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Sep 03 2012

Freesat announce partnership with NetflixFreesat are rumoured to have agreed a partnership deal with Netflix for incorporation into the new G2 spec receivers due to be announced tomorrow.

The deal will allow Freesat customers the opportunity to rent/stream the latest blockbusters from Netflix via their G2 spec receivers (using your broadband connection).

This partnership has been on the cards for quite some time now and really puts pressure on BSkyB who have always seen Netflix as their biggest rival to their film dominance in recent years.

The rumoured Freesat/Netflix announcement is just a taste of what’s to come from the G2 spec receivers, but certainly is a good start.

We believe that this on-demand/pay-per-view service will only be available on G2 machines, and whilst Humax have always managed to bring new services to their G1 spec receivers, it is expected a G2 receiver from them will follow shortly so you might need to upgrade on this occasion.

At this time, Freesat are neither confirming nor denying a deal has been done.

47 Responses to “Rumour of Freesat partnership with Netflix”

  1. conor Says:

    I would love more HD channels instead of this netflix service and one 3d channel also from bbc itv and channel four and 5 combined

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  2. admin Says:

    conor said:
    I would love more HD channels instead of this netflix service and one 3d channel also from bbc itv and channel four and 5 combined

    You constantly ask (on every post!) for this, but in reality that is entirely up to the broadcasters, not Freesat. The broadcasters either need to create new HD/3D channels (very expensive), or wait until existing contracts with Sky end before launching on Freesat.

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  3. lee b Says:

    It would be nice if they added Netflix to the existing Humax as well as its a pain to sell the old box and buy a new one just for that function, I’m sure it’s got enough power to cope with it. Keeping fingers crossed!

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  4. stigbeater Says:

    so when are the g2 spec boxes going to be on sale?

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  5. Richard Crichton Says:

    Cost will be the deciding factor and it’s certainly not free. When you add in the extra data charges for unlimited broadband service and the £6 per month Netflix charges it starts to get rather expensive. Still it’s an added option for those who want/can afford it and don’t want the added baggage that comes with Sky.

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  6. Adam Says:

    Whilst not something I would use, this should bring more publicity for the platform.

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  7. admin Says:

    stigbeater said:
    so when are the g2 spec boxes going to be on sale?

    Might known shortly, will advise.

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  8. bob Says:

    Get an unlimited broadband provider if you’re worried about data usage. They need to add the rest of the catchup services to existing freeview boxes.

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  9. Richard Crichton Says:

    bob said:
    Get an unlimited broadband provider if you’re worried about data usage. They need to add the rest of the catchup services to existing freeview boxes.

    Yeah but at what added cost. I have 40GB as standard but I would soon go over that if I started downloading HD Movies. Anyway I have no intention of shelling out £300ish for a G2 box..
    “They need to add the rest of the catchup services to existing freeview boxes.”
    Not likely to do that now they’re pushing YouView but how is freeview relevant to a conversation about Freesat G2?

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  10. admin Says:

    Received some of the information, will publish at 0930 tomorrow, though I suspect a few will breach the embargo; they always do!

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  11. Keith Cobby Says:

    I am with Conor on this one. It is all very well adding extra services but I doubt any of them will be available through my Panasonic G20. I particularly do not want to continually upgrade my equipment. What I want is more HD on Freesat, which is what I consider to be its raison d’etre.

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  12. admin Says:

    Keith Cobby said:
    I am with Conor on this one. It is all very well adding extra services but I doubt any of them will be available through my Panasonic G20. I particularly do not want to continually upgrade my equipment. What I want is more HD on Freesat, which is what I consider to be its raison d’etre.

    All for free right? Broadcasters don’t have that kind of cash at the moment and Freesat are working to a limited budget, they’re not Sky! You won’t get the new services on your Panny unfortunately.

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  13. Neil Says:

    Richard Crichton said: Yeah but at what added cost. I have 40GB as standard but I would soon go over that if I started downloading HD Movies. Anyway I have no intention of shelling out £300ish for a G2 box..
    “They need to add the rest of the catchup services to existing freeview boxes.”
    Not likely to do that now they’re pushing YouView but how is freeview relevant to a conversation about Freesat G2?

