Freesat launches new TV guide called <free time>

Freesat launches new TV guide called <free time>Freesat, the UK’s free-to-air digital satellite television provider, today launches a new smart on-screen TV guide, available in its next generation Freesat+ boxes (originally dubbed “G2”).

Called <free time>, the service offers new features in a single, simple and easy to use guide: Continue reading Freesat launches new TV guide called <free time>

Poll: What would be most important to you in the G2 spec?

With Freesat expected to announce the G2 specification and range of receivers in September, I thought it would be a good opportunity to ask what functionality would be most important to you in deciding to buy.

The functionality I’ve included based on information I’ve received so far are: Continue reading Poll: What would be most important to you in the G2 spec?

Manhattan confirmed as Freesat partner for next gen receivers

Freesat today confirmed it is partnering with Manhattan as a manufacturer of its next generation set-top boxes due to launch early this year.

In September last year, Freesat confirmed that Sagemcom and Humax would also be producing the new boxes. Continue reading Manhattan confirmed as Freesat partner for next gen receivers

Sagemcom Confirmed As Lead Manufacturer For Next Generation Freesat Boxes

Freesat has today confirmed it will be partnering with Sagemcom as lead manufacturer for the development of its next generation set-top boxes, due to launch in early 2012 (G2 Spec).

Freesat have also confirmed that Humax would be producing new boxes later in 2012, which puts to bed any suggestion that they would be launching a new FOXSAT-HDR early next year. We don’t have a clear indication yet which other manufacturers would be involved. Continue reading Sagemcom Confirmed As Lead Manufacturer For Next Generation Freesat Boxes

Ocean Blue Teases Freesat G2 Features

(News story from What Satellite & Digital TV)

DiSEqC 1.2 multi-satellite and advanced MHEG interactive TV are supported in the latest Freesat update from set-top box software creator Ocean Blue.

Sunrise DVB-S2 supports DiSEqC 1.2 motor control, with further upgrades due to add Unicable SCR* support and DiSEqC 3.0**. Continue reading Ocean Blue Teases Freesat G2 Features

Freesat G2 Spec: DiSEqC, Single Cable PVR, On-demand

Wotsat have managed to find out some more information about the proposed roll-out of the G2 spec Freesat standard; here is a copy of what Wotsat have posted on their website.

Freesat’s next-generation G2 spec will include DiSEqC, single cable routing and core support for iPlayer-style hybrid TV services. Continue reading Freesat G2 Spec: DiSEqC, Single Cable PVR, On-demand