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Solid half for Freesat as pay viewers continue to switch to Freetime

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has continued its good start to the year by adding 6,000 new homes in the three months to the end of June, as viewers continue to move away from long term contracts and expensive pay TV packages. In all, Freesat has added 24,000 households in the first half of 2014.

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Two new channels added to Freesat

Two new channels added to Freesat today. On Channel 153, True Drama features an extensive selection of award winning content ranging from British dramas, Hollywood feature films, compelling true movies, popular long-running series and best-selling author based dramas.

And for the little ones, on Channel 609 Tiny Pop +1 provides another chance to see fun and inspiring programming that encourages young children to learn, laugh and grow with us every day.

See our full list of TV channels, On Demand services and Radio Stations

Freesat Mobile App launches on Android

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service has today launched an Android version of their award-winning Freesat App. Extending the power to manage and control their TVs via mobiles and tablets to even more viewers, the new Android version of the Freesat App is now available for free download from the Google Play store.

Optimised for the latest Android devices running Android 4.0 and above including phones and tablets from Samsung, Google and Sony, the Freesat App features a TV Guide and the unique Showcase editorial service, which provides daily-curated recommendations on what to watch on both live TV and On Demand. The Android App helps you plan how to watch, record shows remotely and catch up on some of the great free TV shows available on Freesat.

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Line of Duty, Doctor Who and Ant and Dec triumph at the Freesat Free TV Awards 2014

The stars of British Television, both sides of the camera, celebrated the very best in Free TV at the sixth annual Freesat Free TV Awards.

Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor scooped the biggest award of the night, as it was named Best of British TV programme or series. The judges praised it as 'momentous', 'extraordinary' and 'a massive undertaking to do something as fitting as this for the show’s 50th anniversary'.

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Forces TV to launch on Freesat

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, and the Services Sound and Vision Corporation today announce the addition of Forces TV to Freesat’s line-up on channel 652.  

Forces TV is a new channel launching in the UK and is the only TV channel devoted to the armed forces and the world of defence.  The channel covers a wide range of reports, features, live events, human interest stories, documentaries, interviews and competitions.  

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Freesat teams up with Curzon Home Cinema to launch film On Demand service on Freetime

Freesat, the satellite TV service, is delighted to announce the launch from this Wednesday onwards of the Curzon Home Cinema video On Demand service on Freetime, its award-winning connected TV service. Curzon Home Cinema is Freesat's first film On Demand and pay per view player.

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Freesat confirms long-term partner Manhattan to develop Freetime set top boxes

Freesat, the subscription free TV service, has announced that long term partner Manhattan Technology intends to manufacture a new line of Freetime set top boxes, building on Freesat’s award-winning and top-selling range.

Manhattan, the largest UK-owned manufacturer of set-top boxes, supplies thousands of independent retailers via its sister company Eurosat, as well as all the major retailers and supermarkets, including Dixons, Argos, John Lewis, Amazon and Tesco.

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Strong quarterly growth for Freesat as pay viewers switch over to Freetime

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has announced a good start to 2014, adding 18,000 homes as budget-conscious consumers switched away from expensive pay TV packages.

Freesat, which celebrates the sixth anniversary of its launch this week, is now available in 1.84 million households, and is watched by more than 3.8 million viewers every week. During the quarter, the big hits with the Freesat audience included the Winter Olympics from Sochi, Call the Midwife, Gogglebox, Mr Selfridge and, of course, Sherlock.

Freesat's continuing growth demonstrates the strong appeal of premium TV on a subscription-free basis. With a Freesat box, viewers have access to over 200+ TV and radio channels, more than with any other free-to-air provider.

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HD Genre added to Freesat TV Guide

As part of Freesat's on-going commitment to deliver our great line-up of 11 subscription free HD channels, a dedicated HD category has been added to the channel category list, making it easier for you to find out what to watch in HD.

If you have got a Freetime box, select 'list' on your remote control when you're in the TV Guide to see the list of channel genres.

If you don't have a Freetime box, you'll see 'HD' included in the list of categories when you open the TV Guide.

STV HD launches on Freesat

We're pleased to announce that on 28 April, STV launched in high definition on Freesat channel 119 for viewers in Scotland.

Starz launches on Freesat

We're pleased to announce that on 14 April, Starz launched on Freesat channel 505.

