Freesat, the UK’s free-to-air digital satellite television provider, has today announced the appointment of Matthew Huntington as the company’s Chief Technology Officer.
In his new role, Matthew will drive and deliver Freesat’s future facing technology roadmap. As well as leading the team to ensure smooth running of existing services, Matthew will be responsible for defining ground breaking specifications, selecting innovative technology suppliers, managing manufacturing partners, and the delivery of new broadcast and On Demand launches to the TV service. With an overall aim to deliver the highest quality product and TV service for the Freesat customer, Matthew will work closely alongside Freesat’s Director of Product Development, Dan Chronnell, who holds responsibility for the delivery of Freesat’s product roadmap.
The launch of <free time>, Freesat’s second generation service in September 2012 marked a technological landmark not only for Freesat, but for all UK satellite television delivery; as the first British TV service developed using European open standards for hybrid TV, including elements of OIPF, HbbTV and HTML 5 browser technology. Matthew will build upon Freesat’s technological legacy and drive the next steps of their development.
Matthew is currently Vice President of Product Marketing for NAGRA, where he is responsible for managing the company’s B2B product strategy and positioning. He has more than 18 years of experience in developing solutions, services and products for digital and interactive television, starting with video-on-demand trials in the early ’90s.
Freesat’s Managing Director, Emma Scott commented:
I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Matthew to Freesat and really look forward to working with him. His ability and enthusiasm were clearly apparent throughout the recruitment process. He will be instrumental in shaping and driving the evolution of Freesat’s service and I know he will be an asset to the team.
Matthew Huntington said:
I’m excited to have the opportunity to build upon Freesat’s existing technology and to contribute to their ambitious plans. I’m looking forward to driving the next stage of Freesat’s technological evolution and working with their strong collection of partners.
Matthew will commence his new appointment on 1 May, reporting directly to Emma Scott.