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New Arris Freesat 4K box officially released

Finally, months after Humax stopped producing their popular HB-1100S and HDR-1100S range of Freesat boxes and stocks of the Huamx Freesat boxes virtually zero in the UK, the new and latest Freesat boxes have been launched.

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Manufactured by Arris, these boxes will be sold to retailers by Freesat themselves, and not by Arris.

Currently only the non recording box is available, but a recording box, with 500GB, 1TB & 2TB hard dives, will be released in the coming weeks.

This means that only two manufacturers are currently making Freesat boxes. Manhattan with their budget SX Freesat set top box, and Arris with their recording and non recording boxes.

The user interface on the new Arris Freesat box does look a bit like one that earlier Freesat boxes from Humax used. A bit of a step back if you ask me.

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These new Arris Freesat boxes support 4k / UHD. But since there is a severe lack of 4K content on UK TV, only the youtube and Netflix apps on the box will currently support 4k.

The boxes will also support “wideband” lnbs, like those LNBs used for SkyQ. This will explain why the non recording receiver has two inputs for two tuners. The recording versions, to be released later, will have the option, with a wideband LNB, to record up to 4 channels at once. But they can still be used with the standard “universal” LNB.

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The boxes will support Dolby Atmos audio. Again, a bit like the 4k compatibility, this will only be limited to Netflix and Youtube, since no broadcasters on Freesat uses Dolby Atmos yet.

These boxes are as yet untested for reception in weak signal areas like Spain. But I have a few on order to test and review. However, I would state that if you are currently using a Humax Freesat set top box like the HB 1100S, then there is no real reason to upgrade to this box at the moment.

Technical Specifications for the non recording Arris Freesat box

Tuner TypeFreesat HD and 4K
Number of Tuners2
Programme Guide7 days forward
Built In Hard DriveNo
Sound TypeDolby Atmos
Parental ControlsYes
Subtitles / Audio DescriptionYes
TV Standard44PAL
Internet ConnectionBuilt-in WiFi

Ethernet

On Demand Services

(Available outside the UK

with a VPN / Smart DNS service)

BBC iPlayer

ITV Hub

Netflix

YouTube

Demand  5

STV Player

UKTV Play

France 24

Pop Fun

App availableYes
Video ConnectionHDMI x1
Other ConnectionsUSB 2.0 x1

Optical Out x1

Box ContentsFreesat 4K TV Box

Quick Start Guide

Safety Notice

Power Supply Unit

Remote Control x1

HDMI cable x1

AAA batteries x2

Power Consumption

Standby mode:

1.06W Connected / 0.32W Unconnected

Full Operation:

9.1W Connected / 9.1W Unconnected

ColourAnthracite
Dimensions40 x 180 x 120 mm (H x W x D)
Weight1.048kgs
WarrantyYes – 1 year
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  2 Responses to “New Arris Freesat 4K box officially released”

  1. Obvious omission – no Bluetooth!! Not all satellite stations have pictures!!! Probably costs £p to include a BT tx chip. Not very bright of the designers.

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