YOUVIEW RIVAL Freesat announced a smart TV guide for its set-top boxes today, enabling users to catch up on programmes they missed.
Freesat, which lets customers access satellite TV for free once they've bought a set-top box, has announced a new smart TV guide called < free time> which lets users scroll backwards through listings. This will enable customers to watch TV programmes up to eight days after they originally air, and Freesat is the first satelite firm to offer such a service.
Freesat told us it will also be launching a companion app for smartphones and tablets in the future, enabling users to pause and rewind live TV straight from their mobile devices.
However, to access the annoyingly-named < free time> service users will need to buy one of the firm's next-generation Freesat+ boxes, which will retail for £279 later this month. Users will only be able to catch up on BBC and ITV shows from launch too, with 4OD and Demand 5 launching later in the year.
Emma Scott, MD of Freesat said, "TV is a simple pleasure that technology can make even better, not more complicated. Our new boxes with < free time> give satellite viewers everything they get with Freesat today and so much more in a single, simple and easy to use on screen guide.
"We want to help viewers find something great to watch the minute they sit down, so they can spend less time searching and more time watching the TV they love."
When we asked whether Freesat will put Netflix into its boxes, we were told, "As we have stated before we are planning to offer optional pay services in the future and continue to talk to a number of different service providers. We will announce launches only when confirmed and will not speculate until that time." µ