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Jul 17 2014

Freesat Mobile App launches on AndroidFreesat, the subscription free satellite TV service has today launched an Android version of their award-winning Freesat App. Extending the power to manage and control their TVs via mobiles and tablets to even more viewers, the new Android version of the Freesat App is now available for free download from the Google Play store.

Optimised for the latest Android devices running Android 4.0 and above including phones and tablets from Samsung, Google and Sony, the Freesat App features a TV Guide and the unique Showcase editorial service, which provides daily-curated recommendations on what to watch on both live TV and On Demand. The Android App helps you plan how to watch, record shows remotely and catch up on some of the great free TV shows available on Freesat.

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

When we launched the Freesat iOS App earlier this year, our focus was to deliver an experience that would be a game changer for free TV viewers and its popularity surpassed our expectations. Following feedback from some of the over 200,000 people who downloaded the Freesat app, we have worked hard to match that success with an app optimised for the Android market.

Freesat’s core goal is to deliver fantastic subscription free satellite TV, and we wanted to make sure that the 40%* of the UK television viewing public with Android phones and tablets could enjoy this award-winning app too. Whether planning your Commonwealth Games viewing or catching up the latest episode of The Honourable Woman, the Freesat App helps you make the most of what’s on.

The Freesat App for Android also acts as a TV guide for all free TV viewers, whether they have Freesat or not, and they will soon be able to search and find programmes from all of the UK’s major On Demand players including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5 using their Android phone or tablet. Freesat viewers will be able to register and link the app with their Freetime enabled set-top boxes (manufactured by Humax) to take control of their TV-viewing both in and out of the home, so that they can record programmes wherever they are in the UK. The App also works as a remote control so viewers can change channels and watch On Demand programmes via their Freetime enabled set top boxes.

62 Responses to “Freesat Mobile App launches on Android”

  1. Lawrence Pearce Says:

    I guess this should really be called a Freeetime App, since I suspect that it is not compatible with earlier and therefore most Freesat receivers? That aside, this is a good development especially since it also works as a remote control (one advantage at least over the youview equivalent!).

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  2. Dipper Says:

    Errrr…. Where on the Google Play store? I searched for Freesat but although a couple of things popped up the Freesat App didn’t.

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  3. miffo Says:

    Downloaded the freetime app, paired the box. Phone unable to find box on same wifi network..huh!
    so can record remotely, but not use phone as remote.

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  4. Michael Says:

    Dipper said:
    Errrr…. Where on the Google Play store? I searched for Freesat but although a couple of things popped up the Freesat App didn’t.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.re.freesat

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  5. miffo Says:

    Now working for the remote too… Problem is I have two freetime boxes – one downstairs, one up. You can only set one box to record on at a time (on the Freesat website) So if I was not at home, the default recording box was downstairs, I would need to log in to the Freesat site and change the recording default, then use my phone app. Clunky!
    Why not just toggle machine to be used? (as you can with the remote control option)

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  6. Michael Says:

    Lawrence Pearce said:
    I guess this should really be called a Freeetime App, since I suspect that it is not compatible with earlier and therefore most Freesat receivers?

    Depends how you look at it I suppose.
    Freesat are promoting it as a Freesat TV guide app that all can use to see what’s on and get recommendations from Showcase, then there’s the added benefit of remote controll functions and setting recordings on the move if you have a freetime box.

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  7. RICHARD Says:

    Works perfect on Samsung Galaxy Note2 100% thank you

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  8. Keith Says:

    Just set it up. Excellent idea. It works better than the remote control that came with the box.

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  9. miffo Says:

    Remote control functions well, but without more than a basic interface, it useless for playing back of material.

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  10. Michael Says:

    miffo said:
    Remote control functions well, but without more than a basic interface, it useless for playing back of material.

    Goto the Saved Items part of the app and select your recording either highlighting and selecting watch now or drag and drop into the little tv screen and your selected recording will start to play.

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  11. Paul Royal Says:

    Dare we hope for a Windows Phone 8.1 app next?

