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Freesat launches iOS app for catch-up TV and mobile recording

Users can watch free-to-air TV shows on demand without costing them a dime
Thu Jan 16 2014, 13:16

SUBSCRIPTION FREE TV SERVICE Freesat launched an app today with an integrated catch-up TV service, allowing users to watch free-to-air TV shows on demand without costing them a dime.

Working with just iOS 6 and iOS 7 devices for now, the Freesat App is available on the Apple App Store and acts as a TV guide for all free TV viewers.

When linked with Freesat's Freetime service, the app is also a remote control and lets users set up recording remotely from wherever they are, at home or mobile.

"In the app you can look the Roll Back TV Guide which lets you check out the last seven days of TV to watch programmes you may have missed, and the app also offers TV recommendations on what to watch via Showcase, allowing you to browse through programme picks for the week ahead and set reminders to view," Freesat explained.

Viewers of free TV in the UK, whether they have Freesat or not, will also 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 devices.

Users can then launch On Demand programmes from the app direct to their TV.

"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," said Freesat MD Emma Scott. "We believe this new app is going to change the way people explore and discover television shows, as well as manage how they view them."

Freesat said it will continue to evolve the new app, making it available on more platforms and devices "over time". It has also said that an Android app is currently in development. µ


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