Freesat Offer Movie Streaming Service

BoxOffice365 on FreesatFreesat are to launch a new on demand movie service called BoxOffice365, from Picturebox.

The service allows Freesat customers the opportunity to access movies plus other TV programmes via your Internet connection, for a monthly subscription fee of £4.99 per month, and will be available from around the start of December.

BoxOffice365 will initially be available on Humax Freesat receivers (FOXSAT-HD and FOXSAT-HDR) as a beta service and will be launched on more Freesat receivers over the coming months.

Movies available include box office hits such as Mission Impossible 3, King Kong and Bruno, plus some classics like Back To The Future and Weird Science.

To access the service you will need a minimum broadband connection speed of 2Mpbs connected from your router to the Humax receiver via the Ethernet connection, or wireless if you have that facility.

If you have a Humax Freesat receiver and wish to join the service, visit http://tv.bibc.com/freesat_beta/ where you can register for the trial, check out the movies available and subscribe using your credit or debit card.

BoxOffice365 is on Freesat channel 907 where you’ll be prompted to press the red button.

More information on the Freesat website

If any of you take up the service, we’d very much welcome your thoughts by posting a comment or emailing us direct.

124 thoughts on “Freesat Offer Movie Streaming Service”

  1. Maybe so, but release a service after beta testing, that doesn’t work on all devices, without reasoning/explaination why certain devices aren’t capable doesn’t seem to be a thorough test.

    Explainations such as ‘no resources’ is not acceptable !…..

    Back to Box Office 365…..

    “This is a trial on Humax boxes only. It will run for approximately three months and then further decisions will be made on where it future lies.”

    What if you took up the offer, and it’s ditched during your subscription – will a refund be awarded ?

    I’d would have thought that yjose wishing to take up the trial should at least get a month free.

  2. Freeviewer 101: What’s been released after beta testing? Only thing now out of beta is BBC iPlayer, and that was only done when nearly every device supported it (only one that doesn’t now is LG TVs, and they never will). ITV Player is still in beta last time I checked.

  3. @88 lee S
    Indeed there are but you wrote
    ” Although I should not promote free movie downloads via sharing and peer to peer sites,” sharing and peer to peer implies illegal downloading but may not be.
    I was referring to illegal downloads as stealing not paid for downloads.
    @84 Chrislayeruk
    Wrote”The illegal download versions must be dreadful, why ever bother?”
    Some are dreadful but many are dvd rips in divx format or Blu-ray rips in mp4/mkv format, with excellent quality (allegedly).These dvd’s are sent out to the Oscar judges long before they hit the retail market.

  4. Off topic…..

    @102 BBC iplayer was out of Beta testing, and not all devices were capable of receiving it. (They can now, eventually apart from the LGs).

    ITV player (altough still beta) is not available to many devices, (and may never be). Even Freesat, via its online chat agent says ITV player is available to all !

    LG owners were the lucky ones, being given a Humax box !

  5. Is that on all boxes or just humax, itv player is on 903 on a humax but not on any other box.
    I don’t agree there should be channels on some boxes and not on others. This is messy. Yes national/regional, no box by box!

  6. @106 Found channel 907 on my Box, but in was unticked, hence not accessible via EPG, or by pressing 907.

    One Ticked, I can see it in the EPG, and access it, but not available for my Panasonic.

    I agree with you…. Channels should be available for all, not just for some (unless you have Freesat SD Box instead of Freesat HD Box, or its down to regional/national), Hence Channels 903 & 907 shouldn’t be available to any (including Humax), once out of Beta, if these can not be accessed by all boxes.

  7. Freesat’s response:

    “The service is only currently available on Humax products. Our intention is to test the services on other products, including Panasonic in the coming few months so we can support the widest range of freesat players. I’m not sure on the precise technology on the Panasonic TV’s but we will do our best to make sure it works without you having to upgrade the TV.”

