New ‘faster’ YouView box unveiled, and it’s yours for under £200

The new faster YouView Humax DTR-T2000 costs £199 and you can get it from major electronics retailers online and on the high street, including Currys, PC World, Argos, Tesco and John Lewis...

A new YouView box has been unveiled by Humax, a manufacturer well known for its Freeview, Freesat and YouView boxes, and it's said to be "faster" than existing models.

The compact Humax YouView DTR-T2000 offers the Freeview channels you normally get on YouView, plus the usual online features, such as catch-up TV from the likes of BBC iPlayer and 4oD, and the ability to pause, record and rewind live TV.

In addition, you'll also be able to store up to 300 hours of TV recordings - or 125 hours of high-definition (HD) TV - thanks to its built-in 500GB hard drive.

The DTR-T2000 will be priced at £199 and available from major UK retailers including John Lewis, Currys, PC World, Argos and Tesco.

Graham North, commercial director of Humax, said: "The Humax DTR-T2000 brings the seamless YouView service to the masses, with its attractive price point enabling even more consumers to benefit from this sophisticated TV service.

"The new box offers the first compact Humax YouView product available at a cost-down price point while still providing the high-quality service and choice of programming customers expect."

But if we're talking about cheap ways of getting YouView, there are two ways of looking at it. If you buy the box outright, you'll never have to pay anything more, but you'll have to fork out £200 upfront, which not everyone can or wants to do.

A more affordable option is to sign up for a TV and broadband package with either BT or TalkTalk, which come with a free YouView box.

It's a good way of spreading the cost, as you'll usually only pay a few pounds a month more to get TV and broadband together, and makes sense if you've been thinking about switching broadband and want YouView.

It also means you can add extra channels and get more TV series and films on demand.

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