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  12. miffo Says:

    oh dear..HDD spins up regularly, I guess looking for new instructions

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  13. miffo Says:

    Michael said: Goto the Saved Items part of the app and select your recording either highlighting and selecting watch now or drag and drop into the little tv screen and your selected recording will start to play.

    No such thing with this andoid app…moreover, I was suggesting that it is not possible to playback recorded material, as no home, nor media button, just basic palyer. May be fixed in an update I suppose.

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  14. Michael Says:

    miffo said:
    oh dear..HDD spins up regularly, I guess looking for new instructions

    Every 20mins the box syncs up with the Freesat ID server, which is one of the reasons quite a few iOS users have unpaired the box and no longer use the remote record function.

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  15. BowWow1954 Says:

    Not available on App Store in Ireland ;-(

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  16. Michael Says:

    miffo said: No such thing with this andoid app…

    Mmmm interesting, just seen some pics of the UI and it’s slightly different to the iOS version.

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  17. Dave W Says:

    Great news :)

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  18. Gaseousclay Says:

    It’s only half the app. iOS has an on demand section and saved items on the front page, android has only showcase and tv guide. Hope this is improved soon.

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  19. chris Says:

    Gaseousclay said:
    It’s only half the app. iOS has an on demand section and saved items on the front page, android has only showcase and tv guide. Hope this is improved soon.

    it does have the on demand to

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  20. Colman Says:

    Hmm. Not able to pair. Freetime box says it is not connected to internet although it clearly is. Anyone else had this. I’ve tried rebooting my router and freetime box.

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  21. Michael Says:

    Colman said:
    Hmm. Not able to pair. Freetime box says it is not connected to internet although it clearly is. Anyone else had this. I’ve tried rebooting my router and freetime box.

    It’s a problem Freesats end, same happened this morning too.

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  22. stigbeater Says:

    Colman said:
    Hmm. Not able to pair. Freetime box says it is not connected to internet although it clearly is. Anyone else had this. I’ve tried rebooting my router and freetime box.

    this is a know issue and i hve been told by freesat that they are looking into it and will issue a fix as soon has they can.

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  23. Dennis Says:

    BowWow1954 said:
    Not available on App Store in Ireland ;-(

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  24. Dennis Says:

    It is not available in France either :(

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  25. Michael Says:

    Dennis said:
    It is not available in France either

    Surely that hasn’t been that much of a surprise considering Freesat is a UK service.

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  26. Colman Says:

    Thanks for info re. pairing issue.

    A bit miffed that my Samsung Galaxy Ace II is not compatible with this app. (Android 2.3.6 is too ancient) but others in my household can benefit.

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  27. Martin Pugh Says:

    That went well, a really useful addition to the andriod scene………not!

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  28. Electriaian Says:

    Will this app be available for the Republic Of Ireland?

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  29. BowWow1954 Says:

    Electriaian said:
    Will this app be available for the Republic Of Ireland?

    Probably not – Post 15

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  30. Dipper Says:

    Thanks for the link Michael.

    When I click on it & get the app displayed it says, “This app is incompatible with all of your devices.” Also, if I search the Play Store on either device it doesn’t find the app.

    I have an Asus Nexus 7 (Android 4.4.4) & HTC One mini (Android 4.4.2) phone so can’t see what the problem is.

    Anybody else had this?

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  31. Gaseousclay Says:

    chris said: it does have the on demand to

    Where?

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  32. Soul4real Says:

    Fressat need to bring in the column for recordings, just as you have on Apple. We have no idea if and what recording’s we have sceduled. Bring that in asap, other developments you have planed for the app can wait, I just feel we have been short changed, Apple had it from the start, we waited so long for it on Android and we end-up with less functions

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  33. soul4real Says:

    miffo said:
    Now working for the remote too… Problem is I have two freetime boxes – one downstairs, one up.You can only set one box to record on at a time (on the Freesat website) So if I was not at home, the default recording box was downstairs, I would need to log in to the Freesat site and change the recording default, then use my phone app.Clunky!
    Why not just toggle machine to be used? (as you can with the remote control option)

    Register two accounts , pair each box on separate accounts. Only one account can be logged in at a time, if you are logged in upstairs go to settings and log- in to box downstairs, upstairs will automatically log out. I’m doing that in three different machines at different addresses, so setting recording while not present at either addresses

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  34. Michael Says:

    Electriaian said:
    Will this app be available for the Republic Of Ireland?

