Panasonic announces smart TV partnership with Freesat

Panasonic announces smart TV partnership with FreesatPanasonic has today announced a landmark deal which will see Freesat’s award-winning Freetime service available in new Panasonic VIERA smart TVs. As a result, Panasonic TV viewers will be able to enjoy the great benefits of Freesat’s Freetime service for the first time whether they take their TV channels by aerial or satellite.

Owners of the new range of Panasonic VIERA TVs* will be able to use Freetime to roll back their TV guide for the past seven days, access all the major On Demand services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5, and receive great daily programme recommendations.

Freetime has been extremely successful since launch in September 2012, with Freetime boxes now accounting for over 40% of all Freesat set-top box sales.

Craig Cunningham, Panasonic’s TV Product Manager, said:

We’ve had a long standing relationship with Freesat and I’m really excited that we are the first manufacturer to have the Freetime service on our TVs. Research tells us that when it comes to smart TVs consumers want three things: the best content available, ease of use and flexibility. The Freetime service delivers on all of these aspects and more and when combined with our heritage in picture quality it’s a great combination.

Emma Scott, Freesat’s Managing Director, commented:

We are delighted that Panasonic has chosen the award-winning Freetime service for its 2014 VIERA TV range and placed it at the heart of free-to-air TV in the UK.

For such an important global brand as Panasonic to choose Freesat’s Freetime is proof positive of the clear consumer benefits of our service. This is a fantastic acknowledgement of a great British media technology success story and this deal opens up exciting new territories for us. We have enjoyed a strong working relationship with Panasonic over the past six years – Panasonic was the first manufacturer to launch IDTVs with Freesat built in, so the deal for Freetime is a natural and exciting evolution of our partnership.

The Panasonic deal builds on Freesat’s strong start to 2014 following an excellent Q4 13 in which it added 31,000 new homes taking its base to over 1.8m.

*Selected models within the new range

75 thoughts on “Panasonic announces smart TV partnership with Freesat”

  1. RichardC said:
    Any chance of Community Ch HD coming to Freesat?

    Since the BBC is a corporate member and it’s on Freeview 109 like.

  2. RichardC said: Since the BBC is a corporate member and it’s on Freeview 109 like.

    Sky uplink it for them so no doubt that they would do some shady FTV deal to try and keep it off Freesat, hopefully not though. I believe all content is currently upscaled SD so possibly if their playout is migrating to HD it’s not happened yet.

  3. Neil said: Sky uplink it for them so no doubt that they would do some shady FTV deal to try and keep it off Freesat, hopefully not though. I believe all content is currently upscaled SD so possibly if their playout is migrating to HD it’s not happened yet.

    I read somewhere that Sky have paid millions to keep HD off Freesat.

  4. Michael said: I wonder whats going to happen to BET+1 & True Entertainment as BBC1 & BBC2 SD are taking over those.

    That’s on Sky – the same swap, when it happens on Freesat, will be 101 for 108, 102 for 109 together with BBC Three/Four/News/CBBC and CBeebies. I don’t think is very far away considering they’ve already done it in Northern Ireland for BBC One now.

  5. Neil said: That’s on Sky – the same swap, when it happens on Freesat, will be 101 for 108, 102 for 109 together with BBC Three/Four/News/CBBC and CBeebies. I don’t think is very far away considering they’ve already done it in Northern Ireland for BBC One now.

    “On 24th March, we’re performing some channel swaps on Sky and Freesat.”
    Tomorrow unless they are talking about 2015 😀

  6. RichardC said: “On 24th March, we’re performing some channel swaps on Sky and Freesat.”
    Tomorrow unless they are talking about 2015

    Yes but it doesn’t actually list the Freesat LCN swaps in different regions – quite poorly done if you ask me. I’m also sure it’s been edited and now just says “Satellite channel number swaps”.

    If it happens for Freesat tomorrow then great stuff, bring it on as the sooner the better for me – I just wonder considering previously all these changes have happened on Sky before Freesat whether they’ll stall the Freesat moves.

    Admin, worth a separate post?

  7. The table that accompanied that BBC Reception post has disappeared (as at 23:30). It currently just reads:
    “On 24th March, we’re performing some channel swaps on Sky and Freesat.

