Humax launches first Android TV 4K recorder

Humax has unveiled its latest ultra HD TV recorder, called AURA, the first 4K Freeview Play Recorder powered by Android TV technology.

Provided with a multitude of subscription-free and top-up entertainment options, and with 4K HDR picture quality, AURA also comes with integrated Google Assistant and access to thousands of apps via the Google Play Store. It syncs with the user’s Google account to deliver a customised home entertainment experience built around the individual or family.

For ultimate flexibility, Google Assistant also provides voice control for frequently-used TV  commands, and allows users to ask questions, discover information and activate smart home devices.

Available from next month (with an SRP of £249 for the 1TB model and £279 for the 2TB version), AURA is powered by the ultra-fast Android TV platform and with Freeview Play built in, the new Humax box enables rapid access to favourite shows, movies, sports and other programming on live TV.

For even further entertainment options, users can top up their viewing with paid streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, BT Sport and Google Play Movies, and explore and choose from a huge variety of apps and games to download from the Google Play Store.

In addition, AURA incorporates three digital tuners, allowing up to four programmes to be recorded at once while the user watches another live channel. Two hard drive options are available, enabling up to 500 or 1,000 hours of recordings to be stored.

Thanks to the Humax AURA app, many features of this new set top box can be accessed on a mobile device, such as streaming recordings around the home or downloading shows to watch later on the move. The app also affords users the freedom to schedule recordings or set reminders when away from home.

Not on that, but with Chromecast built-in as standard on Android TV, AURA enables users to stream photos, videos, music and other media to their TV screen from a laptop, tablet or mobile phone via a home Wi-Fi network.

The accompanying remote control offers several quick access ‘hot keys’: a Freeview Play button, Top Picks for content recommendations, a Google Assistant button to activate voice control, TV Guide button plus dedicated keys for Android Home, Amazon Prime Video and the Humax Kids’ Zone.

Developed by the manufacturer itself, the Kids’ Zone on AURA provides a safe environment for children to watch content curated specially for the youngest members of the family. Programme episodes can be browsed, searched and selected by duration, allowing parents to pick a show that will fill a suitable slot before dinner or bedtime, for example.

“AURA is designed to sit at the heart of a family’s home entertainment experience,” said Rob Peacock, Director at Humax. “The very first Freeview Play Recorder to be built on the Android TV platform, it provides a fully integrated environment that reflects the preferences and favourite content of the individual or family – with lightning-fast access to everything they need in one place.

“With such an extensive array of features, users will never miss their favourite show, movie or sporting event, and thanks to a combination of Google technology and the Humax AURA app, they can enjoy the freedom of entertainment on any screen or device, wherever and whenever they wish.”