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Mar 19 2013

Freesat launches its first ever white set-top boxFreesat, the UK’s free-to-air digital satellite television provider today launches its slick new white <free time> box.

Freesat’s white box, manufactured by Humax, is the latest product with the <free time> service built in. As well as offering a great choice of TV channels, the ability to pause, rewind and record programmes, <free time> offers catch up with On Demand and the cleverly intuitive backwards TV Guide. The new white <free time> box introduces further benefits for the TV viewer. Now Wifi enabled, and with 1 terabyte of storage, viewers have the ability to connect simply, and to record over 600 hours of their favorite television.

Since launch on 4 September 2012, <free time> has received Which? Best Buy status. Total Freesat product sales since the original TV service launched in 2008 have exceeded the 3 million sales milestone.

Humax HDR-1010S White Freesat+HD Receiver with <free time>

Emma Scott, Managing Director of Freesat said:

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce the launch of our new white box with <free time>, it’s another brilliant addition to our fantastic product range. With its increased storage capacity and Wifi connectivity, accessing <free time> is even more inviting. Viewer feedback shows that <free time> is an immensely popular service, particularly the Backward TV guide, On Demand Services and Showcase. Viewing television is one of life’s simple pleasures; our attractive new white box will now make that better still.

This latest Freesat+ box joins the existing range of Freesat digital satellite HD boxes and integrated HDTVs. It will be available to buy this week from retailers and online at a RRP of £299.

Graham North, Commercial Director of Humax said:

Following the success of the first <free time> box, Humax has continued to innovate and lead the market, introducing a white model to appeal to those with design in mind. Combining style with award winning technology, the new Humax HDR-1010S/1TB delivers the very best <free time> experience yet.

The only difference between this and the existing HDR-1000S is the colour (obviously) and the inclusion of wifi built-in (802.11b/g/n MIMO 2×2); everything else is the same. Whilst this defiantly isn’t to my taste, it might be for some.

Available from Satbuyer plus other retailers.

34 Responses to “Freesat launches its first ever white set-top box”

  1. Zerrin Says:

    Well, that just looks all kinds of yum!

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  2. Ian Vallender Says:

    oh thats a shocker Humax releasing a second free time box before Sagemcom and Manhattan.

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  3. Mark Says:

    Not to my taste unfortunately, wold look quite outta place in my setup, but he inbuilt wi-fi is a bonus, although an get round that wi smart wi-fi connector boxes

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  4. admin Says:

    Ian Vallender said:
    oh thats a shocker Humax releasing a second free time box before Sagemcom and Manhattan.

    Shouldn’t that say “releasing a second free time box before they sort out the first” ;)

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  5. Ian Vallender Says:

    I don’t know why Sagemcom and Manhattan are taking so long at even getting their first free time box out. i’m surprised why Humax didn’t put a larger Hard disk drive in the box cause the hdr 1000 free time box is also available in a 1TB option.

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  6. admin Says:

    Ian Vallender said:
    I don’t know why Sagemcom and Manhattan are taking so long at even getting their first free time box out. i’m surprised why Humax didn’t put a larger Hard disk drive in the box cause the hdr 1000 free time box is also available in a 1TB option.

    Sagemcom and Manhattan ran into problems because they were using the same software developer assigned by freesat and it is believed the developer and freesat parted company. Manhattan won’t release a free time box until early 2014 now but are monitoring the success of the range first. Not sure where Sagemcom are up to, they had a unit in place for finalising the YouTube service but it might have been a very early prototype.

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  7. Neil Says:

    I prefer black but there are those who like white so each to their own choice I guess!! Good to see a bit of extra choice in the freetime product range, even if this is still produced by Humax. All we need now is 4OD and Demand 5 on the platform and they’ll be sorted.

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  8. Ricsto Says:

    The write-up is good but more buggy software from humax. They really need to sort out thir QA first. No thanks!