    I think this is a sure fire winner for standing up ‘all guns blazing’ to BSkyB in terms of offering something tempting to take subscribers. I can see Sky getting upset over this as they usually do when things don’t go their way but as such a big monopoly they stand little chance of being taken seriously when they claim the BBC’s dominance in Freesat is being ‘commercially eroded’ or things to that extent.

    People will moan about pay services on the platform but the all linear TV is still FTA and this is optional, personally I see the pay VOD services as the way forward to compete with BSkyB and youview. Netflix have a big marketing budget and to get them on board will give much needed marketing exposure for Freesat, something we all agreed was badly missing this summer during the Olympics.

    Looking forward to reading all about the G2 spec stuff tomorrow as there may be other tempting treats, hopefully it includes all PSB TV service catch up services too.

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  14. ian Says:

    This is excellent news both for Freesat & VOD access all in one place.
    I do wish some people would grow brains and think before they post though.
    All good things come to those who wait but jesus, be patient for once in your lives!

    Oh, a friend of mine is running a book on who will break the embargo, want in Admin? :)

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  15. admin Says:

    Neil, emailed you pal.

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  16. Russ Says:

    Netflix has been available for ages, along with love film and several others on my Freesat IDTV via Samsung smart hub. However none of them really interest me. Since ditching Sky 8 years ago, apart from the licence fee, I have not paid to watch programming of any description and have no intention of doing so in the future.

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  17. admin Says:

    ian said:
    Oh, a friend of mine is running a book on who will break the embargo, want in Admin? :)

    haha, I have a few ideas, though technically I’ve released all the info in the past from bits and pieces I’ve been told. Not much will come as a surprise, but progression is good.

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  18. admin Says:

    Russ said:
    Netflix has been available for ages, along with love film and several others on my Freesat IDTV via Samsung smart hub. However none of them really interest me. Since ditching Sky 8 years ago, apart from the licence fee, I have not paid to watch programming of any description and have no intention of doing so in the future.

    Not of interest to me personally either, but there are no doubt hundreds of thousands of Sky customers who subscribe purely for films, and maybe if they have decent broadband connections, then this might be a easy switch over. Seems Freesat are well and truly targeting Sky with this partnership.

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  19. Bodger Says:

    If it is too expensive for broadcasters to give us HD, Why have we all gone out and bought the equipment? I refuse to buy G2 until we get a decent HD service!

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  20. Eamonn Says:

    I’m confused…. http://www.c21media.net/archives/87369

    A spokesman for the firm said he could not confirm or deny a deal with Netflix was in the works, but that any such deal was not the purpose of the press launch.

    “Freesat are planning to offer optional pay services in the future and are talking to a number of different service providers – as we have been for some time. We will announce launches only when confirmed and will not speculate until that time,” the company said in a statement.

    A spokesman for Netflix added that a deal with Freesat had not been confirmed and no announcement was imminent.

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  21. Dave w Says:

    Well for once I cannot Waite for G2 . I have sky in the living room and freesat in the bedroom . So I’m planning to chuck my sky box out of the window
    Freesat is only gonna get better with these new services it’s getting it’s self more noticed with big TV company’s I think :-)

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  22. admin Says:

    The deal is done as far as I’m concerned and industry insiders agree, but out of respect to Freesat, I’ve changed the title to “rumoured” for now rather than pulling the story.

    I get the impression that it might be a case of Freesat not wanting this to over-shadow information on the next generation boxes due tomorrow morning. Hopefully they will clear this up shortly after.

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  23. roger mellie Says:

    admin said: Not of interest to me personally either, but there are no doubt hundreds of thousands of Sky customers who subscribe purely for films, and maybe if they have decent broadband connections, then this might be a easy switch over. Seems Freesat are well and truly targeting Sky with this partnership.

    Yes, i agree too, we have no interest in watching “catch up” services or buying movies via netflix, i have a PVR for this reason,but if this helps Freesat its all good in my opinion.

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  24. Mike Says:

    As a very happy Freesat owner (via a G20 2010 Panasonic TV) I have in fact given up on the interactive aspects (glitchy poor quality iplayer) in favour of a PS3.
    Access to iplayer (really great quality) 4OD, ITV.com (although no idea why you’d want this!) NetFlix and Lovefilm. Plus opportunity to buy/rent insanely expensive films direct from Sony and to date it has been continually upgraded to cope with new features such as 3D. I got mine for £180 brand new with 160GB HD. Oh and it also plays Blu rays and great games?? In my view no contest between this and an overpriced Youview box/G2 tuner with glitchy or much promised “Neverwhere” features. You will not regret buying one.

