definitely recommend this box to anyone out there in need of the ability to record their favourite programmes. It exudes quality right from the get go. So definately worth a purchase despite the rather heavy price tag. But then it has just recently been released and as such will be slightly more costly i suppose. I am sure however that it will drop in price in time. Overall though a great purchase, i just hope that it last’s a good few years and that i don’t have to fork out for another one anytime soon.
- Does what I wanted
- Good, but Not as good as it thinks it is
- Can recommend
Humax FVP-5000T 1TB Freeview Play HD TV Recorder – Black
When my tvonics pvr started to give problems after 11 years trouble free service it was not without some trepidation that i began researching a replacement. I eventually narrowed down my choices to the panasonic dmr hwt250eb and the humax fvp-5000t. Of the two, on paper, the humax looked to offer the more up to date specification. However, reading the reviews on amazon and humaxs own web site didn’t inspire confidence in the fvp-5000t. Complaints included problems with initial setting up, noisy hard drive, slow/clunky software interface, location of the on/off led indicator, itv hub not working, tv guide font size,etc,etc. Still having read all the 5 and 4 star reviews i decided, with my fingers crossed, to bite the bullet and buy the humax as it seemed the best future proof option. I bought it at the beginning of february from amazon because of their great returns policy. The initial set up including installation of a recommended software update went like a dream. There was no problem connecting wirelessly to my internet network. The hard drive is not noisy and the software interface is functional.
Anyone used to the sky set up and programme guide will be disappointed with this. It does do the the job but there are delays between pushing buttons and getting a picture. Can’t believe all the trade reviews are justified. Big storage disc on this model which is good, and there is a 64x fast forward which is a plus. Just takes some time to get used to the fussy controls and remote buttons.
Nice unit, about half the size of the sky hd box. Good quality picture from both sd and hd content. Easy to set up and use, and a reasonable tv guide. The only negative i have (and the reason for dropping it a star on the rating) is that response-wise, it takes a fraction of a second longer to respond to input than the sky box takes. I bought this as a sky replacement as i feel that for my usage i was paying more than i was getting back. As a family we will miss sky one, history, alibi and gold (the latter items would be available through a tv player app – sadly that’s one of the apps that is not available on this box). The recording function works well and you can do an equivalent of series-link to record an entire series. Time will tell whether freeview can truly replace sky, but house-hold mutinies aside as they are nothing to do with this unit. The humax box does it’s job as a player and recorder very well.
We are longtime users of the tivo product in the us, sold in the uk as the virgin media device. Overall the humax fvp-5000t met our expectations and certainly provides all the features we were looking for. The ui/experience is a little messy at times which is the only reason for the missing last star. Navigation is clumsy at times. The keypresses needed for skip-forward are a good example. Browsing recordings is another – as you move from one ‘episode’ recording to another, the program details do not update until you also press ‘ok’. Lazy ui design which is usable but not intuitive. Overall though, well worth the money and delivers all features as promised.
The box arrived on time but there are several problems with it. Notably when i first turn it on the picture colours are wrong and there is no sound. The only solution is to turn the tv off and on again. I contacted customer services who asked me to do a factory reset which did not work and the same problems persist. He said that i would need to contact technical services and would probably have to send the box back. The problem with this is that i had already connected a box sent to my wife before mine arrived and it had all the same problems. Secondly more4 and e4 are no longer available on freestat but should be available on freeview play which is what i have. Customer services were at a lossthe box clearly has a number of issues, at least be aware before you cancel sky/virgin and buy a freeview plus box.
I bought this when we moved away from sky. It seemed to offer the functionality i was looking for, with some good extras. And it does, in the main but it’s not without its issues. Easy to use and fairly intuitive, but my experience of humax generally is that it is quite buggy. Sometimes the box will turn off if you press a channel button too soon after switching on. Not a massive issue, but still annoying. Can not get the third tuner to recognise a signal, but the other two are okay. Same aerial in, so obviously some sort of fault. Claims to record four programmes at once, but doesn’t. I can do three, which is a step up from the sky box so still good.
The user interface is clunkier than my old humax box, and i don’t like complete deletion of the front display. But it’s compact and capable, with the unusual ability to record four programs at once. It was tricky getting the internet remote control working, but it’s now great to be able to add more timer programmes from the other side of the world.
This is a replacement for our 15year old box , just died of old age. New box is better in many ways, can record more programs at a time, easy to record on guide. Delighted only one snag if watching a programme you are also recording if you pause it when it comes time to end it cuts you off, so you have to go into the recorded version to get the end, can’t find a way around this and find it a bit of a nuisance.
This is our third machine and is by far the least consumer friendly machine we have had. There is a pause of several seconds between pressing the remote button and any response appearing on the screen. This maybe 21s century intolerance or does it show that everyone else is getting it right?.