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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 05 2013

Author: Giles Cottle is Head of Strategy at freesat

You’ll be hard pressed to have missed the hype surrounding Netflix’s new House of Cards series. A high-profile ad campaign has accompanied its launch, including blanket coverage on London’s Underground, among other places. …read more »


Nov 14 2012

ITV Player (on-demand) is now available on the Samsung SMT-S7800 Freesat+HD Receiver.

The software required to receive ITV Player (channel 903) should be available to download over-the-air now providing you have updates set to ‘automatic’ from within the menu. …read more »


Nov 14 2012

ITV Player (on-demand) is now available on the Echostar HDS-600RS Freesat+HD Receiver.

The software required to receive ITV Player (channel 903) should have been downloaded over-the-air in the past few days providing you have updates set to ‘automatic’ from within the menu. …read more »


Jul 26 2011

Latest update scan on all Freesat receivers

1 added – 903 ITV Player (Humax receivers only at the moment)
0 deleted –
0 changed –


Jul 26 2011

Following on from final testing, Freesat have today confirmed that ITV Player is now available on channel 903 (still in beta) for Humax receivers, with the rest to follow over the coming months. The announcement made by Freesat is as follows:

Freesat today made it even easier for customers to take control of their TV viewing as it announced the arrival of ITV Player on its subscription-free TV service.

The only TV service to offer both ITV Player and BBC iPlayer, Freesat’s viewers can now catch-up on all of their favourite ITV1, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 programmes, up to seven days after broadcast. With over 100 hours of programmes each week, viewers can choose from popular soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale, to prime-time drama and the nation’s most popular entertainment show The X Factor. …read more »


Mar 22 2011

Echostar Plan Freesat+ PVR With Slingbox Feature

Following the announcement we made back in July 2010, Echostar have today confirmed that they will be launching their Freesat receiver from 1st April 2011, with pre-orders accepted from tomorrow, 23rd March 2011.

The Echostar HDS-600RS will not only include Freesat+ PVR functionality from the 500GB in-built hard drive, but also offer the Slingbox feature; allowing you to watch your TV from anywhere in the world via your PC, Mac, or handheld device such as the iPad (providing you have a Internet connection of course). …read more »


Jan 03 2011

ITV has had its on-demand player in beta testing for some time now, but opened up the testing to a wider ‘closed’ audience just before Christmas, to gain valuable feedback from varying satellite dish / broadband setups.

The ITV Player is presently working on Humax Freesat receivers with an enabled broadband connection. The code for accessing the beta test has been leaked should you want to give it a go: …read more »


Dec 16 2010

Latest update scan on all Freesat receivers

2 added – 901 BBC iPlayer, 903 ITV Player (“Arriving soon in 2011″)
0 deleted
0 changed

Note – cannot confirm if these channels apply to only certain Freesat receivers, or all at this stage.


Aug 19 2010

ITV have confirmed plans to launch their on-demand ITV Player service on Freesat this Autumn.

The player, which allows you to catch up on ITV programmes, will be rolled out across all Freesat HD receivers via a software update; though it is expected that a beta test will take place on select brands first to ensure reliability.

ITV Player, which is funded by advertising revenue will also be made available on the Sony Playstation 3 by the end of the year, to sit along side the already available BBC iPlayer.


Jan 11 2010

Although we allowed the release of the code a few weeks ago, Freesat/BBC have today officially release for all Humax receiver owners to take part in the final beta trial of the service.

The trial is the first time BBC iPlayer has been delivered on a subscription free TV service. It was initially limited to a small number of users, however, following positive feedback from this group and high levels of interest from Freesat users, the trial is now open to all Humax owners to give it a go.

Emma Scott, Managing Director of Freesat said;

Initial feedback of the trial has been really positive, with trial users able to make sure they didn’t miss some of the fantastic programming available over Christmas. For many, it was the first time they had accessed BBC iPlayer on the television, and there were high levels of satisfaction with the service itself as well how easy it was to set up and operate. I’m really pleased that we can now expand the number of Freesat viewers who can now access BBC iPlayer.

At the same time as releasing this statement, Emma Scott also confirmed that ITV Player would also make an appearance in the first half of this year;

With ITV Player also due to launch on Freesat in the first half of this year, we will be the only TV platform to offer catch up services from both major broadcasters on a subscription free basis and without the need to buy new equipment.

The ability to access on-demand is increasingly important to viewers, and Freesat’s exclusive ability to offer this to TV viewers without a subscription demonstrates our strategy of innovation and long term growth for the platform.