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Freesat, the free television platform, today announces strong growth in the twelve months to 30 March 2017, with 904,000 devices sold – an increase of 90% year on year – benefiting from the continuing popularity of smart and UHD televisions.
Freesat’s customer base continues to thrive with 58,000 new homes added over the course of the financial year. This brings the total number of Freesat homes to over two million, as increasing numbers of customers look to cancel their expensive pay-TV contracts in favour of Freesat’s flexible, subscription-free offering.
We are excited to announce the launch of the new Humax HB-1100S Smart TV Box. As well as a brand new sleek and compact design, the upgraded box also comes with Wi-Fi connectivity, meaning you’ll have direct access to Freesat’s broad range of catch up and on demand services like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and Netflix*. Watch your favourite programmes on over 200 channels and pair your box with the Freesat app to record shows on the go.
Available in stores and online from mid-April 2017.
The Freesat app for Android has been refreshed with a new TV guide. If you’re an Android user you can select the new horizontal view and scroll seamlessly through the next 7 days, making it easier to find want you want to watch.
Find out more about the Freesat app here.
We have updated our genre list to make it easier to find what you want to watch. There are two new genres: Faith and International. Plus, you can now find Forces TV, Irish TV and Community Channel in the Entertainment genre.
Freesat customers can now enjoy a new look All 4. The catch up player has been redesigned making it even easier for you to watch the latest programmes and binge on box sets.
There are a number of new features to enjoy:
Visit the On Demand section and try the new All 4.
Freesat has announced the addition of STV Player to its On Demand line up. Freesat viewers will be able to catch up on their favourite TV shows such as Taggart and Rebus as well as STV’s flagship programmes, including STV News at six and Scotland Tonight.
Available to all Freesat viewers from today, STV Player offers catch up and live streaming access to programmes from ITV, including Coronation Street, The X Factor, and Victoria, as well as top dramas from the STV archive.
The BBC no longer support an early version of BBC iPlayer across a number of older Freesat TVs and set-top-boxes. A full list of affected devices is available here.
Users of these boxes will no longer be able to access iPlayer. The latest Humax Freesat boxes, including the HDR1100s, HDR1000s and HB 1000s remain unaffected.
Freesat has delivered the new Saorview mobile app, website TV guide and Spotlight recommendation service for RTÉ in Ireland as part of its ongoing partnership with the broadcaster to deliver Saorview Connect for Irish audiences.
Based on Freesat’s own hugely successful TV guide app, which has been downloaded over 750,000 times, the Saorview app features a seven-day programme guide, allowing viewers to plan their weekly viewing. The app also features Spotlight, an editorial recommendation service showcasing the best programming for the week ahead.
Freesat will sponsor ITV’s new skill-based gameshow Go For It. The programme premieres this Saturday, the 27th of August on ITV (Freesat Channel 103), and runs for seven weeks. Presented by Stephen Mulhern, Go For It aims to uncover the most unique skills of the nation and gives challengers the ultimate test, with the chance of winning £1,000.
Freesat developed the concept for the branded bumpers with newly appointed advertising agency Mr. President and production company, TellyJuice, created the idents. The sponsorship marks the beginning of Freesat’s national advertising campaign.
Freesat, the UK’s subscription-free satellite TV service, is delighted to announce the launch of a live audience measurement service showing viewing behaviour in real time. The service, which runs on a ground-breaking audience attribution platform developed by TVbeat, shows viewer behaviour across channels and programmes to a high level of granularity, giving channel executives and other users new datasets on which to derive insights from audiences.
Freesat will carry the BBC broadcast of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games live, across 8 channels in HD and SD. Available via the BBC Red Button and accessible via the Freesat EPG, viewers will be able to watch the world’s greatest athletes achieve sporting success live from Rio de Janeiro when the games commence on Friday, August 5th.
Freesat will also provide access to BBC Red Button+, an interactive service that provides direct access to BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport App to watch 24 live and on-demand streams in HD. Through BBC Red Button+, viewers will be able to watch over 2,500 hours of live sporting action throughout the two-week event.
