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Mar 13 2013

Box Office 365 no longer available on freesatBox Office 365, the on-demand movie service, is no longer available on the freesat platform.

The service was closed on the 11 March 2013 as a result of Box Office 365 pulling out. The on-demand movie service, which in our opinion offered no match for its rivals, launched in December 2011 and as far as we can gather, never gained many customers during the lengthy beta trial.

Freesat have provided us with an official statement:

We can confirm that from 11th March, the Box Office 365 movie streaming service is no longer offered on Freesat. This was a decision taken by Box Office 365. We will be communicating their decision to our customers via the Freesat Community and social media channels.

Freesat’s existing range of services and channels demonstrate our commitment to providing the very best in TV and video content. We will continue to bring the very best of TV and movie content to our service.

A glimmer of hope for movie fans is that freesat have a page on their website which suggests that alternatives will be coming, “Sign up to be kept up to date on exciting new movie players coming to freesat.”, but we believe this might just be a place-hold for the time being!

31 Responses to “Box Office 365 no longer available on freesat”

  1. Al (Original) Says:

    Would be good if we could get another free quality move channel besides FIlm 4 especially if HD.

    Personally I have no interest in subscription services though.

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  2. Keith Cobby Says:

    The platform should concentrate on acquiring more HD channels.

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  3. zub Says:

    We need lovefilm as an option

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  4. Neil Says:

    Netflix and Lovefilm need to be the two main on-demand subscription players to add to the platform, obviously Box Office 365 never had many subscribers?

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  5. Dipper Says:

    After seeing what they had to offer I didn’t even bother with the free trial. Not surprised they’re gone.

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  6. Anthony Says:

    Don’t like ppv movie on demand services offered by free-to-air tv platforms anyway, it completely goes against the purpose of free-to-air satellite/terrestrial television for no extra cost such as Freesat/Freeview.

    Also, I don’t see why the existing satellite/dtt/cable platforms and broadcasters cannot upgrade to MPEG4 for SD/HD channel carriage;

    For a start the pictures are of much better quality than the inferior MPEG2 DVB standard,

    Secondly MPEG4 can carry far more SD and HD channels at better quality than MPEG2 DVB,

    And finally MPEG4 can also offer Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Surround and Dolby Digital Plus 2.0 Stereo on all SD and HD channels to boot.

    It’s a win win situation where everybody wins!

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  7. Rosco Says:

    Anthony said:

    Also, I don’t see why the existing satellite/dtt/cable platforms and broadcasters cannot upgrade to MPEG4 for SD/HD channel carriage;

    They could do it tomorrow if it wasnt for the fact there are several million legacy stb’s. Do YOU want to foot the bill for replacing them?

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  8. Mark selby Says:

    some people might not have internet for the demand tv i dont see the point i hope they will put some better channel instead

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  9. Rosco Says:

    Mark selby said:
    some people might not have internet for the demand tv i dont see the point i hope they will put some better channel instead

    Without going into the realms of fantasy define “better” – problem is ask 100 people what their ideal additions are & you are going to get 60 or 70 different answers.

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  10. A Peterken Says:

    It would be good if Freesat didn’t get subscription services but more on demand tv or payg services, especially for films. This way it is still free for the people that want that, and for those that want something particular, then they only have to pay for that and not an ongoing fee which is the difference to the other services. I would prefer more choice than more HD as I would prefer to catch upon a show I missed in SD rather than have more hd channels that I don’t watch

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  11. Michael Says:

    Most definitely would like to see Netflix on the FreeTime platform.

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  12. Keith (original) Says:

    ‘exciting new movie players coming to freesat’

    Haven’t we heard this sort of thing before? 4OD and Demand5 springs to mind. Sounds like the usual Freesat vapourware. I have Neflix and LoveFilm on PS3 and they’re great on there, although Netflix is far superior in picture, sound and interface quality. No doubt such services won’t appear on G1 boxes such as my Humax-HDR even if they ever do become Freesat on-demand services.

