Freesat teams up with Curzon Home Cinema to launch film On Demand service on Freetime

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 🙂

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

    It’s been available since the 28th May 😉

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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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