Freesat offers first pay service with Curzon films on demand
| 29 May 2014
As it ramps up its Freetime connected TV service, used by two-fifths of its customers, UK free-to-air satellite provider Freesat is to enhance the bouquet with the Curzon Home Cinema film-on-demand player.

The launch marks both Freesat's first film-on-demand service and its first ever pay-per-view player. Freetime users have the the ability to watch the latest independent film releases created and curated by one of the UK's leading independent cinema groups from £1 per film, without an on-going monthly subscription fee. Curzon Home Cinema films can also, where available, be streamed the same day that the film is released in the cinema.

"Freesat is a fantastic new partner for Curzon and we are proud to offer their Freetime viewers this unmatched cinema at home experience utilising the very best new on-demand technologies," commented Curzon Home Cinema director Phil Mordecai. "The launch of the exciting new Curzon Home Cinema online video service in combination with the launch of the Freesat App illustrates our unprecedented support for this growing sector. Our curated seasons and pioneering cinema content makes Curzon and Curzon Home Cinema a clear home for any film fan."

Added Emma Scott, Freesat's managing director, said: "We are excited to launch our first film-on-demand player, which enables Freesat viewers to watch some of the best independent films available, often on the day they are released in the cinema."

The Curzon Home Cinema Player will join Freesat's existing TV players, including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD, Demand 5 and YouTube, plus BBC News and BBC Sport apps, and will be available initially on all Humax Freetime set-top boxes and Panasonic Freetime smart TVs from June 2014.