What is Freesat?
Freesat is a digital satellite TV service which launched on 6th May 2008, and is available to almost all households across the UK. For a one-off payment for a digital box, satellite dish and installation, Freesat currently offers you around 170 TV/Radio channels, including BBC, ITV, C4, Five and many more. If your TV is ‘HD Ready’, Freesat will also give you access to the world of ‘free’ High Definition programmes, presently BBC One HD, BBC HD, ITV1 HD, Channel 4 HD and NHK World HD
As an alternative to both freeview (in particular poor to weak signal area's where freeview is currently unobtainable), and Sky freesat, the Freesat satellite service provides over 150 free digital television channels, free high definition content, free recording/pause and rewind live tv facilities and even on demand content. New digital freesat channels are being added all the time.
All these offerings, coupled with no monthly charges and no contract have made the Freesat service a best seller since it's launch.
Freetime is Freesat's answer to Freeview's Youview.
The box lets you watch all the usual channels available on the freesat satellite service (as long as you have a dish), and adds a new EPG that allows you to go back in time to catch up on programmes that have already been broadcast.
On-demand services, searching and streaming
The box currently only supports two on-demand services -- BBC iPlayer and ITV Player. However, the on-demand menu does have placeholders for 4oD and Demand 5. Freesat says these will be added by Christmas.