Humax Freetime boxes to launch Netflix application

Humax Freetime boxes to launch Netflix applicationHumax today announced that the award-winning Freesat with Freetime set-top boxes will be the first in its product range to roll out Netflix, the world’s leading Internet television service.

Netflix has over 69 million members worldwide, streaming more than 100 million hours of TV shows and movies, every day. From today, Humax boxes from the Freesat with Freetime range will provide easy access to the popular service giving viewers a wider choice of programming across TV series, films, original programming, stand-up comedies, documentaries and children’s shows.

Through seamless integration of Netflix, viewers will be able to move effortlessly between the Internet TV service and other programming options available on Freetime, including live broadcast, recordings, Showcase recommendations, on-demand players and catch-up services.

Netflix will be available on the Humax Freesat with Freetime HDR-1000S 500GB, HDR-1010S 1TB, HB-1000S, as well as the more recently launched HDR-1100S (available with 500GB, 1TB and 2TB hard drives).

Graham North, Commercial Director of Humax said:

We have opened up the pay TV market even further by providing effortless access to a highly popular TV service to our consumers. Adding Netflix will provide a simple way for viewers to seamlessly switch between their favourite subscription-free programmes, on-demand content and a rich variety of high quality films and documentaries.

Paul Gilshan, Marketing Director of Freesat added:

We are thrilled to bring Netflix to Freetime viewers. Freesat already offers great choice with over 200 subscription free channels and popular On Demand players. And with the launch of Netflix that choice is getting bigger and better. It is the perfect compliment to free television and demonstrates a commitment to our viewers to provide fantastic TV for the best value.

75 thoughts on “Humax Freetime boxes to launch Netflix application”

  1. About time Ofcom made FTA HD compulsory for the former five analog terrestrial services.
    Still this is rip off Britain.

  2. Neil said: As I keep saying, blame Sky!

    Oh I do. I very much do but that lame excuse will no longer be tolerated as some 4K services come on stream. As I keep on saying HD is the new SD.

  3. The Communication Act 2003 came before HD and only stated prominence for Sd PSBs. They have talked about HD being included in a change to the Act but I’m unsure if DCMS have actually updated the position on this. I suspect they will let the market decide.

  4. Got an email of freesat saying what a good year it’s been 2015. Hopefully they’ll smash it this year….. More channels might take note that uktv have joined …

  5. Why no CH4+1HD? Freeview manages this…We want more HD channels, which freeview currently leads!!!!!!!

  6. Speaking on new additions! This is from OGR’s website.

    2016 holds some fantastic developments for OGR Media. We are delighted to be a small part of the team behind ‘Keep It Country TV’, the UK’s first 24/7 country music channel on Sky and FreeSat which launches on 24th January. With many of your favourite shows plus lots of brand new ones from all around the world.

  7. Rich said:
    Why no CH4+1HD? Freeview manages this…We want more HD channels,which freeview currently leads!!!!!!!

    This was created for freeview as a way of plugging freeview HD to viewers who were not buying new set top boxes. Two years ago Channel 4 said they would look at distribution of the Freeview only channels. This doesn’t seem to have happened yet.

  8. John Naylor said:
    Speaking on new additions!This is from OGR’s website.
    2016 holds some fantastic developments for OGR Media. We are delighted to be a small part of the team behind ‘Keep It Country TV’, the UK’s first 24/7 country music channel on Sky and FreeSat which launches on 24th January. With many of your favourite shows plus lots of brand new ones from all around the world.

    Every Country Music TV channel int he UK has closed due to viewing figures…

  9. Following up on the comments about HD availability. I have noticed that on Freeview play only the BBC provide catch up HD services nothing from any of the other providers. Also the programmes available from C5 are very meagre with none of the main stream programmes appearing.

  10. unless you have sky or virgin media, you will not get HD services for catchup, they pay for this service from C5. I don’t know if ITV provide a HD service. I don’t believe C4 do

  11. I’ve seen quite a few TV ads for the new Freetime boxes on TV recently. Surely this is poor timing immediately after Christmas, and all the ads really say is that the boxes promise “happy telly” with loads of catch up services including Netflix. No mention of Freesat, or that a dish is required, just Freetime. I suppose they generate awareness that there is something new about – even if they fail to communicate what an excellent and diverse platform Freesat has become.

