Sony extends its kids channels catch-up service to Freesat

Sony Pictures Television Networks has announced that POP FUN, its hugely-popular 7-day catch-up service for its portfolio of kids channels, will now be accessible via the Freesat platform.

Top shows from Sony Pictures Television Networks kids channels, POP, Tiny Pop and POP MAX – ranging from Power Rangers to My Little Pony Continue reading Sony extends its kids channels catch-up service to Freesat

Wimbledon 3D Coming To Freesat?

Wimbledon 3D Coming To Freesat?

According to a report in wotsat today, BBC and Sony are working on a deal to bring the Wimbledon to our screens in 3D this year, with Freesat tipped to be the vehicle of choice for broadcasting on.

Whilst we at joinfreesat are not particularly fans of 3D (when they haven’t got HD right yet!), it would be another great boost for Freesat as it continues to grow in popularity.

As soon as we have further news on this, we’ll update the page. The current story can be read here

Freesat Announces 2010 Product Of The Year Awards

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, has announced the winners of its annual Product Awards for 2010, with Panasonic, Humax and Technisat receiving top honours.

Panasonic’s Freesat+ HD Blu-Ray Recorder box (DMR-BS880) has been revealed as overall Product of the Year in recognition of its superior features that outshone the competition.

The very best Freesat products from across the categories of ‘HD receiver’, ‘Freesat+’ and ‘HD TV’ were recognised, showcasing the innovative technology available. These products enable viewers to enjoy the broad choice of quality programming available on Freesat, as well as services such as free HD and catch-up TV on BBC iPlayer – with ITV Player coming soon.

The winners were chosen by a prestigious panel of technology experts including the editors of What Satellite & Digital TV, Home Cinema Choice and TechRadar.com. The winners are:

– Freesat+ HD recorder: Humax Foxsat-HDR
Best Price: £214.99 (inc delivery)

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– Freesat HD TV: Panasonic TX-P50VT20B
Best Price: £1600.00 (inc delivery)

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– Freesat HD receiver: Technisat HDFS
Best Price: £128.39 (inc delivery)

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– Freesat Product of the Year: Panasonic DMR-BS880
Best Price: £647.00 (inc delivery)

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Emma Scott, Freesat Managing Director, congratulated the winners on their success;

This was Freesat’s first dedicated Product Awards. We wanted to showcase the very best Freesat products from across the categories of ‘HD receiver’, ‘Freesat+ PVR’ and ‘HD TV’ and recognise the excellent work of our partners in delivering product quality, innovation and choice to Freesat customers.

The products’ innovative functionality, quality features and excellent performance have helped contribute to Freesat’s continued success, and we look forward to bringing viewers more exciting and award-winning TV products and services in the future.

Freesat Product Awards 2010 winners

Freesat+ HD recorder – Humax Foxsat-HDR
With its 320GB disc, great AV performance and competitive price, the Humax box was deemed Freesat’s top personal video recorder.
Runner-up: Sagem DTR-94500

Freesat HD TV – Panasonic TX-P50VT20B
Panasonic’s full HD 50in plasma screen delivers stunning HD and SD pictures, is 3D-ready and features flash and network storage playback. Its broadband internet connection also gives access to On Demand services courtesy of BBC iPlayer, with ITV Player coming soon.
Runner-up: Sony KDL-46Z5800

Freesat HD receiver – Technisat HDFS
Technisat’s debut product for the UK market builds on the Freesat HD specification to let users enjoy music, video and pictures, while also offering an optional Wi-Fi connection and On Demand access.
Runner-up: Humax Foxsat-HD

Freesat Product of the Year – Panasonic DMR-BS880
Panasonic’s Freesat+ HD Blu-Ray Recorder box demonstrates what can be achieved if you want to deliver a high-end home media centre for HD entertainment. Its delivery on superior features, such as twin tuners, Blu-ray recording, network and flash media playback and access to On Demand help set the bar very high against the competition.
Runner-up: Technisat HDFS

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.

BBC iPlayer Beta Testing On Sony

Sony yesterday released their latest software (1.630SA) to enable BBC iPlayer on all their Freesat built-in Sony televisions. If you have one of these televisions, you should now be able to access BBC iPlayer from BBC1 by pressing the red button followed by code 5483. (instructions on how to connect your Sony television to the Internet to receive iPlayer can be found here)

Other manufacturers will be added as and when they have carried out the initial testing with the BBCi Tech Team. All Freesat HD receivers are expected to have BBC iPlayer enabled within the next few months.

Sony Launch Freesat Televisions

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

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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…

Sony To Release Freesat IDTV’s

Sony has indicated that they expect to release a new range of televisions with integrated Freesat by the end of the year. This follows the hugely successful rival range from Panasonic, which have been on the market for many months now and have recently announced the launch of a new range themselves.

This news is reported to have been given by a Sony representative to What Satellite & Digital TV magazine at a function on Monday evening. Wotsat have said;

At a UK press event last night, a Sony representative told What Satellite that Freesat HD-ready TVs would be available by Christmas but did not disclose features or screen sizes.

This is further good news of the intent of major manufacturers to get involved with the Freesat platform. As and when we have further news we shall let you know.