Freesat users, get ready for a lot more cat videos as Youtube is coming to your service soon. Marking the first time that a dedicated channel for Youtube has been made available on a free to view platform in the UK. This announcement was made as part of a celebration that over three million people now use the Freesat network.
While a TV channel might suggest that it would be more of a fixed viewing setup, where videos are rotated consistently, it sounds like it’ll be more interactive, with streaming options. According to Freesat, the platform will be built using HTML5 and will offer a “visually stunning…viewing experience.”
Freesat’s Managing Director, Emma Scott said: “In just four years we have established ourselves as a real challenger and genuine alternative to pay-TV. In that time we’ve delivered choice and quality, subscription free. Customer choice has driven every stage of our development; not least the launch of our second generation service, <free time>, in Q3 of last year. We’re now delighted to add to our already fantastic customer offering with YouTube. They join Freesat at a time of rapid growth for our business and will offer our viewers an exclusive, first view of their latest version – previously unseen on free to air TV in the UK.”
Youtube echoed similar pleasure at the partnership, saying that it was happy to share its content with Freesat customers.
We were also told as part of the release that in the last quarter of 2012, 55,000 more households signed up to Freesat, which was more than Sky and BT vision put together. Of course the former of those two has a multi-million install base already, so it’s uptake is likely to be less impressive.
KitGuru Says: Personally I’m a humble Freeview user. I don’t watch much TV any way so no real need for anything more at the moment. Any Freesat users recommend it though? Worth the upgrade?