Humax UK announces Aura 4K set-top-box DVR with Android TV and Freeview Play
Humax has announced its first set-top-box to combine Android TV and terrestrial broadcast television. Aimed at the UK market, the Humax Aura is a 4K (UHD) HDR-capable STB and PVR running Android TV, with an integrated DVB-T tuner and a full offering from Freeview Play (the UK’s terrestrial TV network).
The Aura boasts three digital tuners, allowing you to record up to four programs whilst watching a fifth. For recordings, there’s a hard drive of either 1TB or 2TB capacity and of course, there’s a cavalcade of streaming entertainment options from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and Britbox on top of the 9 from Freeview: BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All 4, My5, UKTV Play, CBS Catchup Channels UK, Horror Bites, STV Player and BBC Sounds. UK cord-cutters will be able to benefit from Now TV and BT Sport, too.
The Humax Aura, as you’d expect from an Android TV device, also acts as a Chromecast receiver and integrates Google Assistant voice controls. There’s even an accompanying app for iOS and Android which will let you watch recordings on your home network, or download them to your device to watch on the move. There’s even a “Kid Zone” safe mode, for when you want to leave the little ones unattended. It even lets you find a show that’s the right length to take them up neatly to bedtime without the age-old “just one more episode” pleas.
Although this is a UK-centric product, Humax makes products for territories across the globe including DirecTV, Google Fiber, Delta (Netherlands), and Truevisions (Thailand), so there’s a good chance the Humax Aura will appear in some form outside Blighty soon too.
The Humax Aura Set-Top-Box will be available in the UK from November, starting at £249 for the 1TB edition, and £279 for the 2TB edition. More details, including the full specifications, are available from the Humax Website.