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Humax to launch first Freeview Play set-top box in 2015

The first Freeview Play set-top boxes to hit the shelves this year will be made by Humax. 

While Humax has yet to give us a name for its Freeview Play debut or even show us a press render, it had announced that the first boxes will be available in 500GB and 1TB editions, which will give you up to 300 hours and 600 hours of recording space, respectively.

On top of this, you’ll be able to pull in on-demand content from services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5 from launch. 

Graham North, commercial director at Humax, said: “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 compliment catch-up TV, on-demand services and live television, to offer an exceptional Freeview Play experience.” 

While other details about the unnamed products are scarce, Humax has confirmed that the first boxes will also feature built-in WiFi for streaming on-demand content – a feature which has yet to appear on the rival YouView platform. 

That said, you can stream content on YouView wirelessly although this requires a bit of tinkering

Last week, Panasonic announced that Freeview Play would come built in to all of its Viera TV sets released this year. As well as giving customers access to streamlined catch-up via Freeview Play, the majority of Panasonic’s Viera TVs released this year will also come with Firefox OS running ‘neath the hood, which promises an even bigger suite of catch-up apps along with other services. 


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