All-British set-top box maker TVonics has promised to deliver the first of its new line of HD set top boxes in July 2010.
The DTR-HD500 is intended to stand out, with a distinctive, but actually quite practical slimline design. More significantly however, it will be able to deliver full HD 1080p broadcasts, plus the ability to upscale standard def broadcasts.
There's a 500GB hard drive on board for recording and rewinding of live TV, as well as dual tuners to allow users to watch and record two channels at the same time, as well as view them in tandem using the DTR-HD500's picture-in-picture function.
It also has two HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, as well as Ethernet and two USB slots.
Andy Carr, chief technology officer at TVonics, said: "Our range of HD products will ensure that consumers are easily able to view Freeview HD with high quality surround sound, by simply connecting the box to the HD Ready TV - delivering a user experience we believe is superior to other boxes in the market place."
The TVonics DTR-HD500 set-top box will be available in July for around £300.