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Jun 20 2013

Freesat hat-trick at Independent Business AwardsFreesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, is celebrating winning three awards at the 2013 Independent Business Awards, the Independent Electrical Retailer magazine’s annual awards.

For the third year in a row, the Best Training Team for Consumer Electronics accolade was awarded to Freesat, for demonstrating a commitment to training its retail trade partners and helping them to remain competitive, achieve business success and deliver best results for the manufacturer. The launch of Freesat’s next generation service was awarded Best Consumer Advertising campaign, and the award of UK Special representative was given to Freesat training team member Daniel Ernest for his advice and support given to the team.

Emma Scott, Freesat Managing Director said:

We’re absolutely delighted and incredibly proud to win these awards yet again. It’s been a great year for Freesat, and this recognition highlights the fantastic work of the whole team. The success of the training team in particular, assisted through our partnership with Astra, is a display of our ongoing commitment to the independent retail sector that has been instrumental to our success over the last five years.

Freesat announced earlier this year it has now sold over 3.2 million units, far exceeding original sales projections and taking total gross retail UK sales to £1.2 billion since launch in May 2008.

11 Responses to “Freesat hat-trick at Independent Business Awards”

  1. martin Says:

    Well done freesat

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  2. Ian Vallender Says:

    Nice one Freesat with a little luck you can do it again next year. My Block of flats have been fitted with a communal satellite dish system any suggestions about how the word about the fact that with a simple cable (SD & HD boxes) 2 (Freesat+ pvrs) they can have more choice.

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  3. Richard Crichton Says:

    Ian Vallender said:
    Nice one Freesat with a little luck you can do it again next year. My Block of flats have been fitted with a communal satellite dish system any suggestions about how the word about the fact that with a simple cable (SD & HD boxes) 2 (Freesat+ pvrs) they can have more choice.

    Not sure what you’re asking here. Is it just the dish that is communal or do you get some channels fed to you without having a STB of your own? Anyway just tell em straight.

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  4. al catraz Says:

    All jolly niceand I’m sure there’s been a few bottles of celebratory bubbly splashing aound the Greesat offices, but they’re also well on the way to winning the award for “longest delay in delivering a service promised in 2012″.

    I’m talking about the missing “on demand” services, of course. ;)

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  5. al catraz Says:

    Greesat? doh!

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  6. swjoduk Says:

    Unfortunately after the fiasco with the BBC/Sky and the HD red button I have lost a bit of faith with Freesat. I really didn’t realise Sky could have any control on what featured on Freesat.

    Freeview HD and Virgin etc have scored some extra points there I think.

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  7. Dave Says:

    swjoduk said:
    Unfortunately after the fiasco with the BBC/Sky and the HD red button I have lost a bit of faith with Freesat. I really didn’t realise Sky could have any control on what featured on Freesat.
    Freeview HD and Virgin etc have scored some extra points there I think.

    Me as well , I have been with freesat for about 2 1/2 yrs and did not realise $ky still had a say .

    Think I may have a look online see what youview offers !!!!!!

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  8. Dave Says:

    Sorry again admin off topic :-))

    On freesats forum it says 4OD coming soon and suggests 4 days :-)
    So still within June then , only just like lol .

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  9. martin Says:

    Not much of june left my bet is they will change the date again and knock it back another month not holding my breath

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  10. Neil Says:

    Dave said: Me as well , I have been with freesat for about 2 1/2 yrs and did not realise $ky still had a say .
    Think I may have a look online see what youview offers !!!!!!

    A few extra streamed services but five extra channels, and all of them (including the ones on freesat) at lower bitrates! Seriously, having had freesat myself for over 3yrs and not often seeing freeview PQ on large TV’s, when I do it looks truly awful on services like ITV2, 3, 4, E4, Film4 etc etc.

    What I’ve learnt with freesat is that “the best things come to those who wait” and although slow, all the on-demand services will finally arrive.

    Sky don’t “control” freesat – they are required to pass EPG data at Adaptation, any channel wanting to join the platform is free to do so and Sky must oblige. What happened between the BBC and Sky is not fully known but if the RB HD service was sabotaged on sour grapes then that’s an issue for Ofcom.

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  11. Richard Crichton Says:

    Neil said: A few extra streamed services but five extra channels, and all of them (including the ones on freesat) at lower bitrates! Seriously, having had freesat myself for over 3yrs and not often seeing freeview PQ on large TV’s, when I do it looks truly awful on services like ITV2, 3, 4, E4, Film4 etc etc.
    What I’ve learnt with freesat is that “the best things come to those who wait” and although slow, all the on-demand services will finally arrive.
    Sky don’t “control” freesat – they are required to pass EPG data at Adaptation, any channel wanting to join the platform is free to do so and Sky must oblige. What happened between the BBC and Sky is not fully known but if the RB HD service was sabotaged on sour grapes then that’s an issue for Ofcom.

    Agree Freeview\YouView PQ is inferior (I have TalkTalk YouView but only use it to record HD progs now and then otherwise its a door stop. There are more connected services including most Sky channels and LoveFilm Box Office but at a cost which defeats the object if you want free tv.)

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