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May 28 2014

Freesat teams up with Curzon Home Cinema to launch film On Demand service on FreetimeFreesat, the satellite TV service, is delighted to announce the launch from today onwards of the Curzon Home Cinema video On Demand service on Freetime, its award-winning connected TV service. Curzon Home Cinema is Freesat’s first film On Demand and pay per view player.

The new player, created by Curzon Home Cinema, gives Freetime viewers the opportunity to watch the latest cinema releases on demand in the comfort of their own living room. However, unlike many other movie services, viewers only pay for the films they watch and are not charged an ongoing monthly subscription fee. Many films can be streamed for as little as £1.

Curzon Home Cinema offers the very best in independent cinema, including a hand-picked selection of award-winning, critically-acclaimed films – made available, where possible, on the same day as their cinema release. These include:

Venus in Fur – the latest film by Oscar winning filmmaker Roman Polanski, based on David Ives’ Tony Award-winning play premiering on Curzon Home Cinema the same day as its cinema release
Blue is the Warmest Colour – the acclaimed drama which scooped top prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival
Cannes Palme d’Or Winners Season – following this year’s Cannes Film Festival the Curzon team have exclusively curated a season featuring an array of past festival favourites, including Michael Haneke’s Oscar-winning Amour, Lars von Trier’s musical-melodrama Dancer in the Dark and British filmmaker Mike Leigh’s Secret and Lies

Emma Scott, Freesat’s Managing Director, commented:

We are excited to launch our first film On Demand player, which enables Freesat viewers to watch some of the best independent films available, often on the day they are released in the cinema.

Freesat already offers great choice with over 200 subscription free channels and the most popular On Demand players. And now Freesat’s Freetime viewers can enjoy a brilliant selection of films including both new releases and classics, yet they only pay for what they watch. The partnership demonstrates our commitment to our viewers to provide the best choice about how, what and when to watch great entertainment.

Phil Mordecai, Director of Curzon Home Cinema, said:

Freesat is a fantastic new partner for Curzon and we are proud to offer their Freetime viewers this unmatched cinema at home experience utilising the very best new on demand technologies. The launch of the exciting new Curzon Home Cinema online video service in combination with the launch of the Freesat App illustrates our unprecedented support for this growing sector. Our curated seasons and pioneering cinema content makes Curzon and Curzon Home Cinema a clear home for any film fan.

The Curzon Home Cinema Player will join Freesat’s existing TV players, including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5 and YouTube, plus BBC News and BBC Sport apps, and will be available on all Humax Freetime set top boxes from Wednesday 28th May and Panasonic Freetime smart TVs from next month.

65 Responses to “Freesat teams up with Curzon Home Cinema to launch film On Demand service on Freetime”

  1. danceswithhorses Says:

    Not sure i’m personally that interested in the films mentioned, but i’m all for extra viewer choice, with absolutely no recurring subscription fees.

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  2. Neil Says:

    Nice to see a streaming service finally launch on Freetime, will be interested to see what films they show as guess they won’t have anything like what Netflix and Lovefilm currently offer.

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  3. Michael Says:

    Neil said:
    Nice to see a streaming service finally launch on Freetime, will be interested to see what films they show as guess they won’t have anything like what Netflix and Lovefilm currently offer.

    It won’t be anything like Netflix or LoveFilm as it’s mainly independent cinema.
    This is what’s currently showing
    http://www.curzoncinemas.com/film_on_demand/browse/

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  4. stonedimmaculate62 Says:

    Tried it and not showing anything as yet, blank screen at the moment. When will it be available today, automatic update or standby mode.

    I have watched a good few independent films, and they are very good, if not better than some of your blockbusters when it come to the acting. So all now depends on the picture quality.

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  5. stonedimmaculate62 Says:

    Broadcasting OK now, had a good browse through. Very good, but would be much cheaper with a subscription like Netflix. Most films are old and would not part with £8.40 for 48 hour rental, or even £4.00 – £3.70 for members. Some start as low a £1.00.

