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Humax Release New Silver YouView Broadband TV Box and Still NO WiFi

Thursday, February 14th, 2013 (12:14 pm) - Score 3,363

Humax has announced the retail release of its new DTR-T1010 set-top-box for the YouView (IPTV) service, which offers broadband based catch-up TV and video-on-demand services via several UK ISPs (BT, TalkTalk, KC and JT); it can also be purchased separately from £299.99. But don’t expect anything too new.

The YouView Humax DTR-T1010 set-top box, much like the DTR-T1000 that most ISPs bundle, is still black except it now comes with a “striking silver finish” on the front (can’t we just have a custom faceplate?). Plus we suspect that they may have also made a few very tiny tweaks and improvements to the hardware (PCB) inside but that’s not confirmed and wouldn’t be anything to write home about.

Otherwise the “new” box is currently available from high street retailer John Lewis, with Dixons and other independents expected to have it in-stock later this month. As before the box has an RRP of £299.99 for the 500GB model and £329.99 for 1TB. Sadly there’s no word on whether any of the supporting ISPs will be shipping this model.

It’s a shame that Humax has taken around half a year to bring out a slightly silver version of their original kit and thus missed the opportunity to add some much needed WiFi functionality, which alongside the heavy price tag has helped to hold some consumers back from a purchase (though ISPs do bundle it for free). On top of that most modern TV’s now come with increasingly strong internet connectivity and some of those cost less than the Humax box alone.

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9 Responses
  1. Avatar adslmax says:

    Do the want consumers to buy a stupidly overpriced dongle?

  2. Avatar DTMark says:

    What is the market for this?

    Our TV has some of the catch-up stuff built in, admittedly not as extensive.

    Our Humax TV box records fine and that was less than £100.

    The point Mark alludes to: I suppose if you have an older TV you could buy this to add catch-up facilities, but at this price you’re not far off the price of a new Smart TV.

    Is the reason it’s so expensive standalone to make up for the cheap price that the ISPs get it for so as to give it away with broadband connections?

  3. Avatar Jon says:

    had my free youview box from the customer trial they did, happy with the service available but 299 retail is a joke, better spending your money on a bluray home cinema kit/games consoles with the added media facilities/connectivty/apps they offer

  4. Avatar Phil says:

    What a joke, they should bring in wifi for god’s sake! But I know Humax from Germany is very very poor support

  5. Avatar Jono says:

    I have switched to YouView from SKYHD and payed £250 for my box. I’m really pleased with it, the on demand works far better than SKY. I know you can do it all separately with Games Console, TV etc but its so much more convenient to just have everything in once place.

    Before YouView I tried Freesat Freetime which was very poor, took the box back after a day.

    1. Avatar Phil says:

      Don’t it had subtitles on bbci player, itv player, 4oD and five on demand on you view ?

    2. Avatar Glen says:

      For £300 you could had built a cheap HTPC with a TV Tuner. Had access to live TV, all the ondemand stuff like Iplayer, full web browsing, DVD/Bluray playback, access to all media stored on other computers, and a FAR FAR FAR superior interface for it all via something like XBMC which will even scrape info from things like IMDB about content. Oh and it would not be a laggy mess like current youview boxes where you press a button on the remote wait a couple of seconds before it does anything.

      Youview is another ripoff flop, which is no shocker seeing it is mainly the realm of Talk Talk and BT flogging it, the firms that were/are behind the equally uselessly overpriced Tiscali TV and Vision.

  6. Avatar Jono says:

    I must be using a different box, really don’t find it laggy at all – I took the Freesat Freetime box back for that very reason, it was incredibly frustrating.

    I am computer programmer and have had an iMac mini all setup with Plex previously. But I wanted something my wife and kids would be happy to use, without any messing around. I’m really pleased with YouView heard bad things about the early versions but its not crashed once for me.

  7. Avatar Nick says:

    Not everyone needs wifi, so why should every one pay for it?

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