Freesat hires Peter Simpson as CTO

British free-to-air satellite TV platform Freesat has announced the hire of Peter Simpson as its chief technology officer. In this role, Simpson will be charged with overseeing the product, engineering and operations teams in executing all of Freesat’s technology functions. He will also be responsible for the company’s overall tech strategy and lead project development […]

Freesat adds YouTube Kids

UK free-to-view satellite platform Freesat has added YouTube Kids to its latest range of 4K TV set-top boxes and portfolio of apps. YouTube Kids launched in the US five years ago, aimed at kids under 13, with a range of content channels and creators. Freesat customers will be able to access content covering arts and […]

Freesat hires David Rowark as B2B sales head

UK satellite TV service Freesat has appointed David Rowark as its head of B2B sales. In this newly created role, Rowark will be responsible for driving the development of Freesat’s B2B sales arm, working alongside the retail sales team, as well as further developing the Metaphor project with potential partners. Freesat is currently preparing to […]

Freesat taps CommScope for new generation of 4K boxes

UK free-to-view satellite platform Freesat has launched a new generation of 4K TV boxes, including three new DVR-enabled models and a zapper box. The devices will be available from Amazon from the end of February and from retailer Currys PC World shortly afterwards. The internet-connected boxes are being produced by CommScope, the first Freesat-led devices […]

Wilding-Baker in as digital marketing head at Freesat

FTA satellite TV service Freesat has announced the appointment of Michelle Wilding-Baker as its head of digital marketing.  Wilding-Baker joins the company with over ten years of digital marketing experience, most recently at the company she founded, Oh Mishy, where she provided strategic advice on audience growth and retention strategies across owned and ROI+ paid […]

New on-demand players come to Freesat

The CBS AMC UK Channels Partnership has launched two on-demand players – Horror Bites and CBS Catchup Channels UK – on the Freesat platform. The move means that Freesat audiences can now view content from Horror Channel, CBS Reality, CBS Justice and CBS Drama programmes through their Freesat set top boxes. Viewers will be able […]

Freesat appoints head of product

Freesat, the UK free to air satellite TV provider, has announced that David Thomas has joined the company as its new head of product. Thomas has a varied background and extensive experience in the communications and broadcast sector, having held positions with companies like Sky, Cellcast, Endemol and Atlas Mobile. He joins Freesat from fintech […]

Freesat adds Paramount Network

UK satellite free-to-view platform Freesat has added Paramount Network to its line-up of entertainment channels. The addition will give Freesat users access to US dramas such as political thriller, Designated Survivor, starring Kiefer Sutherland, legal drama Suits. Marvel Agent Carter and DC’s Arrow. Other content includes US hidden camera show Impractical Jokers and comedy show The Office. The channel […]

Liberty Global sells DTH business to M7

Liberty Global is to sell its central and eastern European DTH business to international pay TV operator M7 Group for €180 million. Liberty’s DTH satellite operations currently serve four central and eastern European markets: Hungary under the UPC Direct Brand, the Czech Republic and Slovakia under the freeSAT brand and Romania under the FocusSat brand. […]

Freesat names trio of senior managers

UK free-to-view satellite platform Freesat has named a trio of new senior executives to its top technology, marketing and finance roles. Freesat has named Martin Hughes as director of technology, responsible for leading the technology team and oversees the engineering, product and operations functions, as well as setting the company’s overarching technical strategy. Hughes previously […]

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