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Aug 25 2016

Freesat will sponsor ITV’s new skill-based gameshow Go For It. The programme premieres this Saturday, the 27th of August on ITV (Freesat Channel 103), and runs for seven weeks. Presented by Stephen Mulhern, Go For It aims to uncover the most unique skills of the nation and gives challengers the ultimate test, with the chance of winning £1,000.

Freesat developed the concept for the branded bumpers with newly appointed advertising agency Mr. President and production company, TellyJuice, created the idents. The sponsorship marks the beginning of Freesat’s national advertising campaign.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Jennifer Elworthy, Director of Marketing & Communications at Freesat, said:

We are thrilled to sponsor ITV’s Go For It. Freesat is committed to supporting subscription free TV and this is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of our brand and remind people of how unbelievably good subscription free TV can be.

32 Responses to “Freesat sponsors ITV’s Go For It”

  1. Colin James Says:

    Looking at the trailer I am surprised Freesat are going to sponsor this rubbish

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  2. lawrence pearce Says:

    Good news, because awareness still isn’t good, with many assuming that Freesat is the same as “Freesat fron Sky” . I’m surprised that even today Amazon is advertising what is effectively a £39 free-to-air terrestrial plus satellite machine with both Freeview and Freesat logos prominently displayed. Freesat may not be perfect, but it’s vastly better then any free-to-air receiver or ex subscription Sky box.

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  3. James Says:

    Hi At present I’m With – Sky for my TV subscriber package ! and want to break free ! to free Sat!! also I use Virgin for my broadband which is just great!
    ? so I would now like to go to FreeSat TV via my dish Tell us what we must now do ! to be with you ! freest / free TV view ! what do we need to now enjoy no hassle subscription-free TV
    J D

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  4. Paul Ryan Says:

    James said:
    Hi At presentI’m With – Skyfor my TVsubscriber package ! and want to break free ! to free Sat!!also I use Virgin for my broadband which is just great!
    ? so Iwould now like to go to FreeSat TVvia my dishTell us what we must now do !to be with you ! freest / free TV view ! what do we need to now enjoy no hassle subscription-free TV
    J D

    Cancel your Sky Subscription and replace your Sky HD Box with a Freesat HD Box, at least that’s what i did.

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  5. Sarah Says:

    Not very much happening on Freesat since May with pay tv sport coming…but not yet and ch5 hd, oh and The Bike channel!!! Now sponsor game show….poor year really for Freesat so far.

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  6. Neil Says:

    I’ll be interested to see these new ads, hopefully they are more clearer and illustrative of the product offering than previous commissioned ones.

    Sarah said:
    Not very much happening on Freesat since May with pay tv sport coming…but not yet and ch5 hd, oh and The Bike channel!!! Now sponsor game show….poor year really for Freesat so far.

    How many compelling pay channels launched in the same period?? (don’t say Sky Sports Mix as that’s a “pick and mix” of existing SS 1-4 channels).

    TV has reached a saturation point in the UK, there’s only so many “new” channels the market can absorb; as for Freesat and channel additions the summer is always the quietist period as generally TV viewing is at a minimum during this period – especially with warmer weather and long nights.

    If I were a betting man I’d put my money on UKTV adding Dave (and possibly Home) this coming November/December. I was concerned of the Brexit effects and how this may affect the advertising market if there’s a big slowdown, as all the Economists predicted, but this seems to be much less of an issue than first predicted.

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  7. Jonny Says:

    Had Freesat for about 6 years and now gone back to Sky a lot more choice at a price but makes Freesat looks 3rd rate. Sponsor a tv game show is as good as it gets!! But as Sarah said no real improvement over the year.

