Freetime supports Freesat’s strong Q4 2013 growth

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has announced strong Q4 results, adding 31,000 homes and bringing total households served to over 1.8 million. Freesat now reaches over 3.8 million viewers..

Freesat’s continuing growth demonstrates the clear attraction of premium TV on a subscription-free basis. With a Freesat box, viewers have access to over 200+ TV and radio channels, more than with any other free-to-air provider.

Sales of Freesat’s Freetime set-top boxes, which offer access to On Demand services and which allow viewers to pause and rewind live TV and roll-back the TV guide for the past seven days, are growing strongly, increasing 160% year-on-year. Freetime boxes now account for 40% of all Freesat set-top box sales.

During the quarter, Freesat launched its Freetime HD catch-up box with prices as low as £96. This has proved to be extremely popular with viewers, and accounted for one out of every three Freetime set-top box sales.

In addition, Freesat also launched its critically-acclaimed mobile app in January which has been downloaded over 130,000 times in the first two weeks alone. The app acts as a guide to what’s on TV as well as a remote control and lets viewers set recordings remotely. The app was recommended as a ‘Best New App’ on Apple’s App Store and was among the top 10 most downloaded iPad apps during the week of the launch and the second most popular Entertainment app for iPhone.

Emma Scott, Freesat’s Managing Director, commented:

Freesat’s strong results in Q4 demonstrate the continued appeal of high quality TV without expensive contracts. With a Freetime box viewers are able to access over 200 TV and radio channels for free as well as being able to roll back the TV guide to access programmes from the past seven days, ensuring that they don’t miss any of their favourite shows.

This quarter we are particularly proud of the success of the Freetime catch-up box which has been extremely popular with new users and allows even more viewers to benefit from Freesat’s market-leading Freetime technology. We’re pleased to say that our strong momentum has continued into the New Year with continued growth in household penetration and the successful launch of the Freesat mobile app.

63 thoughts on “Freetime supports Freesat’s strong Q4 2013 growth”

  1. Great news that Freesat are going to put the freetime software in televisions, though many of these brands already have their own service so wondering what benefit it is to them and surprised they will agree to it!

  2. They’re not going to put it there, rather they’re going to offer it in the hope that someone will pick it up. If I was a TV mfg’er like Samsung or LG my answer would be… maybe someday.

  3. Pollensa1946 said:
    You admit to exaggeration but equally expect us to place some faith in your views on the longevity of HDDs subjected to an additional 16k spin-ups per year.As to warranty claims see here…
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2547541/Bankrupt-father-two-spent-250-000-PC-World-legal-battle-1-499-laptop-makes-final-stand.html
    I’m left wondering exactly what association, either professional or monetary, you have with this app.
    Yours, chuckles.

    It’s not a warranty claim though is it?

    It’s an argument over whether or not he has the right to exit a Credit agreement with the bank and that’s obviously hinging on whether or not the product was faulty or mis-described or whether he simply failed to read the product description in the 1st place.

  4. You might want to take a look at this:

    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0CDAQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.parliament.uk%2Fbriefing-papers%2Fsn02239.pdf&ei=EtkBU4T8McPO0AWZ04HoBA&usg=AFQjCNG_wpTYiE0KKJS_64P81DqmWp_mzg&bvm=bv.61535280,d.d2k&cad=rja

    There have been successful cases. The reason most people don’t follow up is they don’t want to go to Court and most retailers know this.

    As for 6 years, it depends on the goods in question in any event. That’s the legal cut off point.

    As I said above, Consumer Credit is a separate issue to Sale of Goods albeit the two can get intertwined where goods are bought on Credit.

    The guy in the case you posted above, I believe actually got a refund from PC World, the problem was with the Credit and the bank.

  5. Al (Original) said: It’s not a warranty claim though is it?
    It’s an argument over whether or not he has the right to exit a Credit agreement with the bank and that’s obviously hinging on whether or not the product was faulty or mis-described or whether he simply failed to read the product description in the 1st place.

    I was making the point, not very well it appears, that once you get the bit between your teeth and take on these manufacturers, suppliers or banks then it can lead to a long and difficult road. They don’t usually roll over. Given that Freesat in their T’s n C’s for the app have disclaimed any responsibility, and Humax will equally claim you installed additional s/w to that supplied by them, then good luck on any claim relating to HDD failure outside of warranty.

  6. Michael said: It’s been confirmed elsewhere that if Freesat boxes cannot find the Home Transponder where it once was then they carry on searching until the new location is found. All part of the Freesat spec.

    Can you provide a link to “confirmed elsewhere”?

  7. pollensa1946 said: Pity his speciality in “operational trouble shooting, problem solving” did not equip him for telling Freesat that they were launching a product before it was ready for market.

    Since the advent of OTA/online downloads and updates that seems to be the norm these days. You see it all the time in the video games market, rush a product out into the open and fix any problems later with a few updates and many more patches.

  8. Admin: we had some changes yesterday. ITV HD London and North regions have moved from where they currently are to 11097V.

  9. can anyone help? I have a freetime box and youtube doesn’t work!! I have looked in to it but humax keeps saying go to factory settings!! thank you!!

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