Channel 5’s Demand 5 now available on <free time>

Channel 5's Demand 5 now available on free timeFreesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has today announced the launch of Demand 5 on <free time>. 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.

Demand 5 offers Freesat viewers hundreds more hours of catch up and archive programmes from Channel 5, including the ability to turn back time and catch up in the <free time> backwards Electronic Programme Guide. At launch there will be more than 600 programmes available to Freesat viewers – highlights include the UK’s ‘Big Brother’, premium US series such as ‘The Walking Dead’,
popular kid’s programmes from milkshake! such as ‘Fireman Sam’ and some of the UK’s favourite soaps including ‘Neighbours’ and ‘Home and Away’.

Emma Scott, Freesat’s Managing Director commented:

Every week, more than four million viewers enjoy their favourite TV on Freesat. The launch of Demand 5 further bolsters the catch up TV set for Freesat <free time> viewers, joining BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, YouTube and the recently launched 4oD.

As the consumer appetite for video on demand grows, Freesat now offers viewer access to the four largest UK catch up TV players, which account for 80% of long form on-demand viewing today. We’re
delighted that Freesat viewers can now enjoy all their favourite catch up TV in one place, for free.

Paul Thornton-Jones, Channel 5’s Head of Digital Media, adds:

We’re very pleased to be adding Demand 5 to the Freesat <free time> service, further adding to the wide range of platforms and devices from which viewers can catch up on their favourite Channel 5 programmes and access a significant archive of our shows, including the ever popular milkshake! strand.

Freesat’s <free time> platform launched last Autumn, and brought new features to Freesat, including a backwards 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.

Freesat is growing the <free time> features’ set over time, including a remote record and remote control app for phones and tablets as well as the introduction of additional movie and music services.

76 thoughts on “Channel 5’s Demand 5 now available on <free time>”

  1. admin said: I’m sure freesat would admit to mistakes made on the first generation of receivers, but as a new company, they didn’t know of the technology shift that would be required to keep pace with the much better funded rivals. With the latest freetime boxes, the technology is ahead of the rest, so should offer a greater chance of longevity, but ultimately if there is another massive shift, these would be outdated just like other platforms models.

    Is that the sound of a party line being toed I can hear 😉 freesat may have been a new company but with access to the BBC (and ITV) research departments, awareness of future (next 5 years) technology shifts should not have been an issue. Call me a cynic, but built in obsolescence always has been and always will be a consideration for technology manufacturers to secure their future.

  2. admin said: I’m sure freesat would admit to mistakes made on the first generation of receivers, but as a new company, they didn’t know of the technology shift that would be required to keep pace with the much better funded rivals. With the latest freetime boxes, the technology is ahead of the rest, so should offer a greater chance of longevity, but ultimately if there is another massive shift, these would be outdated just like other platforms models.

    Manufactures know years in advance of upcoming
    technology. That is how they develop it! So were does ‘future proof’ come in ? What does it actually mean to the silly person like me who forked out £150 which was quite a lot of money in them days? It is OK for people with money to spare but some of us do not.

  3. martynjy said: Manufactures know years in advance of upcoming
    technology. That is how they develop it! So were does ‘future proof’ come in ? What does it actually mean to the silly person like me who forked out £150 which was quite a lot of money in them days?It is OK for people with money to spare but some of us do not.

    Then that’s something you’d need to take up with the manufacturers then. As you say, they must of known what was expected before production but were unwilling to add functionality to their products.

  4. …slightly off topic, I know, but GOOD to see Demand 5 on Freetime. When I bought my first Freesat box I just wanted to watch TV for free, and to be honest that’s all I still want to do. I never expected other services, so I’m very pleased that I can now have about twice as many free channels than Freeview, and all the extras (and to me they are extras) like Demand 5 too!
    …it would appear a happy Freesat customer is in the minority on this forum sometimes!

  5. Well indeed, they knew what technology would suit their product for 5 years, but that time has now passed and they’ve needed to launch a new product to keep up, simple as that really. This isn’t freesat specific, but the same across the entire electronics industry.

    I’ve let this run semi off-topic, so back to conversations about Demand 5 now please. Those that don’t feel freesat offers good value for money have plenty of other options, albeit expensive ones!

  6. Brown goods mostly get changed on a yearly run. I think Freesat have looked after their customers well by bringing out the freetime gen 2. People need to think when buying into the platform that they get over 150 channels and high def for free and no contracts or subscriptions. and depending on models they can get on demand. I’m more than sure the likes of sky bt talk-talk and virgin would like some of Freesat ‘s ever growing base, I’m sure that the future will bring many things but just like computers and apple products they need changing which will cost.
    So like many I purchased a white freetime box and loving it. I know that Humax will change only when the product needs changing not every year like the rest out there. A sky or virgin box can’t read your nas drive … Bring on more demand channels like Dave yesterday etc

  7. Rich said: But for now the HDR is a wicked bit of kit, and with all the custom firmware on it to stream the content all over the house and whatnot (and I don’t believe the Freetime box has been “hacked” like that yet?)

    Now that’s a feature I’d like to see on the freetime box! box envy works both ways! 😉

  8. Slightly off topic, but 1.00.59 is ready to download which fixes the ‘Loading’ issue on YouTube.

  9. I had a Grundig Feesat HD PVR for a few years – it lost support (despite being left with bugs) when Grundig (or whoever they were owned by) pulled the plug on their STB business, so it didn’t get fixes or other new features (such as ITV Player) that the better supported Humax G1 boxes got. Did it bother me? Not one bit – it still performed the same functions that it did on the day I bought it – watched Freesat channels (some in HD) and offered PVR functionality.

