Freesat viewers get a new version of ITV Hub

Freesat customers with the latest set-top-boxes can now enjoy a new and improved version of ITV Hub. The catch up and on demand service features a revamped design, which will make it easier to find the programmes you want to watch.

As well as a shiny new look ITV Hub now boasts a bigger range of TV shows available and improved video quality for a seamless viewing experience.

Panasonic ITV HD break-up issues on Panasonic TVs and PVRs

Update 21/06/2017 – Please see post 196 which highlights a successful claim against Panasonic. The claimant has kindly left his information and details should you wish also to make a claim.

Panasonic ITV HD break-up issues on Panasonic TV’s and PVR’sIt has been brought to our attention by a joinfreesat reader that, following changes to the Forward Error Correction (FEC) used by ITV on it’s HD satellite transponders, Panasonic 2009 – 2012 televisions and their range of DMR XS350/BS750/BS780/BS850/BS880 DVD and BD PVR’s can no longer receive the channel properly Continue reading Panasonic ITV HD break-up issues on Panasonic TVs and PVRs

Freesat sponsors ITV’s National Television Awards

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, is sponsoring ITV’s National Television Awards today. Presented by Dermot O’Leary, the National Television Awards will host the biggest stars of Britain’s best-loved shows at The O2 London on Wednesday 21st January 2015, live on ITV (Channel 103) from 7pm. Continue reading Freesat sponsors ITV’s National Television Awards

STV HD and UTV HD close to Freesat launch

After many months (if not years!) of waiting, it would seem that STV HD and UTV HD (and their respective +1’s) have tied up a deal with ITV which could see them join Freesat once Ofcom approval is granted. Fingers crossed.

News story from Broadcastnow: Continue reading STV HD and UTV HD close to Freesat launch

ITV1+1 Testing, Launching Soon

ITV1+1 is now testing FTA (free-to-air), which means a launch is imminent; 11th January 2011 to be precise according to our source inside the UK broadcaster.

It seems a number of frequencies are being used to test at present, which are the regional variants needed to match those available on ITV1. Continue reading ITV1+1 Testing, Launching Soon

ITV Player Confirmed For Autumn Launch

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.

ITV Turn Their Back On Freesat?

With the announcement made today that ITV intend on launching their ITV2, 3 and 4 high-definition service on Sky only, you’ve got to question how much involvement ITV really have, or want, in this Freesat joint venture agreement with BBC.

Many of you will be aware that ITV have been close to financial ruin in recent years, with a £105mil loss last year alone, so you can excuse them a little for wanting to take the option which will see the biggest return, but judging by the number of emails we’ve received today, this is seen as a clear sign that ITV are turning their back on free-to-air (FTA) satellite television and as such, their own joint venture platform.

ITV have said that whilst they plan to offer ITV2 HD, ITV3 HD and ITV4 HD as part of Sky’s HD pack (£10 per month on top of £18-£48 per month), their standard-definition versions will continue to be available FTA, along with ITV1 (SD) and ITV1 HD.

If you’ve not read the full story, it is availale on the BBC News website here.

What are your thoughts on the news, do you see this as a kick in the teeth for Freesat, or that ITV’s programming is so poor in terms of content and quality that this makes no difference to you other than the obvious additional exposure for Freesat. One things for sure, the team at Freesat are no doubt unhappy with this announcement!

On better news (depending how you look at it), ITV do intend on launching ITV1+1 at the beginning of 2011, and this should be FTA.