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Jan 03 2011

ITV has had its on-demand player in beta testing for some time now, but opened up the testing to a wider ‘closed’ audience just before Christmas, to gain valuable feedback from varying satellite dish / broadband setups.

The ITV Player is presently working on Humax Freesat receivers with an enabled broadband connection. The code for accessing the beta test has been leaked should you want to give it a go:

· Go to Freesat Information Channel 999.

· Enter the following sequence of colour keys on your remote:

Green
Green
Blue
Green
Green

· On being presented with the ITV Player launch page, press the red button to start:

· On the home page, use the arrow keys to navigate the menu. Press either OK or the right arrow key to access the selected menu item.

· Use the arrow keys to navigate the required programme. Press either OK to view the content or the right arrow key to access more episodes where available. Use the yellow button for more programme information or the blue button for Help & Terms.

· Use the Back button to navigate back through the service or the Exit button to completely exit the service.

(thanks to JA for the info)

Please note this code is not official so may be changed, but if you maybe give it a go and report your testing and feedback in our comments section below, they may keep it going.

We don’t know at this stage when the official release will take place.

183 Responses to “ITV Player Beta Code Released”

  1. Keith Says:

    Have tried it. Seems to work fine on my Humax box. Picture quality dosen’t seem that good. I did wonder if CITV is going on as well as only the main 4 channels seem to be on at the moment.

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  2. Mike Says:

    Have tried it on a Panasonic G10. Code works and gets to ITV Player Press Red to start. Pressing Red gives the message LOADING but it gets no further.

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  3. Mark Says:

    have just tried it on my Humaxt HDr and works very well and thats trhu 5ghz digisenders from my front room to the back… picture quality is actually quite good on 40″ and 32″, hopefully it will be released on the dedicated channel very soon.

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  4. Paul Says:

    Tried it a few days ago.

    Interface was clear and easy and also somewhat speedier than iPlayer. That might be due to the very limited amount of programmes currently available. Picture quality was certainly below that of the iPlayer HQ setting on my Humax.

    Good to see it though, but needs improvement – give it time I guess.

    Happy New Year all.

    Regards

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  5. Grant Says:

    Tested this morning on foxsat hdr linked via mains adapters to 2.5Mb broadband.
    Picture quality varies but basics work. Advertisements are a nuisance before requested program starts.

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  6. Bill Says:

    Tried it on the TechniSat without success.

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  7. Andrew - Derby Says:

    Tried it on the Humax it works fine !!!! Picture quality like the BBC iplayer.

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  8. admin Says:

    As said, this is only available on Humax receivers at this stage.

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  9. Bill Says:

    @ admin, curious to see what happened. Didn’t expect much. Passed info on to my mate (Andrew – Derby) with a Humax, who is chuffed!!

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  10. Daniel Says:

    Just activated the ITV Player on Humax Freesat HD box, picture quality is not as good as i player, no options for higher speed connections… Basic access site is not as comprehensive either. BUT this is very early days, and I am sure further refinements will follow (this is probably the 1st test version of Beta. I assume in the future you will be able to access the service using the RED button and not need to press green green blue green green on channel 999 each time. On balance good news..

    Daniel, Walton on Thames

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  11. Paul Cooper Says:

    Given that it is a beta I think it is pretty good on my humax HD box yes quality it lower than HD and normal SD but hey it’s a beta give it a break!
    At least there is a dedicated channel 403 ready and waiting.
    Well done.

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  12. Mike Bannister Says:

    Works well on my Humax Foxsat HDR – well done guys thanks for code!

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  13. terrykl Says:

    Have accessed it several times over the past week.It will be a welcome addition to freesat.
    Yes it is fairly basic at the moment but it is in the early stages of testing.
    remember how long BBC iplayer was in Beta before they were happy to launch it?
    Across the forums ITV comes in for much negative criticism.So I would like to applaud ITV for going ahead with this programme when it would have been so easy to abandon it as part of their cost cutting exercise!!

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  14. Jeff Says:

    Just tried it and started watching Cheetah Kingdom. Works smoothly with excellent picture quality.

    So what happens to ITV Player on my BT Vision box where I have just selected the same programme but for which they want to charge me 99p to view?

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  15. Jamie Says:

    NOT WORKING FOR SCOTTISH POSTCODES but of course ITVHD still isn’t fully operating up here!

    Got it working with English Postcode and as reported already, the quality isn’t fantastic and ads are a real pain. I would guess that, since we’re forced to watch ads on the standard Internet versions of ITV and C4 players, this will be something we’ll need to get used to.

    Initial program choices started up quickly but freezing when trying to return to main menu. Search options are very poor making it slow to navigate to a program you know you want to watch. It’s OK to browse through if you’re not sure what you are looking for.

    Not a bad start. Hopefully it will get better with age!

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  16. Derek (original) Says:

    If the ITV player team are reviewing this blog for feedback, please note the following observations from accessing ITV Player via my Humax HDR :
    1) The loading of channel promos during the ad breaks is quite lengthy, all the more noticeable as the screen is blank during this ‘channel promo’ loading process.
    2) The channel promos refer to programmes that have already been broadcast. Would be more useful if they were for upcoming programmes
    3) At least twice, I have had a programme not start at the beginning, but part way through the first segment
    4) Several times, after the first ‘ad break’ the program reverts to the end of the first segment and runs the same channel promos again, and then gets locked in this loop.

    All teething problems I’m sure, so I hope this feedback is useful.

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  17. Jim P Says:

    @2 – same on the Panny G20.

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  18. Dave Henderson Says:

    Excellent addition and picture quality very good via my Foxsat .
    A super beta and thanks to ITV for progressing with this in the face of their huge cutbacks. Well done indeed.

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  19. Robert Says:

    hi all went onto panasonic uk clicked onto support tab,clicked product faqs,then entered itv player into got a question.this came up Will Panasonic be adding ITV-Player, and if so will it be via Vieracast or Freesat? next you click onto this message and this is what comes up.As far as we are aware, Panasonic is considering adding this feature at a future date. However, there are no concrete details regarding this at the present time.

