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Freesat to Get BBC iPlayer This Year

Andy Vandervell


Freesat Will Get BBC iPlayer This Year

Having announced its first Freesat tuners with Blu-ray recording and playback yesterday, Panasonic has now let slip an interesting piece of information regarding iPlayer and when it will be appearing on Freesat.

Speaking to Electric Pig, a Panasonic representative stated that though the iPlayer would be absent at the launch of these products, this was only due to a lack of resources at the public service broadcaster:

"The iPlayer will appear on Freesat this year...the team the BBC has working on that is probably the same one that will work on Viera Cast, so that will come later."

Clearly this is further good news for fans of the iPlayer and Freesat, bringing us all closer to the ideal end-game: genuine IPTV delivered over the Internet, directly to our TVs. In the meantime, though, this will do nicely, thanks.


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Simon Fraser

February 25, 2009, 5:47 pm

A Humax tech suggested Q3 to me the other day.


February 25, 2009, 7:02 pm

it just goes to show that the BBC is cutting edge and for being the leader worldwide on things like this we get value from the TV licence fee, just need to stop radio 1 dj's putting white powder up thier noses on ibiza etc at the licence payers expense. p.s. BBC please give me a password or something to access iplayer when I'm working abroad, I'm a licence payer who is the only occupant of my house so I pay for nothing for months on end !.


February 25, 2009, 9:18 pm

freeview seems to be getting lamer and lamer...


February 26, 2009, 12:01 am

Hopefully C4 and ITV also have on-demand services in the works for Freesat too. If they do I can see me switching to Freesat if my current Virgin package increases in price, when my current contract expires in June.


February 26, 2009, 4:47 pm

Lets get this straight - Freesat boxes will allow you to plug in an ethernet cable and watch iplayer on line? Does this make the satellite dish optional? Any word on ordinary freeview recorders getting this function?

BTW there seems to be a bit of a tendency of iPlayer announcing things which then disappear again. i.e. what happened to the series recording function? http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

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