Freesat’s makes TV programming simple

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Freesat, the UK’s free-to-air digital satellite television provider, with sales over 2.6m set-top boxes, has launched a new smart on-screen TV guide, available in its next generation Freesat+ boxes.

The service, called , offers new features, including:

•        A backwards TV guide letting users to watch programmes that may have missed,

•        An ‘at a glance’ Now & Next view to show what’s at the moment, 

•        A new Showcase section that offers recommendations on programmes to watch tonight, in the coming week and on demand,

•        On demand TV from BBC iPlayer and ITV Player, with 4OD and Demand 5 launching before Christmas. 

Developed using European open standards for hybrid TV, will offer additional services in the future, including a companion app for smartphones and tablets to create remote control and remote record capability. 

Emma Scott, managing director of Freesat, commented: “TV is a simple pleasure that technology can make even better, not more complicated. We want to help viewers find something great to watch the minute they sit down, so they can spend less time searching and more time watching the TV they love.”

The next generation Freesat+ boxes will be on the market later this month.  Humax is producing the first new box with which will be priced at £279. Boxes from Sagemcom, Philips and Manhattan will follow.

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