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  13. Michael Says:

    Keith (original) said:
    No doubt such services won’t appear on G1 boxes such as my Humax-HDR even if they ever do become Freesat on-demand services.

    Pretty much correct as G1 boxes cannot handle the DRM and HTML5 that services such as Netflix use for streaming within Europe.

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  14. The Singing Detective Says:

    I signed up for the trial out of interest when it first launched but the selection was poor and the movies were generally very very old…if you think they were/are charging a similar price to Lovefilm or Netflix with less choice it is not surprising they didn’t get many subscribers…

    I paid for a month after the trial but closed the account based on not enough content…

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  15. Gary Cooke Says:

    mark Selby says that people might not have internet but some of us with internet wouldn’t be able to use PPV because of slow internet speeds ours is only 1mb and no company can improve that yet

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  16. Michael Says:

    Mark selby said:
    some people might not have internet for the demand tv i dont see the point i hope they will put some better channel instead

    Some people my not have HDTV’s so should we just not bother with HD too?
    At the end of the day there’s only so much Freesat can do to get channel operators to pay for a slot on the EPG so if there’s going to be on demand alternatives then as far as I’m concerned that’s got to be a good thing.

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  17. Richard Crichton Says:

    Was only available on Humax so no loss to me or Freesat. Excluded all the other makes of boxes and offered not a lot so got what they deserved.
    Freesat should stay free that’s what it says on the tin. No paid for apps only free ones but offer all the on demand stuff on YouView. If you want to pay for stuff get Sly , TalkTalk or BT or VM. There are plenty of other options for people who want to pay but Freesat should be different.

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  18. Martin Says:

    A bit off topic but when is 40d and demand five launching they really taking the well I won’t finish that sentence but even you tube has launched before them

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  19. Michael Says:

    Martin said:
    A bit off topic but when is 40d and demand five launchingtheyreally taking the well I won’t finish that sentencebut even you tube has launched before them

    Apparently there maybe some news regarding 4OD in April, not sure about Demand 5.

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  20. Russ Says:

    With News Corp owning Fox studio’s and I am sure an interest in Sony studio’s, Sky will always have the pick of the latest releases. I feel the other players in the pay per view movie market in the UK are at a hugh disadvantage regarding content.

    I agree with Richards post No17, there are many other options to access pay-per-view. Internet content such as Netflix, Lovefilm and a host of others are available on both my Samsung smart hub and Panasonic 3D blu-ray player.Do we need it on Freesat? If Box Office 365 is anything to go by, the answer appears to be, no.

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  21. barrie Says:

    Russ said:
    With News Corp owning Fox studio’s and I am sure an interest in Sony studio’s, Sky will always have the pick of the latest releases. I feel the other players in the pay per view movie market in the UK are at a hugh disadvantage regarding content.
    I agree with Richards post No17, there are many other options to access pay-per-view. Internet content such as Netflix, Lovefilm and a host of others are available on both my Samsung smart hub and Panasonic 3D blu-ray player.Do we need it on Freesat? If Box Office 365 is anything to go by, the answer appears to be, no.

    I have Lovefilm app on my bluray and Wii player and there is a vast difference between the two; more choice via Wii but better quality via the bluray. The Youtube app on my bluray is very messy so I don’t bother with it. The Youtube app on the Wii is much easier to use. I only say this because future apps from say Netflix or Lovefilm will be (or should be) better on the G2 spec box. And being lazy – I’d like them all in one place!

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  22. Michael Says:

    Russ said:

    I agree with Richards post No17, there are many other options to access pay-per-view. Internet content such as Netflix, Lovefilm and a host of others are available on both my Samsung smart hub and Panasonic 3D blu-ray player.Do we need it on Freesat? If Box Office 365 is anything to go by, the answer appears to be, no.

    That maybe ok for yourself, but what about those that don’t have other devices as an option.
    I use Netflix on Wii, but if Netflix arrived on my G2 box then that would suit me to a tee as I would then be able to make the most of HD content.

