Freesat Launches ITV Player (channel 903)

Following on from final testing, Freesat have today confirmed that ITV Player is now available on channel 903 (still in beta) for Humax receivers, with the rest to follow over the coming months. The announcement made by Freesat is as follows:

Freesat today made it even easier for customers to take control of their TV viewing as it announced the arrival of ITV Player on its subscription-free TV service.

The only TV service to offer both ITV Player and BBC iPlayer, Freesat’s viewers can now catch-up on all of their favourite ITV1, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 programmes, up to seven days after broadcast. With over 100 hours of programmes each week, viewers can choose from popular soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale, to prime-time drama and the nation’s most popular entertainment show The X Factor.

Freesat Managing Director Emma Scott said;

The launch of ITV Player on Freesat is another important landmark for us. It’s fantastic that we can now offer viewers the two biggest catch-up TV services, direct to their TVs.

This is a further example of innovation that focuses on adding value to the viewer – making it easier to find and enjoy the TV they love, for free. Whether it be catching up on the events in Weatherfield or following the Rugby World Cup, Freesat customers can now enjoy the best of ITV schedules, whenever they want.

Robin Pembrooke, Managing Director, ITV Online and On Demand said;

Freesat is a key part of our platform strategy and another important step in our mission to give audiences access to our content when and where they choose to view it whilst improving the underlying technology and user experience across the board.

ITV Player can be found on channel 903 on the Freesat EPG, and will automatically be added via customers’ TVs or digital boxes.

The launch of ITV Player on Freesat will initially be in beta, and viewers wishing to access the service will need a Humax Freesat HD or Humax Freesat+ digital box connected to a satellite dish and to a broadband service of at least 2 Mbps. Freesat’s website www.freesat.co.uk has detailed instructions and a help video on how to get started.

ITV Player will become available to other Freesat HD digital boxes and Freesat HD TVs over the coming months.

81 thoughts on “Freesat Launches ITV Player (channel 903)”

  1. ITV Player working on my Panasonic TX- L32DT30B tv on channel 903 when connected to the internet!

  2. So just the two of us watching ITV Player, then? Wow – considering all the fuss that’s been made about Panasonic not supporting this, I’m surprised that no-one else has tried it.

  3. Have Panasonic 2011 plus freesat 500gb still in the dark no 903,BBC i works a treat shame all the firms cant get it together.

  4. From what I can tell, the Panasonic PVR’s have got their updates later than all the TVs in the past. However, based on the fact that there was no TV update this time, I think that this service has been switched on by ITV rather than Panasonic.

    And judging by the comment about the official sign-off process for ITV Player (in the recent Manhatten SD thread) I can only conclude that they are testing it out on the Panny TV’s first – and will hopefully enable it for all compatible Panasonic gear once it’s been officially approved.

  5. I have a Technisat HDFS Freesat box, and BBCi Player works perfectly. It would be nice to see ITV player come online to, is there a reason why my box says its still unavailable?!?

  6. Paul Alexander said:
    I have a Technisat HDFS Freesat box, and BBCi Player works perfectly.It would be nice to see ITV player come online to,is there a reason why my box says its still unavailable?!?

    It seems highly unlikely that the HDFS will get ITV Player at any point given that TechniSat pulled out of the UK market and no longer wish to support their products…shame really, was a good unit!

  7. I have a freeview TV and a Humax 9300-t freeview and none of these services are available at my postcode, NE40 4UA. Whyn bother advertising these things when they are false statements, I have retuned my LG TV and PVR 3 times to try and pick-up these catch-up services and it’s a waste of time.

    Please help.

  8. John Harrison said:
    I have a freeview TV and a Humax 9300-t freeview and none of these services are available at my postcode, NE40 4UA. Whyn bother advertising these things when they are false statements, I have retuned my LG TV and PVR 3 times to try and pick-up these catch-up services and it’s a waste of time.
    Please help.

    Probably because this is Freesat, not Freeview!!!

  9. Whose responsibility is it to make the ITV/4OD/Channel5 catch up client products available, the manufacturer or Freesat? Who can tell me whether my Grundig is on the list, since I’m no longer sure who supports the device in the UK.

  10. Since I have never had a response to my earlier query I wonder if there is anyone watching this forum. If there is, could they advise me why I cannot receive ITV1 HD Channel 119 on my Grundig Freesat box. It is on neither the Guide nor the Channel List. Advice would be most appreciated.

  11. Jeceris said:
    Since I have never had a response to my earlier query I wonder if there is anyone watching this forum. If there is, could they advise me why I cannot receive ITV1 HD Channel 119 on my Grundig Freesat box. It is on neither the Guide nor the Channel List.Advice would be most appreciated.

    Probably doesn’t help posting on a news story from 2011 😉

    If you cannot receive ITV1 HD then it sounds like you have a Scottish, Welsh or Irish postcode where ITV isn’t the regional option. You’d need a English postcode for that channel.

  12. p.s. Re earlier comments on ITV player availability, I found out accidentally while researching the BT Vision product that the ITV player works only through an aerial, as does BT Vision itself, not via a satellite dish not via broadband. Why can’t things be consistent?

  13. Jeceris said:
    p.s. Re earlier comments on ITV player availability, I found out accidentally while researching the BT Vision product that the ITV player works only through an aerial, as does BT Vision itself, not via a satellite dish not via broadband. Why can’t things be consistent?

    ITV Player works through your freesat receiver, depending on type, when connected to your broadband. It isn’t supplied through an aerial.

