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Feb 28 2014

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, is celebrating winning Best Training Team for the fourth year running at the 2014 Innovative Electrical Retailing Awards, the Independent Electrical Retailer magazine’s annual awards (and formerly the Independent Business Awards).

Freesat were presented with the award for demonstrating a commitment to training its retail trade partners and helping them to remain competitive, achieve business success and deliver best results for the manufacturer. The Freesat training team is supported by SES Astra.

Paul Gilshan, Freesat Marketing and Communications Director said:

We’re so proud to be recognised for this achievement yet again and are delighted with how our training team punch above their weight. Our customers are at the heart of our retail strategy, and through the Freesat training team we aim for the best in-store experience possible. They’ve trained 10,000 colleagues across the UK last year alone, and have really brought to life our refreshed retail strategy with tools such as digital point of sale units in-store and a new-look uniform.

The success of the six-strong training team, assisted through our partnership with Astra, is testament to the importance we place on the independent retail sector which remains instrumental to our ongoing success. This is a really exciting time for Freesat and we hope that maximising our market-leading customer advocacy will help us to continue to go from strength to strength.

Freesat announced earlier this month that sales of their Freetime set-top boxes, which offer access to On Demand services and allow viewers to pause and rewind live TV plus roll-back the TV guide for the past seven days, are growing strongly, increasing 160% year-on-year. Freetime boxes now account for 40% of all Freesat set-top box sales. In addition, Freesat also launched its critically-acclaimed mobile app in January which has been downloaded over 130,000 times in the first two weeks alone. The app acts as a guide to what’s on TV as well as a remote control and lets viewers set recordings remotely. The app was recommended as a ‘Best New App’ on Apple’s App Store and was among the top 10 most downloaded iPad apps.

22 Responses to “Freesat scoops Best Training Team Award for fourth year”

  1. Derek Says:

    Well done freesat team keep up the good work

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  2. Neil Says:

    Excellent work, it’s this sort of thing that is key to the platform’s continued success.

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  3. RichardC Says:

    BBC3 to close except online.

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  4. RichardC Says:

    RichardC said:
    BBC3 to close except online.

    3 days and no posts is anyone alive out there?

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  5. martin Says:

    Nothing to report me thinks thats it for freesat nothing to look forward to anymore they cant get decent channels like uktv aboard this platform at all I am watching more of freeviwe than I am of freesat at the mo and before anyone gets on thire high horses dave got some new shows and yes I d rather watch repeats of new tricks than the old american shows for month s on end rant over

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  6. RichardC Says:

    UKTV is recycled old BBC. I certainly wouldn’t pay $ly to watch it on satellite if I were on Freeview Lite which lots of people are. Connected tv is the future not Freeview hence BBC Thee’s move to iPlayer only. Best contact UKTV and ask them if they will forego $lys money to be on Freesat. :D

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  7. RichardC Says:

    Channels on Freesat, but not on Freeview Lite.

    http://www.ukfree.tv/compare131.php?opt=

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  8. Neil Says:

    RichardC said:
    BBC3 to close except online.

    http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/to-the-bbc-trust-savebbc3

    182,000 signitures as of 22:00 this evening, even Tony Hall in a BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat interview raised an eyebrow when he saw the support.

    This is all a big marketing coup for the BBC and by making such a bold move it will throw the political gauntlet out to the newt incumbent party to say “keep freezing the LF and this is what happens”. I suspect it’s aims is to agree a fair licence fee re-settlement and BBC Three will indeed live on, alongside a BBC One +1 next year (after the General Election).

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  9. RichardC Says:

    BBC One+1 is a waste of licence fee money. iPlayer and PVR’s don’t exist then?
    What about the £100million the BBC wasted on that failed IT project. They don’t deserve a rise in the licence fee while debacles like that are going on.

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  10. RichardC Says:

    I realise it could be a 6 music style ploy to get petitions etc going ahead of next years general election but quite frankly I don’t give a frack about BBC Three as I’m not in the age demographic so won’t be signing the petition. Kids who watch it mostly have tablets and mobiles instead of tv’s so let them watch it on iPlayer. As I have said before connnected tv is the future and will be a boost for Freetime.

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  11. Michael Says:

    RichardC said:
    BBC One+1 is a waste of licence fee money. iPlayer and PVR’s don’t exist then?
    What about the £100million the BBC wasted on that failed IT project. They don’t deserve a rise in the licence fee while debacles like that are going on.

