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Freesat is a UK digital satellite TV service from the BBC/ITV which launched in May 2008. Freesat has no monthly subscription, just a one-off payment for the digital box, satellite dish and installation. It even comes with subscription-free, high-definition TV programmes. As Freesat is broadcast via satellite, it’s available to almost every household in the UK.
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Mar 12 2012

Freesat 2012 Awards - audience voteWith the Freesat Awards 2012 nearly upon us now is your turn to place a vote for your favourite entertainment show of the year.

Entries this year include: …read more »


Jan 19 2012

Freesat Awards 2012

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service announced today that this year’s Awards are open for entries. Now in its fourth year, the Awards celebrate the very best channels and programming available on Freesat, showcasing the diverse range of choice and quality programming on offer.

Brand new categories for 2012 include Best TV Presenter, Best Live TV Programme and Best New TV Series. …read more »


Oct 07 2011

Today the Freesat and Retail Marketing Group (RMG) team are celebrating winning first place in the ‘Most effective brand/store relationship’ category at the Field Marketing and Brand Experience Awards.

Beating off stiff competition from Red Bull and REL, the winning Freesat team demonstrated they had built a special and successful relationship between the brand and electronic retailers across the country. The award also demonstrates the fantastic work of the training team in partnership with Astra. …read more »


Jun 28 2011

Freesat is celebrating winning The Best Training Award for Consumer Electronics at the 2011 Independent Business Awards, the Independent Electrical Retailer magazine’s annual awards.

The Best Training Award for Consumer Electronics accolade was awarded to Freesat for demonstrating a commitment to training its retail trade partners. Despite competition from Sony, Freesat triumphed by showing its ongoing commitment to helping retail partners remain competitive and achieve business success via investment in training and understanding the needs of independents. …read more »


Nov 30 2010

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, has announced the winners of its annual Product Awards for 2010, with Panasonic, Humax and Technisat receiving top honours.

Panasonic’s Freesat+ HD Blu-Ray Recorder box (DMR-BS880) has been revealed as overall Product of the Year in recognition of its superior features that outshone the competition.

The very best Freesat products from across the categories of ‘HD receiver’, ‘Freesat+’ and ‘HD TV’ were recognised, showcasing the innovative technology available. These products enable viewers to enjoy the broad choice of quality programming available on Freesat, as well as services such as free HD and catch-up TV on BBC iPlayer – with ITV Player coming soon.

The winners were chosen by a prestigious panel of technology experts including the editors of What Satellite & Digital TV, Home Cinema Choice and TechRadar.com. The winners are:

- Freesat+ HD recorder: Humax Foxsat-HDR
Best Price: £214.99 (inc delivery)

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- Freesat HD TV: Panasonic TX-P50VT20B
Best Price: £1600.00 (inc delivery)

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- Freesat HD receiver: Technisat HDFS
Best Price: £128.39 (inc delivery)

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- Freesat Product of the Year: Panasonic DMR-BS880
Best Price: £647.00 (inc delivery)

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Emma Scott, Freesat Managing Director, congratulated the winners on their success;

This was Freesat’s first dedicated Product Awards. We wanted to showcase the very best Freesat products from across the categories of ‘HD receiver’, ‘Freesat+ PVR’ and ‘HD TV’ and recognise the excellent work of our partners in delivering product quality, innovation and choice to Freesat customers.

The products’ innovative functionality, quality features and excellent performance have helped contribute to Freesat’s continued success, and we look forward to bringing viewers more exciting and award-winning TV products and services in the future.

Freesat Product Awards 2010 winners

Freesat+ HD recorder – Humax Foxsat-HDR
With its 320GB disc, great AV performance and competitive price, the Humax box was deemed Freesat’s top personal video recorder.
Runner-up: Sagem DTR-94500

Freesat HD TV – Panasonic TX-P50VT20B
Panasonic’s full HD 50in plasma screen delivers stunning HD and SD pictures, is 3D-ready and features flash and network storage playback. Its broadband internet connection also gives access to On Demand services courtesy of BBC iPlayer, with ITV Player coming soon.
Runner-up: Sony KDL-46Z5800

Freesat HD receiver – Technisat HDFS
Technisat’s debut product for the UK market builds on the Freesat HD specification to let users enjoy music, video and pictures, while also offering an optional Wi-Fi connection and On Demand access.
Runner-up: Humax Foxsat-HD

Freesat Product of the Year – Panasonic DMR-BS880
Panasonic’s Freesat+ HD Blu-Ray Recorder box demonstrates what can be achieved if you want to deliver a high-end home media centre for HD entertainment. Its delivery on superior features, such as twin tuners, Blu-ray recording, network and flash media playback and access to On Demand help set the bar very high against the competition.
Runner-up: Technisat HDFS


Oct 28 2010

TechniSat HDFS - Freesat HD Receiver of the Year 2010!

