Back in May, the BBC and ITV launched Freesat, the UK's free-to-view high-definition service. Back then, Humax - a leading provider of set-top boxes - unveiled FOXSAT-HD, its all-black Freesat-ready receiver.
Despite the promise of free-to-view HD channels, various consumers and HEXUS.community members have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a receiver with built-in PVR functionality. Having become accustomed to the likes of PVR Freeview boxes and Sky+, recording functionality is simply a must.
Fortunately, Humax was on hand at IFA '08 to tease its FOXSAT-HDR. The upcoming receiver will provide PVR functionality to Freesat viewers, and allow for ample recording on its 320GB hard drive.
The receiver features dual-Freesat tuners - allowing users to record one channel whilst viewing another. As with the existing PVR-less FOXSAT-HD receiver, it'll support resolutions of up to 1080i and is DVB-S2 and DVB-S compatible. It'll support broadcasts in MPEG-2, MPEG-4 H.264, and features HDMI, Ethernet and optical audio connectivity.
According to reports, the FOXSAT-HDR will arrive in time for Christmas, but Humax is yet to divulge pricing.