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Dec 19 2013

Freesat launches new Children’s Christmas ShowcaseFreesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has today announced the launch of its new seasonal Children’s TV Guide, the ‘Christmas Showcase’, live on www.freesat.co.uk/hohoho today.

Designed to package the very best of free TV everyday of the Christmas holidays, the Freesat Children’s Christmas Showcase is for both parents and children who want to find programmes to watch over the holidays.

Uniquely, the web-based TV Guide will focus both on programmes that are specifically designed for children like Peppa Pig, but also popular films like The Gruffalo and family viewing favourites like Dr Who, Strictly or Operation Snow Tiger. Whether it be unearthing hidden gems or reminding everyone about their favourite shows and films, the guide promises to make the most of family time around the telly this Christmas.

With four genres including Little Ones (age 3-6) and Juniors (age 7-11), the Christmas Showcase makes recommendations on what to watch, from movies to favourite series whether they’re on live TV or on Freesat’s On Demand services from BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5. There’s also a downloadable guide that parents can print and use in front of the TV.

Commenting on the launch, Emma Scott, Managing Director of Freesat, said:

The family audience is so important to us and this is a long-held ambition to bring family focused recommendations to Freesat homes, especially following the popularity of Showcase in Freesat’s Freetime service. With such brilliant free programming for all ages this Christmas, the web guide promises to hit all the right notes – whether you’ll be gathering around Gangsta Granny or settling down for The Snowman and The Snow Dog.

We know that watching the TV brings families together, as recent research* confirmed that families in the UK are now more likely to watch TV together than they have been in more than a decade. Dancing together to Strictly or cheering on contestants in The X Factor is a typical Saturday night for so many families now, as watching free TV remains a mainstay of family entertainment. We’re really excited about Freesat’s role in family TV and the future possibilities of Children’s TV viewing guides.

The Freesat Children’s Christmas Showcase is live from today at www.freesat.co.uk/hohoho and will be a daily guide and recommendations service until the 2nd of January 2014.

19 Responses to “Freesat launches new Children’s Christmas Showcase”

  1. Ian Vallender Says:

    you Know I couldnot pass on this opportunity to go through some of the movies premiering this Christmas I’m not going through all the movies and I’m sticking with the main 5 channels! first up Premiering on Christmas eve 4:15 PM BBC2/hd its Disney’s Fantasia an excellent movie featuring some classic pieces of music and one of my favourite scenes The Sorcerer’s Apprentice starring Mickey Mouse! Next up Premiering on Christmas day at 3:20 PM on BBC1/HD its Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 3 the return of Buzz, Woody and all the Toys. the Premiere For Boxing Day is Disney Pixar’s Cars 2 where Lightning McQueen enters the world grand prix!next up its Dreamworks’s MegaMind premiering Friday 27th December at 4:10pm BBC1/HD Premiering Sunday 29th December at 8pm on BBC1/HD its Disney’s pirates of the Carribean on Stranger Tides which brings me to New years day and 2 of the 3 Premieres 1. Kungfu Panda 2 BBC1/HD AT 5:05pm and Gnomeo and Juliet 6:45pm also on BBC1/HD. yes there are other movies on I’m just offering some suggestions on some of the premieres this Christmas!

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  2. darren taylor Says:

    Ive just cancelled my pay tv with virginmedia, and now have the use of the brilliant humax box of tricks pvr. Who needs to pay for tv when there is so much on freesat anyway.

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  3. Richard Says:

    Wow it’s amazing what a good tv guide can do :D

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  4. Neil Says:

    darren taylor said:
    Ive just cancelled my pay tv with virginmedia, and now have the use of the brilliant humax box of tricks pvr.Who needs to pay for tv when there is so much on freesat anyway.

    I’m off to see a neighbour tonight who wants my advice cancelling Virgin and will offer him the Freesat option.

    It’s a pity with this guide it couldn’t go on the EPG as a sub-section for the Christmas period.

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  5. Richard Says:

    I’m liking the WATCH IN HD option for most BBC channels in the Freetime EPG when you press OK on a BBC SD program. So far seen it in 1 Scotand,3,4 and CBBC. Saves having to remember the HD channel numbers until we get the HD category in the guide. Pity the other HD providers don’t do that.

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  6. TimK Says:

    I normally go through the epg on a Saturday morning and set it for the rest of the week. Great so I don’t miss things.

    Not so great if I’m on holiday for a fortnight as the reduced number of repeats (thanks Iplayer etc) means that it’s easier than even to miss something new if you’re away.

    Shame we can’t have 10 or even 14 days of epg.

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  7. Neil Says:

    Can I wish Admin and all the regular contributers a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2014. Admin puts a fair bit of time in to keeping this site up to date and do personally appreciate the work that goes in to it. For me it’s my first port of call for Freesat news and info, quicker and better than Freesat’s own site and Channel 999!