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  8. Ian Vallender Says:

    James said:
    Hi At presentI’m With – Skyfor my TVsubscriber package ! and want to break free ! to free Sat!!also I use Virgin for my broadband which is just great!
    ? so Iwould now like to go to FreeSat TVvia my dishTell us what we must now do !to be with you ! freest / free TV view ! what do we need to now enjoy no hassle subscription-free TV
    J D

    simple answer Go and buy a Box when you Get your freesat box home disconnect the lnbs, power and any Video cable eg HDMI or Scart from the back of the Sky box then plug them in to the into the back of your new freesat box if the box comes with a power supply plug it in to a socket and the back of your new box also if you want to use services such as BBC Iplayer, ITV Hub, All4& My5 you’ll need to connect your box to your Router either Via an Ethernet cable or wirelessly OH and donot forget to cancel your sky contract! also Whats your Freeview reception like cause there are a few channels if you have the full service you don’t get with freesat eg Dave, Home and Quest.

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  9. Conor Says:

    With BBC going 4k uhd freesat need to get 4k uhd box on to the market before the middle of next year

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  10. Salty Dawg Says:

    Those moaning about Freesat simply just don’t get it. It’s FREE, it doesn’t cost us anything except for a licence fee unless you live outside the country. Most are more than happy with the choice, and there’s plenty of it. Freesat was never supposed to be an alternative to sky, it was for people who couldn’t get a decent freeview signal. Over the years freesat has gone from strength to strength. Give me freesat any day over the exhstortianate prices sky charge.

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  11. Dan Says:

    Salty Dawg said:
    Those moaning about Freesat simply just don’t get it. It’s FREE, it doesn’t cost us anything except for a licence fee unless you live outside the country. Most are more than happy with the choice, and there’s plenty of it. Freesat was never supposed to be an alternative to sky, it was for people who couldn’t get a decent freeview signal. Over the years freesat has gone from strength to strength. Give me freesat any day over the exhstortianate prices sky charge.

    I totally agree with this. I really like freesat and I’m happy with it. Could do with few more of the Freeview channels but that’s my only issue and I’d never ask for a pay channel to join cos I understand that’s how they make money.
    And what I’ve heard a channel or 2 joining Christmas….:-)

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  12. Wouter Says:

    My issue is not to get more channels on Freesat, but I would like to see all the Free to Air channels to be shown in HD, so ITV2-4, all Ch4 offspings, etc.

    I understand these HD versions are under contract at Sky, but this is my only issue, for those Free channels to be shown in HD, now that everyone has an HD tv.

    Given the slow development on the above, I don’t see anything happening on the UHD side… At least not on Free to air.

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  13. Jonny Says:

    The best this month is Freesat sponsoring a game show rather than more free content channels or HD channels and 1 bike channel last month!! Free but freeview would be ahead on channels.

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  14. Dan Says:

    Hi admin or anyone with advice thanks in advance.
    Abit of Help or advice I’ve been with freesat years now. And last Christmas I upgraded to new Humax free time HDR 1100s White model but this last week it keep going in to standby and then coming back on after few mins can you help or do I have to take box back to shop and will they replace ?? I’m not sure what to do. I checked software and it says 3.00.44 is this right big thank you for any help.

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  15. Paul. Says:

    Wouter said:
    Given the slow development on the above, I don’t see anything happening on the UHD side… At least not on Free to air.

    There was talk earlier this year that the BBC 4K channel would be running for the start of Wimbledon next year. Even if it’s only delivered over broadband there will still need to be a new Freesat box to support it.

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  16. Paul. Says:

    Sony Bravia TVs to lose YouTube access:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37285718

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  17. David Says:

    In the last twelve months freesat has added ch5HD, UK tv channels and the bike channel and sponsors an inane game show on ITV. Meanwhile in the same period of time freeview has added a similar amount of channels.
    In the last twelve months sky has launched sky q, a twelve tuner uhd box capable of recording four channels and the ability to pick up where you left of in another room or on a mobile device. Sky q is of course very expensive ,but in terms of functionality it leaves freetime looking like a device from the dark ages. 4k on freesat, with no hardware except very expensive freesat enabled TVs, and no sign of a 4k STB, which isn’t surprising as i doubt even humax would be interested in launching such a product in the foreseeable future . Well it isn’t going to happen. If the BBC launch a 4k channel or just content it’s likely, in the interests of cost and platform neutrality to be delivered via the i player, like BBC 3, and not a traditional broadcast ch. BT has 4k, virgin will launch 4K later this yr. Netflix has 4k, Amazon has 4k, uhd blue rays are now available. The future is 4K. But free tv seems locked in to providing content that isn’t even full sd , compressed , blocky, bloody awful to watch on a large screen tv. HD and 4K seems likely, with the exception of a handful of channels , to remain in the domain of pay tv. No matter how much I hate sky’s monopoly on content ,I personally, find nothing to tempt me back to freesat or freeview. Itv and channel 5 scheduling is dominated by low rent reality TV and endless game shows. Even ch 4s drama content is on the wane as they tighten there belt. Tv is only as good as the content it provides. Only the BBC , in my opinion, shows anything of worth. Without Netflix and sky I doubt I would watch TV at all. Just my opinion. Until freesat and freeview can provide more original and absorbing programming it will remain the home for the worst tv content in the UK.

