4oD launches on Freesat’s <free time>

4oD launches on Freesat's <free time>Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, has today confirmed the launch of 4 on Demand on <free time>, offering viewers the last thirty days of catch up and many hours of archive from Channel 4.

Channel 4’s video on demand service joins the ranks of BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and YouTube on <free time>, and brings a wealth of new Channel 4 programming in addition to 4oD’s library of classic shows.

Emma Scott, Freesat’s Managing Director commented:

We’re delighted that 4oD is now live on <free time>, further strengthening our on-demand offering with yet more brilliant programmes. Our viewers can now watch their favorite Channel 4 shows in a variety of ways, giving them more opportunities to watch TV in the way they want to.

Catching up on the latest twists in The Returned, or enjoying favorite episodes of Fresh Meat, just got a whole lot easier on freesat.

It’s also incredibly exciting to be the first UK TV platform to host the HTML 5 version of 4oD, which enables us to make the simple pleasure of watching TV even better through great technology.

Sarah Rose, Director, Commercial & Business Development, Channel 4 said:

With the launch of our successful video on demand service on <free time>, we’re pleased to extend the reach of Channel 4 catch up and archive content to freesat viewers enabling them to stay up-to-date with our latest programmes and delve into a wealth of classic shows from the last 30 years.

<free time> launched last Autumn, bringing new features to freesat, including a backward guide that lets viewers ‘turn back time’ to watch programmes that have already been on, a new Showcase section providing TV recommendations and enhanced on demand and recordings. <free time> was built on the widely adopted European open standards for hybrid TV; including elements of HbbTV and HTML 5 browser technology.

79 thoughts on “4oD launches on Freesat’s <free time>”

  1. Glyn said:
    Just bought humax 1000s, slightly disappointed cant use remote to switch tv on .bit of a backward step .

    My freetime remote wont turn the tv on ether so I use the tv remote or keep it on hdim 1 hope that helps

  2. Now i can turn box off but i cant turn it on with remote, staring to regret buying this box. I have got the old foxsat hdr and has worked perfectly for years.

  3. hi,
    i decided to buy the foxsat model only problem i have is the volume on all hd channels even if recorded will not turn up and down.

  4. Glyn said:
    Now i can turn box off but i cant turn it on with remote, staring to regret buying this box. I have got the old foxsat hdr and has worked perfectly for years.

    Glyn don’t regret . this new generation is much better , smoother and faster than the old generation and with more on demand coming soon its only getting better and better . I would just check the soft ware.

    Model Number HDR-1000S and HDR-1010S
    Software Version UKSFAA 1.00.54
    System ID 809C.7D00
    Update Release Date 26th June 2013

    more likely the box you have may just need an update but you could always contact Humax regarding you issue via their call centre /email

    my mother in law soon got to know the changes from a older Box and I and she love our boxes . just waiting for demand five now and hopefully freesat will be launching more content hopefully HD 🙂

  5. Anyone know of any new hardware being launched in the near future, or should i just go the the 1010s?

  6. whoops ….
    Anyone know of any new ‘freetime’ hardware being launched in the near future, or should i just go the the 1010s?

  7. Harry said: Nothing there when I checked earlier…will probably be done later in the week. I wonder if CSC’s new channel ‘Kix Power’ will be launching on the platform too? (It’s replacing PopGirl+1 on the 21st).
    In other news, Red Button HD is scheduled to finish on 9th September.

    I was wondering the same, maybe True Drama will also launch on 147? I’m really glad to finally see Chartshow Dance appear as it is one of the music channels I watch in non-FS mode and much simpler to have it on the EPG.

  8. g said:
    whoops ….
    Anyone know of any new ‘freetime’ hardware being launched in the near future, or should i just go the the 1010s?

    Nothing yet, 2014 is likely for the next alternative.

  9. Neil said: I was wondering the same, maybe True Drama will also launch on 147? I’m really glad to finally see Chartshow Dance appear as it is one of the music channels I watch in non-FS mode and much simpler to have it on the EPG.

    I’ve just had a quick check and can see that EPG data is now present for Chart Show Dance. We’ve got full listings for tomorrow (tester day), nothing for the weekend, and full data from Monday. Short name on the EPG is currently ‘CsDance’. Nothing for True Drama in terms of EPG listings. Will have a look later on the PC to see CS Dance’s LCN.

  10. Taking a look at the data on the computer has yielded some interesting results…Chart Show Dance is fixed to EPG number 503 (currently Scuzz). So, a number of possible outcomes. Is Scuzz leaving freesat (it has done in the past)? Is Scuzz moving EPG number when CS Dance launches? Are freesat concealing the real/final number for CS Dance? I suspect that it is the former, with Scuzz leaving the platform. Surprising, perhaps, given its recent boost on the Sky EPG from 374 to 367.
    Chart Show Dance currently appears as ‘ChartshowDance’, with the shortened version being ‘CsDance’. No new developments aside from just this channel. Nothing for True Drama, or PopGirl+1 (to be Kix Power in just over a week’s time).

