Best Freesat Boxes in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 16, 2019
When regular satellite boxes become more and more expensive to keep one can’t help but wonder, “What are the other options?”. Fortunately, there is a solution - a Freesat receiver box. Affordable and available without any subscription fees, it will be a great alternative to a regular sat box. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

The receiver features a control panel with 5 buttons that you can use to adjust the volume or to switch between channels. On top of that, it has a 12-digit display for easy navigation through all the available options.

CONS

The startup time could be a bit faster.

OUR VERDICT

This model not only allows you to watch your favourite shows in high-quality but also can record up to 200 hours of Full HD video straight on the built-in 1 TB HDD. The best of both worlds, it acts great as a PVR and a Freesat box.

detailed parameters
Max Output Resolution

1920x1080 (Full HD)

Interfaces

2 x SAT input (F-Type), AV-out (3 x RCA), HDMI-out, S/PDIF out (optical), 2 x USB-ports, Ethernet port, built-in Wi-Fi

Control

Control panel on receiver, Remote control, Freesat control app (available on iOS and Android)

Extras

Built-in 1 TB HDD (up to 600 hours of recording), EPG guide (up to 8 days forward, up to 7 days backwards)

Dimensions

28 x 20 x 4.8 cm

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Thanks to a large number of interfaces, the unit can be utilized with almost any TV set out there. While the HDMI will squeeze the most out of the Full HD video format, the RCA and SCART cables ensure that you will see your favourite programmes on any analogue device.

CONS

The built-in blue LED is a tad too bright.

OUR VERDICT

If you don't want to spend the whole day configuring a satellite box this model will be the right pick for you. Easy to set up and use, it will give you access to up to 140 satellite channels at once - a great bang for the buck.

detailed parameters
Max Output Resolution

1920x1080 (Full HD)

Interfaces

1 x SAT input, AV-out (3 x RCA or Scart), HDMI-out, USB-port, Ethernet port and built-in Wi-Fi (for software updates)

Control

Remote control

Extras

EPG guide (up to 8 days forward, up to 7 days backwards)

Dimensions

12 x 13 x 2.7 cm

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The built-in Wi-Fi module is powerful enough to keep the signal on even if your router is rather far from the TV set. Alternatively, the box is equipped with a standard Ethernet port that you can use for lag-free data streaming.

CONS

The gloss finish of the housing scratches easily.

OUR VERDICT

This multi-functional satellite box can also act as a multimedia centre. Once connected to the internet you can use almost all online services including ITV Player, Demand 5, STV Player, YouTube and Netflix, among others. Definitely a must-have product in case your old TV doesn't have a built-in SMART function.

detailed parameters
Max Output Resolution

1920x1080 (Full HD)

Interfaces

1 x SAT input, AV-out (3 x RCA), HDMI-out, S/PDIF out (optical), USB-port, Ethernet port, Built-in Wi-Fi

Control

Remote control, Freesat control app (available on iOS and Android)

Extras

External HDD can be connected for recording, EPG guide (up to 8 days forward, up to 7 days backwards)

Dimensions

20.6 x 16.9 x 4.2 cm

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The parental control and PIN lock functions will come in handy for users that have children. Moreover, the last channel recall mode allows for quick access to multiple channels saved in the viewing history.

CONS

The HDMI cable quality leaves much to be desired.

OUR VERDICT

The great user interface of the TV guide allows for quick access to all your favourite channels and TV shows. Sort the programmes by popularity, view count or genre to switch between them quickly and without hassle.

detailed parameters
Max Output Resolution

1920x1080 (Full HD)

Interfaces

1 x SAT input, AV-out (3 x RCA or Scart), HDMI-out, USB-port, Ethernet port and built-in Wi-Fi (for software updates)

Control

Remote control

Extras

EPG guide (up to 8 days forward, up to 7 days backwards)

Dimensions

12 x 13 x 2.7 cm

Warranty

2 years

PROS

In case you don't fancy remote controllers you can download a special mobile app (available for Android and iOS users) to control the Freesat box directly using your mobile device. This option also allows you to start and stop video recording even if you are away from the TV.

