If you live in the UK, there’s only really 2 options of getting a spot of TV, Freeview (via an ariel), or Freesat (via a satellite dish), both of which are completely free, but are two different services.

Freesat is probably my favorite with some awesome content available without the need for a brilliant connection, from today they are building that service with the launch of a new on-screen TV guide which they have named, “Free Time”.

The new TV Guide will allow the user to basically watch programmes that have already been on during the day, alongside it there are also new sections to show recommendations and what’s available to watch at the present time.

There is also the ability to watch On Demand TV including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4OD and Demand 5 launching before Christmas, alongside that there’s also improved recordings and a general UI upgrade.

In order to access these new features you will have to purchase one of the next generation Freesat+ Boxes or an integrated HDTV, which will both be available to buy from “John Lewis, Currys, Comet and other retailers and online later this month”. Humax will be the first to produce one of these set-top boxes, costing £279.

Check out the press release and video below for more information.

[spoiler show=”Show Press Release” hide=”Hide Press Release”]Freesat launches its smart new TV guide called Free Time>Satellite TV, so good you won’t believe it’s freeFreesat, the UK’s free-to-air digital satellite television provider, today launches a new smart on-screen TV guide, available in its next generation Freesat+ boxes.

Called the service offers new features in a single, simple and easy to use guide:

– A backwards TV guide letting you turn back time and watch programmes that have already been on, but you may have missed

– An ‘at a glance’ Now & Next view to show what’s on the minute you sit down

– A new Showcase section that offers recommendations on programmes to watch tonight, in the coming week and on demand

– On Demand TV from BBC iPlayer and ITV Player with 4OD and Demand 5 launching before Christmas

– Improved recordings that make it even easier to record TV at a touch of a button and find episodes automatically filed into series – just like a DVD boxset

The next generation Freesat+ boxes join the existing range of Freesat digital satellite HD boxes and integrated HDTVs and will be available to buy from John Lewis, Currys, Comet and other retailers and online later this month. Set top box manufacturer Humax is producing the first new box with and will be priced at £279. Boxes from Sagemcom, Philips and Manhattan will follow.

Connecting the box to home broadband will power the backward TV guide, give access to On Demand and the full Showcase. Freesat is also planning to launch additional movie and music services in the future.

Developed using widely adopted European open standards for hybrid TV including elements of OIPF, HbbTV and HTML 5 browser technology, will offer additional services and features in the future, including a companion app for smartphones and tablets to create remote control and remote record capability away from the traditional remote.

Emma Scott, Managing Director of Freesat said: “TV is a simple pleasure that technology can make even better, not more complicated. Our new boxes with give satellite viewers everything they get with freesat today and so much more in a single, simple and easy to use on screen guide. We want to help viewers find something great to watch the minute they sit down, so they can spend less time searching and more time watching the TV they love.”

“Having now exceeded 2.6m Freesat sales we’re thrilled to be launching today and offer satellite homes more quality, choice and value without a subscription.”

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