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Humax's new H3 Espresso media player lets you stream live TV


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Humax has announced its new H3 Espresso Smart Media Player, which allows users to stream content in Full HD from services such as Netflix, as well as live TV without the need for an aerial.

The device works in the much the same way as Roku or Fire TV, connecting to your home network either wirelessly or through an ethernet connection, and plugging into your TV via an HDMI port.

Pre-installed apps include Netflix, YouTube and TVPlayer, the latter of which provides access to live TV without the need for an aerial connection.

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Humax provides a two month subscription to this live TV service as part of the deal, giving you access to more than 55 free-to-air channels, as well as an additional 25 popular video-on-demand channels, including Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Discovery, Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2, and National Geographic Channel.

And if you've managed to amass your own library of content, the H3 Espresso allows you to view apps and media files stored on your network-connected devices – such as smartphones, tablets, or laptops.

The device also lets you use your iOS and Android devices as a digital remote control using the HUMAX CAST App.

Plus, if you've got a Humax FVP-4000T Freeview Play set-top box, the H3 can access stored recordings which can then be played back on the TV the device is connected to.

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You can also use the H3 to watch live TV via one of the FVP-4000T's three tuners, and there's the ability to connect up to four H3 devices to create a multi-room setup.

Graham North, Vice President of 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 H3 Espresso is available for £79.99 from Currys, John Lewis, Euronics (CIH), Maplin, Hughes, independent electrical stores and Humax Direct.

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Let us know if you'll be picking up the H3 Espresso in the comments.


October 25, 2016, 9:56 pm

So where's the matching FreeSat box folks?!??? My 1000 is looking glum as he's on borrowed time with his split hdmi thru cat6 so I can watch him in the kitchen too!

Rennie Poffenberger

October 26, 2016, 3:40 pm

I agree, where is the freesat box? Also please update your freesat recorder to contain more than two digital tuners. Look at Direct TV and Dish TV in America where you can record at least six programs at the same time. Humax is behind the power curve but then again they don't seem to have any competition.


October 28, 2016, 4:59 pm

yup, there is no competition. They seem to think SKY or EE are the competition as they've sewn up the FreeView/FreeSat market. The fact they didn't provide a DNLA server in the 1000 says enough! I almost went back to a PC under the telly with MythTV!

Steve Byrne

March 12, 2017, 10:08 am

I've just bought the espresso and am frankly disappointed and will be returning it. The quality is not HD. There is not EPG so you cannot see what programmes are available in the next x days. And the most irritating issue is the McDonalds advert every time I change channel. Poor

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