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Freesat adds 25,000 new homes

UK free-to-air digital satellite platform Freesat has maintained its 2015 momentum by adding 6,000 new TV homes in the three months to the end of September. In total, 25,000 new households have taken up the service to date in 2015. Freesat is the preferred TV service for 1.9 million households, watched by more than four million viewers each week.

Freesat reports that growth of its Freetime service has also remained strong with 60 per cent year-on-year growth. Consumers are seeing great value in Freetime features; remote record requests via the app and the website have grown by 20 per cent in the last six months alone. Support for Freetime will continue through the peak consumer electronics sales period to December, with Freesat promoting the connected service across TV, print and digital.

Freesat’s content offering of more than 200 channels remains strong with six new additions joining the service in the last quarter. The additions of documentary channel PBS America and Fox UK’s YourTV mark a significant new trend for the market, with traditional Pay TV networks launching channels on free-to-air for the first time.

Alistair Thom, managing director of Freesat, said it had been “another busy quarter” for the platform with the operator pleased that six new channels saw the value in joining the platform. “The launch of Fox’s Your TV and PBS America on free-to-air for the first time only reinforces the strength of free TV in the UK, proving that you don’t need a pay TV subscription to enjoy great telly,” he declared.

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