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  18. Dan Says:

    It must be freesat s next sales figures soon ?
    Hopefully there in talks with few company’s cos Christmas is only round the corner again. See if they can top last year ….

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  19. David Says:

    According to @516 digital the sale of first generation Freesat receivers ends this month. Apparently this is because of the BBC’s withdrawal of support for the old iPlayer. So I’m guessing this means humax have a monopoly on Freesat boxes ,as four yrs after freetime launched the promised devices from other manufacturers has yet to materialise . So humax or very expensive Freesat enabled TVs from Samsung Panasonic or LG. So basically budget freesat for new users no longer exists.

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  22. Dan Says:

    EURONEWS. Has left freesat.

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  23. Dan Says:

    CHILLED tv has left freesat.

    CLUBLAND tv has left freesat.

    Is this gonna go on I’m hoping freesat have got another good Christmas coming.

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  24. John Naylor Says:

    I emailed Humax to ask them if they had any plans on releasing any new Freesat equipment as my Foxsat HDR is beginning to show its age, their answer was ‘No’!

    Does anyone know of a decent alternative to the Foxsat HDR?

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  25. lawrence pearce Says:

    Since the Foxsat was discontinued, Humax has released two newer Freesat recorders, the HDR-1000S and the current HDR-1000S. What more do you want?

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  26. Jack Says:

    http://www.a516digital.com/2016
    Sky moves forward. Freeview confirms support for 4k and hdr via broadband for all future freeview play products. Freesat continues its decline into irrelevance for all but those who can’t receive terrestrial TV. Sad but true.

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  27. Dan Says:

    Jack said:
    http://www.a516digital.com/2016
    Sky moves forward. Freeview confirms support for 4k and hdr via broadband for all future freeview play products. Freesat continues its decline into irrelevance for all but those who can’t receive terrestrial TV. Sad but true.

    I hope freesat doesn’t decline. I’ll give it till Christmas see if they pull something big out again cos cannot imagine there going to go backwards after getting uktv channels on board.

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  28. Dan Says:

    Also why is it only Humax are building the new box thought few other companies where but never happened ?

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  29. Paul. Says:

    Dan said:
    Also why is it only Humax are building the new box thought few other companies where but never happened ?

    The other companies might have looked at the development costs versus the number of boxes they’ll sell and decided it’s not worth it.

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  30. admin Says:

    Dan said:
    Also why is it only Humax are building the new box thought few other companies where but never happened ?

    Manhattan were still manufacturing a product last time I checked a few months ago; they were pretty far along with production so doubt they’ve decided to not proceed. Trouble is Freesat and Humax are very much one, with any other manufacturers very much having to battle for their own space in this decreasing market (satellite industry).

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  31. John Naylor Says:

    lawrence pearce said:
    Since the Foxsat was discontinued, Humax has released two newer Freesat recorders, the HDR-1000S and the current HDR-1000S. What more do you want?

    Looks like you have repeated yourself there! Calm down!

    One that had the channel display on the front, like the Foxsat HDR. You appear to have forgotten the HDR-1010S, which has been discontinued.

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  32. lawrence pearce Says:

    @John Naylor
    Oops, yes I meant the current HDR1100S which doesn’t have a front panel channel display. The HDR1000S and HDR1010S are basically the same machine except the latter has Wi-Fi and a white finish.

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