    Many thanks for the up to the minute and informative website.

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  25. bazm Says:

    My Sony bluray player already offers Lovefilm among other uncommon pay for view services. The problem with Lovefilm is that they are slow in moving titles that are available on their player but not on internet tv. Netflix would be a nice addition. I would certainly be interested in a new G2 Humax.

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  26. delphi Says:

    I’m thinking of moving to virgin. The lack of HD channels is not good enough. Never mind the broadcasters pocket, poor old Joe public has to fork out on a new box. HD should be priority!

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  27. admin Says:

    delphi said:
    I’m thinking of moving to virgin. The lack of HD channels is not good enough. Never mind the broadcasters pocket, poor old Joe public has to fork out on a new box. HD should be priority!

    You don’t have to buy a new box for HD content, that will become available as and when the broadcasters allow. There is a vast difference between HD offered through Freesat and that of Sky/Virgin, it’s called a subscription at great cost.

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  28. Martin Says:

    I got sony blue ray player yes I did subscribe to netflix but didn’t see that much on it now with love film at the mo I think that it’s the way forward for freesat as if they don’t introduce some pay services they will loose out in the long term to those who do.

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  29. admin Says:

    Martin said:
    I got sony blue ray player yes I did subscribe to netflix but didn’t see that much on it now with love filmat the mo I think that it’sthe way forward for freesat as if they don’t introduce some pay services they will loose out in the long term to those who do.

    Edited your post, we don’t talk about RD on here :D

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  30. Peter Says:

    I am really pleased with this Netflix/ Freesat venture, the more Freesat exspand there services the better and hopefully more channels both sd and HD will join Freesat in the coming years, Allthough I am very pleased with Freesat at the moment

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  31. Dan Wilson Says:

    I welcome the news however, I already subscribe to Netflix via my Wifi enabled PS3, so really I won’t need a new freesat box – I have had Freesat HD since July 2009 and it costs me £260 – if the new freesat box is wi-fi enabled I may get the service as I do want a 500gig freesat box. It’s welcome news that freesat wants to provide us with something extra without it costing too much. I have both services since may 2012 – and I like netflix and freesat – they work hand in hand.

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  32. admin Says:

    Dan Wilson said:
    I welcome the news however, I already subscribe to Netflix via my Wifi enabledPS3, so really I won’t need a new freesat box – I have hadFreesat HD since July 2009 and it costs me £260 – if the new freesat box is wi-fi enabled I may get the service as I do want a 500gig freesat box.It’s welcome news that freesat wants to provide uswith something extra without it costing too much.I have both services since may 2012 – and I like netflix and freesat –they work hand in hand.

    Wifi seems unlikely but homeplugs are a great solution and have significantly increased in speed.

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  33. roger mellie Says:

    Sorry its off-topic Admin, i just been banned from DS Forums for speaking my mind, thought thats what a Forum was for? Confused

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  34. admin Says:

    roger mellie said:
    Sorry its off-topic Admin, i just been banned from DS Forums for speaking my mind, thought thats what a Forum was for? Confused

    Ah, fatal mistake, you should never have an opinion on DS, you’ll get banned! Other than one message today to correct all the untruths, I don’t use DS anymore; not worth the hassle and most of the respected members have moved on.

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  35. Brian Damage Says:

    Gotta be good news. Anyone who thinks that IPTV (or HbbTv as it is in Europe) won’t play a big part in broadcasting future has their head in the sand. Netflix is just one variant of IPTV. Hopefully, this move will encourage other on-demand services to finally get their act together: LoveFilm, 4oD, Demand 5 please take note! But there’s no reason why these services have to be tied to G2: we already have the hardware (see the comment on Samsung’s SmartHub above), so please just provide us with the software support.

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  36. roger mellie Says:

    admin said: Ah, fatal mistake, you should never have an opinion on DS, you’ll get banned! Other than one message today to correct all the untruths, I don’t use DS anymore; not worth the hassle and most of the respected members have moved on.

    I messaged the Mods on DS asking that i would like to be removed from their site entirely, was told i’d have to wait til my ban “had been served” in order to do that. Brave New World indeed. Couldn’t make it up!

