Provider of digital set-top boxes Humax has announced that it will be the first manufacturer to launch set-top boxes to deliver the new Freeview Play connected TV service later this year.
Freeview Play, which will be free from subscription and compatible with existing broadband services, combines catch-up TV, on-demand services and live television.
The new Humax Freeview Play boxes will support HD content and feature built-in Wi-Fi for wireless broadband connectivity to access Freeview Play’s range of catch-up services, which includes BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5, Humax says.
Three built-in tuners allow advanced recording functionality alongside the catch-up and on-demand services, with the option of 500GB and 1TB built-in hard drives for up to 300 hours and 600 hours of storage space, respectively.
Humax commercial director Graham North commented: “The launch of Freeview Play marks a significant milestone moment in the UK’s broadcasting industry and our role as the lead set-top box manufacturer further reinforces the long-term relationship between Humax and Freeview. Our new range of set-top boxes will bring advanced recording features that complement catch-up TV, on-demand services and live television, to offer an exceptional Freeview Play experience.”
Digital UK connected TV managing director Ilse Howling said: “Humax is an exciting addition to the line-up of leading manufacturers supporting the launch of Freeview Play. Its new range of set-top boxes will offer the perfect way for viewers to bring all of the benefits of connected TV to their existing set, free from subscription.”