Following the announcement we made back in July 2010, Echostar have today confirmed that they will be launching their Freesat receiver from 1st April 2011, with pre-orders accepted from tomorrow, 23rd March 2011.
The Echostar HDS-600RS will not only include Freesat+ PVR functionality from the 500GB in-built hard drive, but also offer the Slingbox feature; allowing you to watch your TV from anywhere in the world via your PC, Mac, or handheld device such as the iPad (providing you have a Internet connection of course).
The 600RS will also offer the usual 150 free channels from Freesat, as well as access to BBC iPlayer and eventually ITV Player once officially launched. This receiver truly is a ground breaking step forward and very much in the direction Freesat intend to go with their G2 version of receivers.
What is unusual is how Freesat have agreed to such a project which essentially allows a consumer to access UK television outside of their broadcasting area; however, given that the receiver still needs to be set up within the UK, I guess that might satisfy any possible enquiry made by ofcom, should they pay any attention.
Speaking about the launch, Emma Scott, MD of Freesat said;
This is a great partnership for us. It’s our first foray into EchoStar’s ‘TV anywhere’, and offers even more fantastic choice for our customers. Freesat has constantly evolved since launch and this paves the way for more exciting innovations in the future.
Rhod Williams, General Manager of Echostar Europe added;
For TV lovers everywhere, this is the ultimate combination of subscription free TV anywhere meeting digital television recording and connected TV[..] We’re bringing together the strengths of Echostar and Sling Media to create a hybrid device that will give people the ultimate TV viewing experience; what they want, when they want and where they want it.
Visit the Echostar HDS-600RS price comparison page (once the product is released).
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