Freesat launches Wuaki.tv application

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has today announced the launch of video on demand service Wuaki.tv on its platform. Available from today to all Freesat viewers with a connected set-top-box, Wuaki.tv offers instant access to a huge range of the latest and best-loved movies and TV shows.

From recent blockbusters to critically acclaimed television

programmes, the service includes the likes of Spectre, the 24th James Bond adventure, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Game of Thrones among its highlights. Wuaki.tv features the unique option of pre-ordering upcoming releases and movies can be rented from 99p without the need to pay for a monthly subscription.

The launch expands Freesat’s existing On Demand offering and makes an impressive addition to the platform’s 10 existing services, which include BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and Netflix. Through seamless integration of the service viewers are able to move between Freesat’s other features including live broadcast, recordings and Showcase recommendations.

Wuaki.tv will be available across Humax Freesat set-top-boxes including the HDR-1000s 500GB, HDR-1010s 1TB, HB-1000s and HDR-1100s.

Commenting on the launch, Alistair Thom, managing director at Freesat, said:

We’re delighted to launch Wuaki.tv on Freesat and further enhance our popular On Demand offering. With over 200 subscription free channels now available, Freesat viewers are truly
spoilt for choice when it comes to great entertainment. The new service will give viewers access to a fantastic line up of blockbuster films and TV shows, and best of all, you only pay for what you want to watch.

Simon Homent, European content director at Wuaki.tv, said:

We are happy to be the only VOD service on Freesat that offers the choice to buy or rent the latest Hollywood movies and the best TV shows. We are confident that Freesat customers will highly appreciate this unique subscription free proposition within the overall satellite service.

44 thoughts on “Freesat launches Wuaki.tv application”

  1. Not too fussed about the renting and buying of movies part but at least now have the ability to play my Ultraviolet library on the TV screen.

  2. Paul Ryan said: Wuaki.tv

    It’s definitely still there! No one is demanding you pay for additional services.

  3. Hmmm…

    > ‘Available from today to all Freesat viewers with a connected set-top-box, …’.

    That would suggest 1st generation Foxsat-HD(R) boxes which I suspect is rather unlikely!

  4. Keith (original) said:
    Hmmm…
    > ‘Available from today to all Freesat viewers with a connected set-top-box, …’.
    That would suggest 1st generation Foxsat-HD(R) boxes which I suspect is rather unlikely!

    No not really, It kinda helps if you actually read past the first paragraph of that statement as it quite clearly states which boxes it’s available on.

  5. Michael said: No not really, It kinda helps if you actually read past the first paragraph of that statement as it quite clearly states which boxes it’s available on.

    Its poorly written as it suggests any Freesat box though of course you can also read it as a service being available to all Freesat viewers but not until they buy a current spec Humax box, which is not quite the same thing of course.

  6. Paul Ryan said:
    Whatever happened to “FREEsat” do we have to call it Paysat from now on.

    Freesat is still there and is a television service that provides free TV to people without the need to pay for certain services. This is an addition to that service and should be applauded as a means of getting additional TV access without having to go elsewhere.
    If you don’t like it you don’t have to access it, and you don’t have to pay anything but don’t put your objections in the way of people that appreciate this additional service.
    I don’t want it myself but am not wanting to stand in the way of those that do want it, so grow up.

  7. Michael said: No not really, It kinda helps if you actually read past the first paragraph of that statement as it quite clearly states which boxes it’s available on.

    Actually, it says ‘available across Humax Freesat set-top-boxes “including”…’ which says that it includes the boxes listed, could include others but does not specifically exclude the HDR. IMHO that would suggest Keith was correct in his assumption.

    Maybe he, like me, was hoping more love would be given to the older boxes

  8. Interesting they do UHD streaming but are still using flash. Apparently you need 20mb/s internet and a LG or Samsung smart TV. Any news of a UHD capable Freesat box coming admin?

  9. video on demand service Wuaki.tv on its platform. Available from today to all Freesat viewers with a connected set-top-box,

    Got a connected Manhattan Plaza HD-S no sign of it. Should read all Freesat Freetime viewers. The G1 boxes don’t have the silicon but are still being sold.

  10. soldierboy001 said: Freesat is still there and is a television service that provides free TV to people without the need to pay for certain services. This is an addition to that service and should be applauded as a means of getting additional TV access without having to go elsewhere.
    If you don’t like it you don’t have to access it, and you don’t have to pay anything but don’t put your objections in the way of people that appreciate this additional service.
    I don’t want it myself but am not wanting to stand in the way of those that do want it, so grow up.

    I think i am grown up, i’m 93, please keep your personal opinions to yourself!

  11. This will be a great addition, let’s now hope it goes on 105 with the SD version moved elsewhere.

  12. I have a problem with my Freetime box and wondered if anyone else is affected?
    If I use the search feature, any itv search returns SD channels only, even though 119 is fully received and in the guide. I have done a retune, but still no ITV HD search results. I am, however, able to set a recording by scrolling through 119 in the guide, but a bit annoying. Help?