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  20. rich Says:

    Why would Panasonic bother adding ITVplayer? they can’t even get BBC iPlayer working on a huge number of their products! (I am one of those people who have a panasonic Bluray recorder freesat box thingy that is looking like it’s never going to get iPlayer now…).

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  21. ian Says:

    Tried it, on my hummy, and it is pants to be frank, surely ITV have looked at better services like the iPlayer (BBC) and 4OD (Channel4) and saw how a decent service works, but as usual, ITV have it all-to-cock and as usefull a space shuttle with no heat sheild!
    Merry New Year boys, girls, admin and what ever else you are!! :-)

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  22. barrie Says:

    Picture quality not perfect (think CBS channel) but very welcome addition. Noticed that after break the last minute of previous action was re-run.

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  23. Brian_Damage Says:

    @19 Robert That’s very disappointing – but perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised.

    However, it IS a constant source of amazement to me that Panasonic can manage to produce high-spec LCDs and Plasmas, with excellent picture quality and fantastic “early adopter” features such as Freesat HD and Freeview HD – and then completely allienate their customer base by failing to provide support for the technology advances which (and let’s be honest about this) we all knew were coming before we even made our purchases: Panasonic dealers were discussing the forthcoming iPlayer support in 2008 and ITV Player was an inevitable addition, and was officially announced in August 2010.

    How can these things come as a surprise to them? Why aren’t they ever involved in the Beta program?

    It seems to me that for Panasonic to announce now that they are “considering adding this feature at a future date” demonstrates either an incredible contempt for their customers, or an incredible lack of competence.

    I also find it interesting that ITV Player works only the Humax – was there a specific update which enabled this? Or was the Humax iPlayer update written in such a way as to enable ALL streamed media, whilst other vendors adopted a more restricted approach?

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  24. Pete Says:

    one thing i fail to understand is that one spec for the freesat was the inclusion of ethernet ports to enable on demand services (such as iplayer) this they have now conviently dropped. BUt why is it not a simple system which is the same across all boxes. Freesat is controlled and the specs set by BBC/ITV why are they not all on the same page i find this ludicrous.
    I luckily have Humax boxes but for others out there it must be a real pain in the ass when a real perk of freesat is being left out because its too tricky (or whatever the problem is)

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  25. Don Murray Says:

    Yes very good apart from loss of sound towards the end of two programmes, the other problem was with adverts, they seem to be placed at wrong the point of the show. I am sure these are only teething problems and hopefully the service will continue with more improvements.

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  26. lee b Says:

    A hd version for those on fast connections would be nice

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  27. MYK Says:

    Yet another update for Humax devices….looks like if it’s not a Humax it’s not 100% FreeSat Compliant! ;)

    Luckily I use my PS3 for BBC iPlayer, ITV and 4OD (or PC).

    Sorry, just a moan from a Panasonic 2008 FreeSat owner :(
    Just wish Panasonic would do something about this or offer a replacement product (or TV) (like LG did).

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  28. Russ Says:

    @ MYK,

    In my opinion, having a replacement product like the set top box LG supplied defeats the whole object of buying a freesat IDTV in the first place. To a global company like Panasonic we PZ81 owners are probably regarded as insignificant.

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  29. andy w Says:

    Excellent. Worked first time on my Humax HDR box. Picture quality alot better than through our ps3. Nice interface.

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  30. Rozzo Says:

    It is once again inevitable that the Panasonic fiasco takes over the subject. Is it Freesat or Panasonic that decide to exclude them from the early development. If the early development is focussed on one manufacturer does it indeed make it an uphill struggle for others to catch up?
    If the work Panasonic have done enabling BBC i-player is incompatible with ITV-player, why? And does it follow that they will focus on re-designing the 2011, then the 2010, then 2009 tvs to handle ITV before they get round to the 2008 tvs. This is what I fear will inevitably happen with whatever limited and remotely located development staff they may have.
    As noted above a supplementary box would defeat the object of having an IDTV and need an additional sat cable to connect it to the dish and another hdmi; it would be nonsense.
    The only realistic option is to replace the hardware. The longer Panasonic put off accepting that that is the right thing to do, the less likelihood that they will have availability of any 2009 ar 2010 models that meet the equivalent spec and design quality. The G20 series have a very inferior casing design and G10/20 plasmas do not provide multi-picture PIP/PAP for example so only V20’s (or V10’s) would equate and in reality they are in the same price band as the PZ81s were then even though they also include FreeviewHD.

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  31. Alan Says:

    Works well on Humax

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  32. jezB Says:

    Considering that my Panasonic TV runs Linux and open source software (look deep inside the system info), I deduce that they just can’t be bothered with supporting their products once they have got your cash.

    It feels rather like buying a top of the range car, at full list price, only to discover that the manufacturer no longer bothers or cares after a few months.

    So I too have bought a Humax box, and am enjoying Iplayer and ITV player, and now think of my Panasonic Freesat TV as just an expensive “unsupported screen and speaker system”

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  33. neil Says:

    not working on sony tv with built in freesat (which I;m fairly sure is a Humax tuner built in)
    Get message “This service is not currently available. Please try again later (10001)”.
    Will keep trying and keep updated, although I think I;m the only one on this who has a Sony with built in tuner?!

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  34. schofi Says:

    Just activated the ITV Player on Humax Freesat HD box I live in a rural area so the broadband is pretty slow. However, I have been able to get BBC iplayer successfully and I can say that this ITV player also works well. Only used it today so far but will keep trying. Thanks for the info.