  12. lawrence said:
    I’ve seen quite a few TV ads for the new Freetime boxes on TV recently. Surely this is poor timing immediately after Christmas, and all the ads really say is that the boxes promise “happy telly” with loads of catch up services including Netflix. No mention of Freesat, or that a dish is required, just Freetime.I suppose they generate awareness that there is something new about – even if they fail to communicate what an excellent and diverse platform Freesat has become.

    Haven’t seen the adverts.
    Sky have used the Freesat name and any non subscription satellite channels could be called Freesat so perhaps it’s better to call it Freetime although Amazon also have a Freetime thingy which is nothing to do with Freesat or satellite.

  13. In all fairness the ads were in listings magazines sold before Christmas for the new year period. Actually the timing is great to help people save a penny after Christmas.

  14. This week on my post round I am delivering a leaflet from Humax / Freesat.
    20% off at humaxdirect.co.uk with code FTHUMAX
    Just bought a HDR-1100S for £151 + £7 p&p

  15. Whilst great news for the end-user, this is a further betrayal by Humax to all the independent retailers authorised to sell their products. It would be cheaper for us all to buy individual units from Humax Direct instead of in bulk from Humax’s trade arm! It is no wonder so many retailers have stopped selling their products. Something morally wrong about a manufacturer selling cheaper direct than through the chain of retailers that effectively promote the brand on their behalf.

  16. Talking pictures say on there Facebook page coming next month.

    And I’ve read all about the 5HD gossip I do hope so but sky always have a hand is stuff. Not good.

    But it’s only January 😊

  17. Nick Holmes said:
    Whilst great news for the end-user, this is a further betrayal by Humax to all the independent retailers authorised to sell their products. It would be cheaper for us all to buy individual units from Humax Direct instead of in bulk from Humax’s trade arm! It is no wonder so many retailers have stopped selling their products. Something morally wrong about a manufacturer selling cheaper direct than through the chain of retailers that effectively promote the brand on their behalf.

    Nick Humax aren’t alone in this, it’s the nature of the game. Online stores usually offer discount prices over retailers/stores –

  18. stigbeater said:
    channel 402 showcase missing on my freesat as any body missing this too.

    missing on mine too !!! but program I recorded on showcase last night says craft channel instead of showcase I wonder if they are gonna share a channel ????

  19. It’s been renamed as Craft Channel and renumbered to 818. When I checked just now I was lucky and caught an ident which gave the old Showcase name and 402 channel number.

    Information TV who operate the Showcase channel is an “incubator” company which helps new channels get to air. They arrange an EPG slot, etc. We may see a “new” Showcase appear on 402 at some point to await their next channel customer, when Information TV can buy another Sky SD EPG slot.

    Background for those who do not know: Sky will not create any new SD EPG slots as the old STBs do not have enough memory to hold any more channel numbers than they already do, and overflowing the memory causes problems to the operation of those old boxes. As a result channels that want to launch an SD version have to buy an EPG slot from a channel that is closing or going HD only.

  20. Have been using Netflix constantly since it was added. Only £7.50 a month for a HD sub and is just full of wonderful well picked or produced series and films.
    Breaking Bad was an awesome introduction and things have only got better since.

    Weeping many a bitter tear now over the ridiculous sums I squandered on Sky over the years. As a business they deserves to die. Channels that are chock full of US reality dross, same old repeats and mind numbingly dull documentaries that never tell you anything you don’t already know. All that plus knowing some of your subscription is going to what most British people view as the grossly offensive Fox News, while at the same time Sky have the cheek to let rare good channels like PBS be cut adrift from sub payments and left to sink or swim.

    “The Walking dead” and “Game of Thrones” the only two real reasons for having Sky. I challenge anybody to think they’re worth paying hundreds of pounds a year for though. Especially when you can get the box sets for a fraction of the price.

    Tips for Sky: Less “free” sign up giveaways like LG TVs and Lenovo laptops that are anything but, cut your prices 40% to 50% with the money saved, stop insulting people’s intelligence and make some decent new shows!

    Tip for readers: Get Freesat, you’ll never look back!

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