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Humax H3 Streaming Media Player Launched

A rival to Fire TV, Roku & NOW TV devices?

by Mark Hodgkinson Oct 25, 2016 at 11:11 AM


  • Humax has announced the H3 Espresso Smart Media Player, which includes Netflix, YouTube and TVPlayer apps pre-installed and easy network access to recordings made on the HUMAX FVP-4000T Freeview Play PVR.
    The H3 Espresso plugs in to the HDMI port on any HD TV and to your home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet and is in the same market space as the Amazon Fire TV Box/Stick, NOW TV as well as the Roku family of players.

    With the TVPlayer service, you get around 55 free-to-air channels, as well as an additional 25 Plus popular video-on-demand channels, including HISTORY, Lifetime, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Discovery, Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2, and National Geographic Channel. A two month free subscription to TVPlayer is included, redeemable via a voucher supplied in the H3 Espresso box.

    In addition to streamed content, the HUMAX H3 Espresso enables users to view apps and media files of many types from their own DLNA (home network) connected devices – such as smartphones, tablets or laptops.

    As well as video-based content, your photos, music and other audio files from Android-based mobile devices can also be shared with family and friends at the highest quality via an HD TV. iOS and Android devices can also be turned into a digital remote control for the H3 Espresso using the HUMAX CAST App.

    Further content, such as recorded programmes, can be accessed when the H3 is paired with the HUMAX FVP-4000T Freeview Play personal video recorder. When connected to the FVP-4000T, you can select channels through the built-in Electronic Programming Guide, and view and record your favourite programmes via the integrated hard drive. In addition, more than one H3 Espresso can be linked simultaneously to the home network, allowing users to extend the viewing experience to up to four separate rooms in the house, in a similar vein to Sky Q mini-boxes

    For owners of the recently-launched HUMAX EYE HD Cloud Camera, live or recorded footage from the home monitoring camera can also be watched via the device through the dedicated HUMAX EYE app.

    Graham North, vice president sales at Humax, said, “This innovative Smart Media Player represents yet another technology breakthrough from Humax. Ideal as a stand-alone streaming device, or in partnership with the Humax Freeview Play PVR range, the H3 Espresso delivers a seamless and easy-to-use solution for multi-room TV viewing. This ingenious OTT device also gives customers access to the recently-launched HUMAX EYE HD Cloud Camera via the integrated app, for convenient home monitoring on the big screen.”

    The HUMAX H3 Smart Media Player has a suggested retail price of £79.99 and is available now.

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