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  35. crc Says:

    I suggest a web poll concerning 2008 Panasonic issue.
    i.e.
    Do you think owners of Panasonic 2008 models which still cannot receive interactive services e.g. BBC iplayer should:
    o stop moaning and give us all some peace
    o buy a Humax box and use that
    o demand that Panasonic provide a box
    o demand that Panasonic provide equivalent replacement TV
    o form a group to iniate a class action against Panasonic

    Cyclic_redundancy_check

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  36. Brian Lincoln Says:

    How about all us Panasonic PZ81 owners complaining to Trading Standards about misleading advertisements, and being not fit for purpose??

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  37. rich pem Says:

    seems to work well. obviously not as instant as the iplayer due to the adverts but picture is just as good imo.cracking.thanks for sharing.

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  38. .123. Says:

    @36, tried that with LG and their LF7700 – got nowhere, so reverted to retailer…. refunded cost of TV in full

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  39. peterhb Says:

    Just tried he ITV player as per the posted instructions and it works well – Humax freesat HD box. I found it slower than the Iplayer and it took me longer to get a programme playing. The picture quality was not as good as the BBC and there was no option to select different quality modes. Still this is only in Beta so presumably we can expect iporvement for the final release.

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  40. Paul Says:

    @39

    Very similar to my own experience.

    But…..

    We must all remember that this is roundabout route to the Beta testing and we cannot expect everything to be Hunky Dory at this stage!. I am sure the ITV team are monitoring these comments and will take them on board. So –

    Faster GUI and connection [even tho you are at present faster than iPlayer]
    HQ picture option [we have a 20Mb broadband and the iPlayer picture is great and so much better than that on Virgin or the Wii].

    But, well done for getting it up and running and we shall all watch the developments with interest.

    Regards

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  41. Paulie Says:

    green blue…take away the first number you thought of and hey presto…… it works…..a bit….It needs some fine tuning and the program search not as slick as BBC I player. Can’t search program by date, or keypad, although haven’t played fully with it yet…… but hey better then nothing….no offence to panasonic users. Picture quality still lacking a bit, but as I said better than nothing. Only been waiting for 7 months or so…anyway all good, looking promising at least we can watch something on ITV player.

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  42. James Says:

    Ok so the adverts at the start (and in the middle ;-) ) are annoying, but the picture quality is amazing compared to how crap terrestrial analogue TV used to be!

    It’s not perfect but I opted for HD and not a recorder so this will let me catch-up with shows I have missed.

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  43. swjoduk Says:

    @ 33

    Neil I also have a Sony with Freesat built it.

    Same result for me, you tap in the code, it them blank screens and then comes up with the same message you got.

    Shame, maybe we will get it too soon

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  44. kevsparky Says:

    Wake up Panasonic my freesat blu-ray recorder most expensive but no Iplayer functions.
    What are you thinking.
    Will we choose Panasonic again?
    Was a diehard panny fan but no more.
    Wake up it’s not too late or is it?

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  45. alan Says:

    same as neil i got the sagem box message 10001 try again later

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  46. Richard Crichton Says:

    @44 Just enjoy it for what it is:the only Blu-ray recorder on the market with built in Freesat. I would love one even without iPlayer but alas don’t want to afford it.

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  47. Richard Crichton Says:

    @42 Alas you are mistaken. A good CRT analog television like a Sony Trinitron with a strong analog signal blows away anything now on offer from their LCD range with a digital signal.
    As for ITV player it is little better than the CBS channels quality eg pretty dire and not a patch on the better quality iPlayer stream which is good as SD BBC1.

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  48. Derek (original) Says:

    @46 I agree about PQ being better on a qood quality CRT analog TV than on current LCD or plasma sets, but my experince of ITV Player is different to yours. I find, via freesat, that ITV Player is much better picture quality than standard quality iPlayer and almost as good as higher quality iPlayer.

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  49. Bob Martin Says:

    HI I went to page 999 then pushed the Green, Green Blue, Green and nothing happens? I live in Scotland postcode DD9 so I suppose as usual we are excluded but I did think this was the point of having page 999 in the first place so it would work where ever you live?

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  50. Derek (original) Says:

    @49 You may have missed off the last green if I am reading your post correctly.

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  51. Rozzo Says:

    http://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/index.php/panasonic-iplayer-update-available-on-2009-freesat-tvs

    is the original 31 August 2010 thread for panasonic gripes, but ofcourse has not been on the front page of this excellent website, so you get us stating our complaints on whatever recent thread has some relevance to the issue.

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  52. liz Says:

    It’s working fine for me .. i’m in Scotland too!

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  53. Sparky Says:

    Would only play 1st section of programme and nothing after the advert break. Apart from that it will be good for emergenicies. Can’t see myself being prepared to sit through adverts. Haven’t done that for years.

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  54. daveH Says:

    Excellent, slightly annoying that you cant fast forward thru the ads’, but after all it’s a commercial channel !!!

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  55. Ian Says:

    Tried this out on my humax box yesterday,Works o.k .The advert breaks need a bit more work,coming in too early and then repeating a couple of minutes of the programme when it came back but this only the beta test.When I tried to fast forward it a bit it ended up going back even further.
    The picture didn’t look as sharp as iplayer but good enough.
    Overall happy with its performance and looking forward to the final product.

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  56. Bob Martin Says:

    Re@50 Derek ok your quite correct I ommited a Green in my point at 49 but I never when I was trying it on my humax this was just a typo at the time, but to be sure in case you were correct I have tried it yet again when the net is quieter 00:30am and it now says This service is currently not available (10001) please try again later, So it is either my broadband is naff (Virgin Media) or a problem where I live somewhat weird I think but BBC i player works ok?
    Thanks for your input anyway.

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  57. Dipper Says:

    Works ok on my Humax HD+. Quality about the same as BBC iPlayer in low bandwidth mode. Unlikely to use it as much as iPlayer due to the ads. I’ll stick to recording commercial channels & whizz through the chaff. Good concept though.

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  58. Russ Says:

    Off Topic, I was surprised to see QVC shopping channel selling the LG 7700 with built in freesat receiver for the knock down price of £499. No doubt LG were clearing their remaining stock of freesat equipment.

