There are currently only two manufactures of Freesat boxes at the moment: Manhattan , and Arris
Manhattan do the basic HD model.
Arris do the 4k and 4k recordable...and sold directly by Freesat themselves, at limited retailers
No one else makes Freesat boxes these days.
Humax do, however, still make Freeview boxes
Not sure what you mean by that Dick. There is quite a choice of boxes that will view and record freesat channels. Easilly found on ebay, Amazon or maybe here - https://www.world-of-satellite.com/
Could find no Freesat boxes found on that link...
But there there are plenty of "free to air" boxes online will get all the same channels (and more..eg c4hd ) than a Freesat box, but without the Freesat guide, epg and functionality...
Freesat do not own or operate any channels. Freesat is merely a portal to access a number of free to air channels.
There are a number of free to air channels that are not on Freesat, but can be access in "non Freesat mode", or on other "free to air" satellite receivers.
Paul Humax, who made Freesat PVRs under licence from Freesat, stopped making them earlier this year although there are still some old ones available.
They actually stopped making them mid 2019 - (that blog post you linked to was posted in Feb 2020, some 6+ months after they stopped making them!)
The last batch left the warehouse in Nov 2019 - i know as i got some of that batch (of which I still have some new 1tb boxes for my clients - could sell them on ebay for a small fortune... 2nd hand 1tb boxes are like 400-500 gbp!!)
The new 4k Arris boxes were due "late 2019"... but it was not until Feb 2020 that they started to trickle out for sale, with the PVR being sold for about a week, then taken off sale due to all the complaints about the bugs and firmware...which are still being ironed out... it was only in one of the most recent firmware updates that the search function was added...and as for "the freesat app" integration and corect HDR settings who knows when they will be sorted...
Good to hear from you. Been a while. Do any of these things work reliably? The biggest problem Mrs D has with hers is it just doesnt tape everything she asks it to. Oddly its more reliable when we are not at home. my gut feeling is it gets confused between two different transmitters. (not humax but Bush).
Erm... All Freesat boxes use the same signals / beams / transponders / satellites...from the satellites.
Freeview uses a tv aerial and land based transmitters, whose sigansl / frequenceies / MUXs vary from place to place..