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Feb 24 2009

Little has been known of the reason why Alba Group have not been distributing Freesat SD Digital Boxes to retailers for some time. Most retailers ran out of stock a couple of months ago when availability dried out.

It seems now that Grundig, Goodmans and Bush branded receivers are due a come back within days, with one big difference…price! It appears that due to the weak pound, plus possible increases in manufacturing costs, that the trade price has increased by approx. £15 per unit, so expect the new retail price to hover around £65, not leaving much of a margin between the SD and HD variants.

The rumours of a 2nd generation box are true, which should launch around April/May, but are not the reason for the lack of supply over the past few months, this is believed, although not confirmed to be down to lack of component availability, i.e. Alba Group had not anticipated the high uptake of their Freesat receivers and didn’t have enough parts ready!

With availability again of SD boxes, plus the announcement of new products from Panasonic and TechniSat, sale volumes of Freesat, which are currently at 250,000 should rocket…no wonder Freesat are considering a large advertising campaign this Spring.

10 Responses to “Freesat SD Digital Boxes set for return”

  1. Paul D Says:

    Have to agree with your final comments there. Freesat sales are going to hit the million mark in the next 12 months.

    I wonder why alba didnt anticipate demand? I did and i dont make boxes.

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  2. admin Says:

    Alba expected good uptake but the commercial production and sale of Freesat products is the responsibility of the manufacturers only, with no financial backing from Freesat, who choose not to get too involved, so it’s just a question of how far the manufacturers were willing to risk their own funding.

    It’s unlikely now that they have assessed the situation that this will happen again.

    For anyone wondering, HD box prices have not increased as supply never ran out, therefore the trade had purchased at the pre-increase prices. With will most likely result in higher prices when the next batches are required.

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  3. Geoff Miller Says:

    We have been advised by our trade suppliers that independent trade suppliers are not going to get the freesat SD receivers until March/April and the second generation SD boxes will not have the ethernet port included (will be kept only on th HD boxes)

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  4. admin Says:

    Not sure which trade supplier you use, but some of them have now received large quantities of stock. The 2nd gen box isn’t expected til April/May but we’ve had no indication of a loss of Ethernet port, that seems unlikely.

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  5. Geoff Miller Says:

    I use Solutions Group, SCC and Alltrade and all are not expecting stock until March April. Can you suggest another trade supplier which has stock as we need some rather urgently.

    I also was dubious after hearing about the ethernet port but I was assured this was the case on the SD boxes.

    Kind Regards

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  6. admin Says:

    Eurosat have stock.

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  7. Gary Says:

    Well, regarding Alba / Bush this may be an indication why supply has dried up:

    http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/news/news.phtml/19542/20566/argos-buys-alba-bush-brandnames.phtml

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  8. admin Says:

    That happened a long time ago now and isn’t linked to the supply problem.

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  9. Geoff Miller Says:

    Eurosat only have goodmans sd boxes and selling them for £57.50 + delivery charge

    It’s cheaper to buy the bush ones from argos!

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  10. A Fletcher Says:

    I have my freesat sd box plugged into my live box (which has broadband tv) but have not found any software to get the freesat box to communicate with my pc,
    is such software available,

    Fletch.

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