Freesat’s new <free time> television adverts

Freesat have released some new television adverts to highlight the new service, <free time>.

The new adverts, which focus on the ability to go backwards through the TV Guide and access missed programmes via on-demand, are due to be shown on national television from this weekend.

Freesat continue to take the approach of ‘amusing’ adverts to sell the product, but personally I’d prefer them to stick to clear facts and avoid the quirky approach. Still a vast improvement on previous ones though.

Desiree explains that, thanks to freesat+ with free time she has found the secret of turning back time and need never miss her favourite TV:

Meet Ray. He can’t tell you what he does… luckily he has our brand new freesat+ box with free time – it’s a cracking piece of kit:

Freesat should take this approach. Appreciate that Microsoft have a significant marketing budget, but it grabs attention with amazing graphics and a catchy tune:

85 thoughts on “Freesat’s new <free time> television adverts”

  1. Richard Crichton said: No it’s HD as well. There are the 4 HD channels BBC, ITV and CH4 plus streamingHD available is on some on demand programmes. BBC HD streaming is much better than Freesats BBC HD better quality option which is the equivalent of broadcast SD.

    But I guess the Sky package is SD?

  2. Looks like we all better get down to Comet and grab some deals before they all go!! Sad to see another electrical retailer go under but signs of the times I guess.

  3. It’s easy to copy programmes to a pc from a Humax box. Connect a usb ext.drive to the box and press opt+ on remote. Then go to file manager and copy from Humax box to drive, then connect same drive to pc and copy as usual. I also copy family films and music from my pc to my Humax box via a usb ext.drive. Just follow on-screen advice.

  4. Glyn said: But I guess the Sky package is SD?

    I’ll try and find out from the Talktalk forum.

  5. Ian said:
    It’s easy to copy programmes to a pc from a Humax box. Connect a usb ext.drive to the box and press opt+ on remote. Then go to file manager and copy from Humax box to drive, then connect same drive to pc and copy as usual. I also copy family films and music from my pc to my Humax box via a usb ext.drive. Just follow on-screen advice.

    So does this mean there’s no need to worry about filling the hard drive? If I start running out of space, I can just copy programmes onto a PC or NAS device and watch them from there?

  6. Richard Crichton said:

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    Glyn said: But I guess the Sky package is SD?

    Been informed that the Sky boosts are good quality but SD. TalkTalk stipulate 5mbps minimum for Sky boosts.

  7. They’re a bit better than the old Freesat advert (salesman in airlock) and a lot better than the Halfords Adverts on Dave, though I do realise that thats not saying much…….

  8. I saw the Desiree ad a few times on Channel 4 last night, seems they are pushing it quite hard in the run up to Christmas. I’ve still not seen the other ad yet.

  9. Just slightly off topic folks but there’s currently a Playboy HD test card going to air on 11390V, whilst thought initially this would be the paywalled channel EPG data now suggests it is for ‘Playboy TV Chat’ so likely we’ll see the first ‘slapper on the sofa’ channel in HD!

    Not saying it’s the best content by any stretch of the imagination but as the SD version is already on the platform then I guess could very soon be Freesat’s 6th HD channel.

  10. Neil said:
    Just slightly off topic folks but there’s currently a Playboy HD test card going to air on 11390V, whilst thought initially this would be the paywalled channel EPG data now suggests it is for ‘Playboy TV Chat’ so likely we’ll see the first ‘slapper on the sofa’ channel in HD!
    Not saying it’s the best content by any stretch of the imagination but as the SD version is already on the platform then I guess could very soon be Freesat’s 6th HD channel.

    That would be a bit of a dilemma for Freesat wouldn’t it. Would they really want to promote Freesat with 6 HD channels, four flagship channels, one news channel and one slapper channel hmmm.

  11. admin said: That would be a bit of a dilemma for Freesat wouldn’t it. Would they really want to promote Freesat with 6 HD channels, four flagship channels, one news channel and one slapper channel hmmm.

    That’s my very thinking, guess if it is the slapper channel that goes HD then it will be quietly added for HD users, still don’t know how they’d then justify the number they’ve got?

  12. VHS won against Beta because Sony would not allow porn on its format not that Playboy is porn so perhaps Freesat should make a virtue of it if it comes to that.
    SR 27500 FEC 2/3 BTW.

  13. I have left sky this week once and for all hope I don’t regret it ?
    I’m looking forward to a good year 2013 hopefully
    Some now channels ???????????

