3view has confirmed the availability of what it claims is the world's first Internet connected HD set-top box with free-to-air capabilities. This means retail partners now have access to the first commercially available set-top box which combines the ability to receive high definition free-to air programming with a raft of Internet capabilities.
The device turns people's television into a connected device, allowing them to use a range of new TV over IP services. In addition, people will also be able to browse the web and keep up with Facebook and Twitter friends, all at the same time as watching both Standard and High Definition free-to-air television channels in the UK.
The 3View box provides users with access to HD television channels through a purpose built Interactive Programme Guide. Its also acts as a home hub and PVR, with 320 GB of storage allowing for hundreds of hours of TV to be recorded. In addition 3view's purpose-built search technology not only lets users search past and up and coming programme schedules, but also Youtube, pictures, movies and music on an associated home networked.