3view has announced what it claims is the world’s first HD set-top box capable of receiving free-to-air broadcasts that can also be connected to the internet for web browsing and watching online video.
The 3view box supports full 1080p HD, and includes twin Freeview HD tuners, so one channel can be recorded while watching another. It will feature a 320GB hard drive and Series link for use as a Freeview HD PVR allowing users to record, pause and rewind live TV, according to the company.
The 3view PVR’s connectivity options will include two USB 2.0 sockets for connecting additional storage devices or a keyboard and mouse, it says. The device will also support the Opera web browser and allow YouTube videos to be displayed full-screen on an LCD or plasma TV.
Get the latest Freeview HD information live at 16:30 on 9 December as Which? reports live from the launch of the first Humax Freeview HD set-top box. You’ll be able to add your comments and ask questions about Freeview HD at which.co.uk/FreeviewHDlive.
3view connects to broadband internet
The 3view box will need a minimum 2Mbps broadband connection in order to view TV over IP services. The internet connection will allow access to web browsing and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, 3view says, with the 3view box able to function as a media centre, allowing music, photos and video to be streamed from a connected PC.
John Donovan, MD of 3view Ltd, said ‘With the channels of BBC HD and ITV HD being available in two UK regions since the beginning of December, people will be able to take advantage of this using the new 3view box to watch a whole range of content in high definition through their aerial. Not only this, but the 3View box also makes it even easier for people to access all the benefits of the Internet through their television, letting them surf the web and even use emerging communication tools such as Twitter and Facebook.’
Freeview HD broadcasts started on 3 December 2009
Freeview HD started broadcasting in the UK on 3 December, but only from London’s Crystal Palace and Manchester’s Winter Hill transmitters. Read our guide to Freeview HD to find out when you’ll be able watch Freeview HD in your area.
To find the best Freeview products available, read Which? reviews of Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes, Best Buy LCD and plasma TVs, and our guide to Freeview HD explained
3view has said that it will make its Freeview HD PVR available to ‘a variety of retail distribution channels, with the aim of having the first 3view box in high-street stores in March’.
More information is available at 3view.com.
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