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  9. zub Says:

    White Audio Visual equipment just doesnt look right to me. I dont even like the white headphones tha Apple provide.

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  10. Penny Crayon Says:

    You are missing the point all of you.

    White is iconic and desirable to younger people and females.

    Also the inclusion of built in Wifi is going to help sell this product.

    Secondly the software from Humax had been updated recently helping to sort out most of problems with the free time box so not sure why you are all complaining?

    Mine works fine.

    Lastly I cannot agree more though with the rest of you that freesat need to update the product with further On-Demand services and stop promising the EARTH and under delivering as per usual.

    They need to get their act together and start throwing their weight in to developing further opportunities for On-Demand and catch up to really value this new service once and for all. It is a disappointing 2nd to Youview who will probably launch Youtube soon and once again beat freesat to the punch.

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  11. admin Says:

    Penny Crayon said:
    Secondly the software from Humax had been updated recently helping to sort out most of problems with the free time box so not sure why you are all complaining?

    The .37 update has certainly helped, but is still triggering issues for some, such as a forced reformat or stuck on the software update screen.

    It is a disappointing 2nd to Youview who will probably launch Youtube soon and once again beat freesat to the punch.

    Freesat have already launched YouTube on the freetime devices, so how can Youview “beat freesat to the punch” on that one?

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  12. Al Catraz Says:

    I bet the box still says “coming soon” for 4OD & Demand5!

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  13. Al (Original) Says:

    Great until the cover starts to gets dirty.

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  14. danceswithhorses Says:

    Not a fan of the white one…why not do a black one with built in wifi aswell ?

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  15. Chris S Says:

    It wouldn’t fit in with my current equipment but I would certainly consider it otherwise – it looks smart and glossy enough in real life rather than a CG mockup.
    http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z126/gonzo1_photo/1EFA19EA-706E-4795-BD6D-D2D341ED9E55-1434-0000013AA31AE2C0.jpg

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  16. mike65 Says:

    Like socks and cars leisure electronics should never be white!

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  17. admin Says:

    mike65 said:
    Like socks and cars leisure electronics should never be white!

    Hey, I have a white car…though it is no ordinary car ;)

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  18. lawrence pearce Says:

    It would be interesting to know how many Freetime boxes have now been sold and what percentage are now working properly?
    For me the colour is no big deal, but maybe Humax and others are missing a trick by not making available a selection of alternative (maybe removable) casings to allow buyers to select from a range of black / white / grey / silver colours?
    Or maybe they should just offer a box which looks like the stylish new second generation YouView machine that’s appeared recently…

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  19. fatbloke Says:

    Some cars look much better in white so not sure what your talking about. Looked at this box last week (black) for my bedroom but ended up getting a brand new Foxsat HDR 500 GB off ebay for £142 delivered . My HDR down stairs has a 1TB drive that i fitted, but for my bedroom a 500 GB drives fine. Already connected cable from my router so now have ITV player and i player available. For that price and the fact i can get ITV and i player, the new freetime boxes at least to me are completely pointless.

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  20. Lee S Says:

    I picked up my Humax HDR 1000s free time box for £170 from an eBay shop selling ex display stock. It only has a few minor surface scratches. It had no remote so I called Humax and said it wasn’t my fault it didn’t have one so they sent me a new remote for free! 1st class customer service. It did have problems starting up from standby so I reformatted the hard drive, installed the new update and performed a factory reset and it works perfect now. Bargain.

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  21. Colin Suter Says:

    Two questions:
    Will I need to buy an additional WiFi aerial to plug into a usb socket so that I can get the 1010s to talk to my wireless router?
    And, can I programme it remotely with my iPhone?

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  22. Terry Says:

    Colin Suter said:
    Two questions:
    Will I need to buy an additional WiFi aerial to plug into a usb socket so that I can get the 1010s to talk to my wireless router?
    And, can I programme it remotely with my iPhone?

