freesatThe launch date for subscription-free satellite service Freesat has been confirmed as May 6. Freesat receivers go on sale from May 1.
The service, developed by the BBC and ITV, is designed to encourage takeup of free to air satellite in a manner similar to the success enjoyed by digital terrestrial’s.

Freesat receivers will include a High Definition model made by Humax; non-HD and HD models from Goodmans, Bush and Grundig; and various products from Panasonic. Other manufacturers will be licensed to make receiver products at a later stage.

The launch retailers for the service are Comet, Argos, John Lewis and DSG, whose outlets include Currys and PC World.
Prices are expected to range from around £50 for a standard definition set-top box and £120 for an HD model. Launch retailers will also arrange installation for an additional charge.

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By Expat