Strong quarter for Freesat as Freetime drives growth

Freesat today announces a strong final quarter to 2015, with the addition of 36,000 new homes in the three months to December 2015. After adding 61,000 homes over the course of 2015, Freesat is now available in over 1.93 million households and is watched by more than four million viewers every week.

Customer numbers have continued to soar for Freetime Freesat’s

connected TV guide solution, which is available on set-top boxes and TVs with a 13 per cent year-on-year increase in sales for 2015. More than 700,000 people have downloaded the Freetime app which is available across iOS, Android and Kindle and is free to download. The app can be used as a remote control, to set recordings remotely, or to plan viewing through the TV Guide and Showcase.

Freesat has continued to expand its quality content offering, with a number of new channels joining the platform including PBS America, Fox International Channels’ YourTV and UKTV channels Yesterday, Drama and Really. In addition, streaming service Netflix launched on Freetime in December, ensuring customers continue to enjoy a broad selection of content through the connected TV platform.

Freesat achieved success with its recently launched TV guide solution for international operators, announcing a partnership with Irish broadcaster RTÉ to deliver a new product for Saorview, Ireland’s free digital television service. The new product, Saorview Connect, is the broadcaster’s first connected TV offering which allows viewers to access a range of on demand content as well as the Saorview TV channels, all integrated in a new set-top box with a range of additional features.

Alistair Thom, Freesat’s managing director, said:

The most recent quarter’s figures highlight the growing appetite for subscription-free connected TV. We invest in developing market-leading technology and delivering quality content to provide an unbeatable connected-TV experience, at no monthly fee. We offer over 200 subscription-free channels and popular On Demand players, more than any other free-to-air provider, which continues to attract customers.

34 thoughts on “Strong quarter for Freesat as Freetime drives growth”

  1. mike65 said:
    Will any other manufacturer be implementingfreetime?

    Panasonic did on their 2014 range but have moved to Freeview Connect on the 2015 models.

  2. Am I the only one who doesn’t understand Freesat’s press releases? This latest one talks about a growth in Freesat homes over the last quarter, with the company’s Freetime platform achieving 13 percent year-on year growth during 2015. So why not just give us the actual sales numbers of Freesat equipment, instead of blurring the issue with references to “Freesat homes” and the Freetime platform, which may or may not be linked to satellite? I don’t see the need to hide the real figures if it’s true that the platform now has more than 4 million viewers in nearly 2 million homes.

  3. Probably more than 2 million now. Cos I reacon loads of people got for Christmas unless this includes Christmas sales ?

    Well here goes another year chat channels are we going to get…..

  4. Great news!

    The additional advertising revenue is also likely to tempt more channels to come on board i would think.

  5. lawrence said:
    Am I the only one who doesn’t understand Freesat’s press releases? This latest one talks about a growth in Freesat homes over the last quarter, with the company’s Freetime platform achieving 13 percent year-on year growth during 2015. So why not just give us the actual sales numbers of Freesat equipment, instead of blurring the issue with references to “Freesat homes” and the Freetime platform, which may or may not be linked to satellite?I don’t see the need to hide the real figures if it’s true that the platform now has more than 4 million viewers in nearly 2 million homes.

    Sky do exactly the same thing with Now TV, it’s no different. I’m not aware they do bundle gross Freetime homes with those having satellite? Freetime was included on a range of newer connected Freeview devices, not sure how many manufacturers though.

  6. Do these figures count people who bought a Freesat box years ago, like me, but had since ditched it to back to Sky? Just wondering …

  7. Ron said:
    Do these figures count people who bought a Freesat box years ago, like me, but had since ditched it to back to Sky? Just wondering …

    Did you tell Freesat you had gone back to Sly Sky. If not how would they know?
    I have Sky Sports free for three months from an ISP as compensation for a non Sky issue and I don’t see anything on there that justifies what Sky charges.

  8. I hope something happens soon with a new channel or 2 not much news this time of year I presume I hope freesat are busy working behind the scenes.

  9. I see Virgin TV announced they only took 900 new TV customers for the same 3 months as freesat took 36000. Everyone are leaving Virgin which is good for freesat :-).

