Editor | 07-08-2013
Freesat has added Channel 5’s Demand 5 on-demand service to its <free time> catch-up bouquet complementing 4oD, ITV Player and BBC iPlayer.
Freesat’s <free time> platform includes features such as a backwards guide that lets viewers ‘turn back time’ to watch programmes that have already been on, a new Showcase section providing TV recommendations and enhanced on-demand and recordings.
The satellite operator is growing the <free time> features’ set over time, including a remote record and remote control app for smartphones and tablets as well as the introduction of additional movie and music services. The UK’s subscription-free satellite TV service now claims an edge over rival BSkyB as the only satellite TV provider with all UK full player apps.
Demand 5 will offer more than 600 programmes including the UK’s Big Brother, premium US series such as The Walking Dead, kid’s programmes from milkshake! such as Fireman Sam and some of the UK’s favourite soaps including Neighbours and Home and Away.
Commented Emma Scott, Freesat’s managing director: “The launch of Demand 5 further bolsters the catch-up TV set for Freesat <free time> viewers, joining BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, YouTube and the recently launched 4oD. As the consumer appetite for video-on-demand grows, Freesat now offers viewer access to the four largest UK catch-up TV players, which account for 80% of long form on-demand viewing today.”
Added Paul Thornton-Jones, Channel 5’s head of digital media: “We’re very pleased to be adding Demand 5 to the Freesat <free time> service, further adding to the wide range of platforms and devices from which viewers can catch up on their favourite Channel 5 programmes and access a significant archive of our shows, including the ever popular milkshake! strand”.