According to Digital TV Europe, Matthew Huntington, Freesat's chief technology officer has revealed that Freesat has developed "Operator Privileged Application Layer" (OPAL), which enables operators to provide a full set of services via connected TVs.
|Freesat < free time > includes a backward EPG for catch-up TV|
Details of which manufacturers would be offering < free time > on their smart TVs is still unknown, although Samsung and Panasonic already manufacture TVs with integrated Freesat.
He also confirmed that Freesat is open to the introduction of pay-Video on Demand services, with Microsoft PlayReady DRM already integrated to enable such services on < free time >.
There have been reports and rumours circulating for months that Freesat is looking to add extra on demand services, including a premium movie service. At one point, Netflix was rumoured to be heading to Freesat < free time >.