If you want all the smarts of a Sky box without a contract, Huawei's YouView+ DN371T set-top box might be for you.
The new YouView+ box has a 500GB storage capacity, meaning it can record 300 hours of SD programming or 125 hours of HD shows. And while it's recording users can watch another programme at the same time. It even allows for two shows to record at once and still lets users watch a recorded show or on-demand content at the same time.
The Huawei YouView+ box can access over 70 digital TV and radio channels and offers a 15-day TV guide. Catch-up services like BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD are also available when connected to the internet. Users can pause, record and rewind programmes and series-link record shows using a single button.
The Huawei YouView+ DN371T can be bought for a one off cost of £220 from Amazon, Maplin and eBuyer.