As the nation hunkers down for some great New Year TV, Freesat, the subscription free TV service, has today announced the launch of its new Freesat App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch – available now on the App Store.
The app acts as a TV guide for all free TV viewers, so whether it’s enjoying brand new British drama such as Call the Midwife or Mr Selfridge, or chasing away the January blues with Birds of a Feather, everyone will now have the power at their fingertips to plan how and what to watch, and for Freetime customers the chance to control their TVs.
Unlike other TV apps on the market, the Freesat App doesn’t just act as a guide to what’s on TV. It also works as a companion to Freesat’s award winning Freetime service and enhances Freetime’s key features. In the app you can look at the Roll Back TV Guide which lets you check out the last seven days of TV to watch programmes you may have missed, and the app also offers TV recommendations on what to watch via Showcase – allowing you to browse through programme picks for the week ahead and set reminders to view.
When linked with Freesat’s award winning Freetime service, the app, which supports iOS6 and iOS7, is also a remote control and lets you set recordings remotely from wherever you are – at home and out and about.
Viewers of free TV in the UK, whether they have Freesat or not, will be able to search and find programmes from the UK’s top free On Demand players including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5 – all through their iOS device. And Freetime viewers can launch On Demand programmes from the app direct to their TV.
Commenting on the launch, Emma Scott, Managing Director of Freesat, said:
The new Freesat App is, we believe, a game changer for the free TV market. January is naturally a popular month for staying in – so it’s perfect timing to make the most of all the great new TV programmes that are on via the Freesat App. Making this free app available to all UK free TV viewers fits with our core goal at Freesat of opening up fantastic subscription free TV.
The Freesat App lets you manage how and when you watch all of the great free TV shows available on Freesat, at home, at work or on the bus. Whether that’s planning or remote recording your favourite programmes, such as The Voice or The Bletchley Circle, or making sure you never miss a new episode of The Taste, this new app helps you make the most of what’s on.
At home, the Freesat App allows you to use your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch as a simple, easy and fun to use remote control, which features a much more natural and seamless way of controlling the TV. We believe this new app is going to change the way people explore and discover television shows, as well as manage how they view them.
The new app is being marketed as ‘Your clever little telly app from Freesat’ and the launch is being supported by an ‘unboxing’ video starring TV presenter Rick Edwards. Freesat will continue to evolve the new app, making it available on more platforms and devices over time.
The Freesat App is available free from the App Store on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com/Freesat.
Freesat’s Freetime boxes are manufactured by Humax and are available to buy from retailers including John Lewis, Currys PC World, Richer Sounds and a range of independents with prices starting from £96.
FAQs: The Freesat App
1. What is the Freesat App?
The Freesat App gives television audiences the power to plan and manage how and what to watch on TV using an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. When using Freesat’s Freetime service, the app is also a remote control and lets you set recordings remotely from wherever you are – at home and out and about.
2. What does the Freesat App do?
As well as turning an iPhone, iPad of iPad Touch into a simple, easy and fun to use remote control, Freesat viewers can browse programme recommendations, catch-up on TV they may have missed and set recordings so they don’t miss their favourite programmes in the future.
3. What does the Freesat App do that’s new?
At its simplest, the Freesat App is a really easy to use television guide on your mobile device. The Roll Back TV Guide lets you check out the last seven days of TV to watch programmes you may have missed, and the app offers recommendations on what to watch via Showcase – allowing you to browse through programme picks for the week ahead and set reminders to view. Viewers of free TV in the UK, whether they have Freesat or not, will be able to search and find programmes from the UK’s top On Demand players on their iPhones and iPads, including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5 – all through a single portal.
4. Why are you launching the Freesat App now?
The Freesat App has been designed to make it easier for viewers to find something great to watch. Making this free app available to UK TV viewers fits with our core goal at Freesat of delivering fantastic subscription free satellite TV. It’s always been part of our product roadmap as part of our next generation Freetime service to launch our app.
5. How can I get the Freesat App?
The Freesat App is free and can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store here www.AppStore.com/Freesat.
6. Can I link the Freesat App with any Freesat box?
Anyone can use the app as a TV Guide. To access the full range of features on the new Freesat App, users need to link to their broadband connected Freesat with a Freetime set top box and pair it with the app.
7. How long does it take to link the app to a Freesat box?
The process of connecting the app to a Freesat box is almost instant; viewers just need to be logged on to the same WiFi network as their Freetime box and follow the simple set-up instructions. For Freetime PVR users to remote record, simply register for a Freesat ID via the app and follow the pairing instructions.