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  59. daj Says:

    Unless doing something wrong on my humax remote ( never found the remote very good anyway) but nothing at all.

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  60. E saberton Says:

    I tried this morning to find the itv player but humax info said no or bad signal
    all the remainder tv stations are ok has humax info stopped transmitting?

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  61. Nick Hopton Says:

    A definite bonus on our Humax HD box. It’s early days and I guess the problem with the ads not fitting in what are intended to be the ad-breaks will be put right before too long. I prefer the menu system to iPlayer’s, but of course there is less content to browse.

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  62. Chrislayeruk Says:

    I never watch anything much on ITV so I cant even be bothered to try it.
    Its good its happening for those who want it. Chris :)

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  63. Stuart devine Says:

    Tried this with a IV postcode. No joy. Used an english postcode and downloaded the ITV player channel. Just said coming soon. I guess for Scotland we have to wait a few more years. iplayer works a treat.

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  64. royboy Says:

    Works fine on my humax very pleased with all content

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  65. joe Says:

    I have a Humax box but when i enter the code green green blue green green i get a message saying the service is not avaiable on this device and shows an error code 10002, i thought all Humax boxes were able to have this service, i do have an internet enabled box too, any suggestions?

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  66. monkeymaniac Says:

    Downloaded the Google IPTV (BOXEE) to my windows media, windows 7 last night, and very good I must say. Lots of free content & pay options + BBC iplayer, hopefully they will have a slot on YouView when it arrives.

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  67. MYK Says:

    Well, Panasonic must have a team of engineers able to produce IPTV going by this article!

    http://digitalmedia.strategyeye.com/article/bhCwMbgTxy2/2011/01/06/panasonic_to_offer_internet_tv_service/

    They must be all working their socks off on their own IPTV service and not for FreeSAT :0

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  68. Ian Says:

    Panasonic, PLEASE sort it out NOW !!!!

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  69. MikeA Says:

    Why would purchasers trust Panasonic and buy a new IPTV from them when on their recent performance they have demonstrated poor support and delivery of firmware revisions to support Internet delivered TV services on their products that are less than a year old?
    I no longer do…
    Mike

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  70. ian Says:

    Moaning on like an octupus with a spear up its a*** about the panasonic/firmwear issues wont make it change, it wont make it any better and it will not enable you to suddely start using the BBC iPlayer and ITVPlayer, so for the love of god (or allah) please turn it in, and give it a bleeding rest!
    Yes, we know panny have not sorted this out, and chances are boy and girls, they wont sort it out, i think most of you have worked that much out so far, so how about you move past it, and quit whinging, because, and here is the kicker…………. its BORING!!

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  71. neil Says:

    I agree with Ian – each topic either ends up a rant about not enough HD channels or Panasonic not supporting iPlayer.
    Frankly, Panasonic gear has always looked to me like it’s 20 years old. Just learn from mistakes and don’t buy their stuff again

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  72. Richard Crichton Says:

    Panasonic is great quality gear no matter what it looks like so not buying their stuff would be cutting off ones nose to spite ones face.
    Stuff happens that’s the way of the world. If you don’t like it complain to your retailer or trading standards or take them to the small claims court.

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  73. marc Says:

    works on humax HDR, although the picture quality is not great, and when it comes back from adverts, it repeats about 20 – 30 seconds of what you have already seen.

    understandable as it is still beta.

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  74. John Porter Says:

    Works well on my Humax PVR, except that if the programme is in 4:3 I can’t find anyway of displaying it correctly – everything is stretched and the “Wide” button on the Humax remote does nothing.

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  75. dave Says:

    anyone having trouble with the bush hd box?

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  76. kevsparky Says:

    @ 70 so what is your point about the itv player?
    Everyone got different views.
    This site just for making comments only no more.
    Nice to read what others think.
    If you find boring move on chap you don’t have to read.

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  77. alan Says:

    the sagem top box will not let you use i ptv player message says service will start at a later date code 1000 01

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  78. Russ Says:

    @ 76 kevsparky,

    I think it is obvious the point both 70 & 71 are trying to make is that neither are panasonic owners, and as far as their selfish attitude is concerned, it is a case of
    “i’m all right jack’

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  79. Shawny Says:

    Basically,the feedback here should just be simple…..

    i.e. state which kit it works with, and if you like it.

    e.g.

    Panasonic G20 – Gets as far as the Loading Screen
    LG LF77– – Doesn’t work
    Humax – Works

    and so on….

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  80. ian Says:

    #78 Russ.
    You have the bare faced cheek to assume that as i am sick of everytime a thread is started with a discussion regarding something, it always ends up with either someone bitching because of the lack of HD channels or someone bitching because they bought equipment and it is not compliant with the standards that i have am not an owner of said product? How rude you are sir, but you see, the difference is, i used my brains, and the internet, to see what works for what and what doesn’t, so i purchased a Humax HD box so i would be able to recieve the services i wish to be able to receive, not fail to read reviews and other countless threads and see that Panasonic models of a certain time does not support said services, it is exactly the same as someone moaning because their Freeview box does not receive Freesat!
    You bought it, you deal with it, you live with it, or go and replace it and give everybody else”s ears a rest whining over the same ******* things over and over again!!

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  81. MikeA Says:

    #78 Russ

    I fully understand the valid point you a make and additionally feel that this forum does and should provide a resource for people that are thinking about buying any of the products that we discuss. This will inform and influence future buying decisions and can only be for the good.

    #80 ian

    I do have a Panasonic and to be clear it is the sustained support for their products by Panasonic that I believe people are complaining about. With Firmware (not Firmwear) based products this is very important and hence the comments provide valid information for others including future purchasers.
    Shame about the comments you made about …’bitching… as it appears that is what you are doing and I find your use of asterisks to mask your language equally offensive but normally I would not comment and just not bother to read your posts. Just chill a bit or as other have said, move on!!

