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Freesat taps CommScope for new generation of 4K boxes

UK free-to-view satellite platform Freesat has launched a new generation of 4K TV boxes, including three new DVR-enabled models and a zapper box.

The devices will be available from Amazon from the end of February and from retailer Currys PC World shortly afterwards.

The internet-connected boxes are being produced by CommScope, the first Freesat-led devices from the company.

Freesat’s new set top boxes are 4K ready and incorporate features including a seveb-day backwards guide. The Freesat Recordable 4K TV box gives users the ability to pause and rewind live TV.

Custoemrs with a wideband LNB satellite dish are able to record up to four channels at the same time, and the 2TB box storage holds up to 1,000 hours of SD content.  Broadband-connected recordable boxes can be paired with the Freesat mobile app

The boxes have been designed to allow Freesat to remotely update the service for users and include a new-look homescreen incorporating an optional high contrast UI.

Alistair Thom, Managing Director of Freesat said, “Our research has shown us time and again that customers appreciate the freedom of choice that our hybrid TV system offers and value the ability to curate their own viewing.  Our new generation range of set top boxes allows them to do just that, with easy set-up, a huge range of viewing options and a fast, reliable service that is 4K ready. I’m confident that we’ve produced a platform that will grow and evolve in line with customers’ viewing habits.”

Tags: CommScope, Freesat, UK