Internet service provider iiNet has announced the availability of the new FetchTV 2 set-top box, which incorporates both free-to-air recording and video-on-demand services.
The set-top box is currently available to iiNet customers who use theservice, but Internode has also announced plans to release the set-top box as well.
iiNet customers have the choice of buying the box for AU$399 outright and paying AU$19.95 a month, or renting for AU$29.95 a month with a AU$100 set-up fee. Customers will need to sign up for a 24-month plan.
The set comes with both “linear” channels such as National Geographic, Animal Planet and MTV, and on-demand channels from Warner TV (Big Bang Theory and Chuck) and kids channel Gekko TV (The Wiggles).
The FetchTV 2 includes one of the largest drives in the current crop of recorders — 1 terabyte — and has three tuners enabling users to record two different channels while watching a third. FetchTV also enables movie downloads via the Movie Box service, with 30 downloads a month included in the subscription fee.
iiNet’s chief technology officer Greg Bader said the box isn’t currently able to operate without an internet connection, though this may change over the life of the product.
CNET Australia attended a demo of the product in the FetchTV offices in North Sydney and it appeared quick to order a movie — about 30 seconds — and have it begin playing.