The first signs of Metronic’s Freesat HD Digital Box (SAT HD 100) have appeared on Maplin’s website, allowing you to pre-order the upcoming product for £149.99.
We have no further information on which major retailers or independents will be selling this receiver, and this is in fact the very first actual image we’ve seen, other than those published some months ago by Metronic as an example.
The HD digital box is expected to launch later in November, with a PVR version due early 2009.
Freesat have today announced a partnership agreement with electronics manufacturer, Metronic. A deal has been signed to produce high-definition Freesat digital boxes that will go on sale by the end of the year.
Emma Scott, Managing Director of Freesat said:
We’re pleased to be partnering with Metronic. They will deliver important extra volumes of affordable and high quality product to meet the demand from retailers and consumers as we enter the peak season,
Demand has been high since launch and the deal is especially significant given our ever improving line-up of channels and HD programmes. BBC HD and ITV HD have great schedules of drama, documentaries, blockbuster movies and sport planned for the run up to Christmas and, in the case of ITV HD, Freesat will be the only place to see them.
Dale Heathcote, Managing Director of Metronic added:
This new exciting partnership with Freesat will enhance the reputation of Metronic in the UK as a quality provider of digital products. As an established provider of free to air satellite equipment throughout Europe Metronic recognises that its new relationship with Freesat is a major step forward for the brand in the UK
The standard Metronic HD Freesat receiver is expected later this year, with a DTR/PVR Freesat receiver early 2009.