    However! Would consider at £1.00 to £2.00 per good quality films or my local DVD shop 100 yards down my street for the latest Blu-Ray at £2.50.

    Just wonder how long they will stay on the platform, but gives more choice of viewing if people are interested in paying, so a good addition to Freesat.

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  6. Dave W Says:

    Never heard of it before but good to see a new service nonetheless! Unfortunately the registration link on the Freesat “How to use…” page is broken – http://www.freesat.co.uk/whats-on/curzon/how-to

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  7. Michael Says:

    Dave W said:
    Never heard of it before but good to see a new service nonetheless! Unfortunately the registration link on the Freesat “How to use…” page is broken – http://www.freesat.co.uk/whats-on/curzon/how-to

    Not sure if this is the same thing or not.
    http://www.curzoncinemas.com/login.aspx?returnURL=%2fmy_curzon%2fdefault.aspx

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  8. Andy watts Says:

    How about freesat concentrating their efforts on an android app more so than a service which hardly anyone will use??????

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  9. Neil Says:

    Andy watts said:
    How about freesat concentrating their efforts on an android app more so than a service which hardly anyone will use??????

    Everything as an addition is a good thing Andy. This addition will make no difference to the speed of getting out an Android version of the app.

    It would be really good if Freesat added more on-demand platforms now, Netflix and LoveFilm which would complement this new Curzon Home Cinema streaming platform. Once Freetime gets in to Panasonic and Vestel products and the boxes start shifting out of stores I’m guessing there’ll be much more of an interest in getting on-demand players/platforms on board.

    Anyone actually tried it by renting/streaming anything yet? What’s the PQ like?

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  10. AndyC Says:

    This is good news. Nothing there I particularly want to watch myself, but you never know. I’d rather have the option! Like others have said, I’m much more interested at this stage in what the picture quality is like. If it’s good then hopefully Freesat can get bigger players on board (like Netflix).

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  11. Michael Says:

    I’ve had a look and found that most of the films apart from the ones in the In Cinemas Now section are on Netflix so not much point spending out more if you’ve already got Netflix and have access to other regions.
    Other than that it’s not too bad if you don’t have Netflix and don’t mind paying for each thing you watch.

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  12. Andy Watts Says:

    Neil said: Everything as an addition is a good thing Andy. This addition will make no difference to the speed of getting out an Android version of the app.
    It would be really good if Freesat added more on-demand platforms now, Netflix and LoveFilm which would complement this new Curzon Home Cinema streaming platform. Once Freetime gets in to Panasonic and Vestel products and the boxes start shifting out of stores I’m guessing there’ll be much more of an interest in getting on-demand players/platforms on board.
    Anyone actually tried it by renting/streaming anything yet? What’s the PQ like?

    I would feel that if it’s not going to be popular it will be removed from the service. Therefore, it would be more beneficial if Freesat sought to seek the addition of Netflix and or Lovefilm moreso than a service hardly anyone would use. Netflix has the added benefit of subtitles whereas Lovefilm does not.

    The Android app has however been promised for a good while now, and was supposed to be released in January 2014 as advised by Emma Scott. The fact that Apple allready have the app is ridiculous. Youview have a very good app which is available on both Android & IOS. It seems they at least do not want to isolate their customer base.

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  13. Andrew Says:

    This is a great step forward for Freesat and I hope it paves the way for many more services like this. Curzon has only been available to TalkTalk YouView TV customers until now this is also a big step for Curzon too.

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  14. George Says:

    I would be happy to have humax just sort out the problem of not being able to pause or rewind live television which myself and thousands of others are having to put up with . Sort out the basics first humax !!!

