Humax has said it will be the first manufacturer to launch set-top boxes for the new Freeview Play connected TV service.

The new Humax Freeview Play boxes will support HD content and feature built-in Wi-Fi for wireless broadband connectivity to access Freeview Play’s range of catch-up services, which includes BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5.

Three built-in tuners open up advanced recording functionality alongside the catch-up and on-demand services, with the option of 500GB and 1TB built-in hard drives for up to 300 hours and 600 hours of storage space, respectively.

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.”

The manufacturer was the chosen manufacturer for the UK’s first DTT HD trial in 2006; it went on to produce the first set-top boxes for YouView and Freesat Freetime.

Last month it was confirmed that Panasonic would be producing the first TV set for use with the service.