The original interactive music channel, viewers have a fantastic choice of the hottest chart and breaking videos, with top chart artists like Rihanna, Katy Perry, One Direction & Justin Timberlake.

Starz TV puts the viewers completely in control of what is played and offers them the ability to interact with other viewers via text and also enjoy getting on TV by sending in their photos.

Freesat announces new Freetime partnership with Vestel

  •  World’s third largest TV manufacturer to install Freesat’s award-winning Freetime on its new range of smart TVs and set top boxes

  •  Freetime features include Roll Back TV guide, all major On Demand players and programme recommendations through Showcase on TVs and set top boxes

Vestel, a major player in the consumer electronics industry, and Freesat, the subscription free TV service, have announced a strategic partnership to provide Freesat’s Freetime service via satellite on a range of Vestel’s new smart TVs and set top boxes.  The third largest TV manufacturer in the world, Vestel makes TVs for a variety of major Japanese and European brands as well as own brand TVs sold by major UK retailers including Argos, Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury’s.   

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Freesat announces 2014 Free TV Awards shortlist

Freesat, the subscription free TV service, announced today the channels and programmes that have been shortlisted for the Freesat Free TV Awards 2014.
 
Freesat offers over 200 TV, radio and interactive channels and with more entries than ever before, the 2014 Awards sees 50 shortlisted entries competing across ten categories, which includes one new category for 2014, Best TV Drama.
 
Now in its sixth year, the Freesat Free TV Awards showcase and celebrate all that's great about Free TV in the UK. Returning categories from 2013 include Freesat Channel of the Year, Best Children's TV Programme or Series and Best News Channel.

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Freesat App Version 1.2 Released

We're pleased to announce the version 1.2 of the Freesat App is now available to download.

The aim of the new version is to improve the usablity of the app, some things you'll find in the new version are:

  • User hints to help you navigate around the app
  • You can now open and close a section of the app by clicking the coloured title banners
  • If you are a Freetime customer we’ve made it even easier to pair your box to your Freesat ID
  • It's easier to find your way back to the home screen with our new home icon

Plus bug fixes and performance enhancements, including improvements to the remote control.

You can download the new version for iOS devices with iOS 6.1 or higher here

BBC HD channels move to new positions on Freesat

To enhance the channels' viewing experience a number of changes have been made to the position of BBC HD channels on Freesat. From 24 March, the channel positions will be as follows:

BBC One HD will be on channel 101 for viewers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with standard definition BBC One moving to channel 108.
BBC Two HD will be on channel 102 for viewers in England, with standard definition BBC Two moving to channel 109.
BBC Three HD will be on channel 106 throughout the UK, with standard definition BBC Three moving to channel 147.
BBC Four HD will be on channel 107 throughout the UK, with standard definition BBC Four moving to channel 148.
BBC News HD will be on channel 200 throughout the UK, with standard definition BBC News moving to channel 212.
CBBC HD will be on channel 600 throughout the UK, with standard definition CBBC moving to channel 607.
CBeebies HD will be on channel 601 throughout the UK, with standard definition on CBeebies moving to channel 608.

Panasonic announces smart TV partnership with Freesat

Panasonic has today announced a landmark deal which will see Freesat’s award-winning Freetime service available in new Panasonic VIERA smart TVs. As a result, Panasonic TV viewers will now be able to enjoy the great benefits of Freesat’s Freetime service for the first time whether they take their TV channels by aerial or satellite.

 

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BBC unveils new BBC iPlayer available on Freetime

Today BBC have announced that they are offering Freetime customers a preview of their new version of BBC iPlayer.

If you have a Freetime box, simply launch BBC iPlayer from the On Demand menu and you'll see 'Try New iPlayer' at the bottom of the screen. Once selected you'll have a chance to look around and provide feedback to the BBC to help them improve the product.

New social phenomenon revealed: FOMOOT*

*That's Fear of Missing Out on Telly

British TV addicts go to extreme lengths to stay in and watch their favourite programmes.

New research has revealed that over a third of Brits admit choosing to stay in to watch their favourite programme rather than go out. This new TV trend and social phenomenon has been coined - FOMOOT (Fear Of Missing Out On Telly). 