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  15. SA Says:

    you seem to be out growing your boots freesat, not everyone can afford a freetime box or extra cost to have a broadband upgrade.
    aim a bit lower freesat and dont forget us minions who have been with you from the begining and still using a foxsat hd. we seem to be getting left out.
    channel wise your doing ok but i cant afford £100 on a new box so i can get extra on demand viewing options.
    im frustrated with the bombardment of new boxes and new tv’s everytime some new changes come along to make our lives better and our pockets lighter.
    SA…

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  16. Michael Says:

    SA said:
    you seem to be out growing your boots freesat, not everyone can afford a freetime box or extra cost to have a broadband upgrade.
    aim a bit lower freesat and dont forget us minions who have been with you from the begining and still using a foxsat hd. we seem to be getting left out.
    channel wise your doing ok but i cant afford £100 on a new box so i can get extra on demand viewing options.
    im frustrated with the bombardment of new boxes and new tv’s everytime some new changes come along to make our lives better and our pockets lighter.
    SA…

    The Foxsat is 5 years old which was built for what we had at the time. Fact is it’s just not powerful enough to handle all the new on demand services 5 years on. On demand services these days are moving towards HTML5 which the Foxsat would need a hardware upgrade to support.

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  17. NetworkFour Says:

    I’m afraid it doesn’t work on mine. Just get a black screen with a white line a third of the way down. The only way to get rid of it is to power off.
    A pity as it would be something I would be interested in.

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  18. Daran Brown Says:

    cmon guys, give Freesat a break, everytime something new is added, all we get is winge, winge, winge, yes I know that its not available on the older boxes, but hey we should all be use to this by now, or are you still running XP and moaning about that? Technology changes,5 – 7 years is a normal design lifespan, if you don’t want the new features then don’t buy the new box. You cant expect any manufacturer to make everything backwards compatible it just isn’t possible. It’s a good step forward, lets applaud them for adding functions. Not that I can use it as my broadband is too slow, but its still good for the platform.

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  19. RichardC Says:

    ” Many films can be streamed for as little as £1.”

    The cheapest I see is £1.79 members price. None at £1

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  20. Night Watchman Says:

    George said:
    I would be happy to have humax just sort out the problem of not being able to pause or rewind live television which myself and thousands of others are having to put up with . Sort out the basics first humax !!!

    I know this is not the right forum but I have a HB-1000S and have no trouble with this feature – is the problem widespread?

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  21. Michael Says:

    Night Watchman said: I know this is not the right forum but I have a HB-1000S and have no trouble with this feature – is the problem widespread?

    It only happens if the buffer file becomes corrupt.
    The only way to ressolve at this time is to format the HDD, whether they can produce a function that can deal with that corrupt file is anyone’s guess.
    It’s hard to say if it a widespread issue as it seems there’s various issues some have that others don’t.

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  22. stonedimmaculate62 Says:

    @ 17 NetworkFour

    I had the same problem, just put the box in standby for 30 sec and rebooted. Then back into On-Demand > Enter Curzon and waited few seconds. It then appeared, and it’s fine now.

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  23. NetworkFour Says:

    stonedimmaculate62 said:
    @ 17 NetworkFour
    I had the same problem, just put the box in standby for 30 sec and rebooted. Then back into On-Demand > Enter Curzon and waited few seconds. It then appeared, and it’s fine now.

    Thanks for the reply. It still has the same problem, even done a factory reset. The Curzon logo doesn’t even appear in the Curzon Home Cinema box, just a black screen and white line.
    It’s funny really, as it would appear I’m the only one who would watch some of the (cheaper) films.

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  24. j house Says:

    Personally i think this Curzon is utter trash.I would have much perfered to have the long awaited Netflix.

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  25. bazm Says:

    j house said:
    Personally i think this Curzon is utter trash.I would have much perfered to have the long awaited Netflix.

    OK, enlighten me. Why is Curzon utter trash? Is it because you don’t recognise the films they list?
    Or something else ¿ just curious.

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  26. stonedimmaculate62 Says:

    NetworkFour said: The Curzon logo doesn’t even appear in the Curzon Home Cinema box

    The Curzon logo still doesn’t appear in the Curzon Home Cinema box on my demand screen, yet it’s working fine. I don’t know what else I can suggest I’m afraid. Perhaps some other forum member hopefully reading these messages can suggest something. Or perhaps leave your box on standby overnight and see what happens, just a thought.

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  27. Dave W Says:

    j house said:
    Personally i think this Curzon is utter trash.I would have much perfered to have the long awaited Netflix.