    You could argue that not everybody has the luxury of a PVR or Broadband for that matter so BBC1+1 is ideal for some viewers.

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  12. Michael Says:

    RichardC said: Kids who watch it mostly have tablets and mobiles instead of tv’s so let them watch it on iPlayer.

    It’s not only kids that like BBC3, some of us older grumpy gits like some of what’s shown.

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  13. Neil Says:

    RichardC said:
    I realise it could be a 6 music style ploy to get petitions etc going ahead of next years general election but quite frankly I don’t give a frack about BBC Three as I’m not in the age demographic so won’t be signing the petition. Kids who watch it mostly have tablets and mobiles instead of tv’s so let them watch it on iPlayer. As I have said before connnected tv is the future and will be a boost for Freetime.

    There’s a large void between viewers who like BBC Four and those who then concequently think BBC Three is full of tat. Likewise there’s BBC Three’s younger viewers who think BBC Four is full of arts and cultural programmes for the ‘fuddy duddies’, in essence there’s no real answer as to who’s right and wrong.

    Alienating the younger generation from BBC output is not what they should be promoting as this plays in to the hands of Murdoch and son – the youth of today and tomorrow need to see the licence fee is relevant to them as well as their parents in that respect.

    Fully agree on the waste of £100m on that failed IT Archiving project. Believe me, there’s other wasted money too that the Beeb have wasted, the difference with this though is they are aiming at saving £100m per year onwards. To prevent all this would cost a mere £3+ per household/yr, that’s all! hardly going to break the bank!

    Privately other PSB’s are quite worried too at the prospect of a BBC One +1 as, with this channel having such a high reach, it’s timeshift would command a sizable audience too which is going to take viewing share from other main channels. I think in the medium term, BBC One +1 will happen either way, rather right now than just launching it this year, as planned, they want to use it in place of BBC Three’s LCN’s on all platforms.

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  14. RichardC Says:

    The “not everyone has”argument never stopped the BBC doing something. True not everyone has broadband but not everyone had a digibox/tv when analog tv was switched off. Not everyone has a DAB radio but there are DAB only BBC stations like Radio 4 extra. When TV first stated there were a few hundred TV sets in the UK but they didn’t say we can’t start tv transmissions because not everyone has a tv. I subscribe to the “if we build it they will come argument”.
    If BBC Three is retained and BBC1+1 starts where is the bandwidth coming from and how is the BBC supposed to save £100million a year and keep up standards.
    I can see why the Beeb want BBC1+1 but is getting one over on Corry enough justification bearing in mind it would only start at 8pm with The One Show after regional news programs.

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  15. stigbeater Says:

    new bbc iplayer on freesat now so they just said on there facebook page.

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  16. Neil Says:

    Richard, they’ll squeeze BBC One +1 in on DTT by reducing SD bitrates, HD-wise they’ve got the option of plenty of available bandwidth. On DSAT too they have available bandwidth.

    Isn’t STV HD due to launch on the 1st April?

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  17. Michael Says:

    stigbeater said:
    new bbc iplayer on freesat now so they just said on there facebook page.

    It’s only a beta version at the moment that’s only available on the HDR1000/1010s

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  18. RichardC Says:

    Neil said:
    Richard, they’ll squeeze BBC One +1 in on DTT by reducing SD bitrates, HD-wise they’ve got the option of plenty of available bandwidth. On DSAT too they have available bandwidth.
    Isn’t STV HD due to launch on the 1st April?

    Isn’t April 1st April fools day. STV HD is apparently launching in April but I don’t know the date.

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  19. Dave W Says:

    RichardC said: Isn’t April 1st April fools day. STV HD is apparently launching in April but I don’t know the date.

    Last week I asked them about STV Player and they just said that Freesat is one of several different platforms they’re considering. No time soon then :(

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  20. RichardC Says:

    Dave W said: Last week I asked them about STV Player and they just said that Freesat is one of several different platforms they’re considering. No time soon then

    That’s a pity but I have it on TalkTalk-YouView if I need it.

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  21. Neil Says:

    RichardC said: Isn’t April 1st April fools day. STV HD is apparently launching in April but I don’t know the date.

    I believe it’s on the 1st – April Fools Day – maybe after midday ;)

    I’m sure I saw a press release or Tweet from them a few Months back – long overdue!

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  22. Michael Says:

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