CONS

The remote control operational range is somewhat small.

OUR VERDICT

By opting for this Humax Freesat box you are getting a device that can act as both a satellite receiver and as a video recorder. What is more, with this kit you can watch up to 150 channels in high resolution without any monthly subscription fees that have become too prevalent today.

detailed parameters
Max Output Resolution

1920x1080 (Full HD)

Interfaces

1 x SAT input, AV-out (3 x RCA), HDMI-out, S/PDIF Out (optical), USB-port, Ethernet port, Built-in Wi-Fi

Control

Remote control, Freesat control app (available on iOS and Android)

Extras

External HDD can be connected for recording, EPG guide (up to 8 days forward, up to 7 days backwards)

Dimensions

20.6 x 16.9 x 4.2 cm

Warranty

2 years

Humax HDR-1100S 1TB

A Fully-Fledged PVR Satellite Kit for Your TV

The Humax HDR-1100S is a Freesat box that has one of the best packages available on the market today.

First things first, to make the experience of using the Humax HDR simple you can remotely control the box via a mobile application that is available for both Android and iOS users. On top of that, this handy mobile application features a user-friendly interface that eases the navigation through the menus and channel lists.

What makes this model stand out is its built-in 1 TB hard drive that lets you record up to 250 hours of your favourite TV shows with stunning HD picture quality.

Given that you already have a satellite dish the box will provide you with over 200 channels with 12 of them being broadcasted in Full HD. The installation, on the other hand, won’t take too much of your time, thanks to the addition of two SAT inputs, 3 AV outputs that can be used to connect multiple television sets, and a built-in Wi-Fi module that can be used to upgrade the box’s firmware.

All things considered, the Humax HDR-1100S is simply the best Freesat box for its price. Easy to configure and use, it requires little to no adjustment, and once set up it will serve you for years to come completely subscription-free.

Review of Humax HDR-1100S 1TB Freesat with Freetime HD TV Recorder

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Manhattan SX

140 Channels Available to You at Any Time

Trying to configure a satellite box for your TV can be a real hassle at times. Fortunately, Manhattan has a unit that is ready to stream your favourite shows in high-quality with little to no adjustment out of the box.

As soon as you connect the box, TV, and the satellite dish just turn the device on, enter your postcode and you will be ready to enjoy satellite television at its finest. Once tuned, you can use the remote control to switch between the channels. Speaking of which, the device features over 140 pre-programmed channels with 8 of them available in Full HD quality.

To ease the installation process, this box from Manhattan comes together with HDMI and satellite cables so you won’t have to purchase additional ones. On top of that, the package includes a 3.5 mm AV cable for connecting the box directly to the TV set or a standard monitor. Alternatively, the connectors include 3 AV ports for connecting multiple TVs, a single HDMI output, and one USB port for connecting the external HDD. Since Freesat updates their software applications quite often this satellite box from Manhattan features a built-in Wi-Fi module that makes the upgrading process go a little bit faster.

Wrapping things up, the Manhattan SX Freesat HD box will be a great pick for users that want a simple device that will free them from the need of paying for their satellite telly subscription. Simple in setup and in use, it will become your TV’s best companion and once you connect it you will never go back.

Review of Manhattan SX Freesat HD Box

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Humax HB-1100S

An Affordable Freesat Box for HDTV

HB-1100S is yet another Freesat HDTV box from Humax but this time it is aimed to satisfy the needs of users that are looking for a budget-friendly model.

First of all, the box comes with over 200 pre-set satellite channels available to you in true Full HD quality. As an extra feature, the box supports most modern online services so you can use your regular TV to watch YouTube or streaming services. All you have to do is connect the Ethernet cable or simply hook the box to your home Wi-Fi network.

