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2 million Freesat customers

The Guardian is reporting that Freesat has now sold 2,000,000 televisions and set-top boxes to access the subscription-free satellite service.

The Guardian is reporting that Freesat has now sold 2,000,000 t
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According to the Guardian, "Freesat has passed the 2 million customer mark".

Also of note is this claim:

"Freesat's customer research claims that "a record 47% of its customers have come from Sky households so far in 2011". The company added that it is continuing to see a "steady increase" in Sky defectors over time.

In addition:

Freesat says gross retail sales are almost £1bn and it is the fastest-growing UK television platform. "We launched three years ago and in that short time have quickly established ourselves as a real challenger and genuine alternative to pay-TV," said the Freesat managing director, Emma Scott.

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Wednesday, 7 September 2011
p batley
10:18 AM

freesat is 100 times better than freeview ok there are some channels missing but who cares freeview as so many problems even after digital switchover to me freeview is just one big con people losing channels after switchover dont go bye a new freeview box by a freesat system welldont say i didnt tell you

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p batley
10:40 AM

hi this is also to tell you you can get all the regional variations on freesat so if want to watch local news in scotland you can there are 18 differant regions also on freesat youve got 4 film channels which you dont get on freeview

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p batley's 12 posts GB flag
Alan C

12:11 PM

p bayley
You left out that there are free HD channels on freesat which we don't get here in Eastbourne on Freeview and hopefuly we will be getting more soon!

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Alan C's 24 posts GB flag
8:08 PM

Freeview is a waste of time, i would rather have Freesat any day and i can pick which BBC/ITV-1 i want unlike Sky and Freeview !

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darren's 16 posts GB flag
Friday, 9 September 2011

12:46 PM

Freesat has become popular in Ireland as well.People are realising that you do not have to pay a subscription to Sky to receive a wide range of channels,public service,news,film channels,lots of radio stations as well.I have discovered from doing installions that the Sky type dish is more reliable.People who bought satellite systems in Lidl or Aldi solid grey dish.There has been problems in balancing alignment for vertical and horizantal polarity to recive full range of channels satisfactorily.

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U's 98 posts IE flag
Saturday, 10 September 2011
John P

12:06 AM

How many of these are just decoders bought as compared to decoders that are inbuilt into new TV's?
I don't think that freesat is a real challenger to SKY people are being forced to look for a cheaper way of watching TV in these harder times. SKY have been quite successful in keeping away any quality choice from freesat. It could have potentially been much more than it actually is.(there isn't the 200+ channels as promised at launch)
Compare the channel line up of freesat and freeview on this site, its mostly identical, both have the same big five channels as well as the extra digital ones. Both have an equal amount of poor quality shopping and foreign news channels.
Freesat should at least have more HD channels like ITV2HD etc and more variety in music, documentries and childrens TV. If some of the exclusive channels could be prised away from SKY like cartoonetwork, Discovery, Eurosport or MTV then that might cause SKY some concern.

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John P's 82 posts GB flag
Sunday, 11 September 2011
1:41 PM

Its a shame there are not more free HD channels on Freesat, instead of the same four that are on Freeview. This would give Sky something to think about.

With all the money pumped into BBC for conversion to hi-def digital over the years, seemingly wasted on putting up new buildings and relocation costs, they should be ashamed that their four main BBC channels 1 to 4 are not broadcast in HD across all platforms.

This should have been done by Act of Parliament and not left to the whims of highly paid executives who seemingly couldn't find their own highly padded backsides with both hands in a darkened room.

Total failure and incompetence from an organisation that has lost the plot.

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Duncan's 14 posts GB flag
Friday, 16 September 2011
Ian Smith
10:38 AM

Am I alone in noticing that Humax FOXSAT-HDR boxes do not seem to support subtitles on ITV1HD channel 119 - is there something different about the transmission mode? No other stations exhibit this shortcoming .

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Ian Smith's 4 posts GB flag

11:16 AM

Ian Smith: ITV don't provide them, I think that is the reason...

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