Freesat, 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.