    [may need to scroll down when viewing image]
    https://twitter.com/lovinthetelly/status/355111522881654784/photo/1

  11. I guess they are aligning Chart Show Dance next to Chart Show and Flava and, like you say, may bump Scuzz down the EPG maybe? I can’t see CSC wanting it shifted to 525 so maybe it will go to 507, or, like you say, be replacing Scuzz completely?

  12. Data has appeared today for both ‘Arise News’ (short EPG version ‘Arise’) and ‘Arise News HD’ (short EPG version ‘Arise HD’). Neither have any EPG data/programme listings yet. We may see the SD version change transponder soon as it is currently on a TP which does not carry any freesat data. Recent launches have seen the channel move to a TP with freesat data streams rather than the data streams being added to the (old) transponder. The SD version is attached to channel 212, with its HD counterpart currently on 974. Almost certain to be moving to 212 upon launch though.
    ‘ChartshowDance’ still appears to be launching onto 503.

  13. Cheers for the update Harry, good to see our seventh HD channel launch coming up! Arise isn’t a bad channel and since launch have polished their act, HD-wise the PQ looks very good on the studio footage too. Someone said the channel was possibly launching mid-July, on a thread here I think, not far from the truth! That will be two channels I can remove from non-FS favourites mode next week (out of about nine in total) once it’s on the EPG. Still curious what will happen with Scuzz, keep an eye on True Drama too as guess this must arrive on the platform at some point.

  14. Yep, there are a few (more than two) new channels coming in the next few weeks, plus a new freesat receiver review at the end of the month. Desperately trying to find time for some more updates on the site.

  15. JamesB said:
    What do you mean about YouTube. Still on my box

    You are right. Homeplug needed a reset. Thought it had been taken down to fix the ‘loading’ bug, but alas not.

  16. admin said:
    Yep, there are a few (more than two) new channels coming in the next few weeks, plus a new freesat receiver review at the end of the month. Desperately trying to find time for some more updates on the site.

    Interesting, I guess we’ll find out on Monday.

  17. Still no STV HD on Freesat EPG. Why am I not suprised?
    From STV’s website “I am a satellite viewer (Sky or Freesat). Can I access STV HD?
    Not yet. We are very keen to make STV HD available on Sky and Freesat and are working with them to make this happen as soon as possible. We’ll provide an update on this in due course.”
    So keen to make it happen its only taken them since May 2012.

  18. Neil said: Interesting, I guess we’ll find out on Monday.

    Hi all I have been on hols for a week and just seen on here some new channels coming next week :-))
    What channels are they ????
    Thanks for update

  19. According to a few websites stv/utv hd were launching this month. But knowing stv this will pass again. But they have been messing around with their none of channel in the last few weeks, taking data off and back on. Fingers crossed.

  20. Dave said: Hi all I have been on hols for a week and just seen on here some new channels coming next week )What channels are they ????Thanks for update

    Chartshow Dance and Arise to name a couple, possibly more – we’ll find out early next week I guess. The more the merrier, happy to finally see Chartshow Dance as one of them.

  21. Just 1 sports channel please. Premier sports, Eurosport 2, sky sports news, motors tv, lfc tv, sports tonight live. Just 1 would be so good! I know its probably dreaming, but it would be perfect.

  22. I see a new video games channel has launched on virgin media, GINX. Any chance freesat peeps will be sending out the olive branch their way? It’s free to anyone with a virgin box and not, as yet on sky. Could be worth a shot at least and would bring something new to the platform.

  23. Yeah! I’d like to know that too. Except I can’t find it at all. I am in the NW of UK and have a Humax 1000S. Software is UKSFAA 2.00.13. There is no sign of 4OD or Demand 5 on Freetime, only the BBC & ITV offerings. Do the others even exist? I only upgraded from my earlier Humax because of the 4 & 5 On Demands. I see that there have been no other replies on this forum since July 2013. Is this forum dead, or have Freeview failed to incorporate 4 & 5 and don’t want to admit it?

  24. Ken Mc said:
    Yeah! I’d like to know that too. Except I can’t find it at all. I am in the NW of UK and have a Humax 1000S. Software is UKSFAA 2.00.13. There is no sign of 4OD or Demand 5 on Freetime, only the BBC & ITV offerings. Do the others even exist? I only upgraded from my earlier Humax because of the 4 & 5 On Demands. I see that there have been no other replies on this forum since July 2013. Is this forum dead, or have Freeview failed to incorporate 4 & 5 and don’t want to admit it?

    This isn’t a forum but a news blog and the page is from June 2013 so naturally has been lost down the long list of news since. It is also a Freesat based product, not Freeview 😉 Not sure why you can’t find 4od and Demand5, they are defiantly in the demand section providing you are using an English postcode.

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