Adding to a great year for the multi-award winning TechniSat HDFS, it has received the Freesat HD Receiver of the Year 2010 award.

The Freesat Product Awards 2010 were judged by the editors of What Satellite & Digital TV, Home Cinema Choice and consumer technology website Techradar.

Across the categories of Freesat HD, Freesat + Recorders and TVs, products were recognised for excellent design, build quality, AV performance and for including features that exceed the Freesat specification to bring greater functionality to the user.

The HDFS was the winner of the Freesat HD Receiver category:

Technisat’s HDFS made instant waves by building on the Freesat HD specification, enabling users to enjoy music, video or photos, both from USB, flash or networked storage, with an optional Wi-Fi connection.

The HDFS received still further recognition as it was judged to be runner up in the overall Freesat Product of the Year 2010 which covers products across all Freesat categories:

The Technisat HDFS proves it is possible to innovate with entry-level products, and has raised all our expectations for future Freesat HD receivers.

Click here for more information on the TechniSat HDFS.

TechniSat HDFS Freesat HD Receiver

Best Price: £129.99 (inc delivery)


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Jul 28 2010

Freesat has been announced as a finalist for the 2010 National Business Awards in partnership with Orange, the UK’s most prestigious independent business honours.

The subscription-free digital satellite TV service is in the running to win The Excellence in Marketing Award, for the success achieved around its recent World Cup in HD campaign in the lead up to this year’s tournament.

More than 150 of the UK’s most innovative businesses have been shortlisted for the awards with Freesat competing against nine others in its category.

Winners will be unveiled at a ceremony taking place at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on 9th November.


Apr 20 2010

Freesat Awards 2010

Freesat, the digital satellite TV service announces that this year’s Freesat Awards are now open for entries. Now in its second year, the awards celebrate the very best channels and services available on Freesat, showcasing the breadth of choice and quality of programming on offer.

A panel of key individuals from the broadcasting and media industry will review nominations in seven categories from Best Entertainment Channel to Best Specialist Radio Station and additionally select a winner for the Judges’ Special Award. Judges include Radio Times Editor, Ben Preston, The Guardian’s New Media Reporter, Jemima Kiss and GMTV Chairman, Clive Jones. See the full judging panel at: www.freesat.co.uk/awards

Across all categories, the judging panel will look for examples of innovative, original, high quality programming that has particularly entertained, informed and impressed the Freesat audience. This year’s categories are:

Viewers’ Choice: Freesat Channel of the Year (voting begins 26th April 2010)
This award will also be chosen by Freesat viewers, nominating the channel or service that is on their “not to be missed” list – the one they tell their friends about. It may be the channel or service that has provided their best TV or radio moment of the year, or is simply the one they love to turn on without feeling the urge to flick the remote. All Freesat channels and services listed on the Freesat Guide will automatically be entered into this category.

Best Entertainment Channel
We know the Freesat audience love our mix of brilliant TV, radio, high definition and catch-up, all subscription free. But which digital channel offers Freesat viewers consistent, quality entertainment right across their schedule? In this category the judges will review a representative sample of programming which both demonstrates the channel’s breadth of choice and showcases innovative content that makes it truly entertaining. Entries will be accepted from any channel regardless of their Freesat Channel Guide genre.

Best News Channel
In our fast-moving 24 hour society, reliable, authoritative news coverage is critical. The winner of this award will demonstrate a commitment to original journalism of the highest order and will aim to provide revelation and fresh insight. It will have moved on the agenda and debate, promoting new understanding through analysis or reportage. Entry submissions should relate to a single news or current affairs event.

Best Themed Channel
Across the Freesat platform there are a range of channels that focus on specific themes (e.g. programme genres, strands, formats and audiences) to provide their viewers with a channel that is truly differentiated. For this award, the judges will be looking for evidence of how a channel has been created around a specific theme and how the channel succeeds in taking it beyond the schedule and into other arenas (e.g. digital, events, partnerships).

Best Lifestyle Channel
There’s something for everyone when it comes to the specialist lifestyle channels available on Freesat. The winner in this hotly contested category will be able to prove that it delivers must-watch programming for its tightly defined audience, reflecting what’s important to them and their lifestyle – their interests, pursuits, vocations. The judges will also be looking for evidence of how this channel has carved out a niche to secure viewer loyalty. Entries will be accepted from any channel regardless of their Freesat Channel Guide genre.

Best Music Channel
The selection of TV music channels available on Freesat covers a large and diverse range of musical tastes, but which can claim to be the very best on offer? Whoever they are, they’ll need to prove originality with a unique mix of music and programme formats that best serve a loyal audience if they want to impress our judges.