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  37. Richard Crichton Says:

    Neil said: I think this is a sure fire winner for standing up ‘all guns blazing’ to BSkyB in terms of offering something tempting to take subscribers. I can see Sky getting upset over this as they usually do when things don’t go their way but as such a big monopoly they stand little chance of being taken seriously when they claim the BBC’s dominance in Freesat is being ‘commercially eroded’ or things to that extent.
    People will moan about pay services on the platform but the all linear TV is still FTA and this is optional, personally I see the pay VOD services as the way forward to compete with BSkyB and youview. Netflix have a big marketing budget and to get them on board will give much needed marketing exposure for Freesat, something we all agreed was badly missing this summer during the Olympics.
    Looking forward to reading all about the G2 spec stuff tomorrow as there may be other tempting treats, hopefully it includes all PSB TV service catch up services too.

    I expect Sky to go crying to Ofcom claiming it’s unfair and Ofcom will have a long drawn out enquiry and then may well decide that it agrees with Sky (or not). Can’t see people adopting G2 when the same thing is avaiable on YouView with free equipment as part of a broadband package.I wonder if non G2 boxes will still be manufactured after G2 is launched.

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  38. admin Says:

    Richard Crichton said: I wonder if non G2 boxes will still be manufactured after G2 is launched.

    Hard to say exactly but some manufacturers have been waiting on the next generation boxes to launch before deciding. Initially production of the current brands (with an exception or two) will continue as prices for G2 spec receivers will be higher, but as they fall, you can see this changing.

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  39. bazm Says:

    Admin, you mention Homeplugs. I have some cheap (84mb) Homeplugs. Is it worth upgrading to 200mb AV for Freesat and online servixes?

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  40. admin Says:

    bazm said:
    Admin, you mention Homeplugs. I have some cheap (84mb) Homeplugs. Is it worth upgrading to 200mb AV for Freesat and online servixes?

    84mb homeplugs are probably streaming media at 20mb as the figures are never accurate, so upgrading to 200mb or even 500mb with the latest models might help significantly, though I’m not expert sorry.

    Our friends over Satbuyer sell a couple worth looking at, http://www.satbuyer.co.uk/homeplugs-c63.html

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  41. Tony Says:

    I have always been against anything pay on freesat , but after seeing what netflix and others may offer it may not be as bad as I first thought. As long as main stream channels stay clear of the whole pay thing. Netflix offer a wide variety of films and series which is something different , so good luck to them !!

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  42. conor Says:

    freesat needs a freesat only hd channel or channels and not on nay other platform eg a discovery type channel also and a eurosport in hd and hd movie channel before netflix comes on board the freesat platform

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  43. admin Says:

    conor said:
    freesat needs a freesat only hd channel or channels and not on nay other platform eg a discovery type channel also and a eurosport in hd and hd movie channel before netflix comes on board the freesat platform

    …and the same comment again!!! Freesat can’t afford to run their own channel, they are not a broadcaster. Freesat can’t have exclusive HD channels as they don’t have the audience yet to cover such huge costs of the broadcaster. Eurosport is a subscription channel, so won’t be available on Freesat.

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  44. Richard Crichton Says:

    I notice this story has gone very quiet/been buried. Can you confirm or deny Netflix story? Has Sky won again?

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  45. admin Says:

    Richard Crichton said:
    I notice this story has gone very quiet/been buried. Can you confirm or deny Netflix story? Has Sky won again?

    Freesat don’t wish to discuss it at the moment; wishing other services to be the priority right now. All in good time ;)

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  46. Richard Crichton Says:

    admin said: Freesat don’t wish to discuss it at the moment; wishing other services to be the priority right now. All in good time

    What other services and don’t say backwards EPG please. It’s not something I want or would use. What we want is better programs not flash backwards guides with the same shows ( imho :-) )

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  47. admin Says:

    Richard Crichton said: What other services and don’t say backwards EPG please. It’s not something I want or would use. What we want is better programs not flash backwards guides with the same shows ( imho :-))

    Yes, the <free time> service is of course their priority at the moment, as you’d expect with any launch. If Netflix does land, it will be on the latest G2 receivers, so ensuring a smooth launch is beneficial to Freesat. Nothing much they can do about the quality of programmes though.

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