In case you want to watch an episode of your favourite program but don’t have time you can always hook up an HDD to the Freesat box and record it in advance, thanks to the convenient TV application. On top of that, you can watch a separate channel while you are recording, which is great in case you have multiple TVs connected to one box.

Last but not least, this PVR kit also features a standard remote controller, which will be essential for both configuring the box and switching channels when your mobile device is out of reach.

In the end, the Humax HB1100S has proved to be the best Freesat box in the budget price range. Easy to set up and navigate, it beats any pre-paid satellite box out there with its superior video output quality. So, if you are looking for a high-performing Freesat device that is not overpriced, then this model will be your go-to pick.

Review of Humax HB-1100S Freesat HD TV

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Manhattan _SX

Convenience at Its Best

Usually, the Freesat boxes from Manhattan are designed to cover all your telly needs in a compact and easily configurable box, and we have to say this SX model does just that and even more.

To start off, the core package includes almost 200 channels with 13 of them available in Full HD, which is a great deal considering that you won’t have to pay any subscription fees. Moving on, when it comes to ease of use you can actually see the difference between the regular satellite box and a Manhattan product. Owing to the user-friendly interface of the TV guide, it is easy to navigate and to select the shows you want to watch. On top of that, the application provides you with a schedule of all shows on various channels for 8 days ahead.

As far as the connections go, the box is equipped with everything you may need in order to connect your digital or even an analogue TV. On top of the power adapter and a handy remote control unit, the kit is also equipped with an HDMI cable, SCART adapter, as well as with an AV cable. Alternatively, the firmware version can be upgraded using a regular Ethernet cable or your home Wi-Fi connection, thanks to the built-in wireless module.

All in all, the SX from Manhattan will be a great pick in case you are in search of a reliable Freesat box at an affordable price.

Review of Manhattan _SX Freesat HD Box

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Humax _HB-1100S

No More Channels in Poor Quality

If you are tired of watching satellite television in poor quality or just want to freshen up your TV system this model from Humax might be just right up your alley.

Equipped with a powerful video decoder this little PVR is capable of transmitting the high-quality signal directly to your TV. To be more specific, the maximum output resolution of the tiny box allows watching your favourite shows and programmes in Full HD quality, without compromises.

Furthermore, if you don’t have the opportunity to watch your favourite TV programme or a show at the time it airs, you can record it by connecting a regular external HDD to the box. After that, you just have to set the time for the receiver when to start and stop the recording. Thanks to this handy aspect you won’t miss any episodes to keep up to date with all the TV shows.

The only real issue we’ve had with this unit is the process of pairing the module with a Wi-Fi system, which may take a while in order to get the unit to update its firmware correctly. Nevertheless, once set, the device will stay paired with a router even after a power outage so it won’t be that huge of an issue.

Finally, this Freesat receiver will be a good solution for users that want a high-quality satellite box that doesn’t require any subscription fees.

Review of Humax _HB-1100S HD TV Freesat Receiver

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What Is a Freesat Box?

Trying to wrap your head around various satellite TV subscription plans can quickly become tedious. And why bother, when you can get a handy all-in-one box that will give you access to all your favourite shows without any subscriptions?

A regular Freesat box gives you access to all of your favourite shows and TV channels any time, free of charge. What makes them convenient is that they are ready to stream up to 200 channels as soon as you wire up the satellite dish and your TV to it.

Moreover, in case you are worried about switching from your current provider you can switch to a Freesat system without too much of a hassle since it doesn’t require any monthly fees.

While allowing you to access the satellite channels, some Freesat boxes can also act as recorders and even come equipped with their own hard drives. In case the Freesat box of your choice doesn’t have one, you can always hook up an external HDD model using the USB cable. This handy feature turns a standard Freesat receiver into a fully-fledged PVC device that is ready to record at any given time.

In case you are searching for more TV accessories, we also recommend taking a quick glance at our TV wall mount reviews. Alternatively, if you don’t want any hassle with wiring your TV you can also opt for a standard wireless HDMI set.

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Publish Date: 2019-09-16 15:05:13