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  23. Richard Crichton Says:

    Freesat should always stay free and be easily affordable otherwise what’s the point. They can’t even get 4OD and D5 sorted out in a timely manner so what hope for anything else. Freesat can’t convince STV HD (Scottish ITV) to come onto the platform three years down the line despite being on satellite for years so what does that say to Scottish people about Freesat? Many/most tvs ,consoles and disc players have Netfix or Lovefilm apps in fact its almost compulsory if you want to sell your kit these days. I need a basic HD sat box for the bedroom, office etc so a G2 box is a waste of money. Stick to free and affordable and get your act together before it’s too late.

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  24. Ian Vallender Says:

    since box office 365 never worked with my sagem/Sagemcom DTR94 as well as some other freesathd and freesat+ boxes its probably understandable why they went down the pan. how ever with over 3 million boxes i don’t know how many of them are HD OR Freesat+, (SD boxes don’t have internet capability,) i think somebody is missing something here! Granted even though they have been superseeded with the new freesat G2 free time platform. oh Admin on the I cant find out since my freesat+ box isn’t a free time box. but i believe that you tube have some pay per view movies available it would be good to know if you can buy them and watch them through their free time app.

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  25. Al (Original) Says:

    Richard Crichton said:
    Freesat should always stay free and be easily affordable otherwise what’s the point. They can’t even get 4OD and D5 sorted out in a timely manner so what hope for anything else. Freesat can’t convince STV HD (Scottish ITV) to come onto the platform three years down the line despite being on satellite for years so what does that say to Scottish people about Freesat? Many/most tvs ,consoles and disc players have Netfix or Lovefilm apps in fact its almost compulsory if you want to sell your kit these days. I need a basic HD sat box for the bedroom, office etc so a G2 box is a waste of money. Stick to free and affordable and get your act together before it’s too late.

    Well said.

    Pay for View needs to be kept in the realms of Sky otherwise the best free channels will adopt the model and Freesat will become Sky Mk II with very little free content and a lot of pay content. I mean if you had a decent channel, why would you stay free if you could charge for it?

    Freesat in my opinion only manages to be Freesat because of the fact that many of the channels are also broadcast on Freeview and because there’s no facility to go pay on Freesat, they have to remain free as its not socially possible for a broadcaster to charge on 1 platform and transmit free on another. Once you erode the freeness of Freesat with any method of charged for transmission then you set the scene for a whole host of channels to go PFV only across both Freesat and Freeview as that problem is removed.

    I don’t see Netflix as a particular problem but wouldn’t want other channels allowed to follow this route.

    I still believe that those who want lots of premium content should go Sky. Freesat was always designed to be a free option not a subscription option.

    If Freesat can bring any premium content to Freesat for free, then great! But there shouldn’t be any charging for content, now or at anytime in the future.

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  26. Paul Says:

    I agree. Freesat should never any paid content. End of.

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  27. Keith Cobby Says:

    I agree with all the comments saying Freesat should be free.

    Incidentally, today the BBC news operation has moved to shiny new studios at what, I assume, has been an enormous cost. Have they taken the opportunity to transmit in HD – No. Pathetic.

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  28. barrie Says:

    Disagree entirely. Add on apps such as Netflix add to the attraction of the box. You don’t have to use them.

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  29. Terry Says:

    Keith Cobby said:
    I agree with all the comments saying Freesat should be free.
    Incidentally, today the BBC news operation has moved to shiny new studios at what, I assume, has been an enormous cost. Have they taken the opportunity to transmit in HD – No. Pathetic.

    I’m watching the BBC News at 6 o’clock on BBC One HD right now.

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  30. Keith Cobby Says:

    Right now BBC News is in SD!

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  31. Richard Crichton Says:

    BBC 1 HD studio news is in native HD but the reports are still in SD. BBC News 24 is still SD.

    Never mind white where are 4OD and D5 fine months after the Freetime launch. Pathetic.

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