With the average Brit watching over 4 hours of live TV a day*, those afflicted by FOMOOT, a term coined by Freesat and an update to the well-known term FOMO (fear of missing out), will stay in to watch that favourite programme, even if that means missing out on an important event or commitment.

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Channel5+24 launches on Freesat

Available on channel number 132, Channel 5+24 is a new Catch Up channel that will repeat the previous day’s Channel 5 programmes from 7pm until approximately midnight, giving you another chance to see shows including The Hotel Inspector, Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers, and the best of international drama. During the rest of the day you’ll be able to find teleshopping and recent programming.

Freetime support Freesat’s strong Q4 2013 growth

Freesat has announced strong Q4 results, adding 31,000 homes and bringing total households served to over 1.8 million. Freesat now reaches over 3.8 million viewers. Freesat’s continuing growth demonstrates the clear attraction of premium TV on a subscription-free basis. With a Freesat box, viewers have access to over 200+ TV and radio channels, more than with any other free-to-air provider.

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BBC News and BBC Sport apps launch on Freesat

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has today announced the launch of the new BBC News app and BBC Sport app on its Freetime service – the only free TV platform or service to feature these. The two new BBC-branded apps will have a similar look and feel to the BBC’s current online and connected TV apps, and greatly expands the amount of specialist news and sports video programming available.

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'The Freesats' are back

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, today announced that this year’s Freesat Free TV Awards are open for entries.

Now in their sixth year, and free to enter, the Freesats are the only awards that showcase and celebrate the free-to-air TV that Britain loves.

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Software update 27-28 January 2014

Freesat are releasing new software from Humax for Freesat+ HD with Freetime boxes today (27 January), this will be an update for both the 500GB & 1TB versions. Freesat HD with Freetime boxes will receive the update on 28 January.

Software details as follows:

  • Model Number HDR-1000S, HDR-1010S & HB-1000S
  • Software Version 2.00.13 / 2.00.09
  • Update Release Date 27th/28th January 2014

And here's what it means for you

  • YouTube V4 MPEG DASH streaming support
  • UI Improvements – following customer feedback we’ve reinstated the date and time of any scheduled recordings.
  • Support for new interactive services.

Freetime boxes will update automatically. But if you can’t wait, you can do this manually, simply search for new software by pressing Home, Settings, System settings, Software update and Search new software. 

New Freesat App puts you in control of your TV

As the nation hunkers down for some great New Year TV, Freesat, the subscription free TV service, has today announced the launch of its new Freesat App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch – available now on the App Store.

The app acts as a TV guide for all free TV viewers, so whether it’s enjoying brand new British drama such as Call the Midwife or Mr Selfridge, or chasing away the January blues with Birds of a Feather, everyone will now have the power at their fingertips to plan how and what to watch, and for Freetime customers the chance to control their TVs.

Unlike other TV apps on the market, the Freesat App doesn’t just act as a guide to what’s on TV. It also works as a companion to Freesat’s award winning Freetime service and enhances Freetime’s key features. In the app you can look the Roll Back TV Guide which lets you check out the last seven days of TV to watch programmes you may have missed, and the app also offers TV recommendations on what to watch via Showcase – allowing you to browse through programme picks for the week ahead and set reminders to view.

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Software update January 2014

Freesat are releasing new software from Humax for Freesat+ HD with Freetime boxes later today (7th January). This is an update for both the 500GB & 1TB versions.

A release for the Freesat HD with Freetime box will follow tomorrow (8th January).

You can see what's included in the software release here.

Freesat launches new Children’s Christmas Showcase

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has today announced the launch of its new seasonal Children’s TV Guide, the ‘Christmas Showcase’, live on www.freesat.co.uk/hohoho today. 

Three new channels on Freesat

Viacom have launched two new South Asian channels on Freesat, Rishtey (channel 661) and the number one entertainment channel in India, Colors (662). They offer a variety of entertainment programmes, including fiction, music, reality shows & the best of Bollywood movies.   FilmOn. TV is also a new addition to Freesat and can be found at channel 410. FilmOn. TV is Britain’s first social TV channel, a live entertainment channel which will allow the audience to interact with the presenters.

