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  • Apr
  • 07

Hot on the heels of the agreement between UK free-to-air satellite platform, Freesat and TV maker, Panasonic to incorporate Freesat’s Freetime EPG in Panasonic smart TVs, Freesat has made a similar agreement with Vestel,  the World’s third biggest TV maker, to use Freetime in the Turkish manufacturer’s TVs and set-top boxes.

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  • Mar
  • 25

Panasonic is adding Freetime to its new integrated Freesat satellite TV sets. Available in most of Panasonic’s 2014 range  of Viera smart TVs, including 4K models, the Freetime EPG allows viewers to ‘roll back’ their TV guide for the past seven days and access viewing recommendations and the major online catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5. Freetime has previously been available only in Freesat set-top boxes.

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  • Feb
  • 28

The BBC iPlayer catch-up TV service received a record 315 million TV and radio programme requests during January, with an average of 10.2 million each day. Particularly popular shows were Sherlock, The Voice, and Outnumbered.

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  • Feb
  • 17

Research by UK free-to-air satellite TV platform, Freesat has revealed that British TV viewers will go to almost any lengths to see their favourite TV programmes. Over a third admit to missing a night out to watch TV, one in ten have taken sick leave from work to make sure they’re at home to catch the latest episode of a series, and 7% have even left a wedding or funeral early to catch a much-loved show.

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  • Feb
  • 11

Free-to-air DTH satellite TV platform, Freesat is now viewed in over 1.8 million homes in the UK, reaching 3.8 million viewers. 31,000 new homes took to Freesat in the last quarter of 2013 and 40% of all Freesat set-top box now sold are Freetime receivers with a ‘roll back’ EPG that allows viewers access to past broadcasts they have missed.

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  • Feb
  • 11

UK free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5 has introduced the UK’s first 24-hour delayed channel for UK satellite viewers. The 5+24 channel repeats the previous day’s primetime schedule (7pm to after midnight) to enable viewers to catch up with missed shows, with teleshopping and repeats of recent programming during daytime hours.

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  • Jan
  • 28

The BBC is aiming to offer “the most complete digital coverage to date” of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi starting on February 7. Building on the success of the multi-platform coverage of the London 2012 Games, there will be 200 hours of broadcast coverage of the Russian Games in SD and HD, and more than 650 hours of live action delivered through six HD streams. Two streams of live content and highlights will be available via the “Red Button” interactive service on Freesat and Sky from the ASTRA 28.2°E satellites, while further coverage can be accessed on laptops, smart phones and tablets via the BBC’s app and website.

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  • Jan
  • 28

UK pay-TV platform, Sky has launched a new form of tailored advertising. Under development since 2008, AdSmart presents advertising within a live TV ad break that is specific to the location and profile of the individual viewing household.

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  • Dec
  • 13

The BBC has now officially launched the new five high definition channels announced in July which have been recently test-broadcasting. HD versions of BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC News, CBBC and CBeebies are broadcasting free-to-air from ASTRA 28.2°E

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  • Dec
  • 05

The BBC has begun test broadcasts of five high definition channels announced in summer 2013 for launch in 2014. HD versions of BBC News, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBBC and CBeebies are broadcasting with the same schedule as the existing SD channels, from two transponders on ASTRA 28.2°E (10.847GHz/V and 11.023GHz/H) that are already used by national HD services of BBC One, BBC Two and regional versions of BBC One.

The new HD channels do not yet feature in the Sky UK or Freesat EPGs but are broadcast free-to-air.

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