Freesat+

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Freesat+
Type Free-to-air channels digital TV recorders brand
Industry Media
Products Digital TV recorder
Website www.freesat.co.uk

Freesat+ is a consumer brand introduced to raise consumer awareness and promote sales of Freesat-capable digital TV recorders, otherwise known as personal video recorders. Freesat+ affords users similar features that are available with competitor services such as Sky+ and Freeview+.[1]

Background[edit]

Freesat+ offers a PVR functionality for Freesat, which offers a greater choice of channels compared to Freeview, including a greater number of HD channels, without the subscriptions of Sky or Virgin Media. Freesat also offers higher rates of coverage than Freeview.[2][3]

Manufacturers[edit]

Freesat do 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.

Many manufacturers provide Freesat+ set-top boxes such as: Humax, Manhattan, Bush, Sagemcom, Goodmans and others.[4]

Features[edit]

Using the specifications of the Humax FOXSAT HDR-PVR, typical Freesat+ recorders 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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What you get with Freesat+". Freesat. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "reception". Freeview. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.radioandtelly.co.uk/satellitetv.html
  4. ^ "Freesat+ Products". Freesat. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 

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