Freeview HD offers over 95% of the Nation's favourite TV. All for free. With over 70 live TV channels to choose from, there's always something to watch. Freeview also provides an easy to use 7 day TV Guide that let's you schedule recordings and reminders, or set series links.
What is Freeview Play?
Freeview Play has all the benefits of Freeview HD plus adds in over 40,000 hours of on demand content and over 700 box sets, available across 9 services. Now, you can make the most of this incredible subscription-free service with a Humax Freeview Play Recorder, an advanced one-off payment TV box that’s packed full of innovative features to supercharge your viewing experience.
Apps available on Freeview Play (Internet connection required):
Originally launched back in 2002, Freeview is a nationwide terrestrial TV platform that’s operated by some of the UK’s best-known broadcasters, including the BBC, Sky, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva.
Designed to be an alternative to the subscription-based Sky Plus box (and other TV set top boxes offered by today’s providers), Freeview packs a whole host of free-to-air TV channels and radio stations into one simple, easy to use interface. And best of all, you don’t need to pay a penny to view any of Freeview’s content.
That’s right - Freeview provides TV lovers up and down the country with access to world-class programming, completely free of charge. All you need to start enjoying your favourite TV programmes is an aerial and either a one-off payment TV box or Freeview box recorder. This kind of equipment translates broadcasting signals into TV channels and brings all the content of this fantastic platform into one place for you to enjoy when you want, how you want.
Why do I need a Freeview box recorder?
Freeview set top boxes do, of course, provide you with access to the 70+ channels available from Freeview – but they make it easier than ever to explore everything the platform has to offer.
Freeview HD box recorders allow you to pause, record and rewind live TV. So, when life takes over, you know it only takes one click of a button to return right back to the right moment. Plus, a dedicated recordable Freeview box from Humax allows you to store up to 1,000 hours of programme recordings, which means anyone in the family can retrieve and view their favourite programmes as soon as they’re ready to kick back and relax.
Our Humax FVP-5000T Freeview Play Recorder takes this functionality one step further by combining over-the-air channels with some of the UK’s most popular on-demand apps, including BBC iPlayer, the ITV Hub, All 4 and Demand5 – and many of these apps even let you scroll back to watch programmes that have been aired in the last seven days. Choose this recordable set top box, and you can enjoy a huge range of channels and programmes at your leisure, without having to switch between devices.
Things to consider when choosing the best Freeview box recorder
With so many Freeview boxes available, it can be tricky to know which piece of equipment is going to deliver the best value for your household.
We understand that cost is one of the biggest considerations for Freeview customers. Ultimately, if you want optimum functionality from your set top box, you’ll need to be prepared to splash a little extra cash on the very best Freeview box recorder that can give you everything you need. If you can do without plenty of storage space, and don’t need to record multiple shows at once, an entry level Freeview box recorder may suit you best.
Humax offers three recordable Freeview boxes with varying functionality to meet the needs of today’s telly lovers. The Humax HDR-1800T 320GB Freeview HD Recorder is our most competitively priced set top box recorder, but the Humax HDR-2000T 500GB Freeview HD Recorder is perhaps the best option for families. It’s easy to set up and use, it boasts all the Catch up and On Demand features you’d expect, and it allows you to store an impressive 125 hours of recordings. Plus, it even allows you to view what’s on TV for the next week thanks to its handy on-screen TV guide.
At the very top end of the range is our Humax FVP-5000T Freeview Play Recorder, one of the most powerful Freeview Play boxes on the market. This nifty piece of equipment allows you to take control of your viewing with triple tuners, which enable you to record up to four programmes at the same time while watching a fifth show in real time. Clever, right? Smart search functionality makes finding your favourite shows a breeze, and you’ll never be short of viewing inspiration thanks to the useful Top Picks section, which will provide you with plenty of recommendations based on what’s currently trending on Freeview. We offer three FVP-5000T Freeview Play Recorder models in varying sizes - 500GB, 1TB AND 2TB – and each box can record up to 250, 500 and 1000 hours of standard definition programming respectively.
Be sure to check out the many Freeview recorder reviews available on our website to get a feel for what’s on offer from each box and discover which Freeview box will be the best fit for you and your loved ones.
Do I already have a TV set top box?
You might be able to view Freeview channels straight from your device. However, technology has evolved a great deal in the last decade, to the point where many of the Freeview Box recorders now on the market boast many more advanced features than the standard in-TV installations that were introduced several years ago.
Even if you already have access to Freeview, investing in one of the latest Freeview boxes could unlock a wealth of tools that support a faster, more streamlined viewing experience. A dedicated Freeview set top box will often deliver a cleaner, faster electronic programme guide, and will also support high definition broadcasts as well as standard transmissions, allowing you to immerse yourself in up to 15 glorious HD channels made available by the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five.
Things to remember
You will need a working aerial in order to enjoy Freeview or Freeview Play via your standard or recordable Freeview box. If you’re experiencing reception problems, a faulty or inadequate aerial could be to blame!
For households with a Satellite Dish
Freesat is a subscription free satellite TV service that gives you access to over 200 digital TV and Radio channels, including 13 in stunning HD.