Freesat launches iPhone, iPad app for on demand players

Editor | 16-01-2014

The UK’s free-to-air satellite service, Freesat, has launched a new app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch which can act as a TV guide for all free TV viewers.

Available exclusively on the Apple iTunes App Store, the Free App offers not only access to a set of free on-demand players, but is also designed to work as a companion to Freesat’s Freetime service and enhances Freetime’s key features.

It allows users to catch up on the last seven days of TV and offers TV recommendations on what to watch via Showcase – allowing the viewer to browse through programme picks for the week ahead and set reminders to view. It also acts as a remote control and lets users set recordings remotely.

Viewers of free TV in the UK, whether they have Freesat or not, will be able to search and find programmes from the UK’s top free on-demand players including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5 - through their iOS device. Freetime viewers can launch on-demand programmes from the app direct to their TV.

Commenting on the launch, Emma Scott, managing director of Freesat, said: “The new Freesat App is, we believe, a game changer for the free TV market. January is naturally a popular month for staying in – so it’s perfect timing to make the most of all the great new TV programmes that are on via the Freesat App. Making this free app available to all UK free TV viewers fits with our core goal at Freesat of opening up fantastic subscription free TV.”