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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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Jan 14 2013

Joinfreesat Update ScanLatest update scan on all Freesat receivers:

1 added – 408 The Active Channel
0 deleted –
3 changed – 103 ITV1 renamed ITV, 112 ITV1+1 renamed ITV+1, 119 ITV1HD renamed ITVHD


Jan 14 2013

ITV’s rebrand goes live today – across all five ITV channels in the UK, six ITV Studios production offices around the world, and ITV Studios distribution arm, ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE).

A modern, unifying brand identity will …read more »


Mar 05 2012

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: …read more »


Apr 27 2011

A long-running legal dispute between the broadcasters STV and ITV has been settled amicably after the Scottish company agreed to pay ITV £18m. This could mean that STV HD will finally come to Freesat, though we suspect we might be a while off that just yet.

More on this story on the BBC news site.


Dec 14 2010

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. …read more »


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.


Aug 03 2010

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.


Mar 12 2010

It has been confirmed today that ITV1 HD will be available as a standalone channel (channel 119 – no red button) from 2nd April 2010. The channel which will be a simulcast of ITV1 will also be available on Sky and Virgin Media.

The ITV1 schedule will be simulcast on the new channel, with the majority of peak time content available in ‘native’ HD, including all live football, and an increasing range of drama, factual and entertainment programming. Other ITV1 content including GMTV and the daytime schedule, will be ‘upscaled’ – giving viewers a better than ever experience of the nation’s most popular commercial channel.

Peter Fincham, ITV Director of Television, Channels and Online, said:

The availability of high definition content is something viewers have come to expect as standard and, as we approach the 2010 World Cup, I’m delighted that we are able to launch our new channel, ITV1 HD, on all major platforms.

All of our output will benefit from the stunning picture quality that high definition offers, whether it’s ITV’s original drama, landmark factual shows, entertainment events or our live football.

This is great news and should now put an end to all the problems ITV have had with certain manufacturers and the red button service; it should also put ITV more in the spot light to take the service more seriously and offer more high-definition content over the coming years.


Sep 01 2009

ITV1+1

ITV have announced plans to launch a time-shift channel for ITV1. ITV1+1 is expected to go live on 1st October 2009, completing the line-up follow the introduction of ITV2+1, ITV3+1 and ITV4+1 some time ago.

The channel is expected to be available FTA on all satellite platforms, including both Freesat and Sky; plus will be available on Virgin Media. Rumours from within suggest channel slot 112 has already been assigned on the Freesat EPG.

The 1 hour time-shift channel will be available between the hours of 10:25 to 07:00 every day; the notable exclusion being when GMTV is broadcast (GMTV is a franchise therefore ITV don’t have complete control to approve this).

There will be 6 regions available:

London
South East Macro (Meridian, East)
West Macro (Wales, West, South West)
Central
Yorkshire/Tyne Tees Macro
Granada/Border Macro

ITV1+1 will not be available in Scotland, Northern Ireland or the Channel Islands as they are under separate agreement.


Aug 12 2009

Speaking exclusively to DigitalSpy, James Atkins, Freesat Trade Marketing Manager has said that providing more HD channels is without doubt on the agenda for Freesat, citing high-definition as a “key benefit” of the platform.

Freesat has been running since May 2008 initially launching with just BBC HD, and since adding ITV HD on an exclusive red button service. Now realising there is a huge call for more high-definition content, Freesat are urging broadcasters to consider launching HD channels. James Atkins said;

So we are very much actively building with our channels to say ‘come on guys, 80% of our sales are for HD products, there are 15 million HD TVs sold in the UK and there is a big appetite for HD. You guys need to be stepping up to the plate and putting some stuff on in HD’. So that is something that we are actively getting involved in.

When asked about the recent announcement of ITV1 HD launching on Freeview by the end of the year, James stated that whilst ITV have not confirmed their channel will be available on Freesat (we had been told differently by another member of Freesat’s team) as a replacement service to the red button, they would expect it to be so given ITV is an public broadcaster;

I think that we would expect to receive a full simulcast of ITV1 in high definition, although there is no commitment at this stage, [...] But as it’s from a public service broadcaster then we would expect it to become available.

Read more on this story over at DigitalSpy.