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BBC iPlayer Coming to Freesat TVs By The End Of This Month

In a gratifying move for those who’ve opted for Freesat to receive their cost-effective HDTV fill, Freesat has announced that it will be adding the BBC iPlayer video catch up service to its stable by the end of this month.

The provider asserted that it would be the first subscription-free TV platform that would have the complete version of the iPlayer, without necessitating the viewers to add any extra equipment for the purpose.

The controller of television platforms at BBC Future Media and Technology, Rahul Chakkara, quoted on the BBC Internet Blog: “I expect to start a Beta deployment by the end of November using capable Freesat devices”.

The word “capable” here means the devices having the HD capability, as the service won’t initially be available on SD Freesat. However, the provider would reportedly roll out the service over time for the users who haven’t grabbed a HD box yet.

In addition, Freesat is also kicking off an ad campaign very soon with its prime focus being on HD offerings and other Freesat+ options.

The move would perhaps mark a paradigm shift in the way people watch television this Christmas across the UK, as it could prompt users to go more for on-demand content than traditional broadcast shows.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.