TVPlayer Plus launches on Freesat

Popular streaming service TVPlayer Plus is now available on Freesat. TVPlayer Plus offers access to 27 of the world’s biggest TV channels including Discovery, MTV, and Comedy Central all for £5.99 a month, or a £59.99 yearly fee. Available in the On Demand section, TVPlayer Plus allows viewers to watch shows both live and on demand.

Click here to start your 2-month free trial now

POP FUN launches on Freesat

Kids can now catch up on all their favourite shows from the popular channels POP, Tiny Pop, and Pop Max all in one place and completely free! Available now in the On Demand section, you can pause, rewind or forward loads of brilliant shows whenever you want.

FreeSports is coming soon to Freesat

Are you a sports fan? Well, the UK’s newest sports channel, FreeSports, is launching on Freesat channel 252. Available on Freesat from the 12th September, FreeSports coverage includes football, rugby league and ice hockey. Here's the already impressive list of confirmed upcoming global sports coverage that will swing you into the action:


-          Portuguese Primeira Liga- 2 games a week
-          Belgian Pro League – 3 games a week
-          Spanish La Liga 2 - 1 game a week
-          Superliga Argentina - 2 games a week
-          Barca TV - full game from La Liga and Champions League
-          Dortmund TV - 1 hour weekly game highlights
-          Bayern TV - full game from the Bundesliga and Champions League
-          AC Milan TV full game from Serie A and Europa League


-          Australian V8 Supercars live
-          NASCAR Cup Highlights
-          NASCAR Xfinity series live
-          NASCAR Truck series live
-          Swedish Speedway live in 2018
-          Monster Jam highlights
-          Arena Cross highlights
-          Formula Drift highlights
-          FIA World Rallycross Championships highlights
-          On the Limit Sport magazine show

Ice Hockey 

-          National Hockey League – 3 games a week that can’t go live on Premier
-          International Ice Hockey Federation – 20 live games from Championships and 5 GB games from Div1A
-          Champions Hockey League – 20 live games
-          Swedish Hockey League – 2 live games a week
-          Spengler Cup live semi ‘s and final.

Rugby League

-          50% of NRL live until the end of 2017
-          Select games from the Rugby League World Cup live
-          Championship Rugby League – Toronto matches in England live
-          NRL Full-Time
-          The NRL Footy Show
-          Rugby League Back Chat

Other Sports 

-          ATP 250 – 25 events mostly live
-          New York, Berlin and Melbourne Marathons
-          IAAF Athletix
-          Spanish Basketball League and Copa Del Rey final stages
-          FEI Nations Cup
-          One Championship
-          World Series of Fighting
-          FIS Magazine show
-          Transworld Sport 
-          Drone Champions League
-          Weight Lifting World Championships
-          Pro Bull Riding
-          Golfing World
-          Crankworx World Tour 

The new & improved ITV Hub

From today, Freesat customers with the latest set-top boxes can enjoy a new and improved version of ITV Hub. The catch up and on demand service features a revamped design, which will make it easier to find the programmes you want to watch. As well as a shiny new look, ITV Hub now boasts a bigger range of TV shows available and improved video quality for a seamless viewing experience.

Check it out in the On Demand section now.

Watch Dave & Home now on Freesat

Dave & Home are now available to watch on Freesat! Watch hilarious Dave comedy shows like Uncle and Brojects on channel 157, and lifestyle shows on Home like Tiny House Big Living and Kirstie’s Handmade Home now on channel 166.

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Ketchup TV is now available on Freesat

Ketchup TV offers unlimited children’s entertainment and educational shows, available to watch for free.

Popular favourites for children on Ketchup TV include Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Little Baby Bum, Caillou, Fireman Sam and Thomas and Friends, as well as educational programmes Super Why! and Monster Maths.

Plus, this summer on Ketchup TV, kids can also look forward to new Sesame Street segments such as Cookie’s Crumby Pictures, Super Grover 2.0, Elmo the Musical and Abby’s Flying Fairy School.

If you have the latest Freesat set-top-box, you can find Ketchup TV from the On Demand menu in your TV Guide.

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Channel number changes

Some of our channels in Entertainment have moved in the TV guide. Here’s a list of channels with new numbers:

152 True Entertainment +1
153 TruTV
154 ITV4 +1
155 PBS America
156 YourTV
157 Dave (from 1st August)
166 Home (from 1st August)
167 Quest
169 Quest Red

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.

