Freesat viewers get a new version of ITV Hub

Freesat customers with the latest set-top-boxes can now enjoy a new and improved version of ITV Hub. The catch up and on demand service features a revamped design, which will make it easier to find the programmes you want to watch.

As well as a shiny new look ITV Hub now boasts a bigger range of TV shows available and improved video quality for a seamless viewing experience.

60 thoughts on “Freesat viewers get a new version of ITV Hub”

  1. Reassuring to see another development for the platform. But presumably the ITV hub will remain SD only and will still force users to view advertisements? I assume this new version is for freetime only boxes but will other machines still access the old hub, or will this disappear as has happened with BBC I-player?

  2. I wonder what 2018 will bring for us, this year has been one of the best for Freesat. I wonder what channels will make its way onto Freesat, I think UKTV Play will be our next addition I would love to see either Amazon TV or Now TV make its way as well.

  3. Hi
    Yes the quest +1s are coming very very soon. And another channel 🙂

    Hopefully something else next year. ..

  4. I’m hoping to see Eden making its way to Freesat, Eden has some good programs on it, Quest +1’s will be great look forward to seeing them being added.

  5. I don’t know whether it’s real or I’ve imagined it, but does anyone else think that the picture quality of many of the SD channels such as PBS, Pick, Quest, etc has improved recently? No changes to the kit at my end.

  6. lawrence:
    Reassuring to see another development for the platform. But presumably the ITV hub will remain SD only and will still force users to view advertisements? I assume this new version is for freetime only boxes but will other machines still access the old hub, or will this disappear as has happened with BBC I-player?

    Didn’t freesat kill the freetime brand name earlier this and now use Smart TV? Confused because the box section of this site still calls them freetime!

  7. Paul. The other one. said:
    I don’t know whether it’s real or I’ve imagined it, but does anyone else think that the picture quality of many of the SD channels such as PBS, Pick, Quest, etc has improved recently?No changes to the kit at my end.

    Yes I have noticed some of the SD Channels have improved, like Pick,Challenge and Quest. I would love to see Freesat get more HD Channels in the Future as well we will see what 2018 bring us.

  8. Kate: Didn’t freesat kill the freetime brand name earlier this and now use Smart TV? Confused because the box section of this site still calls them freetime!

    No, the Freetime brand continues with all the latest Humax receivers.

  9. admin said: No, the Freetime brand continues with all the latest Humax receivers.

    Actually I think Kate may be right. The word freetime scarcely appears in any publicity material either from Freesat or Humax (and when it does it’s now referred to as Freetime!). I think it’s a good decision, there was never much awareness of freetime and latterly it has become associated with Freeview TVs.

  10. admin: No, the Freetime brand continues with all the latest Humax receivers.

    On their website freesat only mention Smart TV no sign of freetime anymore.

  11. Kate: On their website freesat only mention Smart TV no sign of freetime anymore.

    There is certainly less reference to “Freetime”, though the words are still included on the specific Humax product pages on their website. It is possible they are moving away from using the name, to avoid confusion, but all Humax branding still carries the “Freetime” name.

  12. I’m currently on sky q want to go back to freesat soon. I’ve got freesat box from before but it says low signal when I try it. Heard there’s a 4k freesat box coming soon but don’t know when.

  13. Scott:
    I’m currently on sky q want to go back to freesat soon. I’ve got freesat box from before but it says low signal when I try it. Heard there’s a 4k freesat box coming soon but don’t know when.

    No one knows when yet. The specs have only recently been provided to potential manufacturers.

    You probably had to have a new LNB fitted when Sky installed the Q box, yes? I don’t know the technicalities of the Q LNB to Q STB arrangement, but you may need to go back to the old style LNB to get the Freesat box working again.

  14. admin: There is certainly less reference to “Freetime”, though the words are still included on the specific Humax product pages on their website. It is possible they are moving away from using the name, to avoid confusion, but all Humax branding still carries the “Freetime” name.

    I have just found it in the tech specs on the freesat site “Tuner Type Freesat Freetime”, is that a correct term for tuner type?

    Humax probably persist in using the branding despite freesat changing to Smart TV, to save on reprinting all those boxes in the warehouse… 😉

  15. Paul. The other one.:
    You probably had to have a new LNB fitted when Sky installed the Q box, yes?I don’t know the technicalities of the Q LNB to Q STB arrangement, but you may need to go back to the old style LNB to get the Freesat box working again.

    If they have a SkyQ Wideband LNB installed, they’d need to change it to a Hybrid LNB instead, or as you say, back to a traditional LNB.

