Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has continued its positive year by adding 6,000 new homes in the three months to the end of June. In all, Freesat has added 24,000 households in the first half of 2014.
As a result, Freesat is now available in 1.85 million households, and is watched by more than 3.85 million viewers every week.
Freesat’s continuing growth demonstrates the appeal of premium TV on a subscription free basis. With a Freesat box, viewers have access to over 200 TV and radio channels, more than with any other free to air provider.
Freetime, Freesat’s connected TV service, has consistently delivered strong growth in its first 18 months. The latest quarterly figures highlight that it now accounts for 47 per cent of all Freesat set top box sales, and sales of Freetime boxes more than tripled year-on year. For the first time, Freetime is also now available on Panasonic as the preferred TV guide in the new range of VIERA TVs, available to both Freeview and Freesat viewers.
Freetime allows viewers to roll-back the TV guide to watch shows from the past seven days, pause, record and rewind live programmes and offers immediate access to all the major On Demand players.
During the quarter, Freesat also announced the addition of its first pay VoD service, Curzon Home Cinema, offering a hand-picked selection of critically-acclaimed films
Emma Scott, Freesat’s Managing Director, commented: “I’m constantly encouraged by the number of people that are switching away from paying for their TV every month to join Freesat which is subscription free. Our good start to the year has continued into the second quarter and the mixture of great programming, brilliant features and no monthly bills is proving to be a very compelling proposition. “