Freesat are to expand the beta trial of BBC iPlayer by formally releasing the code needed to access the service. The trial is the first time BBC iPlayer has been delivered on a subscription free TV service. It was initially limited to a small number of users but the trial is now being opened up to all Freesat users who have the right equipment.
Emma Scott, MD of Freesat said: “Initial feedback of the trial has been really positive, with trial users able to make sure they didn’t miss some of the fantastic programming available over Christmas. For many, it was the first time they had accessed BBC iPlayer on the television, and there were high levels of satisfaction with the service itself as well how easy it was to set up and operate. I’m really pleased that we can now expand the number of Freesat viewers who can now access BBC iPlayer.
Viewers wishing to access the service will need a Freesat HD (Humax) or Freesat+ (Humax) digital box connected to a satellite dish and to a broadband service of at least 1 Mbps.
The Freesat version of BBC iPlayer will become available to all Freesat HD digital boxes and Freesat HD TVs over the coming months, according to Freesat.
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