Australia’s premium VAST set top box – the prestigious Humax brand is certified for VAST and the quality is remarkable.
When you unpack the unit from its environmentally sensible packaging, you’ll notice the build quality straight away. The brushed aluminium front hides the vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) so much so that you’d swear it has no display at all! Yet, when powered up, the VFD appears to shine through the aluminium – a great touch.
As the unit supports full HD video resolution, connection to your TV should be via HDMI. After start up, the wizard will guide you through the setup process and if your satellite dish is already aligned (with a 10.700GHz LNB), it will scan in all channels. Now all that is required is to register your smartcard (included with the HDR-1003S) – you’ll find it located behind the flap on the right hand side.
Price includes the HUMAX HDR 1003S plus 500GB internal Hard Disc Drive.
Remote Australia is renowned for fluctuating power surges, brownouts and blackouts. Power surges can cause electronic devices with low tolerance power supplies to fail and this is very common. Particular attention at the design phase was given to the Humax 1003S power supply knowing that these units would be used in remote areas of Australia where power levels are known to fluctuate. This rugged design has resulted in a decoder that will last where others fail.
The Humax 1003S is a twin tuner able to record 2 programs at the same time. Just open the door on the right side and insert the drive (if purchased as per option 2 or 3 above) into the SATA slot (must be powered down first). The Humax HDR-1003S sports USB ports front and rear. You can insert a USB or hard disk drive (HDD) and playback most common file types such as MPEG, AVI, MP3, DIVx and many more however you cannot record via the USB external ports, only direct to the internal SATA drive. The Humax HDR1003S is more than a high definition satellite decoder, it’s a high end media player too. Even access the files on the hard drive via Ethernet on your network.
The Humax 1003S features a high performance Broadcom Chip – BCM7425
If connected to your home network via Ethernet, you will be able to access streaming services via the TV Portal button. With a good internet connection, you’ll be able to stream ABC iView, SBS on Demand, Quickflix, YouTube and more. You also get to navigate the menu and TV guide of the Humax 1003S using a premium quality, universal remote control that feels great in your hand. Connect seamlessly to your wireless home network using the Humax Wireless LAN stick.
Through VAST, you’ll be able to access all of the great new digital TV channels:
For those of you living in any state other than WA, the channels available via the VAST service are:
Regional news feeds are also available (see channel 4 on VAST). These news feeds are broadcast at various times throughout the evening. This enables the viewer to catch up on local news as well as national news from the commercial and public broadcast providers.
For those of you living in WA, all of the ABC and SBS channels will be available to you also. However, instead of receiving the commercial channels Seven Central, Imparja and Ten, you will receive Prime and Win. See below: