September 12, 2013 08.48 Europe/London By Julian Clover
Freesat has launched a new low cost satellite receiver, bringing its connected service Freetime for around £99.
The HUMAX-manufactured HD box will be available at John Lewis, Currys PC World and a range of independents.
Included on Freetime are On Demand services BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5 and YouTube in addition to the 180 linear digital TV and radio channels.
“The new Freesat HD with freetime box is a natural extension of our award winning TV service, and it’s great to build on the popularity of the service, “said Matthew Huntington, Freesat’s CTO. “It’s a product we’re really proud of, offering the popular benefits of freetime such as Catch-Up and On-Demand TV, including BBC iPlayer, 4oD and YouTube, via a slick TV Guide which rolls back in time and also gives recommendations on what to watch.”
Graham North, commercial director of Humax, commented: “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.”
Launched a year ago, Freetime has been well received, additional features including remote record and a remote control app for phones and tablets are in the pipeline.