    Nope, Freesat only have a license to support regions within the UK.

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  35. Bob Says:

    Dipper said: Thanks for the link Michael. When I click on it & get the app displayed it says, “This app is incompatible with all of your devices.” Also, if I search the Play Store on either device it doesn’t find the app.I have an Asus Nexus 7 (Android 4.4.4) & HTC One mini (Android 4.4.2) phone so can’t see what the problem is.Anybody else had this?

    Same here, have both Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

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  36. Michael Says:

    Dipper said:
    Thanks for the link Michael.
    When I click on it & get the app displayed it says, “This app is incompatible with all of your devices.” Also, if I search the Play Store on either device it doesn’t find the app.
    I have an Asus Nexus 7 (Android 4.4.4) & HTC One mini (Android 4.4.2) phone so can’t see what the problem is.
    Anybody else had this?

    Bob said: Same here, have both Nexus 7 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

    Just checking, are you both residing within the UK and your Play store account is registered to a UK location?
    According to Freesat these models should work and the only thing they can think that could be an issue is the location.

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  37. JawW Says:

    Downloaded and discarded it. I had been looking forward to it to enable me to record whilst away from home ( as my bt you view box does). A previous comment was made suggesting that this is not a freesat app but more correctly a free time Box which most viewers don’t have.
    So remember when you see the number of downloads that a great number will be like me. Downloaded and then removed it. But this does not get shown.

    The idea is great. What has been produced is very poor indeed.

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  38. speedy Says:

    The basic underlying problem with this app, when it is paired to a Freetime box, is that the HDD spins up every 20 mins to check for any remote recording settings. On that basis I will never use it until that spin-up interval can be set by a user option.

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  39. speedy Says:

    My most serious concern with this app, when it is paired to a Freetime box, is that the HDD spins up every 20 mins to check for any remote recording settings. On that basis I will never use it until that spin-up interval can be set by a user option.

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  40. soul4real Says:

    Don’t tell anyone just between me and you, go too Showcase scroll to on-demand, select a show, it will automatically open on the TV and a feature not on Apple, the remote control will open up on your device, cool feature.

    Nexus 7 2013 firmware version 4.4.4 100% perfect.

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  41. Michael Says:

    soul4real said:
    Don’t tell anyone just between me and you, go too Showcase scroll to on-demand, select a show, it will automatically open on the TV and a feature not on Apple, the remote control will open up on your device, cool feature.
    Nexus 72013firmware version 4.4.4 100% perfect.

    Actually on iOS when you do that the swipe box appears on screen which also gives you access to the remote control.

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  42. speedy Says:

    The really unsatisfactory problem with this app, when it is paired to a Freetime box, is that the HDD spins up every 20 mins to check for any remote recording settings. On that basis I will never use it until that spin-up interval can be set by a user option.

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  43. Dave W Says:

    JawW said:
    Downloaded and discarded it. I had been looking forward to it to enable me to record whilst away from home ( as my bt you view box does). A previous comment was made suggesting that this is not a freesat app but more correctly a free time Box which most viewers don’t have.
    So remember when you see the number of downloads that a great number will be like me. Downloaded and then removed it. But this does not get shown.
    The idea is great. What has been produced is very poor indeed.

    The app description clearly states it’s a Freesat app that allows you to view listings, showcase and search. If you have a Freetime box you can also do remote record, use as a remote and launch on demand.

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  44. soul4real Says:

    Michael said: Actually on iOS when you do that the swipe box appears on screen which also gives you access to the remote control.

