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Sep 02 2009

Sony Launch Two Freesat Televisions

It has been common knowledge for some time that Sony intended on launching a range of Freesat products; and now finally some official information is beginning to emerge.

Sony plan to launch two televisions initially with Freesat built-in; the Bravia KDL-32W5810 32″ LCD TV and Bravia KDL-40Z5800 40″ LCD TV. The models will launch in October this year. These are said to follow with further models once they see how viable an option it is; although they only need to look to Panasonic and LG to see how successful they have been.

This is great news for Freesat, another high profile electrical manufacturer on-board, and we look forward to seeing just how good these new Bravia televisions are.

Sony are promoting these two televisions as a great way to receive digital television via satellite without the need for a separate receiver and cables. They also mention 70 hours of HD content per week, so given that BBC has 63 hours showing, they must have decided that 1 hour per day for ITV HD is fair :).

Sony Bravia KDL-32W5810 32″ LCD Television with built-in Freesat

Sony Bravia KDL-32W5810

* Integrated Freesat tuner – watch free-to-air HD and SD satellite broadcasts without the need for an additional set top box
* Watch digital TV with the integrated standard definition digital terrestrial tuner (MPEG-2, also receives analogue)
* Sharp, smooth action with Motionflow 100Hz and Image Blur Reduction
* Superb High Definition detail with a 1920 x 1080 pixel screen resolution
* BRAVIA ENGINE 3 and Live Colour for impressive depth, clarity and colour purity

More information here…

Sony Bravia KDL-40Z5800 40″ LCD Television with built-in Freesat

Sony Bravia KDL-40Z5800

* Integrated Freesat tuner – watch free-to-air HD and SD satellite broadcasts without the need for an additional set top box
* Watch digital TV with the integrated standard definition digital terrestrial tuner (MPEG-2, also receives analogue)
* Watch smoother, sharper fast-action with Motionflow 200Hz and Image Blur Reduction
* BRAVIA ENGINE 3 and 100,000:1 Dynamic Contrast for amazing picture quality
* Eco features for 25-30% less energy consumption than previous comparable models

More information here…


Mar 18 2009

Following on from the announcement at the turn of the year that LG were planning to release a series of LCD televisions with Freesat built-in, we have today enquired with them in to the specific model numbers and screen sizes, and what release date is expected.

It would seem from the response that LGE (LG Electronics) are not intending on releasing these Freesat products!!! LG customer service said;

We do not at present have any plans to release this model in the UK. We would respectfully request that you check our website http://uk.lge.com periodically for any updates on release dates of our products.

Now we are still certain that the release is going ahead, so it came of some what a surprise to us that LG’s own representatives would suggest otherwise. What concerns us most is the comment regarding no plans to sell this product in the UK, where else are they planning on a selling a television with a UK based platform receiver integrated? :D


Mar 10 2009

We’ve had a number of emails asking what the full range of new Panasonic televisions with Freesat built-in will be. We can confirm the complete list as follows with descriptions:

Z1 Series (plasma)
Freesat models: TX-P46Z1B (46″), TX-P54Z1B (54″)

46″ rrp £tbc; 54″ rrp £tbc (launch tbc)
The Z1 Series is the flagship model combining superb functionality with a slim, fully flat*5, one-inch design. Also featuring full-HD wireless transmission technology that makes flexible room layout possible, these models are perfect for users seeking the highest grade in both function and design. The Z1 Series deliver outstanding 1080 lines moving picture resolution and a dynamic contrast of over 2,000,000:1. The THX Certified Display they incorporate has passed stringent tests, ensuring that they are ideal for viewing films. Z models also feature home networking with DLNA, which allows playback of motion images with VIERA CAST, and the VIERA Image Viewer. They can play DivX format motion images as well.

V10 Series (plasma)
Freesat models: TX-P42V10B (42″), TX-P50V10B (50″)

42″ rrp £1499.00; 50″ rrp £1799.00 (launch tbc)
In picture quality, the V Series stands at the top of the VIERA 2009 product line. Images are simply electrifying thanks to 1080 lines moving picture resolution and dynamic contrast of over 2,000,000:1. Digital Cinema Colour adds rich, vivid colour reproduction that approaches the level of a cinema. And the THX Certified Display further enhances the quality of film images. The V Series is especially recommended for film buffs and viewers who insist on the best in picture quality. It comes with a host of networking functions, including VIERA CAST, VIERA Image Viewer, VIERA Link, and DLNA, and the V Series’ stunning “One Sheet of Glass” design places it alongside the Z Series as a high-end model.

G15 Series (plasma)
Freesat models: TX-P42G15B (42″), TX-P46G15B (46″)

42″ rrp £1299.00; 46″ rrp £1499.00 (launch tbc)
The G15 Series combines enhanced networking and image-quality functions with a narrow bezel and slim design. With VIERA CAST, users can easily view Internet content from sources such as Eurosport and YouTube. The VIERA Image Viewer makes it easy to play back still and motion images from a digital camera or camcorder, and DLNA makes it possible to play back still and motion images stored on devices connected over a network. This series is well suited to users who want both superb picture quality and a wide range of entertainment possibilities.

G10 Series (plasma)
Freesat models: TX-P42G10B (42″), TX-P46G10B (46″), TX-P50G10B (50″)

42″ rrp £1199.00; 46″ rrp £1399; 50″ rrp £1499.00 (launch March / April 2009)
Incorporating a host of high-picture-quality functions, the G10 Series includes core VIERA models that offer 1080 lines moving-picture resolution and contrast of over 2,000,000:1 (native 40,000:1). In terms of networking, G10 models offer VIERA Link and the VIERA Image Viewer, giving viewers easy new ways to enjoy beautiful pictures.

