03/05/2012 12:17 | By Nik Taylor, editor, MSN Tech & Gadgets

EchoStar launches world’s slimmest digital TV recorder

The Ultra Slim Box certainly lives up to its name…

EchoStar Ultra Slim Box (© EchoStar)

So you've got the wafer-thin TV, the feather-light Ultrabook and the almost-not-there smartphone. But what's this? That TV recorder in the living room...it's HUGE!

No worries - the thinner-lighter-smaller gadget mantra has now caught up with the world of digital TV recorders, with EchoStar today announcing the world's slimmest digital TV recorder.

The EchoStar Ultra Slim Box lives up to its name with a skinny profile that measures just 14mm in height. But despite its diminutive size, there is an impressive selection of features inside.

Chief among these is a hefty 500GB hard disk drive - large enough to hold around 300 hours of standard definition TV shows. There are twin Freeview+ HD tuners, so you can watch one channel while recording another, plus of course an HDMI output. On top of that are all the usual personal video recorder (PVR) bells and whistles, such as pause and rewind of live TV and the series link feature that enables one-click recording of a while series.

Internet connectivity means you can also watch BBC iPlayer and access on-demand through EchoStar's partership with BoxOffice365.

EchoStar Ultra Slim Box (© EchoStar)

There are some interesting features specific to EchoStar as well. The box's trailer booking feature makes it possible to set a recording directly from a programme advertisement, while the recording function will search for additional showings of a programme should any recordings clash.

The Ultra Slim Box (HDT-610R) is available for pre-order from tomorrow (4 May) and goes on sale on 31 May at Amazon, John Lewis and Maplin. Pricing is dependent on which shop you choose - Amazon already has its product page live and will charge £259.99.

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