Freesat in over 1.93m homes and YouTube Red to premiere original content in February : DTG Daily News February 4th 2016

Freesat in over 1.93m homes

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, is now in over 1.93m homes.

The service was included in over 61,000 homes over the course of 2015, with 36,000 of those being in the final quarter of 2015.

Freetime, a connected TV guide solution on set-top boxes and TVs, had a year-on-year increase in sales of 13 per cent. Over 700,000 people have downloaded the app, which is available for free across iOS, Android and Kindle. The app has a few standout features, which allow it to be used as a remote control, remotely record TV shows or accessing TV Guide and Showcase.

A number of new channels have boosted the content offering, including PBS America, Fox International channels’ YourTV, and UKTV channels Yesterday, Drama and Really.

Netflix is also available through Freetime, as of December.

“The most recent quarter’s figures highlight the growing appetite for subscription-free connected TV. We invest in developing market-leading technology and delivering quality content to provide an unbeatable connected-TV experience, at no monthly fee.” Said Alistair Thom, Freesat’s managing director. “We offer over 200 subscription-free channels and popular On Demand players, more than any other free-to-air provider, which continues to attract customers.”

YouTube Red to premiere original content in February

YouTube’s first foray into the world of premium content will begin next week, with the arrival of YouTube Red Originals.

YouTube has long planned to provide a regular paid subscription service from its users, which number a billion. In addition to original programming content, the subscription will also provide users with access to the premium YouTube Music service.

Initially, the YouTube Red service is restricted to the United States, however, content is available to be purchased by the title, in 30 countries, including Belgium, France, Hungary, Poland and the UK.

DTG Staff  |  04.02.2016

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