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  82. admin Says:

    Enough of this please, back on the point of giving feedback about ITV Player in beta on those receivers that can currently get it! Any other comments will be binned.

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  83. Russ Says:

    @80 Ian,

    I am not sure if you are aware that all freesat HD receivers were built to the same specification wether they be set top boxes or IDTV’s. Therefor they should all be capable of delivering the same services. I have in front of me my owners manual for my PZ81, On page 56 Under the heading external equipment, it reads types of connectable equipment to each terminal, To use network services for freesat. ethernet cable. A diagram above quite clearly shows the back panel of the tv with a ethernet cable running from the tv to a network hub or router. It is not a case of not doing my homework before buying my equipment, I spend hours online before buying anything. and also subscribe to Which and use their website to get unbiased reviews.The fact that it states, to use network services for freesat and with i-player being a network service from freesat surely we are entitled to expect it to be enabled. As part of the spec for this set we paid for this function in the cost of the tv.

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  84. neil Says:

    Still not working in Sony Freesat TV. Wondering if Sony will need to provide firmware update (sorry Panny owners), although I had read that the firmware update provided for the BBC iplayer would effectively do both as they are principally the same. Anyone confirm this?

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  85. Jon Says:

    Got my dish sorted so I can now pick up channel 999, I’m quite impressed with the ITV Player. The menus seem quicker than on the Iplayer but the picture quality is not as good. It’s still very watchable though, I just wish they could both give you the option of a better stream for people who have good internet connections.

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  86. Richard Crichton Says:

    Ideally the quality you get should be variable and depend on your broadband speed
    but that would be too clever by half for ITV I suspect.
    It looks like If you are not a Humax owner you are little people (quote from the film Blade Runner). I wonder how much of an incentive they give to Freesat ? Obviously they would deny it.

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  87. ian Says:

    @Russ Panasonic have still, after all this time, not offered an upgrade to the software inside of it to enable those with equipment to be able to use the BBC iPlayer and ITV Player, this has been the case for years now, not a few weeks, yet everytime something like this comes, along, the whinging and whining comes with it, so if you have scoured the net and use Which for reviews (as do i) you should and will have the knowledge of what works and what does not.

    Lets face facts here, if Panasonic were going to sort this, it would have been done already, not after all this time, so why continue to go on and on about it?

    @MikeA, if you fnd asterisks offensive, that is not my issue, i could of delivered the word, but as set out by the Admin, this is a family site and strong language and content of a nature better suited to sickipedia is not allowed, do you get offended by a BLEEP? c’mon, get real! End!

    As the ITV Player is still in beta, i expect (or atleast hope) they will offer a stream for all net speeds, but the menu’s are poor tbh, and the ad break’s are all to cock, but having seen what ITV are like in putting things right, shame to say, i doubt it will improve much more for when it ‘launches’ despite viewing feedback on sites like this and the viewers who are testing it currently in an official way!

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  88. ian Says:

    Of course Humax offer an intensive, how else does it be that when ever something new comes to Freesat, a Humax box works on it straight away!!
    Its only the same as $ky and the scoop up of HD channels if you think about it :-)

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  89. Fluffy Says:

    I only watched ITV once in the whole of 2010. ITV player is a great addtion – it reassures me that I didn’t miss anything.

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  90. Maurice Webb Says:

    Hi. Is the LG set top box offer lg model specific i.e. freesat enabled models only or is open to all recently purchased LG tvs ? Anybody know please?

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  91. admin Says:

    It’s only available to LG televisions which have Freesat built-in, that weren’t updated to receive BBC iPlayer. It doesn’t apply to any other LG televisions.

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  92. Pilchard Says:

    Just tried this on Humax Foxsat HDR and it’s really good. Forgot ITV uses ads (used to iPlayer being ad free lol) but it’s quite good. Picture quality is fine – I tried the Penn and Teller Fool Us show and it’s more than watchable.

    Not sure Humax bung anyone any incentives lol in my experience they just seem quite good at leading the pack and listening to their customers and as others have stated they seem quite often to be the partners leading the technology … I mean they’re among the project Canvas group I believe …

    Only thing about Humax I’m fearful of is they seems to be updating their Freeview boxes to do their new Portal thing (part of the early days of Canvas I think) … not a jot of info if that’ll come to their Freesat boxes. One would assume they’re technically capable as the hardware can’t be that different between Freeview / Freesat barring the tuners?

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  93. RossU Says:

    Humax box. Faster menu system than iplayer but poor quality transmission. One ‘size’ fits all is not ideal. Certainly needs the option of a higher quality stream.
    Cant seem to get back to the home page other than by exiting and restarting.
    – Slightly misleading screen text when exiting a programme. Seems to be giving you the option to exit the player when in fact you are just exiting the programme. – Assume info button will be enabled on full release.

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  94. Russ Says:

    @ Ian, 87

    With due respects the panasonic issue has not been rolling on for years. I-player was released on freesat for public beta testing on 11th January 2010 and that was only available to those with Humax hd receivers. They gradually released it to other manufactures over the following months. We 2008 PZ81 owners, according to Panasonic should have received our update by the end of September 2010, that works out roughly 14 weeks ago. If you require any further facts or information regarding freesat or freesat equipment they can be found on this site by clicking on previous at the bottom of each page.

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  95. Joe Says:

    Works ok on my Humax HD+. Quality about the same as BBC iPlayer in low bandwidth mode. Unlikely to use it as much as iPlayer due to the ads. I’ll stick to recording commercial channels & whizz through the chaff. Good concept though.

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  96. Garrif Says:

    Anyone know if the Humax Foxsat HD & HDR updates was released? As Humax said in an email that they would be released in October – Still on 1.00.13 from January 2010.

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  97. Richard Crichton Says:

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  98. Graham Says:

    Slightly off topic but ITV related. Does anyone know if Freesat are getting ITV1+1 when it launches tomorrow?

