Humax DTR-T2000 review
|Review: June 2015|
In a nutshell: The Humax DTR-T2000 is a YouView set-top box giving you subscription-free access to more than 70 TV and radio channels, plus catch-up TV from the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5. It's also a recorder with 500GB of disk space. Easy-to-use, with plenty of connectivity options, and well-priced, it's hard to beat.
Setup & requirements
The Humax DTR-2000 is probably the cheapest and simplest way to access broadcast TV and catch-up TV services from YouView. YouView is an extension to the popular Freeview digital broadcasting system, adding the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5 via an internet connection.
This gives you more than 70 TV and radio channels via Freeview, as well as catch-up TV from the last week and extra online content. Everything is accessed via a single Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) with 8 days of forward and 7 days of backward content available. The best thing is that it's all free (once you've bought the box itself!) In addition, Now TV lets you watch a range of pay movies on demand.
To connect to the internet, you'll need to plug the box into your home router via an ethernet cable. Don't worry too much if your router is located in another room, as you can now run broadband via your electrical sockets using HomePlug adapters. Wi-Fi would have been a nice feature, but almost no boxes currently offer that at present.
A HDMI cable is used to connect the box to your TV. Alternatively there's a SCART connection and also a digital optical output for connecting to a home cinema system. You can also plug in a USB. HDMI and ethernet cables are included in the sales package.
Pause, rewind & record live TV
The box also functions as a PVR (personal video recorder), so you can pause and rewind live TV and also record programmes on the hard disk. There are two inputs from the aerial, so you can watch one programme while recording another, or record two programmes simultaneously (while also watching a recorded programme). The PVR is easy to use with a simple option to record a whole series.
The capacity of the hard disk is 500GB, which is enough to record 300 hours of standard definition content and 125 hours of HD. If this is not enough, the Humax DTR-T1010 offers double the storage capacity.
The YouView mobile app lets you view what's on TV now and over the next 7 days and set your box to record from your smartphone or tablet.
Conclusion - easy to use and good value
YouView is the most comprehensive of the subscription-free TV options, and the Humax DTR-T2000 is the best value option.
The scroll-back EPG is simple to use, and you can easily upgrade your existing Freeview service to YouView just by installing the new box instead of your old one. We like the user interface on the DTR-T2000 and the remote control is simple and uncluttered.
Overall, we love the YouView experience, and this Humax is a good-value and well-featured product. It's probably the cheapest and easiest way to access the YouView experience.
Humax DTR-T2000 features include:
- Access to 70+ Freeview TV and radio channels
- Catch-up TV: BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5
- On demand: A library of films and TV series
- HD Ready
- EPG (8 days forward, 7 days back)
- PVR functionality (Record, pause and rewind live TV)
- Twin tuners
- 500GB disk space - up to 125 hours of HD content or 300 hours of SD
- Dolby Digital Plus
- Connectivity: Ethernet, HDMI, SCART, composite, digital optical audio out, USB 2.0 x 2
- HDMI & ethernet cables included
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Reviewed by Chris Everett
on 4th Nov 2016
Fantastic bit of kit - no need for Sky; works beautifully, family have hammered this machine for over a year and still acts like new - no brainer....