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|Type||Free-to-air channels digital TV recorders brand|
|Products||Digital TV (Freesat) recorder (aka Personal video recorder) brand|
Freesat+ is a consumer brand created to raise consumer awareness and promote sales of Freesat-capable digital TV recorders, otherwise known as personal video recorders. Branded players were available from late 2008, and expected to be "widely available" from 2009.
Personal video recorders have been available for several years, and some brands (notably Sky+ and Freeview+) are well known to consumers. Freesat offers a greater choice of channels compared to Freeview, including a growing number of HD channels, but without the subscriptions of Sky or Virgin Media. Freesat also offers higher rates of coverage than Freeview. Freesat+ offers a PVR functionality for this service.
Freesat will not manufacture the units itself, but will award the Freesat+ label to manufacturers that are able to meet a series of specifications that have been drawn up by the UK’s Digital TV Group.
Currently, only Samsung, Echostar, Goodmans, Sagem, Humax, Bush and Panasonic offer Freesat+ equipment, although other manufacturers are expected to incorporate Freesat+ features into their future recordable DTT equipment.
The exact specifications of Freesat+ have not yet been released to the general public, but notable features of the Humax FOXSAT HDR-PVR – which most likely will reflect the specifications – include:
- Live pause and instant rewind – in case you need to answer the phone or replay that crucial scene.
- Watch one channel while recording another, or record two channels at the same time. (N.B. This feature requires two separate feeds from the satellite dish.)
- Series recording – to automatically record all the episodes of your favourite shows.
- Schedule tracking – so that recordings start and finish on time, even when broadcasters change their schedules.
- Split recordings – to record two-part programmes that may have a break in the middle for a news bulletin, such as films.
- 8-day Electronic Programme Guide (EPG).
- Solving a recording clash – if you select more than two programmes to record at one time, freesat+ will search the 8-day TV Guide and suggest an alternative time to record one of them.
- Radio recording – catch your favourite radio shows by recording the individual shows, or even the series.
See also 
- High-definition television
- High-definition television in the United Kingdom
- ETSI TS 102 323 V1.4.1 (2010-01), Chapter 11: "Accurate recording" and Annex A: "Example recorder behaviour"