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Humax FVP-5000T Review

When it comes to Freeview Play boxes Humax are one of the longest running freeview box providers. Their latest offering, the Humax FVP-5000T, sets another benchmark for others to follow.

Improving on its predecessor, the Humax FVP-5000T lets you record four programmes while watching a fifth, more than enough for even the most power watchers. The box comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB options depending how much you want to save on there.

The majority of the channels are standard definition with a few select HD channels. Like other freeview services this is dictated by your area and what providers offer. The box does offer a handy prompt to switch to HD the SD channel you are watching has it available.

Like all freeview boxes the FVP-5000T relies on an aerial to pick up the channels so make sure you have one of those ready to go. Other than that everything you need is in the box including batteries for the remote and ethernet and HDMI cables.

As you would expect the FVP-5000T comes with a bunch of TV catch-up apps including iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 and Demand 5. The box also comes with YouTube and Netflix built in although the latter will require a subscription. One caveat with Netflix is even if you have the 4K subscription the FVP-5000T can only display them in HD.

On the back you’ve got a bunch of different connections. Ethernet – although WiFi is also an option – for connecting to the net, HDMI port, aerial in and out, RCA output and USB port. There is also a USB port on the side for more convenient access. The box supports playback of mp3s as well as various video formats. One thing missing is a SCART connection but that shouldn’t affect most people.

The remote comes with loads of buttons to give quick access to a lot of the functions. A big Freeview Play button in the middle takes you to the central hub for the FVP-5000T and a button for direct Netflix access comes in super handy.

If you’re looking for a freeview box to pimp up your old TV then you can’t go wrong with the Humax FVP-5000T. It’s simple to use, has lots of apps and works great.

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