Freesat expands HD offering with the launch of five new HD Channels

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has today confirmed the launch of five new BBC High Definition channels on the 10th December and a new HD Genre in the New Year as it continues to strengthen its free HD offering. This will bring the total number of HD channels available on Freesat to 11 – more than any other free-to-air service.

The new channels are HD versions of BBC News, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBeebies and CBBC. These will join BBC One HD and BBC Two HD plus variants of the BBC One HD service for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which are already available on Freesat.

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NOW Music launches on Freesat

We are pleased to announce the launch of NOW That's What I Call Music - The home of UK hit music on Freesat, channel 512.

Community Channel launches on Freesat

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Community Channel on Freesat channel 651.

Community Channel offers an entertaining mix of inspiring local news, uplifting series, ground-breaking films and documentaries. Giving voice to untold stories from across the UK and globally, Community Channel presents news and programming that encourage people to change their world, broadcasting 24 hours a day.

Freesat welcomes news of BBC One +1

Emma Scott, Managing Director of Freesat: "The announcement today that BBC One will launch a +1 channel on Freesat is fantastic news for our 4 million viewers as we continue to add new channels and On Demand services, plus invest in cutting edge technology. Our own backwards TV Guide has already proved incredibly popular, giving viewers the option to Roll Back in time via a slick TV Guide, which also gives recommendations on what to watch. It's a hugely exciting time in the TV market and the addition of popular new channels and services can only strengthen our great line-up, giving viewers more of what they want in their living rooms."

"We’re really excited about the new BBC iPlayer features and hope to be able to roll them out for our Freetime users as soon as they become available. We will soon be delivering more features to our next generation Freetime service including a remote app and in the future, additional movie and music channels."

Freesat Unveils New Peak Marketing Campaign

New branding launches with TV ad encouraging the nation to 'think about it'.

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, is launching a new peak marketing campaign, with a 30” TV spot that premieres on Monday 7th October. The campaign includes significant support both above and below-the-line, with TV, print, digital and direct mail, supported with a brand new website. Read more

UTV HD to launch on Freesat

Great news for Freesat customers in Northern Ireland. This morning it's been announced that UTV will be available in HD on Freesat from Monday 4 November. From this date, Freesat customers in Northern Ireland will be able to access UTV HD on channel 119.

New Freesat HD with Freetime box from Humax

Next-gen user experience platform now available on low cost zapper box

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, has today announced the launch of its new Freesat HD with Freetime box, further bolstering the products available with Freetime built in. The Freetime box is manufactured by Humax and will be available to buy from the 12th September from retailers including John Lewis, Currys PC World and a range of independents. The shelf price will be in the region of £99*.

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Two new channels join Freesat

Two new channels have been added to Freesat on Tuesday 27 August.

Holiday & Cruise - channel 409

Get a fun and informative look at holidays and cruise holidays, with a focus on destination and holiday related programmes. Highlights include The Travel Bug, Cruising With The Stars and Holiday & Cruise Clinic - where you can ask the experts any travel queries you'd like answered.

LBC - channel 734

Join in with "London's biggest conversation" - a 24/7 platform for listeners to express their views on the topics of the day. The station is home to Call Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister's weekly radio show and Ask Boris with the Mayor of London. 

QVC Style and QVC Extra launch on Freesat

We are pleased to announce the launch of QVC Style and QVC Extra on Freesat. 

QVC Style will offer you the latest fashion trends while QVC Extra provides a second chance to watch the best bits of QVC Live you might have missed.

QVC Style is available on channel 818.
QVC Extra is available on channel 814.

Channel 5's Demand 5 now available

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, has today announced the launch of Demand 5 on <freetime>. This addition completes the full set of the UK's top on-demand players on Freesat, joining 4oD, ITV Player and BBC iPlayer meaning that Freesat is now the only satellite TV provider with all full player apps.

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Freesat to outpace Sky in 21st consecutive quarter of growth

Freesat, the UK's free-to-air digital satellite television provider, today reported its 21st quarter of consecutive growth, adding 145,000 homes to the service in the last twelve months.

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BBC to launch five new subscription-free HD channels on Freesat

The BBC today announced it will launch five new subscription-free BBC HD channels. The new channels - BBC News HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD - will launch by early 2014.

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The BBC today announced it will launch five new subscription-free BBC HD channels. The new channels - BBC News HD, BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD - will launch by early 2014.

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