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  8. Richard Says:

    Neil said:
    Can I wish Admin and all the regular contributers a very merry Christmas and all the best for 2014. Admin puts a fair bit of time in to keeping this site up to date and do personally appreciate the work that goes in to it. For me it’s my first port of call for Freesat news and info, quicker and better than Freesat’s own site and Channel 999!

    I second that and a happy and prosperous New Year as well.
    I see Home Cinema Choice.Com has a 4/5 review of the Humax HB-1000S at http://www.homecinemachoice.com/news/article/humax-hb-1000s-review/17424

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  9. martin Says:

    Yes happy new year to admin And everybody on this site hope the new year will be a good one for us all

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  10. miffo Says:

    Any idea when the Humax HB-1000S might network play media recorded on the HDR-1000s? …was supposed to be in 2013.

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  11. admin Says:

    miffo said:
    Any idea when the HumaxHB-1000S might network play media recorded on the HDR-1000s? …was supposed to be in 2013.

    It was only a suggested inclusion/rumour, not planned for 2013. Maybe this year, but they’ll have to beat Sky to it to truly stand out from the rest.

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  12. Richard Says:

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    miffo said:
    Any idea when the HumaxHB-1000S might network play media recorded on the HDR-1000s? …was supposed to be in 2013.

    Given it can already play network shared files (from my Windows 7 netbook in my case) it can’t be that hard for Humax to arrange technically but there may be issues with copyright etc that need sorting out I suspect.

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  13. Richard Says:

    Richard said: Given it can already play network shared files (from my Windows 7 netbook in my case) it can’t be that hard for Humax to arrange technicallybut there may be issues with copyright etc that need sorting out I suspect.

    Weird it will play Wildlife but refuses to play Landscapes both of which are Windows 7 demo HD videos. Plays my camera HD vids no problem though. They need to support more file formats.

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  14. Neil Says:

    Richard said: Weird it will play Wildlife but refuses to play Landscapes both of which are Windows 7 demo HD videos. Plays my camera HD vids no problem though. They need to support more file formats.

    What format are your camera videos in? MP4?

    It would be good for Freesat to support streaming across home network devices before Sky do but I also think for Sky there will be hardware limitations as may be the case that earlier Sk+HD STB’s won’t support it? Also it’s probably not in Sky’s interest to develop this as they want people to pay a tenner extra per month for multiroom!

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  15. Richard Says:

    Neil said: What format are your camera videos in? MP4?
    It would be good for Freesat to support streaming across home network devices before Sky do but I also think for Sky there will be hardware limitations as may be the case that earlier Sk+HD STB’s won’t support it? Also it’s probably not in Sky’s interest to develop this as they want people to pay a tenner extra per month for multiroom!

    Yes MP4 at 30fps. It’s a Samsung 10.2 mega pixel stills camera with a 10x optical zoom and wide angle lens.

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  16. Neil Says:

    Richard said: Yes MP4 at 30fps. It’s a Samsung 10.2 mega pixel stills camera with a 10x optical zoom and wide angle lens.

    That sounds good, my Fuji Finepix 10 mega pixel outputs the same format and frame rate, will have to give it a go round at my other halfs Mum’s house on her Humax freetime PVR. Does it suppor AVCHD as my Camcorder outputs in this format which I normally use for motion pics these days.

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  17. Richard Says:

    Neil said: That sounds good, my Fuji Finepix 10 mega pixel outputs the same format and frame rate, will have to give it a go round at my other halfs Mum’s house on her Humax freetime PVR. Does it suppor AVCHD as my Camcorder outputs in this format which I normally use for motion pics these days.

    Will experiment with AVCHD and let you know but I doubt if it will even though that is a very common camcorder format. It does Divx/Xvid I know that much.

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  18. Richard Says:

    Richard said: Will experiment with AVCHD and let you know but I doubt if it will even though that is a very common camcorder format. It does Divx/Xvid I know that much.

    :D Glad to say I was wrong the Humax HB-1000S does play .M2TS (AVCHD) files served from my Windows 7 netbook. They were filmed by my Samsung stills camera in MP4 and converted by Nero to AVCHD then made into a DVD which plays fine on my Blu-ray.

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  19. Neil Says:

    Richard said: Glad to say I was wrong the Humax HB-1000S does play .M2TS (AVCHD) files served from my Windows 7 netbook. They were filmed by my Samsung stills camera in MP4 and converted by Nero to AVCHD then made into a DVD which plays fine on my Blu-ray.

    That’s very good, presume they are 25fps or retained their original 30fps when converted to AVCHD? I’ll have to play around with the Humax HB-1000 and get it connected for streaming video and other files.

    I bought one for my girlfriend’s mum who’s sacked Sky off and never really had the time to spend properly playing with the unit, just set it up with the postcode to regionalise EPG etc but not played with the Media playback side of things.

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