Solid half year for Freesat as Freetime homes grow

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has continued its positive start to the year with strong take-up of Freetime, its award-winning connected TV service, which has seen a 200% year-on-year increase in new connected customers. Increased awareness and understanding of the Freetime service has resulted in Freetime sales growing by 48% year-on-year for the first six months of 2015.

Freesat added over 19,000 new homes in the first six months, giving new customers high quality technology and engaging content without any bills. Each week four million Freesat viewers in the UK can access over 200 TV and radio channels, more than any other free-to-air provider, and at no monthly fee.

The upcoming Autumn programming schedule will continue to draw viewers to free-to-air channels with hugely popular dramas such as Homeland (Channel 4) and the final season of Downton Abbey (ITV) both set to return.

Expansion of Freetime will continue with several new manufacturer partnerships to bring the user-friendly on-demand offering to a greater number of television viewers. In July, Freesat and Humax partnered to launch the HDR-1100S set-top box, the most compact and affordable Freetime PVR to date providing up to 2TB recording memory. Further Freetime product collaborations with Manhattan and Vestel are on track to launch in the next 12 months.

Alistair Thom, Freesat’s managing director, commented:

It has been another strong quarter for the team at Freesat, and our continued growth demonstrates the ongoing appeal of subscription-free connected TV. Expanding our partnership with manufacturers like Humax, Manhattan and Vestel enables us to offer our customers great telly and on demand services, for even better value.

19 thoughts on “Solid half year for Freesat as Freetime homes grow”

  1. Why can’t Freesat just tell us how many boxes have been sold instead of all this nonsense about adding more Freesat homes? And I can’t figure out how a 200% increase in “connected customers” squares with a 48% year-on-year growth in Freetime sales over the first half of 2015. Frankly, I don’t trust the arithmetic…
    The only real news contained in Freesat’s press release seems to be that Manhattan and Vestel are still committed to the platform

  2. Freesat is excellent as it compliments Sky TV here in Ireland

    As both come under the same dish

  3. would grow further, if they could increase HD offering.

    Need: Channel 5 HD, ITV 2/3/4 HD, More 4 HD, etc.

    because lack of new HD channels, I have also not been tempted to upgrade my first gen Humax recorder…

  4. Wouter said:
    would grow further, if they could increase HD offering.
    Need:Channel 5 HD, ITV 2/3/4 HD, More 4 HD, etc.
    because lack of new HD channels, I have also not been tempted to upgrade my first gen Humax recorder…

    Blame the channels not the platform operator! Freesat would welcome all the above channels with open arms but whilst Sky throw copious amounts of money to keep them encrypted then nothing will change.

  5. Neil said: Blame the channels not the platform operator! Freesat would welcome all the above channels with open arms but whilst Sky throw copious amounts of money to keep them encrypted then nothing will change.

    If Sky offers money, and if FreeSat wants to remain competitive, they could also offer money. Alternatively they could charge less for their EPG slots. (I understand FreeSat has less money at its disposal)

    I hear what you say, but FreeSat is just as much to blame as Sky.

  6. Wouter said: If Sky offers money, and if FreeSat wants to remain competitive, they could also offer money. Alternatively they could charge less for their EPG slots.(I understand FreeSat has less money at its disposal)
    I hear what you say, but FreeSat is just as much to blame as Sky.

    They can’t offer less for an EPG slot, as they must remain impartial to all their customers. Equally, a £xxk EPG slot isn’t going to be enough of a driver to take channels away from exclusive satellite broadcasts on Sky. Freesat are in significant debt from initial investment, there’s no chance they can compete with Sky on that level.

  7. Wouter said: If Sky offers money, and if FreeSat wants to remain competitive, they could also offer money. Alternatively they could charge less for their EPG slots.(I understand FreeSat has less money at its disposal)
    I hear what you say, but FreeSat is just as much to blame as Sky.

    Admin makes a valid point and your comment about Freesat having less money is contradictory to what your trying to say. I’d love Freesat to be able to take on Sky head-first but they just don’t have the funding and Sky are fully aware of that.

  8. Hi all

    Sorry, probably wrong place to ask but I just fired up my Humax Foxsat, and I’m getting no signal detected. I have even tried a factory reset but no joy – has anyone else ever had this problem?

    Thanks
    Kyle

  9. Kyle Rickards said:
    Hi all
    Sorry, probably wrong place to ask but I just fired up my Humax Foxsat, and I’m getting no signal detected. I have even tried a factory reset but no joy – has anyone else ever had this problem?
    Thanks
    Kyle

    Check your cables, see that they are not broken on the box first then at the dish second, usually is the problem and sometimes occurs when the box is moved for any reason..

  10. lawrence pearce said:
    Why can’t Freesat just tell us how many boxes have been sold instead of all this nonsense about adding more Freesat homes? And I can’t figure out how a 200% increase in “connected customers” squares with a 48% year-on-year growth in Freetime sales over the first half of 2015. Frankly, I don’t trust the arithmetic…
    The only real news contained in Freesat’s press release seems to be that Manhattan and Vestel are still committed to the platform

    Were they not both announced over 12 months ago… It is disappointed nothing is available yet and would appear nothing will be available for 12 months.

  11. Neil said: Blame the channels not the platform operator! Freesat would welcome all the above channels with open arms but whilst Sky throw copious amounts of money to keep them encrypted then nothing will change.

    That is terrible… How much money is involved?

  12. Neil said: Admin makes a valid point and your comment about Freesat having less money is contradictory to what your trying to say. I’d love Freesat to be able to take on Sky head-first but they just don’t have the funding and Sky are fully aware of that.

    I did not know that how much debt are they in?

  13. As all the HD channels referred to are provided by the main terrestrial providers surely they should have an obligation to provide all their output on Freeview and Freesat ? – Should be part of their broadcasting licence requirements

  14. Sky are too tight to give us 1080 on Sky news, Quest, Pick etc as a strategy to do down Freesat/view so no bodger not very likely. Lets face it every channel should be at least 1080 in this day and age. It should be mandated by Ofcom. Some minor channels would fold but big deal if they do.

  15. Agree with previous posters, Ofcom should ‘encourage’ the terrestrial providers to ensure all their channels on Freesat are HD.

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