  16. admin: If they have a SkyQ Wideband LNB installed, they’d need to change it to a Hybrid LNB instead, or as you say, back to a traditional LNB.

    Thanks for the clarification.

    Looking at the wider ramifications, this incompatibility has implications for the “plug and play” line that Freesat takes when it comes to ditching Sky. I know it’s relatively early days in the Q life-cycle so relatively few Q subscribers might be looking to ditch Sky at this point, but until the new Freesat boxes are on the market at some undefined point next year, anyone with Sky Q who wants to switch to Freesat will need to pay for the LNB changed back to a hybrid. Unless they have a an old LNB in the cupboard, cling to a ladder and do it themselves, of course.

    Further, anyone with Sky Q who wants to switch without swapping the LNB must buy a new style Freesat box when they’re available (which will replicate a lot of the Q-style functions and will use the same type of wideband LNB as Q, I believe), rather than one of the current and no doubt cheaper, units.

  17. Paul. The other one.: Thanks for the clarification.

    Looking at the wider ramifications, this incompatibility has implications for the “plug and play” line that Freesat takes when it comes to ditching Sky.I know it’s relatively early days in the Q life-cycle so relatively few Q subscribers might be looking to ditch Sky at this point, but until the new Freesat boxes are on the market at some undefined point next year, anyone with Sky Q who wants to switch to Freesat will need to pay for the LNB changed back to a hybrid.Unless they have a an old LNB in the cupboard, cling to a ladder and do it themselves, of course.

    Further, anyone with Sky Q who wants to switch without swapping the LNB must buy a new style Freesat box when they’re available (which will replicate a lot of the Q-style functions and will use the same type of wideband LNB as Q, I believe), rather than one of the current and no doubt cheaper, units.

    I’m sure a local Satellite/Aerial installer will swap out the LNB for someone wanting to fit a FS STB for a sensible price. I’m not sure, like you say, there will be many Q defectors yet.

  18. Full Freesat EPG data is being transmitted for Quest+1 and Quest Red+1.

    As channel adds usually happen on a Tuesday we could be looking at tommorow, 28th, or next Tuesday 4th December.

  19. And, as if by magic, Freesat have added the Quest+1 and Quest Red+1 channels to the EPG today. Told you. 🙂

  20. Yes finally get Quest+1 and Quest Red +1 freesat is getting stronger with the channel lineup.

    And i still strongly believe that Eden and Good Food will be next.

  21. One year today i moved from Sky to Freesat and i am a proud customer of Freesat after getting all these new channels added my family and i made the right move, and I’m very excited to see what the future brings for Freesat, Quest +1 and Red +1 are great additions once again we see channels moving away from Pay TV onto Free-to-air.

  22. Jay:
    One year today i moved from Sky to Freesat and i am a proud customer of Freesat after getting all these new channels added my family and i made the right move, and I’m very excited to see what the future brings for Freesat, Quest +1 and Red +1 are great additions once again we see channels moving away from Pay TV onto Free-to-air.

    Ano jay this is great news what’s happened this year. I’ve been with freesat for approx 6 years so seen a lot of channels join.
    Hopefully they’ll be some HD channels next year.
    Also not sure why admin not mentioned the new channels ano there only the + 1s but still big for freesat

  23. And on another note dose anyone know why tv player have reduced there offerings after only few months on the service.
    It’s gone from 22 I think to 14. …

  24. Motorsport TV currently FTA:

    11307, H, 27500, 5/6, DVB-S.

    On this thread on 21st November Stigbeater trailed this channel, by name, appearing.

  25. Paul. The other one.:
    Motorsport TV currently FTA:

    11307, H, 27500, 5/6, DVB-S.

    On this thread on 21st November Stigbeater trailed this channel, by name,appearing.

    Further to my information drop on Thursday about Motorsport TV being FTA, some fresh info. At the time of posting this, full Freesat EPG data is currently being transmitted for all programmes from 07:00 Thursday 7th December.

    We might, therefore, see Motorsport TV added to the EPG next Thursday or it might be on Tuesday 12th, the traditional EPG-add day.

    I’ll update if the EPG data situation changes.

  26. I hadn’t noticed as I didn’t watch it, but Now 80’s on 513 was recently removed from the Freesat EPG.

  27. Does anyone think ITV will launch more HD Channels next year i would love to see ITV 2 HD and ITV 3 HD make their way to freesat.

    I think more HD Channels on Freesat would be great for customers.

  28. Paul. The other one.: Further to my information drop on Thursday about Motorsport TV being FTA, some fresh info.At the time of posting this, full Freesat EPG data is currently being transmitted for all programmes from 07:00 Thursday 7th December.