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  99. neil Says:

    Good question Graham, I think yes apart from owners of Panasonic equipment.

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  100. satom Says:

    at least UTV +1 will launch at 8.00 pm tonight (now showing infocard)
    http://www.u.tv/+1

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  101. Brian_Damage Says:

    Panasonic have updated their customer support page.

    The old statement – which suggested that they’d been close to releasing an update until the BBC forced them to support copy protection – has gone.

    Instead we have this much now:

    http://panasonicuk.epticahosting.com/selfpanasonicuk/template.do?id=1220

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  102. satom Says:

    utv +1: make that tuesday night 8:00 pm

    info card was up a bit early it seems …

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  103. leeroy Says:

    I have a freesat setup but got sick of waiting for itv player, being on virgin broadband I just added the tv and phone package for an extra £10 a month and now get bbc i player, itv player without the adverts!! 4 on demand, demand 5 and virgin 1 on demand, with the option of HD too! plus the movies on demand of course, might be worth considering for anyone with a virgin broadband line, before they splash out on a freesat setup which doesnt get all the services.

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  104. sjj1805 Says:

    Works great on my Humax Foxsat HD.
    Far superior than the version that recently came onto the Playstation 3.

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  105. admin Says:

    @leeroy

    So essentially you have paid a premium to obtain those services? Why didn’t Freesat think of that :rolleyes:

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  106. monkeymaniac Says:

    @ 103.

    So you paid an extra £10 a month because you got fed up waiting for itv player to come to Freesat.

    That’s SICK DUDE!!

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  107. twosheds Says:

    leeroy – £120pa? i think i’ll stick to FREEsat thanks – the clue is in the name!

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  108. Graham Says:

    @ 103.

    One £10 lead between your computer and you TV would have given you ITV Player, 4 on demand and demand 5 free of charge.

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  109. James Says:

    Emailed LG customer service to see if ITV Player would have any more luck than BBC iPlayer – unsurprisingly not according to the reply – and it sounds like they’re not going to attempt to develop either:
    “Our technical team have confirmed that the [free Humax set top] box is being supplied to allow access to all the interactive services.
    Please be advised that no LG model of television currently on the market has the BBC iPlayer facility and regretably this with specific model [LG 32LF7700], no software/firmware update can remedy the problem. Therefore we are offering the Humax box as a gesture of goodwill to allow users to access these features.
    We apologise for any confusion and inconvenience.”

    From the updated info from Panasonic linked to above it sounds like the early specs weren’t sufficient for what iPlayer / ITV Player needs to run:
    “As the first generation of freesat models introduced in the UK and with the significant added complexity of the integration to an IDTV platform, preparing an upgrade that achieves the correct operational stability has proved extremely difficult. When the product was launched there was no detailed specification in place for this IP based service and it would be fair to say that the completion of the specification has taken far longer than originally envisaged, only being finalised very recently. Functionality not originally requested by the broadcaster is now mandatory within the specification and has presented enormous challenges to back engineer onto this platform. ”

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  110. Daniel Taylor Says:

    Picture quality is good but I did find the ad breaks annoying it takes a comparitively long time for the ads to start and then after the ad break programmes did not start from the point they finished.

    It’s beta though so I’m sure these problems will be ironed out. I don’t watch that many ITV programmes so I’m not sure how much use I’ll get out of it but it’s nice to know it’s there.

    Just waiting for 4OD and Demand Five now. (and Five US, Fiver and all the HD channels that aren’t coming to Freesat).

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  111. Richard Crichton Says:

    @108
    Perhaps but his computer could be at the other end of his residence.
    @110 Why wait. Sky would love your £62 per month.

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  112. Alan Redpath Says:

    Tried itvplayer beta

    comments

    picture a little sepia ish
    sound faint not good quality
    I have only 1.2 meg ADSL spped with sky router connected
    Stuck Loading on several occations eg on home screen right arrow to Most popular often got stuck loading. and then had to exit completely to release.

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  113. More FreeSat Says:

    ITV Player works Fine. It seems they haven’t got the advert Breaks sorted/solved. But I will put this down to it been a Beta version. It would be nice if there were any Adverts. (But hay suppose they have to pay the bills like the rest of us).

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  114. Ed Says:

    Needs further development but a reasonable start. I hope navigation to programmes will improve as it is very limited at present. Picture quality needs to be addressed too.
    OK for us with Humax freesat boxes but how about access to the beta for those with Goodmans (the fools) and other boxes?!

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  115. Dexter Says:

    Thanks for the code chaps! just put the ITVplayer through its paces and for a Beta version its a good start, fortunately I have the Humax HDR. got a 2mtr ethernet cable from Wilko’s for £3.95! works fine.

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  116. james Says:

    this code dont work on a ross hd box is there another way to try it

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  117. admin Says:

    Ross don’t make a Freesat receiver, so it won’t work.

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  118. Marcel Says:

    For you technical types – roughly how large (MB or GB) is a 30 minute download/view from things like iPlayer and ITV Player?

    (I have 2GB/month broadband allowance with each additional 1GB @ £1.25)

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  119. Russ Says:

    @ Marcel.

    My broadband is free with my phone package from talktalk and I get 40GB per month allowance. Maybe you should consider changing your ISP.

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  120. Marcel Says:

    @119. Many of the most competitive high allowance broadband packages are only available for certain (usually big city) telephone exchanges.

    My question (@118) regarding iPlayer/ITVPlayer ‘file sizes’ (sic) stems from me wondering whether I need to consider an alternative to my £10/month (2GB allowance) broadband package (which has been adequate for me before), to accommodate iPlayer/ITVPlayer usage.

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  121. Russ Says:

    @ Marcel.

    It seems 1 hour of i-player uses approximately 650MB of data. One hour seven days a week uses 4.4GB. Hope this helps.

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  122. Marcel Says:

    @Russ.

