Digital TV platform specialist IP Vision has conformed that leading UK supermarket chain Tesco is to retail the UK's first Freeview+ High-Definition (HD) PVR set top box. Users can access HD programming via channels such as BBC HD, ITV1 HD, Channel 4HD and S4/C available in Wales, that are broadcast on the Freeview platform.
The Technika-branded SmartBox also allows users to access over 2000 hours of on-demand programmes via IP Vision's FetchTV platform. Connecting the box to any broadband supplier accesses the FetchTV platform. Once registered with FetchTV content is delivered via broadband directly to the TV screen. Services including the BBC iPlayer are accessed via an easy to navigate on-screen menu.
Users can also choose to subscribe to Sky Player in order to access paid for Sky TV. Live broadcast Sky channels can be accessed by subscribing for a minimum of 30 days or longer if desired. Sky Player also offers a selection of pay per view content that does not require a minimum subscription period. This is the first time that paid-for Sky content has been made available via a Freeview+ HD set top box.
The unit will also act as a media centre, able to deliver music, films, photographs and other content wirelessly from other networked storage devices in the home directly to the TV screen.