HUMAX launches HB-1100S Freesat Smart TV Box
HUMAX has upgraded its popular Freesat receiver with the launch of the HUMAX HB-1100S Smart TV Box. Building on the success of the HUMAX HB-1000S, the new ‘zapper’ has been redesigned in a more compact, discreet form, and now integrates Wi-Fi connectivity for direct access to Freesat’s extensive on-demand and catch-up services.
Delivering more than 200 subscription-free satellite TV and radio channels, the HB-1100S enables viewers to enjoy a huge range of popular drama, music, entertainment, movies, news, sport and children’s shows. Users can plan their viewing via the smart on-screen TV guide and remote control, and select their preferences using the guide for up to eight days ahead. Top TV recommendations and highlights are provided by Freesat’s helpful Showcase service. Furthermore, users can catch up on programmes they may have missed from the previous week with Freesat’s seven-day roll-back TV guide.
The HB-1100S’ built-in Wi-Fi makes it particularly easy to connect to a home network, ensuring owners are up and running in no time, with no cumbersome cables to worry about – turning a standard television into a smart TV within minutes, and enabling viewers to select from a host of on-demand applications. These include catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, STV Player, All4 and Demand 5, all available via the On Demand section of the smart guide, which can be accessed via the home button, offering hundreds of shows, films, series and box-sets, whenever the user wishes to watch them.
For even more entertainment options, users can enjoy hours of high quality pay content from Netflix*, YouTube, Wuaki, Hopster* and Curzon Home Cinema, as well as a host of HUMAX apps.
Installation is supposed to be quick and straightforward. Simply plug the HUMAX HB-1100S directly into a pre-fitted, working satellite dish via its existing cables. Alternatively, a new dish can be installed for use with the box. Once connected, the owner can automatically tune into Freesat’s 200+ channels, including 14 in stunning HD quality. The HB-1100S is also useful as a second room Freesat box, thanks to its easy set-up and streaming capabilities.
Pairing the HUMAX HB-1100S with the Freesat app gives owners the freedom to control and plan their TV viewing while on the move directly from a smartphone or tablet (iOS, Android, Fire), while also transforming the mobile device into a remote control for the set-top box.
Alistair Thom, managing director of Freesat, said, “We’re thrilled to launch a sleek Freesat smart TV box with HUMAX. The HB-1100S is the perfect set-top-box for viewers who love quality entertainment and the freedom to enjoy TV when they want it. Viewers can catch up on shows they’ve missed from BBC iPlayer and ITV Hub or top up their subscription-free TV with the likes of Netflix.”
In addition to delivering TV and streamed content, the HUMAX HB-1100S enables users to enjoy photos, videos and music from connected devices on their home network – such as smartphones, tablets or laptops – on an HD television via the HUMAX TV portal. File formats supported include XviD, h.264, MP3 and JPEG. The HUMAX TV Portal also provides access to the most popular social networks.
For owners of the HUMAX EYE HD Cloud Camera, live or recorded footage from the home monitoring camera can also be watched on TV from the comfort of the sofa via the HB-1100S, through the dedicated, built-in HUMAX EYE app.
Graham North, vice president sales at HUMAX, said, “HUMAX is once again ahead of the game with the new HB-1100S, providing outstanding entertainment and exceptional value. With the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity to our highly successful Freesat zapper, we’re now offering the ultimate package of subscription-free TV content, seamless streaming of on-demand programming and incredible choice and flexibility for the consumer – but without the usual hefty costs involved with satellite services.”
HUMAX HB-1100S – Technical Specifications
- 1 x Satellite tuner
- 1 x USB 2.0 port at rear (PVR-ready)
- 1 x HDMI 1.4 with HDCP
- 1 x Fast Ethernet 100 BaseT (RJ-45)
- Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11n A Band (2.4GHz/5GHz Dual Band 2T2R)
- S/PDIF Out – 1 x Optical
- RCA Out – 1 x CVBS/L/R
- Low power consumption – Max. 24W (Standby under 0.5W)
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 206 x 42 x 168.5mm
- Weight: 446g
What’s in the box?
- Quick start guide
- User manual (online)
- Remote control with 2 x AAA batteries
- HDMI cable (1.5m)
- Ethernet cable (2m)
More information on the HUMAX HB-1100S can be found at www.humaxdigital.com/uk.
Visit freesat.co.uk/channels for a full list of channels available via the Freesat service, including the recently added 4Music.
Pricing and availability: The HUMAX HB-1100S has a suggested retail price of £99.00 and will be available from mid-April 2017 from Currys, PC World, John Lewis, Argos, Amazon, CIH Euronics, Maplin, Hughes, independent electrical stores and Humax Direct. Price includes VAT.
Notes: * Netflix streaming membership required. Visit www.netflix.com for more details.
Hopster is a subscription-based service.
ITV Hub is available in England, Wales & The Channel Islands. On Demand services require a compatible Freesat box and broadband connection (minimum recommended speed 2 Mbps).