    Many thanks for your sizing stats.

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  123. james Says:

    i have a ross free sat box in my home and have all the channels so they must make one reply to yesterdays comment that ross dont make free sat hd boxes

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  124. admin Says:

    As stated, Ross don’t have a Freesat receiver; what you have purchased is a generic satellite receiver (most likely from B&Q) which they have labelled incorrectly as Freesat, when it isn’t.

    If it is Freesat, you’ll clearly have the Freesat logo on the front. I bet you can’t find it :)

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  125. neil Says:

    still not working on sony…….. in case anyone was wondering

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  126. David Says:

    Works fine with my Humax. However, as someone mentioned after the adverts it goes back to a point halfway through the last session and this makes the programme not worth watching.

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  127. neil Says:

    update on Sony – don’t get error code now, just goes straight to black screen with ITV Player logo with Arriving soon in 2011

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  128. Stephen Says:

    Just trying ITV Palyer on my Humax freesat now, watching “Take me out”.

    On the Plus side:
    Interface is very simple
    Very fast to start video playing, albeit have to watch an advert first.

    Cons:
    No search facility
    Picture quality not as good as iPlayer (20 Mbit), but still good enough.

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  129. chris Says:

    works fine on new humax pvr even though picture quality is in need of improvement

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  130. Danny C Says:

    Works great on Humax – no problems at all.

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  131. Russ Says:

    Visited my brother yesterday and turned his panasonic G series on to be greeted with ” update available message ” pushed ok, a few minutes later, iplayer enabled. Ordered him some homeplugs from amazon, should be in business in a few days. Well done panasonic, now please get us PZ81 owners sorted.

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  132. Andy Says:

    Just tried ITV player works great not as good as BBC Player yet but i am sure it will get better

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  133. Stan Says:

    Tried it on Sony KDL40V T.V. (with freesat) “SERVICE NOT YET AVAILABLE”

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  134. Ken Says:

    Works find on my Humax HD box. Nice one.

    Now all we need is some decent content on ITV and we’re away!

    Don’t suppose I can complain about the adverts on a commercial channel…

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  135. Simon Says:

    All I get is ‘Loading’ on Panasonic TX-L37D25BA unit…..

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  136. Geoff Says:

    Not yet sorted continuity problem after commercial break.

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  137. Malcolm Says:

    The speed of loading each screen is too slow. Some caching could help with that. I was left with the word ‘loading’ stuck on the screen several times on my humax foxstat. It took about 50 seconds to start the adverbs after selecting it for playing and about 20’seconds for the program to load. I’ve only got about 1/2 a megabit at the moment- might explain slowness

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  138. cathy Says:

    Good forum folks. Useful info. Have Humax freesat box and itv player beta version works well. A bit like groundhog day with the adverts and the last minute or so of the programme being repeated after the ads, but hey, its a beta version. I think ITV gets a lot of stick, but they have some brilliant programmes. Marchlands is well worth a watch. Come on folks stop being so negative!!

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  139. Dan Says:

    I just keep getting 50050 a “problem has ocured” error on my Humax PVR.

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  140. djfg Says:

    why only humax for the beta???????????????

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  141. Alan M Says:

    Any one got new code for ITV Player just get error code now.

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  142. Dave N Says:

    works fine on Humax with broadband running at 6M

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  143. Vicky Says:

    PLEASE WE WANT ITV PLAYER! Permanently.

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  144. Roger Says:

    I tried this on our Panasonic DMR-BS750 and it works a treat. I got quite a shock after all the trouble getting the BBC i-player.

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  145. David S Says:

    Works a treat on my Humax Freesat box and quality is great too! The user interface is also easy to use. Impressed so far.

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  146. Mike Says:

    It’s great to be able to watch prorammes when you want. It’s almost 2am and am watching ITV player as cannot sleep. Freesat is a god send

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  147. Rob Says:

    Works well on humax. Could do with a higher quality option like the iplayer

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  148. Triode Says:

    I have been beta testing since before Christmas but lately I have not been able to watch most programs I select…………I’m rewarded with “the service was unable to locate the content. Press BACK to return. Press EXIT to restart. (50060)

    Anyone else having the same problem?………………….

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  149. Phil Says:

    Just tried iTV player on my Humax Foxsat. Couldn’t get it to work. Should I enter the “code” at the info page where it says “Press Red to enter” or have I got it wrong.

    RGds

    Phil

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  150. Steve Says:

    My Metronic hd freesat box accepts code then you press red button then just keeps loading with no end result, any ideas ?.

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  151. Mike Says:

    My Panasonic DMR BS780 Freesat BR Recorder delivers PERFECT BBC iplayer and using BBGBB on channel 999 also delivers ITV player beta in reasonable picture quality. Thanks for the tip!

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  152. The Snooper Says:

    I have just tried it on my Humax Foxsat HD and as Triode says I get the message “unable to locate the content”.

    Perhaps it will get better as they finish testing and they launhc a dedicated channel at 902

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  153. Ian Alexander Says:

    Just found out about itv player beta on Freesat – works fine on my box and tv – Menu better than BBC – and quicker response

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  154. Simon Says:

    Found the player and interface but every time I select a programme it won’t start, despite having an wired 8 Mb internet connection which works fine with the BBC iplayer. Is this because I am in the Channel Islands and there is some restriction in this beta version?

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  155. david Says:

    just watched case sensitive and picture froze once also after each ad break the programe went back appox 5 mins if you tried to forward it you had to make the start point 5 later than you wanted to watch to view it at the correct point very fustrating.

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  156. Ray Smithwhite Says:

    Picture quality is good. Interface good, user friendly. Notwithstanding the obligatory ads, the endless increasing repeating of sequences before the breaks is irritating beyond believe.

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  157. jock Says:

    works great on my sony tv with built in freesat only broblem is name of program and please wait stays onscren bit of a pain

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  158. tom Says:

    tried your code, excellent. Alot better than watching on laptop. Thanks.

