Humax will be the first digital set-top box manufacturer to deliver the Freeview Play connected TV service, which combines catch-up TV, on-demand services and live television.
The new Humax Freeview Play boxes, to be released later this year, will support HD content and feature wireless broadband connectivity to access Freeview Play’s range of catch up services, which includes BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5.
The announcement follows an announcement last month by Digital UK and DTT platform Freeview that Panasonic would be the first manufacture to launch TVs featuring Freeview Play.
Graham North, commercial director at Humax, said: “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.”
The Humax set-top box will feature three built-in tuners for advanced recording functionality with the option of 500GB and 1TB built-in hard drives – providing up to 300 hours and 600 hours of storage space, respectively.
Ilse Howling, managing director of Connected TV at Digital UK, said: “Humax’s 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.”
Humax has an established record of collaboration with Freeview and Digital UK. Humax was the chosen manufacturer for the UK’s first DTT HD trial in 2006, a key supplier for the UK’s first digital switchover trials in 2007 and the selected partner for the first Freeview HD trials in London in 2009.
DTG Staff | 03.03.2015