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Freesat is a UK digital satellite TV service from the BBC/ITV which launched in May 2008. Freesat has no monthly subscription, just a one-off payment for the digital box, satellite dish and installation. It even comes with subscription-free, high-definition TV programmes. As Freesat is broadcast via satellite, it’s available to almost every household in the UK.
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Jul 25 2017

Freesat today announced it has added Ketchup TV to its extensive on demand line up. Available from today, Ketchup TV offers free children’s entertainment and educational shows.

Firm favourites for children on Ketchup TV include Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Little Baby Bum, Caillou, Fireman Sam and Thomas and Friends …read more »


Jul 18 2017

Freesat have today announced that UKTV’s Dave and Home, two of the UK’s best-known and highly-regarded television channels, are to launch on the platform on the 1st August 2017. Dave will be available on channel number 157 and Home on 166.

Dave is one of the UK’s most-watched non-PSB channels and hosts a brilliantly addictive mix of comedy and reality shows, including …read more »


Jul 12 2017

Freesat has announced that it will be the first TV platform in the UK to integrate BBC iPlayer’s ‘Watch from Start’ feature into the TV guide.

Available from today, the new feature will allow Freesat customers with a connected set-top-box to restart live programmes on all BBC channels without waiting for the programme to end.

The launch comes in time for the live coverage of the Wimbledon finals this weekend on BBC.


Jul 04 2017

Freesat have today announced the launch of Quest and Quest Red on Freesat. The two channels are now available for Freesat viewers to watch, for free, on channel numbers 167 and 169.

Freesat viewers can now enjoy popular programmes such as Salvage Hunters, Wheeler Dealers and Spanish Civil War with Michael Portillo on Quest, …read more »


Feb 06 2017

Freesat is announcing a number of changes to its TV guide genre list. The update, which will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 7th February, will see several channels being allocated new genres.

Following the changeover, viewers will be able to access a new “International” genre to view channels including Rishtey and Colors, and faith-based channels …read more »


Nov 01 2016

A+E Networks UK extended distribution of its new free-to-air channel BLAZE, following a deal with subscription-free satellite TV platform Freesat.

On Monday 31st October, BLAZE became available to the 1.9 million Freesat homes on channel number 162. The announcement came six weeks after the successful global debut of the new entertainment brand in the UK on …read more »


Oct 18 2016

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 Freesat viewers in Scotland from today and the rest of the UK on Thursday, STV Player offers catch up and live streaming access to programmes …read more »


Sep 26 2016

Freesat has announced the launch of Korean public service channel Arirang TV. Available in HD on channel 214 from today, Arirang takes Freesat’s total HD channel offering to 14.

Based in Seoul, South Korea, Arirang TV is an English language public broadcaster delivering news, cultural affairs and documentaries to international audiences. With the addition of Arirang to its service Freesat viewers can now watch …read more »


Jul 12 2016

BIKE, the first television channel entirely dedicated to the world of cycling, is now available to over 17 million households in the UK after signing a distribution agreement with Freesat.

Available on Freesat channel 251 from 12 July, viewers will be treated to world-class live and exclusive coverage of many of the season’s top professional …read more »


May 05 2016

Viewers rejoice, Channel 5 HD has finally arrived on Freesat, after spending its entire life since launch in 2010 behind Sky’s encrypted pay-wall, despite being a ‘free’ channel (known as free-to-view).

Although current owners Viacom have invested heavily in new content, including US hit dramas Gotham and the X-Files revival, the lack of a universal …read more »