    Cheers Michael I will check that out

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  45. bodger Says:

    Downloaded the app then dumped it.It just doesn’t seem ready. I already have the ios version and it works great. Yes It certainly should be named freetime.

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  46. Neil Says:

    I saw this and was looking forward to downloading but took my phone in to a Vodafone shop on Friday as the camera needs attention (blurred photos). I’ll get the phone back later this coming week or early the week after so won’t get chance to download and check out the app until then – looking forward to seeing it though.

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  47. Dennis Says:

    Michael said: Surely that hasn’t been that much of a surprise considering Freesat is a UK service.

    No surprise at all. I was just offering information.

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  48. Neil Says:

    Looks like we’ve now got True Drama at 153 and TinyPop+1 at 609. This looks like a positive move since Sony recently took control of CSC Media.

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  49. Neil Says:

    Neil said:
    Looks like we’ve now got True Drama at 153 and TinyPop+1 at 609. This looks like a positive move since Sony recently took control of CSC Media.

    Spoke too soon – Flava and Bliss have now both been removed from the platform.

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  50. Dipper Says:

    Michael said:
    Just checking, are you both residing within the UK and your Play store account is registered to a UK location?
    According to Freesat these models should work and the only thing they can think that could be an issue is the location.

    I don’t know about Bob but I live in Guernsey and you’re correct Michael, Google doesn’t seem to think we’re in Britain, so that must be it. It was galling that I couldn’t even download BBC iplayer from the app store without installing a VPN first. The British government nicks the full licence fee off me so I should get a full service.

    On another note I see that ITV HD on 119 has disappeared from the EPG in the Channel Islands region. Anybody else lost it?

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  51. soul4real Says:

    I would expect an update for the app by tomorrow, as there has been some channel changes today and don’t believe they can do this to the app in realtime, while your there please give us scheduled recordings.

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  52. BowWow1954 Says:

    I now have app working in Dublin on a Nexus 10. Use Hola to designate UK for Play Store. Download freeway app and then designate UK for it. I don’t have a free time box, but getting full listings.

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  53. Michael Says:

    Dipper said: Google doesn’t seem to think we’re in Britain, so that must be it. It was galling that I couldn’t even download BBC iplayer from the app store without installing a VPN first. The British government nicks the full licence fee off me so I should get a full service.

    Perhaps you should contact Google, BBC & Freeesat and ask why your not able to download these apps.
    If Google is saying your location isn’t part of Britain then maybe the problem lies with them.
    I just came across this so perhaps it may be of some interest to you.
    https://m.facebook.com/SureGsy/posts/597740510255572

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  54. miffo Says:

    App no longer works on my xperia z1…pah!

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  55. speedy Says:

    Problems with this forum??? It took 4 days for my post to appear and then there are three of them!

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  56. admin Says:

    speedy said:
    Problems with this forum??? It took 4 days for my post to appear and then there are three of them!

    Nope, it just picked up on your posts because you’ve changed your username, IP address and posted a similar message 3 times in 20 minutes. Had to manually approve them.

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  57. Nick Says:

    Paul Royal said:
    Dare we hope for a Windows Phone 8.1 app next?

    Would be a good next step Freesat! As it is the fastest growing mobile platform in the UK now…

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  58. speedy Says:

    admin said: you’ve changed your username, IP address

    I’m thinking of suing you under the Data Protection act for revealing that.

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  59. admin Says:

    speedy said: I’m thinking of suing you under the Data Protection act for revealing that.

    ??? For what, answering your publically posted question? Anyway, username removed if that helps appease you!

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  60. Michael Says:

    speedy said: I’m thinking of suing you under the Data Protection act for revealing that.

    Wow, this is a joke right??

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  61. speedy Says:

    Michael said: Wow, this is a joke right??

    Err, Hmm… YES. Admin sure does love those exclamation marks though.

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  62. Daviduk Says:

    Poor app, not thought out. Not worth the effort. Look at the Virgin app and see the difference.

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