  14. admin said: Probably doesn’t help posting on a news story from 2011
    If you cannot receive ITV1 HD then it sounds like you have a Scottish, Welsh or Irish postcode where ITV isn’t the regional option. You’d need a English postcode for that channel.

    I don’t understand this reply. What “news story from 2011”? I assume you mean that the ITV player was announced for Humax in 2011.
    This website purports to “bring you the very latest news and information on the Freesat satellite TV service”, which I assume to mean it answers users questions, not ignores them because the subject matter is a year old, so seeking advice on the availability of a particular function on a particular platform some time after the announcement seems perfectly valid to me.
    Re my latest question and your response, I have an English postcode.

    In Oct 2012 I asked for help re the availability of catch up services other than iPlayer, and had no reply. I have recently discovered that these are only avialable via an aerial. Someoine presumably knew this a year ago and could have replied. Hence my question.
    I am in England.

  15. Jeceris said: I don’t understand this reply. What “news story from 2011″? I assume you mean that the ITV player was announced for Humax in 2011.
    This website purports to “bring you the very latest news and information on the Freesat satellite TV service”, which I assume to mean it answers users questions, not ignores them because the subject matter is a year old, so seeking advice on the availability of a particular function on a particular platform some time after the announcement seems perfectly valid to me.
    Re my latest question and your response, I have an English postcode.
    In Oct 2012 I asked for help re the availability of catch up services other than iPlayer, and had no reply. I have recently discovered that these are only avialable via an aerial. Someoine presumably knew this a year ago and could have replied. Hence my question.
    I am in England.

    The point being raised is that the original news story (this page!) was published in 2011, so isn’t the most up to date page, therefore the number of visitors to it when compared to recent news stories is significantly less, hence the reason why you may not have received a reply.

    Not sure why you are not receiving ITV1 HD then if you have an English postcode; might be signal related.

    The manufacturers were responsible for the rollout of on-demand services should they have decided to support the product. In your case, having bought the low end Grundig receiver, they (Harvard Group) decided not to include more than just BBC iPlayer, so unfortunately you cannot access it.

    Note however that ITV Player isn’t available via aerial only; that is completely incorrect; any product that supports ITV Player accesses it via a broadband connection.

  16. Re the ITV Player/aerial issue, I now understand my statement was incorrect. I was misled by references in various Youview discussions which gave this impression. What I should have said is that an aerial is required to validate the STB before ITV is activated. I do not yet have a Freeview compatible aerial but have hooked my STB up to my broadband connection and the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, NOW TV, Milkshake etc catch up services are all available. Why it is only the ITV Player which requires validation to take place via an aerial is not explained. It ought to be. Even you in your fairly dismissive response to my enquiry failed to point this out. You would do well to remember that we’re all novices out here. My Grundig was not a “low end” device by the way. It was highlghted as a superior product at the time I went digital.

  17. Jeceris said:
    Re the ITV Player/aerial issue, I now understand my statement was incorrect. I was misled by references in various Youview discussions which gave this impression. What I should have said is that an aerial is required to validate the STB before ITV is activated. I do not yet have a Freeview compatible aerial but have hooked my STB up to my broadband connection and the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, NOW TV, Milkshake etc catch up services are all available. Why it is only the ITV Player which requires validation to take place via an aerial is not explained. It ought to be. Even you in your fairly dismissive response to my enquiry failed to point this out. You would do well to remember that we’re all novices out here. My Grundig was not a “low end” device by the way. It was highlghted as a superior product at the time I went digital.

    The responses are dismissive, just answering your questions, however, it seems you have a Freeview receiver, not Freesat (via satellite dish) so you are asking questions on completely the wrong site!

  18. Jeceris said:
    You must be taking a great deal of satisfaction from that.

    Not at all, was only trying to help, but clearly being offered free advice to steer you in the right direction is just not enough for some these days!

  19. Hi
    Can anyone help

    I am in Ireland

    I have a Humax box and have channel 903 ITV Player Channel listed on the TV Guide .

    If i connet to my utvinternet broadband will the ITV on demand funtion ,as i am in ireland .

    The humax box has a UK postal code

  20. Still not arrived on our Panasonic TV……what a joke this is. Apart from this glitch Freesat is actually very good.

  21. I get BBC iplayer on my Panasonic freesat TV why can’t I get ITV iplayer? Is this so Freesat can sell some more freesat boxes?

  22. C Campbell said:
    I get BBC iplayer on my Panasonic freesat TV why can’t I get ITV iplayer?Is this so Freesat can sell some more freesat boxes?

    Sadly not, it was the fact Panasonic decided to stop supporting developments on the product and no contract with Freesat ensured they did. However, depending on the age of your Panasonic, you may be able to get ITV Player through their own Panasonic portal on the television.

  23. Dear sir
    I wish to know, at this present time can I get itv player on my Panasonic TV which is 5year old,I can get bbc player successfully,
    Thanks jc

  24. Is ITV player now available on my sage com as is BBC I player do I have to do anything to set it up,as message says sorry ITV player is currently not available thanks

  25. have two powerline adapters in same room freesat tv xhd plugged into internet bbcplayer ok itv saynot available on this device what can I do?

  26. mistywwoo said:
    have two powerline adapters in same roomfreesat tv xhd plugged into internet bbcplayer okitv saynot available on this device what can I do?

    Your Freesat television may not be compatible.

  27. ITV channel has just stopped working it has been glitching mainly through soaps, typical but it has completely gone today, why please?

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