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3view Freeview HD box goes on pre-order today

HDTV, internet video content & 500GB on a £299 box

3view pvr set-top box

Customers can pre-order the 3view Freeview HD set-top box today for £299, and should expect to receive their pre-ordered box in late May.

The 3view box can receive, pause and record both Freeview and Freeview HD TV channels. Its two tuners will allow users to record a different channel to the one they are watching, or watch back recorded content while recording.

Sky Player and YouTube content on your TV

The 3view box is also internet enabled. By connecting the 3view box to a router, viewers will be able to access full-screen Sky Player and YouTube video content through the box’s remote control.

The 3view box comes pre-installed with widgets that will provide quick access to Facebook and Twitter services. The 3view box operates on an open platform, allowing for further widgets to be developed and downloaded over time.

For reviews of standard definition Freeview boxes, check out our set-top box reviews

500GB of on-board memory

The 3view box comes with 500GB of storage to record broadcast TV programmes, or store video files downloaded from the internet. Photos and videos can also be transferred to the box via either of the two USB ports. The box is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) enabled, so it can wirelessly connect with other DLNA compatible devices, such as some digital cameras.

To pre-order the 3view box, go to the 3view website.

For more information on Freeview HD check out our Freeview HD advice guide

Freeview HD

Freeview HD is a subscription-free television service that offers HD channels via your existing TV aerial. Initially you’ll be able to watch BBC, ITV and Channel 4 HD channels, along with S4C HD in Wales.

The Freeview HD signal is already being broadcast in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Glasgow. According to Freeview, by June 2010 around 50% of the country will have a Freeview HD signal, in time for the 2010 World Cup. You can check when Freeview HD is coming to your area on the Freeview HD postcode checker.

Other options for watching HD TV programmes are either a subscription service from Sky or Virgin Media or, if you don’t want to pay a monthly charge, Freesat. Freesat offers HD channels with a non-subscription service, but as with Sky you will need a satellite dish.

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