  10. Dan said:
    I see Virgin TV announced they only took 900 new TV customers for the same 3 months as freesat took 36000. Everyone are leaving Virgin which is good for freesat :-).

    If that is true I honestly have a lot of respect of Virgin Media for their accuracy and transparantness. How many people nett joined Sky as pay subscribers in the last three Months? I doubt it was a lot, likely more than 900 but shows the pay TV market is very much saturated. As they roll NOW TV in with pay TV subs then it blurs the whole landscape and makes Sky look a growing business.

    Sky investing more now in FTA content and increasing spend on Pick says a lot about pay TV saturation and Sky, a predominantly Pay TV business.

    As for more Freesat channels, they will come but in fairness SD-wise there’s not a lot left the platform currently doesn’t have. With UKTV joining at Christmas it was the icing on the cake of what was a fantastic year channel addition-wise for the platform.

  11. I’ve just seen uktv HOME is going on freeview channel 25 from 1st March do you think it’ll join freesat aswell ? Hope so

    I’ll not mention Dave channel till at least this Christmas :-).

  12. Annoying C5HD is going Freeview. I also hope it will be on Freesat as well. I personally chose Freesat as I figured it would have more capacity for HD content, picture quality and channel selection, but it is starting to look like Freeview may be becoming the better platform. I hope I’m wrong.

  13. I’m sure JJ. That freesat will come good it had a great end of 2015 I’m sure some more high prifile channels will join. 😊

  14. According to Channel 5’s website Q&A,
    “Channel 5 HD is not currently available on the Freeview or Freesat HD services. However, we are committed to launching the channel on these platforms and hope to do so in future”.
    From this, I think its appearance on Freesat is inevitable. The only question is when?

  15. HD channel up and running on Channel 5’s satellite mux – SID 7750 on Astra 2G – since mid December…….. ?Ready to roll once 5HD appears on Freeview?

  16. This news might be of general interest (reported by GaseousClay on Digital Spy Freesat Forum).

    Looks like a number of old devices (they say few but my old Panasonic TV is affected) won’t be able to support BBC iPlayer for September 2016.
    Details and list of devices here.
    http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.uk/tv/v2_closure

    I’ll either have to turn the noisy boys PS4 or buy a new box (which maybe I don’t mind).

  17. I was a bit annoyed when I read that a couple of months ago, but my Humax is going on eight years old after all. I find that a Google Chromecast and iPlayer on my ‘phone works great, so a cheap way back in to iPlayer is readily available.

    In fact the Chromecast route is better than the V2 iPlayer version as the ‘phone app accesses HD versions of programmes where they are available. The V2 “higher quality” is still pretty poor picture quality.

    Chromecast turns an older TV set into a Connected TV as it allows any Chromecast enabled app to stream to the TV, so the positive thing to take away from the withdrawl of V2 is that there are cheaper alternatives available rather than buying a new set top box.

  18. We’ve now had the announcement from Freesat in their News section that True Crime and True Crime+1 will be arriving in the slots currently occupied by the More>Movies channels. Does anyone know if the two More>Movies channels will be moving elsewhere, e.g. the Film section or are they going to be axed entirely? Thanks.

  19. Tim said:
    We’ve now had the announcement from Freesat in their News section that True Crime and True Crime+1 will be arriving in the slots currently occupied by the More>Movies channels. Does anyone know if the two More>Movies channels will be moving elsewhere, e.g. the Film section or are they going to be axed entirely? Thanks.

    Wondering about this, it would be a pity if another shoddy “real life”/crime channel elbowed a film channel off air.

  20. Hi everyone has freesat gone quiet last few weeks or maybe they’ve got something up there sleeve 😊.

    Cos on another site there talking about 5HD all the time…..

  21. Things are always happening behind the scenes, yep it’s all gone a bit quiet but that’s the nature of this business.

    Next week Freesat is getting it’s first Sport Genre channel, it’s Greyhound Racing I think but something new. Showcase is returning to Freesat soon too plus 5HD will happen at some point – I don’t know when but they now have a DTT HD DTPS licence so not too far away

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