Freesat is one of three European free-to-air satellite TV operators that have come together in a brand new alliance designed to "promote the harmonisation of satellite TV services and technology" across the continent.

The FreeTV Alliance was signed at IBC 2014 last week and hopes to make it easier for companies to develop "innovative new products" and help broadcasters or content providers to deliver "advanced" TV services.

A series of recommendations and specifications based on open standards that can be applied across set-top boxes and smart TVs will be drawn up by the alliance, as well as developing new multi-screen TV solutions.

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In addition to Freesat, the alliance signatories include Fransat of France and Tivùsat from Italy.

Tivùsat CEO and FreeTV Alliance chair Alberto Sigismondi said: "Until now, the major free-to-view satellite TV operators have focused on building a business within their national boundaries.

"As the TV and consumer electronics industries become increasingly globalized, now is the right time for us to work together to ensure free-to-view satellite remains at the forefront of the television market."

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Big Aura's picture

It’s nice to see they’ve

It’s nice to see they’ve bonded with their European counterparts to push for “ensure free-to-view satellite remains at the forefront of the television market”, and they now want to focus on building a business beyond their national boundaries.

But Freesat also migrated to a new satellite with a smaller footprint meaning less free tv for all…  

daveh75's picture

Big Aura wrote:

Big Aura wrote:

But Freesat also migrated to a new satellite with a smaller footprint meaning less free tv for all...

You are aware Freesat is an Platform/EPG provider?

Aside from EPG data, which they're still transmitting from Eutelsat 28A (formally Eurobird 1) incidentally, they're not a broadcaster.

The old birds that are/were being used by UK broadcasters are coming upto end of life so were due to be replaced.

They have/are being replaced with modern Birds that have have more (and tighter) spot beam capacity.

Which is a benefit to FTA broadcasters for several reasons

So Freesat haven't migrated anything anywhere, resulting in less free TV for all.

Thats on the satellite operators/broadcasters/rights holders, and actually all they've done is reduced the amount 'overspill', i.e broadcasting outside the territory for which the broadcasters have rights for in the process.

None of which effects anyone in the UK.

 

 

Big Aura's picture

I thought Freesat was a jv

I thought Freesat was a jv owned by BBC and ITV, and that those channels determined which satellites they migrated to when the old ones dropped out of orbit?