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  • A week in reviews: 7 - 11 April
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    A week in reviews: 7 - 11 April

    By 12 April 2014

    Phone season is upon us. As is the Samsung Galaxy S5 which you can go and buy in the shops right now. But is it worth it, and can it better the HTC One (M8) which also landed around the globe this very week? We've got the full review on the site for your...

  • Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD box review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Humax HB-1000S Freesat HD box review

    By 9 April 2014

    There was a time when we didn't really understand Freesat. And in a world where increasing numbers of set-top boxes and catch-up devices are available for as little as a tenner, we weren't sure the satellite-dish-provided free TV service could ever suit...

  • A week in reviews: 24 - 28 March
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    A week in reviews: 24 - 28 March

    By 29 March 2014

    It's the week when HTC claimed all glory by announcing and releasing its latest handset, the new HTC One (also known as the M8), in the same day. We had one acting as our day-to-day phone the week prior and have dug deep to deliver the verdict on whether...

  • Elgato EyeTV Netstream 4Sat review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Elgato EyeTV Netstream 4Sat review

    By 24 March 2014

    The Elgato EyeTV Netstream 4Sat is something that offers some real advantages to people who already have a satellite dish. The idea of the product is simple: you feed it between one and four satellite inputs, which it bundles up into a package that allows...

  • Hands-on: Panasonic AX802 Freetime TV
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    Hands-on: Panasonic AX802 Freetime TV

    By 13 March 2014

    There's no going back now, Panasonic has stopped production of its plasma TV line. Now, the firm is looking to LCD with LED backlights for its TV range, but the good news is the company is still innovating, and to that end it has introduced the first...

  • Panasonic Viera smart TVs to come with Freesat Freetime, catch-up services at a click
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    Panasonic Viera smart TVs to come with Freesat Freetime, catch-up services at a click

    By 13 March 2014

    Panasonic has just announced a partnership with Freesat that means its new Viera smart televisions will come with Freesat Freetime built-in. The Freesat Freetime offering will work for users connected via a dish or through an aerial cable. It will offer...

  • Freesat launches iOS app for viewing control and remote recording
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    Freesat launches iOS app for viewing control and remote recording

    By 16 January 2014

    Freesat has announced an iOS companion app for the set-top box. The Freesat app, for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, will be more than just a TV guide - it's also a TV remote for your online-connected box. Using the app's Roll Back TV Guide you can view...

  • Freesat adds Demand 5: Calls full house on UK catch-up TV services
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    Freesat adds Demand 5: Calls full house on UK catch-up TV services

    By 6 August 2013

    Freesat has added Demand 5 to its selection of catch-up TV services, meaning it offers the full selection of the UK's main catch-up TV apps, joining BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD. You'll need to have a Freesat box that's compatible with Free Time from...

  • Technomate TM-Twin-OE review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Technomate TM-Twin-OE review

    By 10 May 2013

    There was a time, back when Pocket-lint was still in school, where satellite TV was just about the most exotic technology you could use. If you ever got to go to someone's house, who had a massive dish and analogue satellite receiver, you could access...

  • Humax HDR-1000S freesat with freetime review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    Humax HDR-1000S freesat with freetime review

    By 6 March 2013

    Since freesat launched, it's been assaulting our eyes with its capital letter - or lack thereof - lunacy. Now, with freetime, or, as the firm calls it we've got some angled brackets thrown in for good measure. What is this, algebra? But horrors of English...

  • YouTube coming to Freesat
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    YouTube coming to Freesat

    By 11 February 2013

    Freesat boxes will be getting a welcome boost of functionality in the form of YouTube connectivity. Google has finalised a deal to bring the hugely popular online video service to Freesat boxes. Freesat boxes already sold will be able to access the YouTube...

  • Best home entertainment device 2012: 9th Pocket-lint awards contenders
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    Best home entertainment device 2012: 9th Pocket-lint awards contenders

    By 25 October 2012

    It’s that time again: start voting for your nominations for the 9th Pocket-lint awards. The best home entertainment category is always fun, being full of all sort of different kit. Whether it be docks, surround sound systems or even headphones, there...

  • BBC cuts back on Red Button services, but is 'in no way demise of BBC Red Button'
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    BBC cuts back on Red Button services, but is 'in no way demise of BBC Red Button'

    By 3 October 2012

    The BBC is reducing its video component of BBC Red Button from five streams to one on Sky, FreeSat and Virgin Media, in a move that is sure to irk subscribers.  The reduction will take place on 15 October and will mean Sky, FreeSat and Virgin Media customers...

