Freesat has made some radical moves forward in recent months to keep pace with the industries need to offer ‘interactive’ this and ‘on-demand’ that, but is that what the consumers want?
In our latest poll, we ask this very question. As freesat fans/consumers, what would you like freesat to focus their attention on? Is it to continue to roll out ‘broadband’ based services such as on-demand channels and apps, or to stick to ‘satellite’ based options concentrating on encouraging more SD and HD channels and improving the range.
To vote, simply select your preferred option from the left hand column and we’ll update freesat on the results once we have sufficient votes. The choices are:
On-demand – Keep pushing forward with the introduction of more on-demand services, such as the promised 4OD and Demand 5, and then focus on the continued pursuit for popular options such as Netflix and Lovefilm.
Applications – Most of us have downloaded apps thanks to our mobile phones right? Well with the new freetime service, based on the html5 platform, the possibilities are endless. Would you fancy Angry Birds on your freesat receiver, then maybe this is the choice for you.
PayTV channels – When people think PayTV, they naturally think sports and movies currently available from the likes of BSkyB (and BT). Well maybe this could be an option for the future; just think how many subscription based channels there are available, Sky Sports, Sky Movies, ESPN, British Eurosport! But does this take away from what freesat is all about, “free”.
HD channels – Usually a popular choice but has the television industry moved on? Are you still screaming out for more high-definition channels to satisfy you and your televisions needs for 1080i/p goodness? With enough momentum, maybe we could see Channel 5 HD and Film 4 HD on the platform (once existing contracts end).
SD channels – Possibly a long since forgotten tech, but standard-definition channels still hold their place as the most valuable asset to television platforms for bringing in the money, so would you like more SD channels to appear simply for choice, even if by its very nature that means more shopping, religious or entertainment channels.
Servers / NAS – Quite a niche market, but with more homes now networked up and many looking for a single server/NAS (Network-attached storage) type device to meet all their needs, should freesat be looking to incorporate such functionality within their freesat range of products? Imagine being able to watch your freesat recordings via another receiver in another room, whilst connected to your PC to stream your movies, music and holiday snaps.
Set-top box choice – With freesat’s decision to more towards improved compliance with their “G2″ spec receivers (namely the Humax HDR-1000S at the moment), there has been somewhat of a void appear with limited choice of simple SD and HD receivers, and even less choice of the old style freesat+HD recorders. Would your vote be for bringing more manufacturers to the table to improve choice, technology and competitive prices.
Stick to basics – For some (maybe many), you could feel that a part of freesat is lost each and every time a new function is launched. Should freesat stick to what they are, a satellite television platform offering freely available standard and high-definition channels, plus the option to record. If you have no interest in turning your freesat set-top box into a robot that tells you what to watch and when, offers you more movies than you could possibly watch in a life time, and make your tea for you, then fire your vote this way.
Please discuss your choice and why; a bit of debate harms no one!