As far as freesat is concerned alot of people don't know what is required and ultimately what you get for your money.
Freesat is relatively new, therefore you won't receive as many channel as sky. What you have to remember is that this is changing daily. I've only had the foxsat box for a couple of weeks, and already is has prompted me for an update to find new channels. After installing it quoted me saying 141 channel found, so not a bad start.
What i would say is that i have both sky & freesat, by simply adding a quad lnb i've kept sky in my living room, and put the freesat in my bedroom. The easy part is that both sky & freesat use the astra satellite, so if you are simply replacing your sky box then you won't need to adjust your dish. Don't let anyone try to charge you for the £80 installation free, just buy the box from play etc. And away you go.
The box is very smart, and comes in a lovely gloss black which should suit most users as my hd tv is also in the same colour. Contents are excellent, and despite some websites saying it doesn't have a hdmi lead, it does! You also get a scart, and video rbg lead. Remember the hd box gives you the hd channels for free, currently bbc, channel 4 etc. If you don't have a hd ready tv, then go for the normal freesat sd box, they start at only £50.
Whilst the box looks slick, the remote is a little bit on the cheap side, but to be honest it's fuctional and easy to use. Some comments say the buttons are close together, but i disagree and think it's very well spaced and simple to use.
Overall i'm loving freesat & the humax foxsat box is the best looking on the market. I know freesat + is already out, this gives you all of the above but with the ability to record, howver the same box will cost double nearly £300.
Worth the money, but will probably never take over sky.