(Updated) Echostar Freesat Receiver Still Going Ahead

Echostar Plan Freesat+ PVR With Slingbox Feature

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).

Echostar HDS-600RS Freesat+HD Digital Box

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.

The Echostar HDS-600RS is now available for pre-order from Amazon, and will be available from John Lewis on time of release, priced at £349.99.

Visit the Echostar HDS-600RS price comparison page (once the product is released).

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25 thoughts on “(Updated) Echostar Freesat Receiver Still Going Ahead”

  1. I see only part of the link has turn blue!

    you will need to copy and paste BOTH lines of the link into your address bar.

    sorry

  2. It’s great to finally see this product making it’s way to the shelves as I think it will do well. I’ll be interested to see what the RRP is too, I think a figure of around £299 was originally mentioned?

  3. It’s great to see more & more top branded names taking on freesat receivers. It can only be good for the long run. By the look of the spec it might even give humax a run for the money… Nothing better than a bit of competition , we may even see prices start to fall. Now that would be a bonus for those wanting to swap from S*y..

  4. Does anyone know, or can anyone guess, whether the SlingLoaded feature can be used to view on another TV in another room, maybe with a SlingCatcher device? And still offering full control like the mobile apps can do.

    Still waiting for that elusive client/server system for true multiroom and virtual PVR in each room! But this is getting very close…

  5. Answering my own question…

    I don’t think it will be possible. And place-shifting will only be in SD. So still the perfect client/server PVR is some time away!

    Back to HDMI distribution and IR extender…

  6. @8 It dosen’t say that it says ‘ NHK World HD will shortly join the platform.’

    Frankly I doubt it will. No point really.

  7. I have to agree with Tony @post5, first Humax then Technisat then Manhattan now Echostar what a great selection of quality kit, Just goes to show how highly regarded Freesat must be & what can be done when manufacturers are free to design & add features instead of having to build down to a price & to a rigid spec with no chance to make their products unique.

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

  8. @Richard Crichton

    Yes, Freesat have just issued out the official press release notes. We’ve put them on the specific product pages (right hand side).

  9. Would the slingbox feature not be against the law now i.e the Digital Economy Act, i.e. a digital copy of a program being sent through your isp, to the isp it would just be flagged as a pirate copy?

  10. The DEA has gone to judicial review and might have to be scrapped if BT and Talk Talk win their argument.

  11. Well the manual appears competent for freesat usage but does not answer my crucial questions so I have emailed them to Echostar using the pre-sales questions link which generates an email in your email sw.

    “Although I have downloaded the manual and studied all info on your website I cannot find whether this new product is provided with DiSEqC switching for multiple satellite or motor installations for use in its non-freesat mode.
    Please advise;
    1. Is DiSEqC available and if so which versions?
    2. Is timer or epg driven recording available in non-freesat mode.
    3. If timers can be set in both freesat and non-freesat mode to record at the same time will both recordings succeed or will one mode be prioritised over the other or will some form of auto-switching between modes take place?
    4. Can different sets of satellites be connected and set up to each of the 2 lnb inputs, for example 28.2E and 19.2E to lnb1 and 13E and 28.2E(second feed from dual/quad lnb) to lnb2 input?
    5. Is there any advanced menu / manual for the above operations as they are not decribed at all in the standard manual?
    6. Do you need an engineering or hidden code to access such a menu?”

    (don’t use the product support form-mail as it will get rejected if you don’t have a registered product)

  12. The answers:
    1. Is DiSEqC available and if so which versions?
    At this point in time the HDS-600RS does not support DiSEqC.

    2. Is timer or epg driven recording available in non-FreeSat mode.
    The timer is FreeSat EPG driven. Non-FreeSat channels have a different format of EPG or no EPG at all. If, on such Non-FreeSat channel, the receiver does not show EPG. this channel does not have EPG or the EPG is based on non-FreeSat format.

    3. If timers can be set in both freesat and non-freesat mode to record at the same time will both recordings succeed or will one mode be prioritised over the other or will some form of auto-switching between modes take place?
    If you have managed to install both timers, than the FreeSat timer will be preferred above the non-FreeSat channels.

    4. Can different sets of satellites be connected and set up to each of the 2 lnb inputs, for example 28.2E and 19.2E to lnb1 and 13E and 28.2E(second feed from dual/quad lnb) to lnb2 input?
    As explained above the DHS-600 does not support DiSEqC support at this time.

    5. Is there any advanced menu / manual for the above operations as they are not decribed at all in the standard manual?
    There is no advance menu. Please visit the FAQ and troubleshooting section for additional information. I expect you will find some of the answers there.

  13. Hi all,

    Has anyone seen a review for this yet ? anyone know which distributors are supplying the trade with this box?

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

  14. Hi all

    Just to let others know that Alltrade will be supplying the trade, I had a fast responce to a email enquirey I made to Echostar.

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

  15. Hi Guys,

    I just got a Echostar HDS-600RS for my wife & have to report that she is very impressed with it, she has been using a Humax Foxsat HDR for a couple of year & took to the new Echostar with ease, reporting that the Echostar is quicker through the menu’s & that she likes the EPG which shows listings for 8 channels at a time.
    As a family that already uses a Slingbox PRO-HD, the Sling loaded features of the Echostar are a easy to use & welcome addition to our TV arsenal. I have to add that the Echostar’s picture both at home & via the Sling features are superb ! My wife was sad to see the humax go but I suspect she will be over it quite soon !
    I got £150 for the Humax by fitting it for the buyer (who is very happy with it !) which went towards paying for the Echostar. If any issues of interest arise I will report back.

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

  16. Hi Admin,

    I just noticed that there is no Echostar link in the “Freesat releated links” box which is a shame as its quite a good site dedicated to only the Echostar HDS-600RS.

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

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