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Satellite TV service Freesat announces record number of new viewers

Tuesday, May 12th 2015 by Dean Reilly

A subscription-free satellite TV service has announced its biggest ever growth in viewer numbers.

Freesat added 12,000 new customers in the first quarter of 2015 – more than double the number it added in the same period last year.

The announcement takes the total number of customers for the subscription-free connected TV service to 1.9m households across the UK.

Freesat customers also average around 4m weekly views across the approximately 200 movie, entertainment, news and radio channels available on the platform.

Alistair Thom, Freesat’s managing director, said: “I’m thrilled to report another strong quarter for Freesat that clearly demonstrates the continuing growth and strength of the UK’s free-to-air proposition.

“With critically-acclaimed programmes such as Breaking Bad now available through Spike, Freesat continues to support our ever-expanding content offering with connected technology that empowers customers and their viewing habits.”

Mr Thom was referencing the launch of entertainment channel Spike on the service, which launched on 15 April this year.

Breaking Bad

The channel gives viewers the opportunity to watch critically-acclaimed programming like Breaking Bad alongside new shows like Lip Sync Battle.

The company also announced a strong take up of its remote record service since the feature launched as part of the Freesat App in January.

Freesat said the number of remotely triggered recordings doubles every month, with a growing percentage of the 500,000 people who have downloaded the app making use of the feature.

Freesat was launched to the public in May 2008 as a free-to-air digital satellite service. It was founded as a joint venture between the BBC and ITV.

Providing a satellite-based alternative to Freeview services available on digital television, Freesat offers a mostly similar selection of channels as those found on Freeview.

Unlike Freeview, however, Freesat offers a range of channels in high definition, including HD versions of leading ITV, BBC and Channel 4 channels.

The service utilises the extra capacity provided by digital satellite broadcasting technology to offer more HD programming than its terrestrial equivalent.

Customers view Freesat programming on a set-top box, which provides up to 500 hours of recording time, plus the ability to pause and rewind live television.

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