Netflix is heading to owners of Humax’s first-gen Freeview Play set-top boxes now.
Over the air updates have started rolling out, meaning Humax FVP-4000T owners won’t have to manually download or install anything; you’ll know you’ve got the update once you see Netflix sitting pretty in the On Demand menu next to the likes of YouTube, BBC iPlayer, All 4, ITV Hub and others.
Like virtually every digital TV platform out there these days, Freeview Play hardware gives customers access to linear TV channels and catch-up services through one box.
How can I watch Netflix on my TV?, Netflix heading to Humax’s Freesat hardware before Freeview Play boxesTaking a leaf out of the Virgin Media TiVo, YouView and Freesat Freetime book, the Freeview Play programme guide is ‘backwards scrolling’, meaning you can head left in the guide to search for programmes you might have missed and if they’re available on any of the catch-up services, you’ll be able to launch them from there instead of having to open up a separate menu.
While you won’t be able to quickly access Netflix this way, Graham North, commercial director at Humax says that the update will include a Netflix shortcut on the home page.
North said: “With the ever-increasing ‘binge-watching’ phenomenon, where entire series are consumed with no interruptions or commercial breaks, we have witnessed a dramatic revolution in viewing habits over the past two to three years.
“With the Netflix app fully integrated into the Humax FVP-4000T home page, our customers will now benefit from a seamless, ‘watch instantly’ streaming experience and an exceptional, diverse choice of entertainment options with unlimited hours of extra programming – in addition to the extensive range of on-demand and subscription-free services already on offer to them.”
Even if Humax hadn’t thought to do this, the FVP-4000T’s remote comes with a shortcut button to the On Demand menu itself, meaning Netflix and other services are just a couple of clicks away.