Humax will unveil the UK’s first Freeview HD set-top box on 9 December, and Which? will be liveblogging from the launch event, bringing you the first photos and videos of the Humax Fox-HD-T2 in action. The HD-T2 is set to be the first set-top box capable of receiving high-definition digital terrestrial TV when it arrives in shops in 2010.
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Humax Fox-HD-T2 Freeview HD set-top box – live launch coverage
This event has been archived is no longer available as a liveblog event. However, you can still view a transcript of the event.
At the event Humax is promising to show BBC iPlayer running on the Humax Foxsat-HDR – a service that will be launched before Christmas for owners of the Freesat PVR. And there will be the first chance to see the new Humax EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) that will be rolled out across the Humax range of set-top boxes and PVRs – we’ll bring you pictures of the EPG in action.
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.
The Humax Fox-HD-T2 features a DVB-T2 tuner that decodes the Freeview HD signal. Until Freeview HD receivers, such as the Fox-HD-T2, become available, only testers will be able to pick up the HD broadcasts, but Freeview has announced that it ‘expects 50% of UK households to be able to access Freeview HD by the World Cup in June 2010’.
Pricing and availability for the Humax Fox-HD-T2 are yet to be confirmed, and the latest information, prior to the launch event, is that consumers will be able to buy a Fox-HD-T2 in ‘early 2010’.
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
Toshiba Freeview HD Blu-ray box
Aside from Humax, Toshiba is the only other manufacturer to have confirmed that it is developing a Freeview HD box. Toshiba is reportedly working on a Freeview HD set-top box with built-in recordable Blu-ray drive. A definitive launch date is yet to be confirmed, but the Toshiba box is likely to launch in 2010.
More information on Humax Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes and PVRs can be found at HumaxDigital.com/uk
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