First Freesat 'Free Time' set-top box to launch on Wednesday
Freesat's next-generation set-top box running the new Free Time TV guide will go on sale this Wednesday (October 17th 2012).
The device, which is manufactured by Humax, allows users to scroll backwards through the last week's worth of content to catch up on any shows they missed first time round.
It also features a 'Now & Next' TV guide view, plus a recommendation section and improved recordings that mean customers can search for episodes automatically filed into series, just like a DVD boxset.
When it launches, the box will offer the BBC iPlayer and ITV Player on-demand services, while 4OD and Demand 5 - from Channel 4 and Channel 5 respectively - are set to be added before Christmas.
Humax has been chosen to produce the first set-top box to support Free Time, although similar devices made by different manufacturers will be released in the future.
Emma Scott, managing director of Freesat, said the free-to-air platform has seen a significant level of demand for Free Time since the guide was unveiled in September.
"We have a very successful and longstanding relationship with Humax and expect the new generation of boxes to be very popular," she added.