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Humax has announced it will launch the first set-top boxes to play nice with Freeview Play.

The boxes will land this year and will come in 500GB or 1TB versions, which will give you 300 and 600 hours of recording space respectively.

Freeview Play will also let you access on-demand and catch-up shows from the likes of BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5. Humax has confirmed the boxes will have Wi-Fi for streaming.

"The launch of Freeview Play marks a significant milestone moment in the UK's broadcasting industry and our role as the lead set-top box manufacturer further reinforces the long-term relationship between Humax and Freeview," said Graham North, commercial director at Humax.

"Our new range of set-top boxes will bring advanced recording features that compliment catch-up TV, on-demand services and live television, to offer an exceptional Freeview Play experience."

Panasonic has also announced that Freeview Play will come built into all its Viera TVs this year.

Freeview Play will try to offer a service near to the original vision for YouView. In other words, a seamless blend of catch-up, on-demand and live viewing without a contract.

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