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Apr 10 2012

Visit Freesat at the Gadget Show LiveIf you are one of the lucky ones that managed to get tickets for the Gadget Show Live this year, then why not head over to the impressive Freesat stand, found at B22 near the main entrance.

There to greet you will be Michael, Joe, Craig and a number of additional members of the Freesat team, plus the newest addition, the Freesat Lexus car wrapped and on the road promoting the Freesat brand (not to be confused with a Google Maps Astra!!!).

Visit Freesat at the Gadget Show Live

The stand has almost the full range of Freesat receivers on show, plus a chill out area to watch some television and discuss the platform.

I also spotted the very latest Manhattan Plaza HDR-S, the first time seen outside of Manhattan towers, though unfortunately I was told it was a non-working unit at present, yet Manhattan have told me they should have a working version there too; I didn’t spot it, but if you are going, be sure to have a look.

Manhattan Plaza HDR-S

If you do visit the stand, make sure you mention being a fan of joinfreesat for all the latest news, they’ll love that ;)

22 Responses to “Visit Freesat at the Gadget Show Live”

  1. Mark B Says:

    I’m going this Friday – I’ll be sure to stop by and check it out.

    Of course, I’ll mention I am a fan from Join-Freesat :-)

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  2. Conor Says:

    I will do that if they put 5HD on freesat

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  3. Robert Hudson Says:

    Here Here to Conor I agree

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  4. admin Says:

    Huh? So you won’t visit the Freesat stand unless they put Channel 5 HD on the platform, of which they have no control over?!?!

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  5. Richard Crichton Says:

    I would obviously like 5 HD on Freesat but i’m not sure how much native HD programming they actually have on there.
    BRM is too far for me to travel for that event otherwise I would defo give it and the Freesat stand a visit and mention joinfreesat.
    A Freesat travelling roadshow might be a good idea to promote the 24 HD Olympic channels. Once they are hooked there is no joining Dark Lords mob especially when they think of the goodies they can buy with the money they save.

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  6. Paul. Says:

    Blimey, the Manhattan’s got a lot of venting on the top.

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  7. Paul. Says:

    The only benefit to 5HD joining the line-up is that we would get a decent SD picture, as the amount of blocking on 5’s SD channels is pretty appalling these days. Last time I looked the only HD content on 5HD was Home & Away, Neighbours and the occasional film.

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  8. Richard Crichton Says:

    Paul. said:
    Blimey, the Manhattan’s got a lot of venting on the top.

    ” This whisper quiet fanless design unit is also the smallest Freesat+ receiver on the market at only 280 x 170 x 40mm.”
    http://www.satbuyer.co.uk/manhattan-plaza-hdr-s-freesat+hd-320gb-digital-box-p146.html

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  9. ian Says:

    This kind of thing is always good for the Freesat brand and glad Freesat had the nous to get there and set up a stand and promote it :)
    Will be there soon and will give JoinFreesat.co.uk a mention

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  10. Neil Says:

    Pity I couldn’t have made it as the stand looks impressive. That Manhattan HDR looks good too, also glad they’ve put loads of ventilation in the top as it will improve reliability long term.

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  11. ondemand Says:

    Went there today.

    Saw the following on one of the walls: “Stay tuned for a special announcement on the future of freesat”

    Its about the new boxes coming out and when I asked what features it would have compared to the Samsung/current generation I was told “I can’t tell you, I’d have to kill you” :-) But on one of the touch screen devices I was asked to sign up to find out about it first. I noticed the URL in the web browser was:

    http://www.freesat.co.uk/next-generation/

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  12. Martin Says:

    admin said:
    Huh? So you won’t visit the Freesat stand unless they put Channel 5 HD on the platform, of which they have no control over?!?!

    Who dose have control I v often wondered that how do channels get on the platform someone must be in charge to sell the epg and award a channel slot just wondering really would like to know how it works

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  13. admin Says:

    Martin said: Whodose have control I v oftenwondered that how do channels get on the platform someone must be in charge to sell the epg and award a channel slot just wondering really would like to knowhow it works

    Freesat offer EPG slots for an annual fee, the same as all platforms and much more reasonably priced too; Freesat would gladly accept an application from Channel 5 HD, but it is Channel 5 as a broadcaster that ultimately have to make the decision, and at present they are tied into a contract with BSkyB, which was a popular move a few years ago when BSkyB were in bed with everyone and offered very sweet incentives. There is much talk that Channel 5 HD will be clear of this contract by the summer, but ultimately it is completely out of Freesats hands.

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  14. ian Says:

    Basically, if Channel5 want their HD channel on Freesat FTA, they will do it, if not, they will stay behind a ‘paywall’ where the viewers is limited and gets no subscription income at all
    (Its not in an actual subscription package, you can view it as a Freesat-From-Sky customer (Spits as i said the $$ky word)

    The gain sod all being in the FTV status it is in right now..
    Perhaps a cheaper uplink and not having to pay for the transponder they are on as a sweetener, but going FTA, the ad revenue will be larger as they will have a bigger reach, meaning what they would outlay, they have a bigger chance to make that back and then some..

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  15. Martin Says:

    Great thanks I know now thank you for explaining the facts for me

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  16. Jon Says:

    ondemand said:
    Went there today.
    Saw the following on one of the walls: “Stay tuned for a special announcement on the future of freesat”
    Its about the new boxes coming out and when I asked what features it would have compared to the Samsung/current generation I was told “I can’t tell you, I’d have to kill you” But on one of the touch screen devices I was asked to sign up to find out about it first. I noticed the URL in the web browser was:
    http://www.freesat.co.uk/next-generation/

    I reckon Admin knows about this but is sworn to secrecy. You should email Emma saying you will spill the beans unless she answers your questions.

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  17. ian Says:

    If you was running a website on all things Freesat, and was given insider info on the basis you keep your gob shut or never have access to things earlier again, you’d stay quiet too :)

    Its in admins best interests to stay stum, you don’t get to where this site now is with blabbing :)

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  18. karra Says:

    off topic but apparently Disney Cinemagic and Disney XD are FTA all in HD (1080p). 4017 is Disney Cinemagic 4016 and 4018 are Disney XD. Handy if you’ve got kids.

    source: http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?s=abd935565a9a7002dcb30d018765503a&t=1597401&page=4

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  19. Karra Says:

    *Frequency

    10921 H
    22000

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  20. Harry Says:

    Spoke to freesat the other day – they said that an announcement regarding G2 will be made within a matter of ‘weeks’ …likely to be in a month’s time, perhaps a little longer. 4oD looks hopeful…

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  21. Richard Crichton Says:

    karra said:
    off topic but apparently Disney Cinemagic and Disney XD are FTA all in HD (1080p). 4017 is Disney Cinemagic 4016 and 4018 are Disney XD. Handy if you’ve got kids.
    source: http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?s=abd935565a9a7002dcb30d018765503a&t=1597401&page=4

    Presumably just testing.or for the duration of Gadget Show Live. They look pretty SD for HD though and the DOG on XD is far too big and bright.

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  22. steve Says:

    Great idea

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