Google to launch YouTube on freesat

Google have today announced the launch of their YouTube service on the freesat platform, in a first for British TV.

By the end of next month, customers of the freesat satellite television platform will be able to flick to the YouTube online video site on the main programming guide, instead of having to link up their television sets to the internet or watch YouTube on a computer.

The deal will help to boost YouTube, which last year launched 60 broadcast-style channels featuring programmes by some of the UK’s most respected production companies, including BBC Worldwide and Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One.

Emma Scott, managing director of Freesat, said:

We’re now delighted to add to our already fantastic customer offering with YouTube. They join Freesat at a time of rapid growth for our business and will offer our viewers an exclusive, first view of their latest version – previously unseen on free to air TV in the UK.

Today’s great news is a testament to our ongoing commitment to delivering genuine viewer choice.

Peter Sherman, Product Marketing Manager for YouTube said:

We’re happy to be working with Freesat so that Freesat users can now access YouTube from the platform. Our creator community is developing quality content that will delight and inspire viewers and we’re pleased to be able to bring it to people in new ways.

YouTube is the world’s most popular online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. Access to YouTube will soon be possible from the freesat platform – the first time the service will be available from a free to air provider in the UK. The version of YouTube that will be launched is built on HTML 5 and will be its very latest iteration offering a TV-optimised, visually stunning and fully interactive viewing experience.

You will require the latest generation <free time> receiver, and a broadband connection of at least 2mbps to access the YouTube service.

55 thoughts on “Google to launch YouTube on freesat”

  1. For those who want youtube etc. the cheapest (pi alternative and very effective option) is to get an android pc. A bit bigger than a usb stick and plugs into the hdmi. Comes with jellybean, wifi,micro sd slot. Some people at my workplace have bought these for £39 delivered. Specs The iMito MX2 Android 4.1 TV dongle stick aka Jelly Bean mini PC is one of the first dual core 1.6Ghz RK3066 thumb drives. The MX2 adds V3.3 Bluetooth and Flash 11.1 support

  2. Hi I have a Humax Freesat+ Freetime HD Digital TV recorder – HDR1000S. Can you confirm when the software update will be released for this. I have spoken to Humax and they advised that you release it to them – when will this be as want UTube! Thanks Yaz Dude.

  3. Yaz Dude said:
    Hi I have a Humax Freesat+ Freetime HD Digital TV recorder – HDR1000S. Can you confirm when the software update will be released for this. I have spoken to Humax and they advised that you release it to them – when will this be as want UTube! Thanks Yaz Dude.

    Think you might be a little confused, Humax develop the software with freesat, then freesat provide the final sign off before it is then submitted to DTG for release. Youtube (not UTube) is due later this month.

  4. Thanks. Have Humax developed the Youtube software with freesat for freesat to provided final sign off for DTG for release. At what stage are we at? If so when will it be release? If not can you provide any further information please?

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