  13. 5HD now working on both Freesat and Freeview machines. Still nothing worth watching, but at least picture is clear!
    Must admit the Freeview arrangement of clustering the HD channels all together is far superior – Freesat’s ability to select HD as a separate group remains a bit clumsy.

  14. Retuned my TT YouView box and it’s on 105 with no epg programme information. Scanned my Freesat Manhattan and it’s on 105 with epg programme information. There is a transparent 5 HD dog top left hand which is impossible to see against a light background.

  15. lawrence said:
    5HD now working on both Freesat and Freeview machines. Still nothing worth watching, but at least picture is clear!
    Must admit the Freeview arrangement of clustering the HD channels all together is far superior – Freesat’s ability to select HD as a separate group remains a bit clumsy.

    Try Gotham wrath of the villans or Person of Interest late night Mondays.

  16. JJ said:
    C5HD great news. Dave HD next please

    Freesat doesn’t have Dave in any definition! The next HD upgrade should be More4 to my mind followed by Film4 but I suspect we will wait along time for either.

  17. Everyone has their own preferences based on their personal viewing pattern, but I agree with More4 HD. Also ITV4 HD for the sport.

  18. Dan said:
    Admin.
    This is great news about 5HD. Why are freesat not shouting about this ?

    Perhaps because everyone now has 5HD it’s no advantage for Freesat.

  19. Sorry about that, been a challenging week and only just got around to it. Freesat haven’t however issued a press statement which is baffling!

  20. Michael said: No not really, It kinda helps if you actually read past the first paragraph of that statement as it quite clearly states which boxes it’s available on.

    I read past the first paragraph and the last bit only states ‘including…’; it didn’t say say ‘specifically’ nor state it was limited to G2 devices. Nevertheless, despite the sloppy phrasing, I didn’t imagine that G1 devices would be included.

  21. Slarty Bartfast said: Actually, it says ‘available across Humax Freesat set-top-boxes “including”…’ which says that it includes the boxes listed, could include others but does not specifically exclude the HDR. IMHO that would suggest Keith was correct in his assumption.
    Maybe he, like me, was hoping more love would be given to the older boxes

    Sadly, I don’t think Humax had much love for the Foxsat-HDR and less for the Foxsat-HD. The HDR still has bugs they haven’t fixed since the last update which was during the Olympics!

    Incidentally, I also have a FR-1000HD, the Fransat equivalent to the Freesat HB-1000s (loosly, the French equivalent to Freesat on 5W), although it requires a viewing card. Oddly, it uses the Freeview RM-H06S remote!

    My impression of Humax is that they rush out dozens of different variants for different markets and systems around the world with minimal testing, and then don’t have sufficient resources to support/fix anything.

    The FR-1000HD is a very nice bit of kit, with (presumably upscaled) 1080p output, but it is incredibly, incredibly, buggy and a lot of the use interface features are very non-intuitive, inconsistent and frequently completely bonkers! The guide has only just gained more than just ‘Now and Next’ since the last update, but only for the France Télévisions channels, and frequently the guide has no programme listings for any other channel. Despite this, the Programme up/down button doesn’t page up and down the list of channels in the Programme Guide, instead it move +/- 24hours! However, with the (purely) Channel List, it does page up and down through the channels. It has no concept of ‘Series link’ or ‘Accurate Record’, so most (until recently all) recordings have to be set manually, and if the programme start of ends late or early (a frequent occurrence on French channels) the wrong programme is recorded or the ending missed, etc. There is a separate online Fransat guide, but it is totally style over usefulness and the interface is bizarre. Attempting to set a recording from there rarely works and even when it does appear to get added to the list, the box usually ignores it and fails to record anything. When you do manage to set timers, they are difficult to set and change and the whole thing is full of bugs.

    Nevertheless, for basic operation it’s great.

    In an interesting contrast to the UK, since the beginning of April, all TNT channels (the equivalent of Freeview) went HD and only HD – all the SD channels are now gone – and Fransat has all the TNT channels. Imagine that! They went entirely MPEG4, largely to save space, so older SD-only MPEG2 receivers no longer work!

    Actually, all the France 3 regions (24 of them) are broadcast in HD, but in fact most carry what is clearly only an SD feed even when carrying the same feed as the National variant! Paris and the National variants are true HD, however. Possibly, the playout facilities of all the regions are yet to be updated. Although being French they may not bother!

    One nice feature is that if you add other satellites, they appear in the normal Channel List and guide, so you can easily switch between them, unlike the Freesat/non-Freesat modes of the Foxsat boxes.

  22. BTW, that list of bugs ‘includes’ only the major bugs and bizarre UI features. It is far from an exhaustive list. There are literally dozens of more bugs and annoyances, but I was already quite a bit off topic! 🙂

  23. He freesat getting better I shall get a box again for the bedroom as I have sky in the living room so will defamatory come back on board freesat I see we have finally got the uk tv on the platform drama yesterday and really well done it’s the only reason I left the freesat box go sorry I sold it now never mind I ll pick up a cheap box but it must be hd as I see they have a lot more hd channels than they did when I had freesat last all in all it’s a great improvement

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