    Further information on the new channel positions will be available shortly”

    I assume the page will have change again at some point soon…

  8. ITVHD Granada disappeared last thurs or fri on Freesat at a friends house and a quick retune restored it, will this happen again?

  9. HD channel swaps now on Freesat as well as National variants being added:

    972 BBC1 Eng HD
    973 BBC1 Scot HD
    976 BBC1 Wal HD
    978 BBC1 NI HD

  10. Michael said:
    HD channel swaps now on Freesat as well as National variants being added:
    972 BBC1 Eng HD
    973 BBC1 Scot HD
    976 BBC1 Wal HD
    978 BBC1 NI HD

    1HD Scotland and 2HD used to be on 108 and 109. Now 1HD Scotland is on 101 (good) but 2HD is still on 109 because 102 is 2SD Scotland. Not too clever that unless they are bringing out a 2HD Scotland soon to put on 102.

  11. RichardC said:
    What a dogs breakfast unless you live in England where BBC2HD is on 102 apparently.

    All down to Scottish politics and broadcasting rights. Seems STV don’t want to offer a similar service; compounded in so many industries no doubt if Scotland achieved independence!

  12. admin said: All down to Scottish politics and broadcasting rights. Seems STV don’t want to offer a similar service; compounded in so many industries no doubt if Scotland achieved independence!

    What a load of rubbish! This is down to a straightforward commercial dispute between STV and ITV, centred on revenue. It has nothing whatsoever to do with politics. If you want to start a debate on Scottish independence then start a website on that subject and spare us your thoughts on this one.

  13. I have a 55″ LED Panny with built in Freeview Freesat tuners, just noticed EPG on Freesat now has HD section so Panny must be updating firm ware or is that Freesat?

  14. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/10909628/BBC-and-ITV-battle-Arqiva-on-future-of-Freeview.html

    ” The BBC and ITV are at loggerheads with Arqiva, the company that runs Britain’s terrestrial TV masts, over plans for an internet-connected television standard meant as the successor to Freeview.

    It is understood the broadcasters want the ‘Freeview Connect’ project to adopt technology developed by Freesat, the free satellite television service, rather than go back to the drawing board and risk losing audience share as viewers turn to on-demand services from pay-TV operators. Freeview Connect was announced this month by Digital UK, a consortium comprising the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva. “

  15. Why do shops in central Scotland sell these freesat recorders when they know that
    they don’t get ITV player.

  16. I will show the same sort of contempt by boycotting panasonic products if they think I should spend thousands keep replacing my tv to the latest model due to lack of software updates. Your making your tvs not worth the exorbitant prices to buy compared to the length of time used. R.I.P PANASONIC

  17. I think the picture on Panasonic telly’s take some beating for the money. Smart features and support are pretty dire though. Bought GT60 plasma around Xmas 2013 and little has been updated. Contacted them recently to ask whether Amazon instant video was on the horizon and was told no, 2014 models only. Now, there’s no technical reason why that or other apps cant work on my TV other than they aren’t interested. Pretty poor IMO. Will not be rushing to buy another Panasonic device in the future.

  18. I realise that the original post is quite old, but that just adds to the relevance of the point I want to make.

    I have a 2014 range Panasonic TV, with Freetime built-in. The TV has twin Freesat tuners, as well as a single Freeview tuner.

    I added a Panasonic recommended external hard drive to take advantage of the Freesat tuners. What Panasonic neglected to mention was this…

    The Freetime TV guide does not support the scheduling of recordings in any shape or form, it is quite simply a TV guide with an extra feature to access on demand catch-up services that the TV supported as stand alone apps anyway.

    The inbuilt Panasonic TV guide will allow you to schedule a single recording, but does not support repeat schedules or series link (you have to manually add the time for each and every episode). Apparently, series link is only supported by their recorders. The inference being, they believe that a TV with Twin Freesat tuners and an installed hard drive is not a recorder.

    Freesat agreed that the Freetime application did not support recording on Freesat enabled TVs. Panasonic’s comment was, “Your feedback is appreciated and it has been included in the system to be considered for future product development.”

    Am I alone in having noticed this shortcoming and am I really the first person to raise it with Panasonic?

    Does anyone else have a similar experience?

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