Humax have stopped making Freesat boxes - but there is an alternative on the way
While Freeview might be the dominant way of watching free-to-air TV, not everyone can get a good Freeview signal and Freesat which is delivered via satellite and has a nice EPG is a good alternative for those who are in TV-troubled areas but who don't want to fork out for a Sky or Virgin subscription.
While Freeview TVs and set-top boxes are common, the options for Freesat watching are a lot more limited - only LG TVs and a few select models from other brands support the service as standard and set-top boxes were the go-to solution for many.
Right now on the Freesat website, the only two manufacturers for Freesat set top boxes are Humax and Manhattan, and on the former offered a PVR solution to allow users to record their favourite programmes. Unfortunately, today we have learned that Humax have stopped manufacturing Freesat supporting set top boxes and those that remain on sale are the last of the available stock.
We spoke to Freesat who confirms that their partnership with Humax ended in 2019. However there is currently a new Freesat box that is expected to hit the market in the next few weeks that will offer PVR functionality with up to 2TB of hard drive space. We are hoping to have more information on this new platform shortly.