  • Freesat Free time box by Humax pictures and hands-on
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    Freesat Free time box by Humax pictures and hands-on

    By 4 September 2012

    Freesat's new Free time internet connected setup has just been announced and we have been lucky enough to have a play.  Initially the service will be available only on a Humax box, the one we have looked at here. But it will eventually also run on kit...

  • Freesat Free time: BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, new user experience
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    Freesat Free time: BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, new user experience

    By 4 September 2012

    Freesat has unveiled its next generation of satellite-based free television called Free time. The new service, which uses a combination of internet-connected TV catch-up content and satellite-based free TV, uses an entirely new UI and design from Freesat....

  • Humax working on Freesat box update fix in time for Olympic Opening ceremony
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    Humax working on Freesat box update fix in time for Olympic Opening ceremony

    By 30 July 2012

    Humax says it is in the final stages of testing an update that should ensure all 24 of BBC’s live Olympic coverage channels can be recorded with the company’s Freesat boxes. Customers had complained that the Humax Foxsat-HDR Freesat box had failed...

  • ITV Player beta launches on Freesat
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    ITV Player beta launches on Freesat

    By 26 July 2011

    Freesat viewers with a Humax Foxsat-HD box can now access the ITV Player directly through the EPG after a beta trial of the video-on-demand service was announced. The move follows the addition of the BBC iPlayer to Freesat boxes last year as well as the...

  • ITV big winner at Freesat Awards 2011
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    ITV big winner at Freesat Awards 2011

    By 13 July 2011

    ITV1 has walked away with the Best Entertainment Channel of the Year gong at the Freesat Awards 2011, beating competition from the BBC, Five and Channel 4 for its shows such as X-Factor, Downton Abbey and Penn and Teller: Fool Us. News station Al Jazeera...

  • Real Digital: The new alternative to Freesat
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    Real Digital: The new alternative to Freesat

    By 16 June 2011

    The UK's Freesat is about to get direct competition later this year with the launch of new free satellite service Real Digital. Those wanting the channel choice without paying for Sky's or Virgin Media’s subscription packs could find themselves looking...

  • Panasonic TX-L37DT30   review
    Home Cinema 4.5 out of 5

    Panasonic TX-L37DT30 review

    By 9 June 2011

    During 2010 Panasonic quickly made a name for itself - and plasma technology in general - with a string of high-end 3DTVs that supplied stunning depth and comfortable viewing. That’s not what happened on the LCD/LED side of the market, where quality...

  • EchoStar Freesat HDS-600RS review
    Home Cinema 4 out of 5

    EchoStar Freesat HDS-600RS review

    By 19 April 2011

    The Freesat audience may comprise Sky wobblers and value seekers, but that doesn’t mean they should be denied a little innovation to call their own. Enter the HDS-600RS, world’s first personal video recorder with integrated Slingbox. The brand responsible...

  • Freesat increases its high-def armoury with C4HD
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    Freesat increases its high-def armoury with C4HD

    By 2 February 2011

    Freesat has announced that it will be increasing its high-definition offerings to four channels by, ironically enough, adding Channel 4's HD platform - C4HD - to its line-up. Freesat managing director Emma Scott said: "This is fantastic news for Freesat....

  • Freesat tunes in two new music channels
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    Freesat tunes in two new music channels

    By 1 February 2011

    It's a double bubble win for Freesat-owning music lovers as the platform has announced that not one, but two, additional music channels have been added to the free TV platform. Freesat is now broadcast to 1.5 million homes in the UK, and those receiving...

  • Full BBC Red Button platform lands on Freesat
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    Full BBC Red Button platform lands on Freesat

    By 28 January 2011

    The BBC has announced that its Red Button service is now fully operational for Freesat viewers. Previously Freesaters only had access to limited content and not the whole shebang. For example, during December Freesat viewers were not able to see bonus...

  • Samsung coming to Freesat's rescue
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    Samsung coming to Freesat's rescue

    By 17 December 2010

    Freesat hasn't exactly set the home cinema world alight, but has been handed a boost by Samsung who has confirmed that it will be producing Freesat enabled devices next year. The platform is facing an uphill battle to compete with the other free-to-air...