Looking for a replacement for your UK TiVo?

February 22nd, 2011 Tags: , , , , , , , ,

It seems that the Humax HDR-Fox T2 is getting a lot of attention as a potential replacement for ageing Series 1 TiVo boxes.  On 1 June 2011 TiVo will be shutting down the listings dialup service for the UK TiVo, making the devices pretty much useless (having used a TiVo without listings for over 6 weeks when moving house, I can confirm it’s very limited!).  However, the Humax HDR-Fox T2 seems to offer an interesting range of features for those who aren’t within a Virgin Media cable area (and hence cannot request the new UK 4th Generation TiVo).

It doesn’t have all the features of the old TiVo (especially if you added a network card and the web interface); but does have others to offset.  Firstly, it’s got a built in HD Freeview+ twin tuner for 2 channel recording (or recording one and playing back an existing recordign), a 2 hour live TV buffer (compared to the TiVo’s 30 minutes), can playback media from a DLNA server (or USB sticks), includes a TV portal (currently providing BBC iPlayer, but hopefully more options), Internet Radio support, Flickr and WikiTV support.  Another interesting feature is the trailer booking feature (currently on BBC and Channel 4); when a trailer for a program is on, it offers a green button option where you can then select to record the whole series, or just the single episode.  Also, there’s some intelligence; for example, it may also offer to record other similar programmes too.  Although it did not make it to the final release of the latest firmware, a beta version did also have the ability to share recordings between two Humax units, so hopefully this feature will come to a future firmware.

So, unless you absolutely need a web interface for recording programmes, then you may want to at least consider the Humax HDR-Fox T2 (available in 500GB and 1TB options); even the 500GB version can record up to 300 hours of programmes.

I know a couple of people who have ordered the Humax to replace a UK TiVo, so hopefully we’ll be able to provide more feedback on the good and bad in advance of the 1 June when current UK TiVos will become a lot less effective.


One Response to “Looking for a replacement for your UK TiVo?”

  1. Aleks Says:

    Or of course you can save your money and keep you TiVo running just as well as before by using the new free AltEPG service. Google it!

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