Wuaki becomes Rakuten TV

Your go-to movie service has had an update. Wuaki, the video on demand player, is now called Rakuten TV. You can check out the newly-named and refreshed app in the On Demand menu today. You’ll find all the latest films, the biggest TV series and even some amazing daily deals from just 99p! If you’re looking for blockbuster action, kids' classics, or rom-com-tactics, Rakuten TV has something for everyone.

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Freesat viewers can now restart live BBC shows

Freesat viewers with the latest set-top-boxes won’t miss a moment of their favourite BBC shows thanks to a new ‘Watch from Start’ feature in the TV guide. Available from today, ‘Watch from Start’ allows you to restart live programmes on all BBC channels without waiting for the programme to end. Freesat is the first TV platform to include the feature within the TV guide, and customers will notice a small icon next to the programme name, which, when selected from the menu, will begin the programme from the start.

Quest & Quest Red launch on Freesat

Quest and Quest Red are now available to watch on Freesat channel numbers 167 and 169. There’s a huge variety of programmes to suit everyone across entertainment, documentaries, factual, sport, entertainment, crime and reality. Watch popular shows such as Salvage Hunters, Wheeler Dealers and Spanish Civil War with Michael Portillo on Quest, and Say Yes to the Dress, Long Lost Family US and Paranormal Lockdown with Nick Groff on Quest Red. 

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Get more from your BBC iPlayer

You'll soon be able to sign-in to BBC iPlayer to take advantage of loads of additional features, like personalised recommendations where you’ll receive top TV picks just for you on the iPlayer homepage. Plus, you’ll also be able to pause what you’re watching and then pick up where you left off on a different device whenever you like. Click here to register or sign-in to iPlayer now

Best Direct launches on Freesat

Best Direct, the channel that supplies the UK with great products at affordable prices, is now available to watch on Freesat channel number 818. Best Direct has over 25 years experience selling products to UK viewers.

Top products include: 

  • Velform Luxilight
  • Ear Wizard
  • Gymform Abs-A-Round
  • Air Bolt
  • Starlyf Cyclonic Broom


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Freesat celebrates a strong performance

90% growth in sales of devices

  • 904,000 TVs and set-top boxes sold, a 90% uplift year on year
  • Number of homes with Freesat now over two million
  • Total app downloads now over 800,000
  • TV partnerships drive growth 

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.

The brand new Freesat Humax HB-1100S Smart TV box

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.

*Netflix requires a subscription from £5.99 per month.

New Freesat app for Android

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.

Freesat adds new genres

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.

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All 4 gets a makeover

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:

  • Continue Watching: Pick up a series from where you left off. 
  • My List: Save shows you love to watch later
  • Recommendations: Get tailored recommendations just for you, based on the shows you watch  

Visit the On Demand section and try the new All 4.

STV Player now available on the Freesat Platform

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.

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BBC iPlayer no longer supported on old Freesat boxes

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 delivers new mobile app for Saorview

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.

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Freesat sponsors ITV’s Go For It

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.

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Freesat launches first live audience measurement service for free-to-air television in the UK

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.

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Freesat customers to enjoy full BBC coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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.

BIKE Channel launches on Freesat

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.

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Channel number changes June 2016

7 June 2016

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 
 Pick +1   159   145 
 Challenge   145   146 
 Challenge +1   146   147 
 Food Network   149   148 
 Food Network +1   151   149 
 Travel Channel +1   152   151 
 True Crime +1   156   152 
 PBS America   160   156 
 YourTV   161   157 
 Drama   162   158 
 Yesterday   163   159 
 Really   164   160 

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 sees solid start to 2016

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, 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.

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Freesat cleared 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.

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Freesat launches application

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has today announced the launch of video on demand service on its platform. Available from today to all Freesat viewers with a connected set-top-box, 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. 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.

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Freesat licenses TVbeat platform to gain real-time TV audience insights

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.

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True Crime to land on Freesat

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.

Three key tech trends and the future of TV

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.

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Keep It Country launches on Freesat

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.

Strong quarter for Freesat as Freetime drives growth

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.

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Talking Pictures TV launches on Freesat

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.

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