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  159. Dale Says:

    Just tried it, hope they do a hi def version
    thumbs up

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  160. Robin Southampton Says:

    Tried it on Humax hd box. Took 3 attempts to get the password to work. Loading of most popular fast, picture quality on 40″ Samsung was poor. Lots of pixilation on BGTalent. Tried to view ITV1 but got stuck on the loading page. Await high quality option in the HD world

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  161. Andy Says:

    Tried today, works fine with Humax HD box (via homeplug adapters). A little slow loading compared to iPlayer and picture quality is SD at best but hey it is still in beta! Look forward to full release with HD soon….

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  162. phil Says:

    Just tried the code on my Goodmans freesat box but all I got was the message `this service is not currently available for this device (10002)`. Was worth a try though.

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  163. pete Says:

    Tried today on my Humax HDR worked well using home plugs will be good to get it on a dedicated channel

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  164. Pete Says:

    Just tried the GGBGG code(Freesat ch999) on my Panasonic DMR BS850 BlueRay player/recorder(16mths old) – takes its time to load but eventually plays with a reduced picture quality compared to the BBCi player. Thanks for the tip.

    P.S. I also own a Panasonic PZ81B plasma TV, disappointed that Panasonic seem reluctant to upgrade the firmware to embrace the advantages of iplayers via the internet/freesat, seems to be a waste to have all the suitable but now redundant ports in the TV!!

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  165. Gareth Says:

    Just managed to access on my sagem hd box! Looks very tidy for a beta :-) now to try playing a programme….

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  166. Ian Says:

    Humax Foxsat HDR set. Tried GGBGG then R, after loading screen came up with these words.
    The service was unable to locate content.
    Press BACK to return.
    Press EXIT to restart.
    (50060)

    Both option go back to the home page ( 999 ).

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  167. Yalbi Says:

    According to a reliable source at Freesat they reckon around 6-8 weeks before official release and other goodies to come this side of Christmas.

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  168. Waynos Says:

    Just tried it for first time to catch up on last weeks Law and Order UK. worked perfectly on my humax HDR, picture quality not as good as iplayer and no hd option, but hopefully that will come with full launch, come ITV, this has been testing for seven months now.

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  169. Dave Says:

    Tried the GGBGG code on Channel 999 on my Panasonic DMR-XS350 last week and ITV Player worked fine. This week I just get a message that ITV Player is not currently supported on my Freesat receiver. Very frustrating!

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  170. Peter Macdonald Says:

    Not the best system!!
    first choice had “a video problem” which persisted over several attempts
    second choice was ruined by the insertion of adverts. I accept that being ITV adverts are required—but it chops lumps out of the progamme equal in length to the advert inserted!!!! suffice to say this ruins the programme
    I will continue to check it out but to comment on the problems that arise–watching a programme is very frustrating.

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  171. Adam Says:

    Tried this on my shiny new GT30B 42″ Panasonic FreeSat capable plasma… no support :( It certainly does appear from reading some of the other threads on here that Panasonic UK are lagging behind their European and American counterparts on keeping their sets updated to meet customer demands.
    :-(

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  172. johnk Says:

    have humax freesat HD reciever,tried the button code on page
    999 to no avail.
    living in the west coast of scotland ( STV area )

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  173. SeaBee Says:

    Panasonic have confirmed that they are no longer developing ITV Player. So Pannie owners better buy a Humax box.

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  174. HarryH Says:

    When did Panny say they are not supporting ITV Player? Are there any link to the “official” word on this?

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  175. Force9Storm Says:

    dave said:
    anyone having trouble with the bush hd box?

    Got rid of mine, had so much trouble with it. Bought a Humax, for obvious reasons.

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  176. drichard Says:

    Bought new Foxsat 1TB, found ITV player on channel 903. No codes required.

    Not as good as iplayer in terms of content or quality, but its there and it works.

    Now all we need is 4OD and Demand 5 (don’t care about youtube!)

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  177. admin Says:

    drichard said:
    Bought new Foxsat 1TB, found ITV player on channel 903. No codes required.

    Not as good as iplayer in terms of content or quality, but its there and it works.

    Now all we need is 4OD and Demand 5 (don’t care about youtube!)

    The original post was from Jan 2011, so ages out of date which is why a code is no longer required ;)

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  178. gregor stewart Says:

    Does anyone know why viewers in Scotland do not get the ITV service?

    I’m 100% sure we pay the same licence fee and watch the same amount of adverts. What’s the deal Freesat?

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  179. admin Says:

    gregor stewart said:
    Does anyone know why viewers in Scotland do not get the ITV service?

    I’m 100% sure we pay the same licence fee and watch the same amount of adverts. What’s the deal Freesat?

    Your license fee doesn’t pay for ITV services, hense the endless adverts. It is due to contractual issues between ITV and STV. You could always use a English postcode, or the Dundee postcode trick still probably works to give you the best of both worlds.

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  180. Pete Short Says:

    No joy on the samsung 7800

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  181. Chris Steggles Says:

    Strange – on my new Humax Foxsat HDR (which seems to be at Software release 17) Channel 903 (after a long wait) gives the message
    The service is not currently available.
    Please try again later.
    (10001)
    But the Green Green Blue Green Green method on the Freesat Information Channel works just fine.

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  182. Ian Deverell Says:

    I was watching ITVplayer through my Humax box but after the first advert interval it says that there is a problem and it can´t continue. The error code is 50070.
    Any ideas whats up please?

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  183. John Tomalin Says:

    Frustated that ITV iPlayer was still not available on Viera Connect on my PanasonicTX-L37DT30B, I came across the information about this BETA option froman internet search. Tried it and it worked first time with the instruction given. Picture & sound acceptable not perfect but great for viewing programmes I forgot to record on my HD Recorder. Look forward to it becoming a permanent service pending (I hope) Panasonic adding it to Viera Connect.

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