Set-top box manufacturer Humax is really throwing its weight behind the Freeview Play TV platform, announcing a new high-end telly box in the shape of the FVP-5000T.

With three digital tuners built in, it'll – somewhat confusingly – let record four channels at once while watching . This should give plenty of opportunity to fill up the 500GB, 1TB and 2TB hard drives the company is popping inside the box, depending on how much money 're willing to spend on it. That's the equivalent of 250, 500 or 1000 hours of programming respectively.

The Humax FVP-5000T is also fully-loaded with streaming and catch up services, including Netflix (which has a dedicated button on the box's remote), BBC iPlayer, YouTube and optional pay TV services. However, there's no mention of Amazon Video, and this is a strictly Full HD, rather than 4K, box.

Apps, guides and intelligent search

With plenty of programming options to choose from, the box handily offers an “Intelligent Smart Search” feature which scans your hard drive for relevant content across all sources, be it a catch-up service, TV or a recording. An eight-day programming guide is also offered.

If you've an iOS or phone handy, you can also hook the box up to the Humax App, which lets you remotely schedule recordings if you're away from home. Two USB ports onboard too, letting you play back video files or look at photos stored on a stick, too.

for the Humax FVP-5000T start at 229 for the 500GB model, rising to 259 for the 1TB model and 299 for the 2TB box. It'll launch in the second week of October.

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