    We might, therefore, see Motorsport TV added to the EPG next Thursday or it might be on Tuesday 12th, the traditional EPG-add day.

    I’ll update if the EPG data situation changes.

    Freesat EPG data is now present for all days for Motorsport TV. The missing days (up to 7am Thurs) were backfilled today, 5th. I’m going for next Tuesday, 12th for the EPG add.

  29. Jay:
    Motorsports TV joins Freesat today channel 253.

    That’s another £5 William Hill have had off me. Should have stuck with Thursday rather than changing to next Tuesday.

    Playout’s broken. A barker has been playing out for a while (as at 13:30), with Spanish captions and what I take to be a US telephone number (though it’s not identified as such as it lacks the international code). Looks like the barker for the US Hispanic market to me.

  30. Paul. The other one.: That’s another £5 William Hill have had off me.Should have stuck with Thursday rather than changing to next Tuesday.

    I thought it was going to be Tuesday as well i just happened to scroll down on Thursday afternoon and i saw Motorsports added to the EPG.

    Playout’s broken.A barker has been playing out for a while (as at 13:30), with Spanish captions and what I take to be a US telephone number (though it’s not identified as such as it lacks the international code).Looks like the barker for the US Hispanic market to me.

  31. It’s interesting (to me, anyway) that Freesat have not announced the addition of Motorsport.TV to the EPG. Has it been added by mistake too early?

    We know that Sky require seven days testing before channels are added to either their own EPG, or Freesat’s EPG. Why Freesat’s too? It’s the same physical channels that are on Sky’s EPG, so they don’t want the new Freesat EPG data screwing up channels on their own EPG. In my view this testing period is cobblers, as errors in adding the Freesat EPG data to the live Sky channel in test mode could screw up the live channel anyway.

    Looking back at the timetable of events what might have happened is this:

    1. Motorsport went FTA on or just before 30th November.
    2. Freesat EPG data *from* Thursday 7th was spotted on Saturday 2nd.
    3. On Tuesday 5th the Freesat EPG was fully populated, backfilling the missing data.
    4. Thursday 7th, Motorsport was added to the Freesat EPG.

    Problem is, full testing to meet Sky’s requirements could not take place until the Freesat EPG was fully populated with data. As Motorsport.TV was leaving an encryption contract, so no longer “exclusive”, Sky would see no reason to cut any slack regarding testing.

    My theory? I’m glad you asked. I reckon the Testing In Progress flag was raised on Thursday 7th when the EPG data was part loaded, rather than on Tuesday 5th when the data load was complete. The testing period starting on the Tuesday would fit with Freesat’s usual EPG-add day of Tuesdays (though there have been a couple of exceptions over the years).

    I reckon the official announcement, if there’s going to be one, will be made on Tuesday.

  32. Shall we start a discussion what channels will join in 2018 🙂
    Don’t think it’ll beat this year like….

  33. Here are my predictions for 2018

    Eden
    Good Food
    Yesterday +1
    Sony Movies
    Sony Max
    ITV 2 HD
    ITV3 HD
    Film4 HD
    UKTV Play
    Amazon Video

  34. I heard Now TV will be added to Freesat next year, when i asked Now TV they said they are planning to launch Now TV sometime in 2018 or early 2019.

    I emailed Amazon and they said they have no plans yet to launch on Freesat.

    I think UKTV Play will be our next on demand.

    I strongly believe that Eden and Good Food are coming soon.

  35. Tiffany:
    I heard Now TV will be added to Freesat next year, when i asked Now TV they said they are planning to launch Now TV sometime in 2018 or early 2019.

    I emailed Amazon and they said they have no plans yet to launch on Freesat.

    I think UKTV Play will be our next on demand.

    I strongly believe that Eden and Good Food are coming soon.

    Hi Tiffany.
    I’ve not heard that now tv is coming but will be amazing news if it is.

    At the moment I’ve got a stick to watch amazon on but I’ll be very happy the day it’s all on one platform saving switching between devices and source buttons on remotes sometimes I’m not sure which remote I’m pressing lol.

  36. Now TV would be great to have on Freesat, I would love to see HD channels next year i think 2018 might be the year that we see more HD channels come to Freesat, HD is kinder getting old now with the new Ultra 4K growing.

    I think QVC HD will be one of them to Launch next year and I also think don’t bump me but maybe Sky News HD I heard that they are setting up a new newsroom and will soon be called Sky News UHD.
    which leads me to believe that the old Sky News HD will finally become free to air in the future.
    ITV may also launch some HD channels later next year with ITV 2 and 3 HD.

  37. Dose anyone know why admin have been so quiet with the new channels in December?? Ano they may be very busy ??

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