    Each to their own, but in the brief minute or so I spent browsing I spotted a few I’d like to watch eg Blue is the warmest colour, Venus in furs and that Nymphomaniac one. I like the Cannes list too. Good opportunity to see films that aren’t mass market.

    What I don’t like are the continuous trailers whilst I’m browsing..

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  28. NetworkFour Says:

    stonedimmaculate62 said: The Curzon logo still doesn’t appear in the Curzon Home Cinema box on my demand screen, yet it’s working fine. I don’t know what else I can suggest I’m afraid. Perhaps some other forum member hopefully reading these messages can suggest something. Or perhaps leave your box on standby overnight and see what happens, just a thought.

    Thanks for you help, for some reason the logo appeared about 2 hrs ago, but still had the black screen/white line when I went into it, but it’s now working OK. Not sure what I did!!
    Thanks again for your help, much appreciated.

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  29. stonedimmaculate62 Says:

    Dave W said: Each to their own, but in the brief minute or so I spent browsing I spotted a few I’d like to watch eg Blue is the warmest colour, Venus in furs and that Nymphomaniac one. I like the Cannes list too. Good opportunity to see films that aren’t mass market.
    What I don’t like are the continuous trailers whilst I’m browsing..

    I think there is a skip option box to click bottom right hand of the screen.

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  30. Ian Vallender Says:

    I’d love to see Flixster on freesat so not only can you watch ppv movies but also watch ultraviolet movies via your freesat box!

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  31. Keith Cobby Says:

    I am not sure what any of this has to do with Freesat which is FREE television from satellite.

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  32. admin Says:

    Keith Cobby said:
    I am not sure what any of this has to do with Freesat which is FREE television from satellite.

    Many feel the same, but this is a PAY-TV service via Internet, as an add-on. Whether we like it not, the future of television broadcasting is via the Internet, so existing satellite/terrestrial platforms have to adapt their range to include these facilities to avoid being left behind.

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  33. richardc Says:

    Keith Cobby said:
    I am not sure what any of this has to do with Freesat which is FREE television from satellite.

    its part of freetime which is more than just free tv via satellite.

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  34. Keith Cobby Says:

    I realise this is a pay television service through the internet. Freetime has nothing to do with Freesat (nor does Freeview!). I am not interested in paying for television directly. The fact that ‘boxes’ do a variety of things has nothing to do with this site apart from how it affects Freesat.

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  35. admin Says:

    Keith Cobby said:
    I realise this is a pay television service through the internet. Freetime has nothing to do with Freesat (nor does Freeview!). I am not interested in paying for television directly. The fact that ‘boxes’ do a variety of things has nothing to do with this site apart from how it affects Freesat.

    So it is relevant then! This site is to announce news and discussion on the Freesat platform; not just on the ‘free’ aspect of what Freesat offers.

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  36. Dan Says:

    I thought when people used to ask about potential sports services (including myself), the response was always about the bbc trust setting this free service up, therefore adding pay services option may be tough. Now this clearly isn’t the case, why can’t we have sports services as an option, such as Eurosport player or the BTsport app, to name a couple.

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  37. Keith Cobby Says:

    Pay for channels, pay for on-demand. I thought I had left that behind.

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  38. danceswithhorses Says:

    Keith Cobby said:
    Pay for channels, pay for on-demand. I thought I had left that behind.

    …and is completely optional.
    If you don’t want them, don’t have them, and it costs nothing.
    Why is that a problem ?

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  39. Michael Says:

    Keith Cobby said:
    Pay for channels, pay for on-demand. I thought I had left that behind.

    Well there’s no pay for channels. As for Curzon, well it’s an optional choice for those that like independent cinema and would like the option of watching some independent Cinema releases in their own home at the same time it’s showing in the cinema.
    I suppose a better option for a free movie service would of been Crackle, but who knows what the future holds.

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  40. admin Says:

    Michael said:
    I suppose a better option for a free movie service would of been Crackle, but who knows what the future holds.

    I thought Crackle shut down in April?

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  41. Michael Says:

    admin said: I thought Crackle shut down in April?

