Humax and Freesat have launched the most compact and affordable Freetime set-top box recorder to date, the companies claim, bringing the benefits of the subscription free satellite TV service to a wider group of cost-conscious consumers.
Integrated WiFi has been built into the new PVR range for access to Freesat’s Freetime on-demand and catch-up players including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, YouTube and Curzon Home Cinema.
Available from July 15, in black or white, the Humax Freesat HDR-1100S with Freetime offers all the features of the Freetime service, including access to over 200 channels, a roll back TV guide, TV recommendation service Showcase, catch-up services, plus a range of on-demand content. The set top box can also be paired with the Freesat App to let customers plan their viewing and set recordings while they’re out and about, the provider adds.
Priced at £189 (500GB), £219 (1TB) and £299 (2TB), the Humax Freesat HDR-1100S is available from a range of retailers and independents, including John Lewis, Dixons, Richer Sounds, Argos, CIH Euronics, Tesco and Humax Direct.
Humax commercial director Graham North commented: “With the ever-increasing consumer demand for the connected home, there was an absolute necessity to incorporate Wi-Fi within the new Humax Freesat Freetime family. The new box adds even more appeal to the popular Freetime service, allowing great streaming and on-demand content to be easily accessible. Its compact size and range of colours provide further value and choice to consumers, making it a must-have product for home entertainment.”
Freesat marketing director Paul Gilshan added: “As household bills continue to rise across the UK, particularly pay TV prices, we’re proud to launch a compact and low cost recorder that gives consumers an affordable alternative all for a one off cost with no monthly subscription, that’s £0 a month. With Freetime, customers enjoy the flexibility of a connected service with a huge range of content.”