Humax first with YouView set-top box

Set-top box specialist Humax today unveiled the first digital television recorder for YouView, the new, subscription-free digital TV and catch-up service.

YouView combines more than 100 digital TV and radio channels with internet catch-up and video on-demand services, including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5. Expected to retail at around £299, the Humax DTR-T1000 will go on sale by the end of July in key independent electrical retailers, including the Euronics group and Richer Sounds, as well as in John Lewis, Currys, Amazon, Comet and Argos.

The Humax DTR-T1000 boasts a unique electronic programme guide that allows viewers to scroll back up to seven days to catch up on their favourite shows. Users can switch easily between live digital channels and internet content from some of the UK’s leading broadcasters. 

The box will provide subscription-free access to some of the best TV and radio through a rooftop aerial, including HD content from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Connecting the DTR-T1000 to a broadband router makes all the internet-enabled services available, too, through the same on-screen interface. 

The DTR-T1000 can pause and rewind live TV and offers a range of features that allow users to capture and store their favourite shows at the touch of a button. Two channels can be recorded at the same time while watching other content, and the built-in 500GB hard drive can store up to 300 hours of standard definition and 125 hours of high definition programmes. 

Humax commercial director Graham North said: “YouView is set to transform the way we watch TV in the UK and I believe it will be the catalyst to households fully embracing a hybrid of the best TV content and internet-enabled services. The future of digital TV is about making technologies work seamlessly together and through the launch of the DTR-T1000 Humax is playing a key role in making this a reality.”

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