Frequently Asked Questions About Freesat HD Recorders

Freesat is a free-to-air British satellite service that provides a selection of standard-definition and high-definition television stations. The set top box is like a satellite receiver and DVR, or digital video recorder, all in one. eBay makes it easy to find the entertainment you want.

How do you choose the right recorder?

Freesat offers two main video recorders: the Humax HB-1100S and the Humax HDR-1100S. The HB-1100S can only record video if you connect it to an external USB hard drive, which is sold separately. The HDR-1100S, on the other hand, can record video out of the box. It comes with a 500 GB, 1 TB, or 2 TB internal hard drive.

If you are recording a lot of high-definition video, then you might want to opt for a larger hard drive. For example, the 500 GB hard drive can store 125 hours of high-definition video, but the 2 TB hard drive can store 500 hours of high-definition video. Both the HB-1100S and the HDR-1100S have built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections. The former box has a single USB 2.0 port, while the latter has two USB 2.0 ports, allowing you to connect external peripherals and devices.

What are some features of the Freesat HD recorder?

When you purchase the high-definition Freesat set top box, you will have access to the following features:

  • Digital video recording: DVR allows you to record, pause, or rewind live television whenever you want. You can record up to two channels simultaneously. The shows are stored on the hard drive.
  • On demand video: You can watch the latest videos whenever you want. The on demand services include the BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport, BBC News, ITV, YouTube, and Netflix.
  • TV guide: Find the programmes you want organised in a clear and logical way. You can browse up to a week backward or forward.
  • Showcase: The Showcase includes a curated selection of top TV picks and on demand content.
  • Freesat app: The Freesat app on your phone lets you record shows from anywhere, launch on demand video content, and manage your recordings. You can also use your phone as a remote control for your television.
Do you need a subscription to use the Freesat recorder?

A subscription is not needed to access the DVR features. The service is completely free to everyone who purchases the set top box. However, you will need a satellite dish to access satellite TV channels through the Freesat box.

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