  14. Just took a look at the add non freesat channels the Africa channel s on there well worth a look pluse some other ones as well hop they will be available on the epg soon

  15. By the way admin couldn’t get on to the site today untill now I was redirected sating the the website might have moved just to let you know just in case you where unaware

  16. Martin said:
    By the way admin couldn’t get on to the site today untill now I was redirected sating the the website might have moved just to let you know just in case you where unaware

    Yes, sorry about that, the server completely failed (multiple hardware failures) including data drives so has taken me 20 hours to fix; fortunately covering up until Saturday evening when the backup took place (phew!). Should be running ok again now…fingers crossed! If any of you found any errors (please have a look around), let me know.

  17. Having problems getting the site back on my netbook Just getting a pageholder . Have flushed the thingy but still the same.

    Pity Freesat isn’t showing the Ricky Hatton comeback fight on the 24th for free on Primetime (PPV) like TallkTalk YouView is. Freesat need to get something going for them soon . What is happening regarding the rumoured Netflix deal anyone know.

  18. Richard Crichton said:
    Having problems getting the site back on my netbook Just getting a pageholder . Have flushed the thingy but still the same.

    Had the same on my iphone, just try hitting refresh a million times and make sure it is routing to joinfreesat.co.uk and not adding the extra bit on the end.

  19. admin said: Had the same on my iphone, just try hitting refresh a million times and make sure it is routing to joinfreesat.co.uk and not adding the extra bit on the end.

    Ok will try that, cheers admin.

  20. hi has nothing happened for a while last update was 26 oct 🙂
    also can the new freesat box put non freesat channels and freesat channels on same guide or even via say a colour button

    and i could not get on here yesterday aswell but all is good NOW ….

    and any NEWS if freesat is possibly getting netflix 🙂

    thanks

  21. ian said: BBC One HD Scotland & Wales testing:11022 H23000 2/38PSK DVB-S2

    That’s a pleasant surpise!

    Wonderful!

    Except they still show the “BBC One HD can’t show programs from your area” when the regional variations are on.

    Sighs…

    Again.

  22. Hi admin
    Any news on Netflix joining yet its been a couple of month since last heard anything about it . I checked on line and a few papers saying its coming soon
    Can you help

  23. Dave w said:
    Hi admin
    Any news on Netflix joining yet its been a couple of month since last heard anything about it . I checked on line and a few papers saying its coming soon
    Can you help

    Nothing I can say at this stage sorry. Suspect freesat are focusing all their attention on bringing 4OD and Demand 5 to market first, in line with their promise of launch this year.

  24. I know it is a few days late but just to let “Spain” know that he can get satellite broadband in Spain for about 30 euro per month and 6Mbts (not up to) and you get a UK IP adress. This is a reasonable price for Spain and if after the about 24th November 2F date and we do not get any more Freesat/Sky programs he will at least be able to get IPTV but that will only be SD as HD will require to much bandwith to make it price worthy.
    His old Sat dish will get the broadband signal but will require a new LNB for broadband fitting.

  25. 4OD and Demand are still scheduled for this year. Checked with freesat today and got the following statement:

    4OD and Demand5 are planned to launch on later this year. We’re working hard with both partners on this (as well as talking to other VOD services) and I’ll let you know as soon as we have an update.

  26. this sounds great admin thanks for update ..:-)

    just a quick question have just bought a manhatten recorder for bedroom its not come yet .but is it possible to record channels on the non freesat mode via the star button

    thanks for your help

  27. Hi Guys,

    I notice that the dish in the Desiree ad isnt waterproofed with neither almagamating tape or even the shroud pulled down, ironic really as this is a common found fault on cheapo contractor installs for both sky & freesat, At least they are being honest with what some unfortunate customers can expect !
    I wonder if the dish was held up with only two bolts ?

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

  28. Soldierboy 001 said:
    I know it is a few days late but just to let “Spain” know that he can get satellite broadband in Spain for about 30 euro per month and 6Mbts (not up to) and you get a UK IP adress. This is a reasonable price for Spain and if after the about 24th November 2F date and we do not get any more Freesat/Sky programs he will at least be able to get IPTV but that will only be SD as HD will require to much bandwith to make it price worthy.
    His old Sat dish will get the broadband signal but will require a new LNB for broadband fitting.

    Thanks for that Soldierboy 001 but where do I go to get this service?

  29. Spain said: Thanks for that Soldierboy 001 but where do I go to get this service?

    Just Google “Tooway” and you will find several companies that offer what you need.

  30. can someone please tell me who desiree is from the freestat advert, was she and actress? does anyone know her surname

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