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BBC iPlayer on Freesat - starts soon

The BBC and ITV will provide on demand TV to all Freesat boxes, starting soon.

The BBC and ITV will provide on demand TV to all Freesat boxes,
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As promised at the launch of Freesat, the BBC iPlayer is coming. Just by plugging the Freesat box into your home network, you will be able to watch iPlayer content on your television set with nothing but your existing Freesat box.

If the iPlayer does not show on your Humax or Sony box, enter the page number 5483 into the BBC "Red Button" service..

In addition, the ITV Player will be live on Freesat by the end of May 2010.

Freesat box Emma Scott is "delighted to be able to offer BBC iPlayer to our viewers. All the HD receivers that have been bought and will be sold in the run up to Christmas will deliver BBC iPlayer so there'll no need to buy any new receivers. There's a great schedule of programmes be available on BBC iPlayer in the lead up to Christmas with the likes of The Gruffalo, the EastEnders Special and Doctor Who.

BBC iPlayer has been fantastically successful online so being able to offer viewers the ability to watch it in their living room on a subscription free TV service for the first time will be transformational. We'd like to thank the BBC for all their hard work bringing the service onto our platform."

BBC iPlayer on Freesat factsheet

Welcome to BBC iPlayer beta on Freesat

A Beta version of BBC iPlayer will be available on Freesat 7th December, offering the BBC catch up TV service for the first time on a non-subscription TV service over open internet.

During the initial stage of Beta, selected journalists and partners will be able to access the service using a code. We hope as many Freesat viewers as possible will be able to use the service by Christmas and without the need for a code.

Watch what you want, when you want to

With BBC iPlayer on Freesat, you can catch up on your favourite BBC programmes from the last seven days or catch-up on whole series you may have missed, whenever you want and from the comfort of your sofa.

In the run up to Christmas around 450 hours of programming will be available each week, including popular programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear, EastEnders, Life, Gavin and Stacey, and The Gruffalo. And with the BBC's full Christmas schedule still to be announced, Freesat viewers can look forward to even more great BBC programming being available whenever they feel like watching it.

The launch of BBC iPlayer on Freesat adds to the fantastic array of programmes already available on the platform including over 140 channels, with free HD from the BBC and ITV.

Easy set up

It's easy to set up BBC iPlayer on Freesat. Simply connect your HD Freesat TV or HD box to your broadband via the Ethernet port using an Ethernet cable or homeplug.

Alternatively, you can arrange for a professional to connect BBC iPlayer for you, either as part of full install if you have just bought Freesat or separately if you already have Freesat installed.

Viewers will need an actual broadband speed of 1Mbps to watch BBC iPlayer or 2Mbps to watch in high quality. Because actual speeds can vary from those advertised, it's best to first test your broadband speed.

You will initially be able to access the BBC iPlayer beta service by pressing the red button to get to the BBCi menu.

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Saturday, 5 February 2011
4:30 PM

why doe's my bbc iplayer keep stopping short
or half way into the programe, cannot work it out
thanks clive

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clive's 1 post GB

5:46 PM

clive: Which BBC iPlayer are you using? On a PC, on Virgin, on Freesat .. ?

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
5:30 PM

i am in ireland and have a bush hd freesat box i would love to be able to watch bbc iplayer on it but the system realises im in ireland and wont let me access the programmes any ideas on how to fool my box into thinking im in britain, i have the high speed connection but unfortunately in the wrong country.....somebody

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jonathon's 1 post IE

5:51 PM

jonathon: You will need to use a "proxy server", possibly via a specially configured router. There are sites out there that can help you do this.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Monday, 14 March 2011
1:36 PM

RE-LG LF7700 TV, I purchased an LG37" TV with Freesat ( April-2010 ) and have just received ,with the compliments of LG a brand new Humax HD box, plugged it into broadband and now have BBCi Player. Needed to send LG proof of purchase ETC to qualify.Found out I was eligible when looking on Freesat website.
Well done LG.

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Matt's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
Tony Faris
3:29 PM


I have just received my free Humax HD box from LG but was unable to retune succesfully. Do I need to change any settings on the TV before I start to reconnect and retune?


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Tony Faris's 1 post GB
Saturday, 7 May 2011
11:55 AM

can i load itv player and other internet services such as 5's on demand to my samsung tv?

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Mick's 2 posts GB
11:58 AM

sorry, Ishould have stated that it is @internet enabled and already has bbc iplayer installed and working

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Mick's 2 posts GB

8:03 PM

Mick: You can only use the services that your set lists as available to you.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
10:50 AM

I purchased a 37LG7700. in sept 09 and cannot get bbciplayer.LG have washed their hands of helping.The Freesat Humax HD box has been withdrawn. Richer Sounds who sold me it are not interested.Future buyers should carefulwho they deal with.
Can other users tell me what signal level they get on a freesat installation at the set?

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