V10 Series (LCD)
Freesat models: TX-L32V10B (32″), TX-L37V10B (37″)

32″ rrp £1099.00; 37″ rrp £1299.00 (launch tbc)
In picture quality, the V10 Series stands at the top of the 2009 VIERA LCD product line with its great picture quality thanks to Panasonic’s 100Hz Intelligent Frame Creation technology. The V10 Series has a slim design and comes with a host of networking functions, including VIERA CAST, VIERA Image Viewer, VIERA Link, and DLNA.

G15 Series (LCD)
Freesat models: TX-L37G15B (37″)

37″ rrp £1149.00 (launch tbc)
The G15 Series combines enhanced networking and image-quality functions. With VIERA CAST, users can easily view Internet content from sources such as Eurosport and YouTube. The VIERA Image Viewer makes it easy to play back still and motion images from a digital camera or camcorder, and DLNA makes it possible to play back still and motion images stored on devices connected over a network. Thanks to the beautiful, high-contrast motion images achieved by the IPS Alpha panel, the G15 series is well suited to users who want both superb picture quality and a wide range of entertainment possibilities.

G10 Series (LCD)
Freesat models: TX-L32G10B (32″), TX-L37G10B (37″)

32″ rrp £899.99; 37″ rrp £1049.99 (launch April 2009)
With the advanced IPS Alpha panels, the G10 LCD series models deliver breathtaking images with 800 line resolution, 50,000:1 dynamic contrast and a wide colour viewing angle. In terms of networking, G10 models offer VIERA Link and the VIERA Image Viewer, giving viewers easy new ways to enjoy beautiful pictures.

Prices and availability will be added to this post as released, plus will also appear within our Freesat receiver product section.


Feb 24 2009

Panasonic have announced the launch of more Plasma and LCD televisions incorporating Freesat. Based on the success of the initial TH-LZ and TH-PZ product line, Panasonic have increased their range to cover 14 models, of which will start to roll-out in March 2009.

Building on the success of its award winning series of freesat models, Panasonic has also increased its freesat offering within this line-up of Viera TVs, ranging 14 models in screen sizes from 32 right up to 54 inches.

Panasonic’s full HDTVs with freesat built-in are a convenient and high quality way to view over 140 digital TV and radio channels including brilliant HD programmes from the BBC and ITV, all for free.* Freesat offers subscription free HD services, gives you super fast digital text, as well as digital subtitles and audio description and as the freesat service is satellite based, further capacity for the expansion of HD services can be assured.

This is fantastic news for both Freesat and Panasonic, showing that integrated Freesat has been very popular in Panasonic televisions.

We believe these are the models to include Freesat, although we are waiting confirmation:

TX-L32G10 (lcd)
TX-L32V10 (lcd)
TX-L37G10 (lcd)
TX-L37G15 (lcd)
TX-L37V10 (lcd)
TX-P42G10 (plasma)
TX-P42G15 (plasma)
TX-P42V10 (plasma)
TX-P46G10 (plasma)
TX-P46G15 (plasma)
TX-P46Z1 (plasma)
TX-P50G10 (plasma)
TX-P50V10 (plasma)
TX-P54Z1 (plasma)


Jan 05 2009

LG has announced its plan to release televisions with Freesat built-in. The first television takes the form of the 37in LF7700 LCD and is due for release soon. LG intend to follow up with a large screen plasma with Freesat built-in later in 2009, with the prospect of further products in the future.

The LF7700 LCD TV is said to be competition for the existing Panasonic TX-37LZD81 although the technical spec and price has not yet been confirmed.

This is good news for Freesat and consumers alike, with more choice and clearly a successful uptake of the IDTV product range so far.

Following the announcement, Emma Scott, MD of Freesat said:

We’re extremely pleased to be working with LG as a manufacturing partner for Freesat in 2009. LG is world renowned for its quality products and this partnership will give consumers even more ways to enjoy Freesat as we grow the service.

Freesat is also in talks with a range of manufacturers regarding producing Freesat products and will announce further partners in 2009.


Oct 29 2008

Well, Panasonic did say that their 32in and 37in LCD’s with Freesat built-in would launch in October, just didn’t realise it would be so late in October!

We have created the price comparison pages for them, so if you are interested in purchasing, take advantage of the current discounts available from a few of the major retailers. Visit…

Panasonic TX-32LZD81 32in LCD Price Comparison

Panasonic TX-37LZD81 37in LCD Price Comparison


Sep 24 2008

Following the success so far of the three Panasonic plasmas with Freesat built-in (sizes 42in, 46in and 50in), Panasonic have announced the launch of two LCD televisions with Freesat built-in, available from October.

The LZD81 series will be available in two sizes, 32in and 37in and is great news in the increasing number of Freesat products coming onto the market, especially for so many of you whom have been waiting for news on slightly smaller televisions with Freesat capabilities.

All Panasonic Freesat televisions are supplied with high-definition and standard-definition digital satellite receiver, as well as a SD digital terrestrial (Freeview) and SD analogue terrestrial tuner with easy user navigation between all three services.

Prices will be £900 for the 32in (TX-32LZD81) and £1050 for the 37in (TX-37LZD81).