    I got a freetime box just after launch for £200 when Comet went bust (the same price they seem to be now at various places), partly funded by £80 I got from a mate for the Grundig (which he is still using and very happy with). I don’t think there is a better value TV deal out there, and it’s not fair to compare it to “deals” you get with free boxes on new pay-tv contracts.

    All this talk of “future proof” is absurd – does your box still receive Freesat channels and the EPG? Does it still record? On that basis it is Future Proof because it still works despite enhancements to the service. Freesat have added new features that require new technology to access, but the core functions (free SD/HD Satellite channels, EPG access) are still available to all, whether on a G1 or G2 box.

    A 5 year old mobile phone will not receive the latest software updates, but it can still make calls and send texts. An “HD-Ready” TV won’t be able to display a full 4K picture, but it will still work as a TV. A “N” class router can’t be upgraded to “AC” class, but it still creates a Wireless network. Technology marches on, just because your old device doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, doesn’t mean it is obsolete if it still does the job you bought it to do initially.

    Freesat have a lot to answer for on delays to some services and seemingly being behind the competition (Youview) in terms of features, but they are slowly getting there. Until the day they flip the switch to block G1 boxes accessing the service (something I would wager won’t ever happen) then your box is fit for the purpose you bought it for and Freesat owe you nothing. If you want the extra features you need to upgrade or go elsewhere, it’s that simple.

  10. According to news on the BizAsia site Hindi entertainment channel Colors is going fta in September. Must be a candidate for FS.

  11. Colors is still behind a paywall on Virgin Media, as part of their £12 per month Asian Channel package.

    Best to wait and see.

  12. Really do think they should have developed freesat boxes using Linux software. I find it funny that sky boxes software just upgrades to do these extras, not really many problems with development either.
    I’ve given up on freesat, as the catch up service development so slow, and keeps requiring new equipment. Would love to see it combined with BT vision app or somthing like that and IPTV channel streaming in future for those that want extras like sports etc.. but for now, am using my youview box with a small sub an get all the players, and streaming sports, so cheaper than having to get new boxes, already had to replace the grundig one.
    Would have been good if they could have combined these services for DTTV and DSAT in one box, would resolve regional issues, and the UKTV channel encryption s on sat

  13. NetworkFour said:
    …slightly off topic, I know, but GOOD to see Demand 5 on Freetime. When I bought my first Freesat box I just wanted to watch TV for free, and to be honest that’s all I still want to do. I never expected other services, so I’m very pleased that I can now have about twice as many free channels than Freeview, and all the extras (and to me they are extras) like Demand 5 too!
    …it would appear a happy Freesat customer is in the minority on this forum sometimes!

    Good points. But I was taken in by ‘future proof’

  14. I think Freesat learned a lot from the G1 boxes in terms of the complexity of keeping multiple manufacturers on board with updates and bug fixes etc, which is why Freetime so far has been reserved to a single manufacturer and is based on more open and (hopefully) “future proof” technologies.

    That means that the rate of development has been slow though, because essentially the software updates so far have mostly been about fixing bugs from the rushed-to-market firmware rather than adding features. Hopefully now that can change and we’ll see more new and useful features added.

    I think they have got the right strategy, and am happy to see that they have delivered all the promised features now (if a lot later than initially suggested)…so I am a happy freesater…I just hope they don’t stop here and that there are more features to come (a remote record App being the main one!).

  15. Matthew said:
    Colors is still behind a paywall on Virgin Media, as part of their £12 per month Asian Channel package.
    Best to wait and see.

    BizAsia have broken numerous stories over the years about channels changing levels of encryption and they have always been on the ball. If they say Colors are going fta in September then they have a very good idea thats what is going to happen – lets hope they are right.

  16. mikeypop said:
    I think Freesat learned a lot from the G1 boxes in terms of the complexity of keeping multiple manufacturers on board with updates and bug fixes etc, which is why Freetime so far has been reserved to a single manufacturer and is based on more open and (hopefully) “future proof” technologies.
    That means that the rate of development has been slow though, because essentially the software updates so far have mostly been about fixing bugs from the rushed-to-market firmware rather than adding features. Hopefully now that can change and we’ll see more new and useful features added.
    I think they have got the right strategy, and am happy to see that they have delivered all the promised features now (if a lot later than initially suggested)…so I am a happy freesatmmI just hope they don’t stop here and that there are more features to come (a remote record App being the main one!).

    Too late for me! I forked out for ‘future proof’ once and there is a saying once bitten twice shy. That is my current feelings about Freesat! and there box manufacturers.

  17. martynjy said: Too late for me!I forked out for ‘future proof’ once and there is a saying once bitten twice shy. That is my current feelings about Freesat! and there box manufacturers.

    I did want this topic to move on, but despite how you feel (which you are entitled too), there is no such a product that is ‘future-proof’.

  18. martynjy said: Too late for me!I forked out for ‘future proof’ once and there is a saying once bitten twice shy. That is my current feelings about Freesat! and there box manufacturers.

    When did Freesat or the manufacturers ever advertise the boxes as being future proof?

  19. Michael said: When did Freesat or the manufacturers ever advertise the boxes as being future proof?

    Thank YOU Michael.

  20. Dear Readers,
    My first observation in this forum!
    Why is it that TalkTalk do not offer your ‘FreeTime’ in parallel to their current arrangements of vigorously marketing
    ‘YouView’. Is it a question of Freesat not offering commercial incentives to secure a deal with TalkTalk? Cannot Humax being part of an integrated deal? I have a vested interest in this possibility as my reception via the terrestial aerial suffers from frequent drop out! My only cost effective solution was to install my own satdish for Freesat reception. This I did successfully and now enjoy the benefits, interference free!
    I look forward to your reply.
    Jonnie squareyes

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