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.
UK home shopping retailer, JML is teaming up with commercial public service network, ITV to launch a new shopping channel. The Store will broadcast 24/7 from October 1 from the ASTRA 28.2°E satellites on Sky channel 642 and Freesat channel 809. A range of health, beauty, gift and home products will be sold using JML’s “chatmercial” format – a combination of an infomercial and a chat show filmed in front of a studio audience.
UK regional commercial TV channel, UTV will be available to Northern Ireland viewers in high definition from November 4 as part of the Freesat free-to-air satellite TV platform. UTV HD broadcasts from the ASTRA 28.2°E satellites, on Freesat channel 119.
A low cost receiver for the Freetime EPG from UK free-to-air broadcasting platform Freesat has been launched by STB maker, Humax. The HB-1000S costs £99 and includes access to catch-up TV, and missed programmes of the past seven days, viewing recommendations, and HbbTV compatibility, as well as over 150 free-to-air SD and HD Freesat channels.
Fashion One, the international fashion showcase channel, has been launched as part of UK free-to-air platform Freesat on ASTRA 28.2°E. As well as coverage of red carpet events featuring the latest in fashion trends, models, designers, and photographers from across the global fashion industry, Fashion One also provides celebrity, entertainment and lifestyle news. Fashion One already broadcasts from ASTRA satellites at 19.2°E, 23.5°E, and 5°E.
Visit www.fashionone.com/United-Kingdom for more information.
UK broadcaster Channel 4 is launching new free-to-air channel, 4seven, on July 4 (4/7) with a new twist on catch-up TV. Broadcasting on ASTRA 28.2°E, alongside the Channel 4’s main channel, E4, More4 and Film4 (and their +1 hour versions), 4seven will give viewers the chance to see the most popular shows broadcast in the previous week without having to go online.
TV viewers in the UK watched an average of 28 hours of TV per week in 2011, equivalent to two months out of the year, according to a report from the UK’s TV licence collection agency, TV Licensing.
There are now 180 TV and radio channels broadcasting on Freesat, the UK free-to-air satellite platform. Recent additions include music channel Chart Show TV+1, ‘Bollywood’ film channel UMP Movies, and five channels from Channel 5 – Channel 5+1 (a one-hour delayed version), 5* and 5*+1 (soaps, drama, documentaries and comedies), and 5 USA and 5 USA+1 (drama, action films and sport from the US) – which were previously only available encrypted by satellite. Freesat broadcasts from ASTRA 28.2°E.
Visit www.freesat.co.uk for more information
By: SES ASTRA
Freesat, the free-to-air digital satellite TV platform broadcasting to the UK from the ASTRA satellites at 28.2°E, has revealed the winners of its annual Product Awards for 2010. The winners in the four categories were chosen by Freesat and the editors of What Satellite & Digital TV, Home Cinema Choice and TechRadar.com. The award for Best Freesat Receiver went to the Technisat HDFS, the first Freesat product from the German manufacturer, and featuring the ability to playback music and video from external storage devices and networked PCs. The Best Freesat+ HD recorder is the Humax Foxsat-HDR, with a 320GB hard disk drive, great AV performance and competitive price. The Panasonic TX-P50VT20B was judged the Best Freesat HD TV with a 50in screen and flash memory or network playback delivering stunning SD, HD and 3D pictures. The overall Freesat Product of the Year is the Panasonic DMR-BS880, a twin-tuner Freesat receiver with both hard disc recorder and Blu-ray recorder.
Visit www.freesat.co.uk for further information
Global Christian network God TV is now available as part of the UK’s Freesat network (channel 694) broadcasting via the ASTRA 28.2°E satellite position. Established in 1995 as Europe's first daily Christian TV network, God TV now reaches 14 million UK homes.
New channel, Vintage TV is aimed at the over-50s, providing music and popular culture from the 1940s to 1980 with a mix of music-themed original programming, specially created music videos, classic programmes, films and documentaries. Vintage TV will launch on September 1 on the Sky and Freesat platforms.