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.
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