After adding 61,000 homes over the course of 2015, Freesat is now available in over 1.93 million households and is watched by more than four million viewers every week. Customer numbers have continued to soar for Freetime − Freesat's connected TV guide solution, which is available on set-top boxes and TVs − with a 13 per cent year-on-year increase in sales for 2015.
More than 700,000 people have downloaded the Freetime app which is available across iOS, Android and Kindle and is free to download. The app can be used as a remote control, to set recordings remotely, or to plan viewing through the TV Guide and Showcase.
Freesat has continued to expand its channel offering, with a number of new channels joining the platform including PBS America, YourTV and UKTV channels Yesterday, Drama and Really. In addition, streaming service Netflix launched on Freetime in December, ensuring customers continue to enjoy a broad selection of content through the connected TV platform.
But the platform has struggled to gain any momentum in the HD front, with no further free-to-air HD channels being added in the past year. And a number of niche channels, including ShowBiz TV and Sony SAB have quietly left the platform.
Alistair Thom, Freesat’s managing director, said:
“The most recent quarter’s figures highlight the growing appetite for subscription-free connected TV. We invest in developing market-leading technology and delivering quality content to provide an unbeatable connected-TV experience, at no monthly fee. We offer over 200 subscription-free channels and popular On Demand players, more than any other free-to-air provider, which continues to attract customers.”