    The 1010s has wifi built in, so no dongle required. That’s the whole point.

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  23. Richard Crichton Says:

    Bring out a piano black one and a silver grey one with the wifi and 1tb HD, fix the remaining bugs and you might have a winner. How many people have a white TV or AV kit? No doubt if it dosen’t sell it will be quickly dropped.

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  24. Richard Crichton Says:

    Colin Suter said:
    Two questions:
    Will I need to buy an additional WiFi aerial to plug into a usb socket so that I can get the 1010s to talk to my wireless router?
    And, can I programme it remotely with my iPhone?

    Colin Suter said:
    Two questions:
    Will I need to buy an additional WiFi aerial to plug into a usb socket so that I can get the 1010s to talk to my wireless router?
    And, can I programme it remotely with my iPhone?

    Don’t think there is an app for remote programming it yet afaik alhough there is for the YouView box.

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  25. Chris S Says:

    admin said: Hey, I have a white car…though it is no ordinary car

    Is it an M&S car?

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  26. Richard Crichton Says:

    Al Catraz said:
    I bet the box still says “coming soon” for 4OD & Demand5!

    Yes it does. :-)

    Chris S said: Is it an M&;S car?

    What is a M&S car?

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  27. Chris S Says:

    It’s no ordinary food….it’s M&S food.

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  28. Chris S Says:

    [Sorry - poor joke, and jokes get ruined when you have to explain them!]

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  29. Penny Crayon Says:

    admin said: The .37 update has certainly helped, but is still triggering issues for some, such as a forced reformat or stuck on the software update screen.Freesat have already launched YouTube on the freetime devices, so how can Youview “beat freesat to the punch” on that one?

    True freesat already launched YouTube but point I men t was that Youview are already a more effective offering with the missing Catch up players and I’d imagine YouTube will launch very quickly on their platform leaving free time in its wake……. Once again.

    Disappointing turn of events for freest as they always over promising their potential customers and under delivering.

    Quoted 4oD & Demand 5 would launch before the end of 2012 and we are now nearly 4 months into the new year over 6 months from launch and still only have BBC & ITV Player.

    How can they let their customers down so significantly time and time again?

    I’m not buying it sorry Admin.

    Yes you are right not all boxes have been fixed from what I hear and that is a real shame for the loyal customers of freesat.

    White box is lovely and including Wifi is a nice selling point but still to expensive given lack of additional services on free time at this time.

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  30. Danceswithhorses Says:

    I’ve been looking forward to getting a new freetime box for about 3 months now, however with tons of people still having problems with the software, i’m holding on until the bugs are ironed out.
    I think i’m a fairly typical buyer…wonder what the sales figures look like ?

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  31. Dave w Says:

    I would love to get the new free time but gonna Waite till some of the problems are sorted

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  32. Andy Dow Says:

    I agree with fatbloke whats the point of the freetime box over the HDR when you can get a new HDR for £140- £160. I went round my friends house to see his Humax freetime box in action and came away thinking ” is that it” Even when 4od and Demand 5 join the party (if they ever do) how can it be worth the purchase of a new box when you can get i player and itv player already on the HDR. There’s simply not enough difference between the two especially considering the price, and if your not that interested in rewind tv then it’s pointless. I guess some people just have to have the latest thing! I’ll wait until a genuine new box comes out with many new features then it may be worth the purchase.

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  33. Fatty Bacon Says:

    I’ve had my HDS since Comet melted down and it’s been great. I think those who are sitting on the fence should try it instead of listening to the boo-boys, buy one from John Lewis and return it if you don’t like it after a couple of weeks or something.

    The Youtube (Leanback version) channel has revolutionised our usage of the box, a lovely interface and controlling it via a tablet and/or phone is absolutely game changing.

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  34. Levy Says:

    Hi i love this new one ,we need it with smart tv smart freesat free box ,i have the digital hd but not with wifi,that is perfect

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