  8. freeviewer said: …… I’m not sure on the precise technology on the Panasonic TV’s but we will do our best to make sure it works without you having to upgrade the TV……”

    Isn’t this the reason why a product is given the permision of being ‘badged’ with the Freesat logo – that it conforms with Freesat’s spec.

    And what if the device doesn’t work ? It looks lise the consumer has to upgrade, within a short period of time !!!!

  9. Freesat is a company, (an ‘it,’ not a ‘they’) so your headline should say

    Freesat offers movie streaming service

    and NOT

    Freesat Offer Movie Streaming Service

    I’ve also removed the caps from the headline, since only Americans cap up headlines.

  10. Fluffy said:
    Freesat is a company, (an ‘it,’ not a ‘they’) so your headline should say

    Freesat offers movie streaming service

    and NOT

    Freesat Offer Movie Streaming Service

    I’ve also removed the caps from the headline, since only Americans cap up headlines.

    Thank ya’ll for the education Fluffy 😉

  11. Even though it’s a streaming service and not a broadcast service I still think it’s a step in the pay TV direction which is wrong.
    If Freesat are going to let these streaming services on their platform they should be free and funded by some sort of advertising.

    I like the idea of streaming services like iPlayer, ITV Player and so on but I won’t subscribe to anything, that’s why I dumped Sky.
    I just wish Humax would give us an upgrade to use a USB wifi dongle, got too many wires as it is. I will be using Xbox for iplayer, 4OD, demand 5 and I hope ITV player. Come on Humax sort it…

  12. Phil said: ……I just wish Humax would give us…. I hope ITV player. Come on Humax sort it…

    If you have a Humax, then you will have ITV Player !

  13. ????? said: If you have a Humax, then you will have ITV Player !

    What I’m saying is I’d rather use the Xbox to get streaming services via wifi rather than having a cable trailing to my router.

  14. Just had a look and the films are all old … I’d hoped it might have been a bit more “Sky Box Office” stuff … between cinema and general release … or even just new stuff. Back to the Future’s the only good thing on there and it’s on ITV2/3/4 every other week lol

    If they up the quality of their movies, might be tempted. Would prefer to see on demand £2.99/movie for new stuff than a subscription to old stuff.

  15. Looked good but some of the films are old ones and none on offer would make me want to take out a subscription.

  16. Oh dear, this cannot be a good move for Freesat and it’s customers.
    I moved from SKY due to the increasing expectation that they could wring out every last penny they could get their hands on from their loyal customers. Please Freesat don’t start off down that same avenue.

  17. So freesat is starting to sell us out wont be able to call it freesat anymore. If i wanted pay per view movies i would change to sky. Nothing stays free for long.

  18. ken said:
    So freesat is starting to sell us out wont be able to call it freesat anymore. If i wanted pay per view movies i would change to sky. Nothing stays free for long.

    BoxOffice365 was never free in the first place, so it isn’t a case of nothing stays free. Freesat will remain true to their word, everything you’d expect to be free, like 150+ channels and on demand services will remain free, it is only additional features that you wouldn’t have got anyway that are being offered for a charge. Remember this is just a trial, if Freesat get a lot of opposition, chances are they’ll not take it any further.

  19. the choice of films is poor
    either they have already been on several times
    or they look like one stars!
    my broadband has a limit so I would not want to spend it watching films
    rather watch utube etc
    conclusion – waste of time

  20. Have heard of this, but not interested if it is not free. We cannot receive ITV player we live in STV area. Freesat should be in competetion with Sky and give us film channels showing new and recent films for free.

  21. “Freesat” is still free, the clue is in the name. All satellite channels are free. If the box can also take advantage of internet streaming and some of them charge, you don’t have to use them, it just broadens the customer base.

  22. quality said:
    Choice is pretty poor. I can’t see it taking off. Any sign of HD?

    it looks like rubbish to me most of the films are quite old and already on tv why bother paying for it.some thing like netflix or love film is needed
    Kate said:
    The question now is…
    When will subscription UKTVplayer go live … and get promoted on the Freesat site?

    Gordon S Valentine said: comparisons.

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