Humax HDR-10005 Freesat HD+ DVR
Sky+ is best known for it’s ability to pause and rewind Live TV - which when it first launched was a revelation to anyone who experienced it for the first time. As one of the first hard disk recorders to be widely used, Sky impressed us all with how easy it is to record and watch stuff - without struggling with VHS tapes and VideoPlus codes like we used to. Time has moved on though and hard disk recorders are the norm - and if you’ve got a Sky dish and don’t want to pay the subscription, then Freesat is a good alternative, and the Humax HDR-10005 does everything you’d want it to. Like the Sky box, it can play a show from the start whilst still recording the end, and has two built in tuners so you can watch one channel live whilst recording another. There’s also advanced recording features like Sky’s series link, so you can set the box to record your favourite show even when it’s moved around the schedules. The box can also plug into an internet connection if you’ve got an ethernet lead, giving you access to the iPlayer, ITV Player, and Channel 4 on Demand.
The other day I wrote a speculative article wondering if the internet will kill Sky TV – after all, it’s not the only option if you want more channels any more, and the internet can do a very good job competing with it.
But these are austere times and a Sky subscription isn’t insubstantial – so here’s our pick of five alternatives to the different functionality that a Sky+ subscription offers you.