    Ok, scrap that then :D

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  42. Dave W Says:

    Dan said:
    I thought when people used to ask about potential sports services (including myself), the response was always about the bbc trust setting this free service up, therefore adding pay services option may be tough. Now this clearly isn’t the case, why can’t we have sports services as an option, such as Eurosport player or the BTsport app, to name a couple.

    The difference is that the BBC Trust specifically exclude sports (and adult content) as on-demand services whereas movies are allowed.

    Source – http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/bbctrust/assets/files/pdf/consult/decisions/freesat/on_demand.pdf

    So no sports unless a subsequent ruling determines otherwise.

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  43. David Hiscox Says:

    Am I the only person having problem with channel 400. I like watching Phil Mack, sometimes I have full widescreen,sometimes black sides, this week black sides and black top and bottom.I was watching a 24 inch picture on a 32 inch W/S telly.Somebody pleasehelp me.

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  44. stonedimmaculate62 Says:

    Off the topic. Just recently purchased a Freetime Box. I wanted to catch-up on a programme NCIS via Demand 5. Now is there a problem with my box or is it just Demand 5. At the start and in between programmes the adverts go on for ever. I waited 10 min while adverts just kept repeating over & over again, I gave up in the end and exit Demand 5.

    If it’s not the box, then what load of b*****ks Channel 5

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  45. Michael Says:

    stonedimmaculate62 said:
    Off the topic. Just recently purchased a Freetime Box. I wanted to catch-up on a programme NCIS via Demand 5. Now is there a problem with my box or is it just Demand 5. At the start and in between programmes the adverts go on for ever. I waited 10 min while adverts just kept repeating over & over again, I gave up in the end and exit Demand 5.
    If it’s not the box, then what load of b*****ks Channel 5

    Who’s your ISP?

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  46. richardc Says:

    I had the same problem.My ISP is talktalk. Box is the humax £95 zapper.
    What box do you have stonedimmaculate62 .

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  47. Keith Says:

    stonedimmaculate62 said:
    Off the topic. Just recently purchased a Freetime Box. I wanted to catch-up on a programme NCIS via Demand 5. Now is there a problem with my box or is it just Demand 5. At the start and in between programmes the adverts go on for ever. I waited 10 min while adverts just kept repeating over & over again, I gave up in the end and exit Demand 5.
    If it’s not the box, then what load of b*****ks Channel 5

    I also found this problem on a freetime box that I bought and I thought at first it was the box. I took it back to the shop where I bought it, exchanged it without a problem and the new box did exactly the same. I phoned Humax customer services to see if there was something wrong with box or there was something I was missing. I was told the problem was the servers at Channel 5 themselves and they are aware of it. When/if it is fixed is anybody’s guess. If anyone knows more than this please post. Thanks

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  48. Michael Says:

    Keith said: I also found this problem on a freetime box that I bought and I thought at first it was the box. I took it back to the shop where I bought it, exchanged it without a problem and the new box did exactly the same. I phoned Humax customer services to see if there was something wrong with box or there was something I was missing. I was told the problem was the servers at Channel 5 themselves and they are aware of it. When/if it is fixed is anybody’s guess. If anyone knows more than this please post. Thanks

    Who’s your ISP Keith?

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  49. Keith Says:

    My ISP is Sky

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  50. Michael Says:

    Mmmm the most common so far seems to be Talk Talk, I’ve seen one mention of Plusnet and now Sky.
    Im not sure if there’s something about those ISP’s or even maybe router settings or just a coincidence, but I’m not getting this issue using BT infinity with HDR1000s.
    There’s got to be a reason why Demand 5 is working ok on some boxes and not others.
    There is a thread currently on Freesat Community but there’s only 2 people reporting the issue so perhaps if anyone else is having this issue they should add to the thread too.
    http://community.freesat.co.uk/t5/Help-and-advice/Demand5-playing-adverts-in-continuing-loop/td-p/15799/page/5

