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Echostar Unveils HDS-600RS Freesat+ HD Box

As expected, Echostar, the company behind Sling media, have unveiled a new set top box called the HDS-600RS which comes with some interesting features like Slingloaded and a pair of Freesat+ HD tuners.

The box allows the user to access up to 150 standard and high definition channels available in the UK and to use Sling Media's "unique place-shifting ability" to allow you to consume and manage either live or recorded content from desktops, laptops, phones and tablets.

It comes with a 500GB hard disk drive which is in line with the competition but still half that of the Sky HD box and the Virgin Media TiVO box. It can upscale SD content to HD ready or full HD using its proprietary hardware algorithm; there's also a HD EPG guide thrown in.

As far as connectivity is concerned, the box comes with SPDIF, RCA, dual RF, Ethernet, HDMI, a front USB 2.0 port but no Wi-Fi. You will need a separate SlingPlayer mobile application to access data on your iOS or Android smartphone remotely at a cost of £19.99.

Echostar has confirmed that other mobile platforms will be supported in the future and has stated that apart from the default BBC iPlayer video on demand platform, others VoD providers may also be added via a software upgrade.

The box will go on sale on Friday 1st of April for £350 and can be preordered from Amazon and John Lewis already (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.