Best Children’s Channel
This award will recognise and reward the channel that entertains, informs and excites its young viewers. This discerning Freesat audience is always looking for something new and exciting. Our judges will be looking for the channel that gives children innovative programmes, which build a loyal following and encourage viewer interaction.

Best Shopping Channel
Shopping from the comfort of your own home has to be the ultimate retail therapy. This award will go to the channel that the judges believe best represents the ultimate TV shopping experience. They’ll be looking for examples of where original formats and programmes consistently attract a loyal and committed audience across the diverse range of shopping opportunities available on the Freesat service.

Best Specialist Radio Station
Freesat offers a wide range of digital radio stations, which cater for tightly defined audiences. So, whether it’s news and sport, comedy, drama or music there’s something for everyone. This award will go to the station that best serves and truly understands its particular target audience. The judges will be interested to see evidence of integrated web and radio output, providing plenty of opportunity for listeners to get involved with their favourite station.

Judges’ Special Award
The judging panel for the Freesat Awards 2010 brings together a prestigious group of independent and authoritative industry experts. From senior executives and programme makers through to specialist digital commentators and journalists, they absolutely know what they’re talking about when it comes to the media. This award will go to the channel or service (from a shortlist selected by Freesat) which has made the biggest impact on our viewers and listeners in the last year.

Winners will be announced at the Freesat Awards ceremony in London on Friday 30th June in front of an invited audience.


Oct 15 2009

T3 Awards 2009

Humax should be very proud, they have been announced as winner of the prestigious T3 ‘Home Gadget of the Year’ award 2009.

The FOXSAT-HDR beat competition within their category including the Yamaha YSP-40D surround sound speaker system, Panasonic KX-TG8321 DECT phone, as well as products from other brands including Dyson, Siemens, Bosch and BT.

The award goes to show the huge success of the Freesat+ PVR product, in both innovation and useability; as well as popularity of sales. T3 said;

The Foxsat is a AAA-grade combo of excellent image quality, basic DVR functionality – record a channel whilst watching another, or record two at once – with access to Freesat, Freeview’s super-powered mutant sibling.

More award winners included:

Innovation of the Year – Spotify
Commuter Gadget of the Year – Apple iPhone 3GS
TV of the Year – Samsung UE40B7000 WW
Phone of the Year – HTC Hero
Camera of the Year – Canon EOS 50D
Computer of the Year – Lenovo Ideapad S10E
Music Product of the Year – Sony X-Series Walkman
Work Gadget of the Year – Apple MacBook Pro
Green Gadget of the Year – Sony Bravia TV
Game of the Year – Call of Duty: World at War
Retailer of the Year – Amazon.co.uk
New Media Service of the Year – BBC iPlayer HD
Drop Dead Gorgeous Gadget of the Year – Apple MacBook Pro
Launch of the Year – Google Android
Gadget You Can’t Live Without – Apple iPhone 3GS
Outstanding Contribution to Tech – Jon Rubinstein
Tech Personality of the Year – Stephen Fry
Tech Brand of the Year – Google
Gadget of the Year – HTC Hero

Thanks Raymond Reid for letting us know


Jun 25 2009

Bet Awards HD Exclusive to Freesat

On Saturday 4th July (American Independence Day), Freesat will bring viewers the prestigious BET Awards 2009 in brilliant high-definition; a UK exclusive for the subscription-free digital satellite TV service.

Held in LA (Los Angeles) on Sunday 28th June, this year’s BET Awards are hosted by Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and will feature performances from Hollywood A-listers Beyonce Knowles, Kanye West and Jay-Z.

Watching this year’s BET Awards in HD is a special bonus for Freesat HD viewers who can catch an HD simulcast of the ceremony exclusively on the BET HD channel (channel 142), on Saturday 4th July from 8.00pm. Freesat standard-definition viewers will not miss out though and can watch the awards by tuning in to the normal BET channel (Channel 140) at the same time.

The BET Awards were established in 2001 by Black Entertainment Network to celebrate the best African American talent from music, film, television and sport and previous winners include Prince, Mariah Carey, Denzel Washington, Will Smith and Halle Berry.

Viewers should look out for the special BET HD channel (142) as it appears in the Freesat EPG from Thursday 2nd July until after the event.

Freesat’s MD Emma Scott comments;

Being able to broadcast this year’s BET Awards exclusively on Freesat in HD is a real coup and we hope Freesat viewers will really enjoy watching some of the world’s biggest entertainers like Beyonce and Jay Z with amazing HD picture and sound quality.

We’re committed to bringing our viewers brilliant HD programming completely subscription-free and we hope this will be the first of many Freesat HD exclusives.

This is great news for Freesat, obtaining an exclusive such as this isn’t easy with other satellite platforms available, so lets hope it’s a massive success and the start of other such exclusives.