EchoStar invited us to oogle the world’s slimmest digital TV recorder (DTR) the Ultra Slim Box (or the slightly less alluring name of HDT-610R), which crams a tonne of features inside a 14mm aluminium chassis.
If you’re into watching broadcast TV the Freeview+ HD Ultra Slim Box offers consumers subscription free TV with access to 50 digital channels plus 4 in HD. You can pause or rewind live TV and record a complete series at the touch of a button using Series Link.
“We’re already inviting consumers to watch their TV anywhere and now we’re offering them the opportunity to own the slimmest digital TV recorder in the world. The Ultra Slim Box represents the coming of age for the DVR and is the perfect complement to the latest range of ultra slim TVs,” commented Rhod Williams, Senior Vice President and General Manager of EchoStar Europe.
EchoStar were keen to point out exactly how good looking the Ultra Slim Box is compared with a conventional DTR and displayed other design classics to drive the point home. And they do have a point. It looks great. But it’s not all good looks and charm. Inside they’ve managed to squeeze a 500GB hard disk drive (up to 300 hours of recording space+), a twin tuner to ensure that consumers can watch one channel whilst recording another and an HDMI connection. There’s also an Ethernet port so you can access to Smart TV features including catch-up TV from BBC iPlayer.
“Consumers are looking forward to an exciting summer of sport and facing a packed viewing schedule, digital video recording will be one of the key features that viewers will be looking for”, said Ilse Howling, Managing Director of Freeview.
EchoStar has partnered with The Connected Marketplace to bring on demand services to the Ultra Slim Box platform through the BoxOffice365 service, plus movies from PictureBox, all available for a monthly fee with more choices to come. But no NetFlix. Everything should have NetFlix.
Ultra Slim Box is available for pre-order online now from Amazon, John Lewis and Maplin for about £260. Want to walk into a shop and purchase one? You’ll have to wait till the end of May.