New Freesat HD with freetime box from Humax launches

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, has today announced the launch of its new Freesat HD with freetime box, further bolstering the products available with freetime built in. The Freesat HD with freetime box is manufactured by Humax and will be available to buy from the 12th September from retailers including John Lewis, Currys PC World and a range of independents such as Satbuyer. The shelf price will be in the region of £99.

Freesat’s freetime service launched to great acclaim a year ago, bringing new features to Freesat, including a Roll Back TV guide that lets viewers ‘turn back time’ to watch programmes that have already been on, ‘Showcase’ providing daily TV recommendations and enhanced On-Demand.

Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime Receiver
Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime Receiver

The new Freesat HD with freetime box allows viewers to tune into over 180 free digital TV and radio channels, six of which are available to watch in HD, with more to come in the New Year. As part of the freetime family of products, the new box offers the full set of the UK’s top On-Demand players – BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5 and YouTube. The new compact box provides all the key benefits of freetime to viewers wanting to choose a stylish, value option or those looking to add freetime to a second or third room in their home. Freetime products which give intelligent record ability are already available in-store and online.

Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime Receiver
Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime Receiver – no scart!!!

The new Freesat HD with freetime box is a natural extension of our award winning TV service, and it’s great to build on the popularity of the service,

said Matthew Huntington, Freesat’s Chief Technology Officer.

It’s a product we’re really proud of, offering the popular benefits of freetime such as Catch-Up and On-Demand TV, including BBC iPlayer, 4oD and YouTube, via a slick TV Guide which rolls back in time and also gives recommendations on what to watch.

Graham North, Commercial Director of Humax, commented:

The affordable Humax HB-1000S brings the seamless freetime TV guide to cost-conscious consumers, opening up the opportunity for more people to benefit from this leading subscription-free satellite service. It offers the first low-cost option for the freetime range, without compromising on the performance and quality that TV viewers expect from Humax and Freesat.

Freesat is growing the freetime features’ set over time, including a remote record and remote control app for phones and tablets as well as the introduction of additional movie and music services.

Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime Receiver
Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD Freetime Receiver – same remote as big brother

56 thoughts on “New Freesat HD with freetime box from Humax launches”

  1. Jonnie Squareyes said:
    Dear Readers,
    My first observation in this forum!
    Why is it that TalkTalk do not offer your ‘FreeTime’ in parallel to their current arrangements of vigorously marketing
    ‘YouView’. Is it a question of Freesat not offering commercial incentives to secure a deal with TalkTalk? Cannot Humax being part of an integrated deal? I have a vested interest in this possibility as my reception via the terrestial aerial suffers from frequent drop out! My only cost effective solution was to install my own satdish for Freesat reception. This I did successfully and now enjoy the benefits, interference free!
    I look forward to your reply.
    Jonnie squareyes

    Not sure what this has to do with the new Humax HB-1000S receiver, but in brief, it was the original intention that Freesat would partner with YouView for the new generation boxes, but they decided to go their own way. There is more of a separation of manufacturers and Freesat than the same with YouView, so isn’t so easy to facilitate in a deal. Ultimately Freesat have taken their path, and I believe YouView had an agreement with certain companies that made sense to combine a deal with TalkTalk.

  2. Thank you for your reply especially as my question did not directly relate to the new box. Just a final question if I may; could Freesat/FreeTime & possibly Humax have a future plan to offer a business proposition to TalkTalk which would enable them to offer their customers (of which I am one) an option to their FreeView box? Would it not provide Freesat a potential to further increase to their user base? Thank you for your anticipated response.
    Jonnie squareyes.

  3. Jonnie Squareyes said:
    Thank you for your reply especially as my question did not directly relate to the new box. Just a final question if I may; could Freesat/FreeTime & possibly Humax have a future plan to offer a business proposition to TalkTalk which would enable them to offer their customers (of which I am one) an option to their FreeView box? Would it not provide Freesat a potential to further increase to their user base? Thank you for your anticipated response.
    Jonnie squareyes.

    That is the same question asked another way. I think you’d have to ask Freesat directly, but suspect if any discussion has taken place, it will have a non-disclosure associated with it.

  4. Yes the new box does have non-freesat mode. I have not tried it yet but enquired on the HB1000S My Humax forum as I could not find it in settings.

  5. Remember that in non-freesat mode on this box you need to change to the following, otherwise you get about 150 channels in this mode –

    Settings, system settings, STB mode, change to non-freesat mode.
    Channel search – transponder all, network search on (if off gives you 150 channels) Scrambled Type FTA, channel type All then start channel search.
    It is the same process as the freetime HDR.

  6. Thanks Andy. Does anyone know if it handles multiple satellites (motor drive etc) in non-Freesat mode – possibly in the same way as the Foxsat-HD – with the hidden menu (RGYBGYB)?

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