According to my schoolboy-level French, apparently, this has been 2 years in the making but today Xavier Niel announced his new Freebox dubbed Delta.
For a subscription to 49.99 euros/month (plus 10 euros/month for the TV decoder) featuring Jabert Morrison’s design, it offers a really decent-looking package.
The Freebox Delta boasts ultra-fast speed at 10Gbits/s, 10 times faster than what is currently available, faster tri-band wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.0, built-in Devialet sound with six 360-degree speakers, 4K compatibility as well as voice control courtesy of Amazon’s Alexia. Additionally, there is a 1TB hard drive for storage as well as access to 1000 titles.
Those Devialet speakers should be able to replace your soundbar. Also, there is space for four hard drives in total so this can become a NAS complete with RAID.
Free wants to strike a big blow with this new Freebox hence the included Netflix subscription and partnership with Amazon. The bundle includes an integrated Wifi camera as part of the security pack. Also part of the security pack is a 105-decibel siren and Sigfox connectivity, which, even when the power is off at home, can alert you via SMS. Furthermore, the Freebox promises to play nice with Philips Hue lamps, and, more curiously, Somfy blinds.
You can stream music using WiFi (AirPlay), Bluetooth and Spotify Connect. Moreover, there’s also Deezer, Qobuz, YouTube, Dailymotion and Twitch apps as well — but you’ll need to turn on the TV to access those.
Finally, the Freebox comes with two remotes — a classic remote and a remote with a touchscreen. The interface of the smart remote changes depending on what you do. Sounds pretty cool to me.
Free also offers another Freebox, called One, whose design was also overseen by Jasper Morrison and has an integrated Netflix subscription. It will be available at 29.90 euros per month for one year, then 39.90 euros per month. Although, the latter offer is limited to the first 100,000 subscribers.