Following the announcement back in April that Vestel would be producing a range of products for Freesat, Michael Thistle, a contributor to this website went to IBC 2014 to provide us with his view on the latest offering.
On the Vestel stand they were showing a Freesat+ STB with
I asked to speak to someone and eventually one of the sales people came over. The model on display was a working prototype and the planned release date is ‘before the end of the year’ – other than that no one seemed to know anything.
There was no remote control available and the picture being displayed on a fairly large TV was, to be honest, not particularly spectacular. You have to realise that most of the exhibitors were displaying 4K images (this being the flavour of the month this year at IBC) and NHK even had an 85″ 8K demonstration on their stand! So anything less than 4K was bound to look unimpressive.
The box had no air vents so I must assume that it had an external low-voltage power supply to minimise heat build-up and save space. It was impossible to actually ascertain if the box on display was in fact a prototype or not and that it was driving the image shown on the TV above it – who knows, maybe there was a Humax HB-1000S lurking inside this casing or behind the exhibit!
You can see the specifications from the label under the box.
Judging by the general design of other products on display on the Vestel stand I doubt if the actual finalised version is going to look anything other than utilitarian. They certainly don’t seem to want to go down in history as a design icon like Bang & Olufsen, Braun or Apple!
Thank you Mike for the guest post with your thoughts on the Vestel receiver at IBC 2014, appreciated.