Humax and Huawei release new YouView digital TV set-top boxes

Humax and Huawei have both announced the launch of new YouView digital set-top boxes, which comes just after BT unveiled its own "sleeker" YouView+ box.

The new YouView+ DN371T box from Huawei has a 500GB hard drive, capable of storing 300 hours of SD content, or 125 hours of HD.

Meanwhile, Humax has released an update to the Award-winning DTR-T1010, with the DTR-T10101 featuring a larger hard drive than before, going from 1TB to 2TB.

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Huawei's YouView+ DN371T box has dual tuners which will allow users to record one programme, while watching another, as well as being able to pause and rewind.

Now available for £219, users can use the DN371T to access on-demand content from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and 5 on Demand, along with other pay-to-view services.

Users won't be required to sign up to a BT or TalkTalk subscription package, since the box is a standalone unit.

Mark Mitchinson, Executive VP of Huawei UK and Ireland, says: "We are thrilled to be launching our own set-top box, which includes cutting-edge innovations to personal video recording technology and will play a key role in bringing YouView+ to the widest possible audience."

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Meanwhile, the expanded storage space of the Humax DTR-T10101's 2TB hard drive will allow users to store up 1200 hours of SD content or 500 hours of HD TV.

The rest of the box remains the same as its predecessor, and the award winning DTR-T1000. So you can expect set-up and installation to be a breeze, and a user interface that's a pleasure to use.

The Humax DTR-T10101 is available now for £300.

HANDS ON: Hands-on with the Humax DTR-T1000 YouView box

by Max Langridge

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.