Freesat expects 4oD launch in June
Freesat has today officially confirmed that it is expecting to launch 4oD on its < free time > service from June.
The satellite platform operator confirmed this afternoon on Twitter that it was doing "everything possible" to secure a June launch of the catch up TV service from Channel 4. The response follows a flurry of reports following yesterday's DTG summit, where an imminent launch date was mentioned - one source from Channel 4 referred to the end of May, contradicted by today's Freesat announcement.
While the month it will launch has now been officially published, Freesat and Channel 4 are still unable to confirm the exact day in June when the service will begin to appear on < free time > boxes.
Channel 5's on demand service Demand 5 is still on course to launch by the end of the summer. Both on demand services were expected by the end of last year, but have been repeatedly delayed to ensure that all gremlins are ironed out.
Unlike the BBC iPlayer (and ITV Player on some receivers), the new on demand services will only feature on < free time > boxes which enable viewers to go back seven days in the TV guide to select past programmes. < free time > boxes are currently only manufactured by Humax and are available from £229.