Humax has released press shots of the FVP-4000T, the first Freeview Play set-top box that’s hitting shelves later this month.
While there’s not a full spec sheet available for the FVP-4000T right now, we know that it’ll come with a built-in WiFi module, meaning you can access catch-up and on-demand services like BBC iPlayer and Netflix without an Ethernet cable.
Taking a leaf out of the Virgin Media TiVo book, the FVP-4000T also boasts three digital TV tuners, meaning you’ll be able to record up to three programmes at once, or record from two channels while watching another live.
There will be 500GB and 1TB versions of the FVP-4000T available, which’ll let you record up to 300 and 600 hours of content respectively, though it’s not currently clear how many hours of SD and/or HD content you’ll be able to get on these drives.
Related: Freeview Play launching in October on Panasonic smart TVsThe Humax FVP-4000T is one of the first Freeview Play devices, which means that should you miss a show, there’s a chance you’ll be able to watch again through one of the many catch-up services.
Like YouView before it, Freeview Play promises to blend linear broadcast TV with a range of catch-up services which from launch will include BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All 4 and Demand 5.
While Humax and Netflix have inked a deal which’ll see the popular streaming service coming to new Humax-branded boxes and tellies, it’s not expected to arrive until early 2016 – a little later than expected but better late than never.
There’s no timeline for any other on-demand services just yet, but based on what we saw at DTG Summit 2015, other providers could nail their colours to the Freeview Play mast pretty soon.
We know for sure that ITV Hub, the upgraded ITV Player that’s due to launch in November, will be arriving on Freeview Play devices.
Graham North, commercial director, Humax, said: “The new FVP-4000T range for Freeview Play gives viewers the options they want from a TV service, whether that’s on-demand viewing, scrolling back the TV guide to catch up on missed shows, playing back recordings or watching live TV.
“By combining seamless wireless connectivity with the advanced features of the Freeview Play service into one box, Humax continues to lead the UK’s subscription-free set-top box market.”
Aside from that, we know that the Humax FVP-4000Ts will be available in two fetching colours, ‘cappuccino’ and ‘mocha’, which makes a nice change from the big standard black or white varieties.
The 500GB Humax FVP-4000T will set you back around £200 while the 1TB model will cost roughly £230.
We will bring you more information following a launch event that’s currently scheduled for next week.