Freesat launched at the beginning of May, but the Freesat HD recorder from Humax has yet to make an appearance.

Well here's an update.

It should be on shelves well in time for Christmas.

Bob Hannent, chief technologist at Humax explains in a statement: "Humax has assigned one of its top development teams to the Freesat digital television recorder and they have completed the first stages of software integration and finalised the hardware design".

"Once testing of this stage of development is complete the more advanced features for Freesat will be worked on and tested."

"Because of the complex nature of the development of such an advanced recorder product Humax will dedicate an appropriate period to ensuring the good operation and stability of the product before releasing to market."

"It is currently estimated that the product will be available suitably in advance of the Christmas 2008 season."

He adds that the recorder will be a twin tuner satellite recorder with an appropriately large capacity hard disk, although the exact size has yet to be finalised.

The connectivity will be identical to the FOXSAT-HD, but unlike the FOXSAT-HD it will not have an analogue component output.