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  51. KenB Says:

    stonedimmaculate62 said:
    Off the topic. Just recently purchased a Freetime Box. I wanted to catch-up on a
    programme NCIS via Demand 5. Now is there a problem with my box or is it just
    Demand 5. At the start and in between programmes the adverts go on for ever.
    I waited 10 min while adverts just kept repeating over & over again, I gave up in
    the end and exit Demand 5.
    If it’s not the box, then what load of b*****ks Channel 5

    This issue has been raised here:-

    http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1962980

    And here:-

    http://community.freesat.co.uk/t5/Help-and-advice/Demand5-playing-adverts-in-continuing-loop/td-p/15799/page/5

    I contacted Humax who blamed Channel 5.
    I then communicated with Channel 5 via their Demand 5 web site and emailed
    Channel 5 and received no response from either.

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  52. stonedimmaculate62 Says:

    richardc said:
    I had the same problem.My ISP is talktalk. Box is the humax £95 zapper.
    What box do you have stonedimmaculate62 .

    The box is the Freetime HB-1000S. My ISP is talktalk as well.

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  53. Michael Says:

    stonedimmaculate62 said: The box is the Freetime HB-1000S. My ISP is talktalk as well.

    Is it possible you could try your box elsewhere ie different house/different ISP just to see if you have the same issue?

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  54. KenB Says:

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  55. RichardC Says:

    KenB said:
    The team over at
    http://community.freesat.co.uk/t5/Help-and-advice/Demand5-playing-adverts-in-continuing-loop/td-p/15799/page/5
    are now seeing the problem.

    It seems to be confined to the HB as all reports are from HB owners including myself. One of the bugs introduced by the last firmware update perhaps.

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  56. Michael Says:

    KenB said:
    The team over at
    http://community.freesat.co.uk/t5/Help-and-advice/Demand5-playing-adverts-in-continuing-loop/td-p/15799/page/5
    are now seeing the problem.

    This is good news that they’ve been able to replicate as at least it seems to of ruled out an ISP issue so now they can focus on why it’s affecting the HB1000s.

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  57. RichardC Says:

    Noticed last night that you tube is not playing on my HB1000. I can select the vids but they don’t load, just a black screen.

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  58. RichardC Says:

    RichardC said:
    Noticed last night that you tube is not playing on my HB1000. I can select the vids but they don’t load, just a black screen.

    You tube works in the afternoon but not in the evening, how odd.

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  59. mw Says:

    Brilliant – I’ve been waiting to get access to Curzon; just hope it won’t take too long to become reality; took Freesat a long time ti finally get 4oD and Channel 5 on the box.

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  60. mw Says:

    mw said:
    Brilliant – I’ve been waiting to get access to Curzon; just hope it won’t take too long to become reality; took Freesat a long time ti finally get 4oD and Channel 5 on the box.

    Just checked and it seems Curzon is already available – even better :-)

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  61. Michael Says:

    mw said: Just checked and it seems Curzon is already available – even better

    It’s been available since the 28th May ;)

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  62. Neil Says:

    I had a play with Curzon on my other half’s parents Freetime Humax PVR, it’s quite a neat layout with all the trailers ready to view for the films you want to watch. The PQ HD-wise looks good too for a streamed service.

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  63. Simon Bell Says:

    Having previously given up on Netflix & Amazon Prime Video (there was very little I wanted to see) this is a great addition to Freesat. They show films I am interested in seeing, though I did have picture problems yesterday

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  64. mw Says:

    Anyone having problems accessing Curzon from their Humax/freesat box?

    After setting up Curzon and being able to scan through a number trailers I haven’t been able to access it for over 3 weeks now; keep getting an error message saying: “An error has occurred. Sorry, we’ve experienced a problem trying to retrieve programme information – please try again later.”

    I contacted Curzon Home Cinema and am now in contact with Easel TV who host CHC but progress is virtually non-existent eve though I emailed them a network trace showing a number of HTTP errors.

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  65. mw Says:

    Problem solved – had to do a factory reset on my Humax box to clear cookies; now it’s working again; there should be an option provided by Freesat allowing you to clear cookies/cache on your box without having to reset your whole box!

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