The first set top box with in-built FreeviewPlus has hit the market with the aerialBox T2100, from DishTV.
It features free to air Catch Up services such as iView, TenPlay, SBS on Demand etc. without the need for a smart TV, computer, or mobile device.
FreeviewPlus also includes an EPG, Recommendations & Favourites function, but the aerialBox T2100 doesn’t feature a hard drive to record content but has a USB input. Another STB with hard drive is believed to be coming to market soon.
“We’re delighted to welcome Dish TV as a manufacturing partner. The arrival of the first FreeviewPlus STB is an exciting development for Australian consumers as an affordable way of accessing all of FreviewPlus’s many great new features,” Liz Ross, CEO of Freeview, said.
“FreeviewPlus has been developed so that Australians can benefit from the best free-to-air TV experience in the world, and from today, viewers can enjoy FreeviewPlus via the new aerialBox STB.”
The box also has bult in wifi and is designed for low cost entry at $149 at Dick Smith and David Jones.
Meanwhile ICE TV is introducing a Skippa set top box on sale at $399, said to be the first TV recorder in Australia with automatic ad-skipping technology.