Eight live HD streams will be available on Freesat channels 261-268 to viewers with the latest set-top boxes, with a further eight live SD channels available on channels 271-278.
Freesat is launching BIKE Channel on channel 251 today. Previously only available on pay-TV services Sky and Virgin, the launch on Freesat is the first time BIKE has been made available on a free-to-air platform.
Launched in 2012, BIKE Channel is the first dedicated cycling television channel reaching over one million cycling fans every month. The channel features live and highlight coverage across eight different cycling categories: Adventure, BMX, Endurance, Legends, MTB, Road, Sport and Triathlon from some of the most compelling competitions, including Tour de Romandie, UCI Downhill World Cup and BMX Supercross World Cup.
A number of Entertainment channels have moved positions in the Freesat TV Guide today. Channels affected and new channel numbers are as follows:
|Channel||Old Channel Number||New Channel Number|
|Food Network +1||151||149|
|Travel Channel +1||152||151|
|True Crime +1||156||152|
Your box or Freesat TV should update automatically, but in the event you have any problems with channel reception, please try a Freesat channel scan. If you have any series recordings set for the above channels it is worth resetting them to ensure there are no issues with recordings taking place.
Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, today reports a solid start to 2016 as it continues to enhance its content offering and build international partnerships.
The number of homes connected to Freesat by both satellite and broadband is up by 54% year-on-year. This is due to customers choosing to complement their linear free-to-air TV viewing with on-demand services, such as the recently launched Wuaki.tv, together with the major free catch-up players, BBC iPlayer, All4, My5 and ITV Hub. Last month Freesat was also cleared by the BBC Trust to offer live pay sports services.
Freesat, the UK’s subscription-free satellite TV service, is delighted to announce it has been cleared by the BBC Trust to offer live pay sports services delivered via broadband. The decision will help to progress Freesat's ongoing conversations with content providers.
Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has today announced the launch of video on demand service Wuaki.tv on its platform. Available from today to all Freesat viewers with a connected set-top-box, Wuaki.tv offers instant access to a huge range of the latest and best-loved movies and TV shows.
From recent blockbusters to critically acclaimed television programmes, the service includes the likes of Spectre, the 24th James Bond adventure, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Game of Thrones among its highlights. Wuaki.tv features the unique option of pre-ordering upcoming releases and movies can be rented from 99p without the need to pay for a monthly subscription.
Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has today announced it is working with TVbeat, a real-time cross-screen TV audience attribution company, to gain insights into how its customers are using the connected TV service.
Using TVbeat’s leading TV audience attribution platform, Freesat will be able to analyse the real-time user behaviour of viewers who opt-in to allow collection of their data.
Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, can announce that Sony Pictures Television is bringing a brand new channel to the platform. True Crime and True Crime+1 will focus on fascinating reality-based crime features, and will launch on 22nd March 2016 on channels 143 and 156 respectively.
Back in January, Freesat headed to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas?—?an important chance to keep up with the latest trends that will shape our industry in the years to come (and, of course, see some really big TVs).
Over four fantastic days, three key themes developed, which all offer us exciting opportunities to further develop Freetime as a TV experience.
Keep It Country has arrived on Freesat, giving Country Music fans all the latest tracks, news and biggest stars from the scene across Ireland, UK & the USA. Tune in on channel 516.
Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, today announces a strong final quarter to 2015, with the addition of 36,000 new homes in the three months to December 2015. After adding 61,000 homes over the course of 2015, Freesat is now available in over 1.93 million households and is watched by more than four million viewers every week.
Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has announced the launch of independent archive film and TV channel Talking Pictures TV on channel 306. Free to view from today, the channel brings the best of time-honoured British cinema to Freesat viewers.
Talking Pictures TV covers films of all genres including westerns, comedy, thrillers, horror, romance, and drama, stretching back to the 1930s. Viewers can relive classics such as Brighton Rock, Jigsaw, Moby Dick and Two Way Stretch.