Freesat unveils low-cost connected box

UK subscription-free satellite TV service Freesat has launched a new low-cost Freesat HD box that includes its connected TV service freetime.

The new Freesat HD with freetime box is manufactured by Humax and will be available to buy immediately from high street retailers including John Lewis, Currys and PC World for around £99 ($155).

Freesat chief technology officer Matthew Huntington said the new box was a “natural extension of our award-winning TV service, and it’s great to build on the popularity of the service”.

Freesat, which launched freetime a year ago, offers a roll-back TV guide, daily TV recommendations and on-demand services including BBC’s iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5 and YouTube, as well as 180 linear digital TV and radio channels.

Humax commercial director Graham North said: “The affordable Humax HB-1000S brings the seamless freetime TV guide to cost-conscious consumers, opening up the opportunity for more people to benefit from this leading subscription-free satellite service.

“It offers the first low-cost option for the freetime range, without compromising on the performance and quality that TV viewers expect from Humax and Freesat.”

Extra features including remote record and a remote control app for mobile devices are in the pipeline.

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