Freesat, the FTA package from BBC and ITV goes live

Freesat, the new free to air digital satellite joint venture between the BBC and ITV has launched today, on May 6th 2008.

Broadcasting via orbital position of 28.2 degrees East, Freesat offers over 80 free digital TV, HD and radio channels previously available only via Sky platform.
Current list include all regional versions of BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three and BBC Four, ITV1, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4, both S4C channels, Channel 4, E4, More4 and Film4 including one hour shifted versions where available, BBC News and Al-Jazeera English, childrens channels CBBC, CBeebies and CiTV, music channels Chartshow and The Vault plus BBC HD and in the nearest future ITV HD.

Freesat plans to expand to 200 channels by the end of the year.

Freesat also offers three types of official set top boxes - a standard definition receiver, an HD receiver and an HD integrated digital TV with Freesat built-in (IDTV). Available STBs are made by Goodmans, Bush, Grundig and Humax. IDTV LCD is to be made by Panasonic and will be available in June. Set Top Box prices start from 49.

Author: MRK [Source: OWN]
Posted on Tuesday 6 May 2008

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