ITV to join BBC iPlayer on Freesat TVs

ITV’s telly catch-up service, ITV Player, is coming to Freesat next year, meaning square-eyed fans of channel three will no longer miss out if t

ITV’s telly catch-up service, ITV Player, is coming to Freesat next year, meaning square-eyed fans of channel three will no longer miss out if they’re not home in time for their nightly dose of Strictly Come X-Factor Get Me Out Of Here Dancing.

 

It follows hot on the heels of news that Freesat’s BBC iPlayer service, which works via the ethernet port on the back of the box, will go live to a small group of beta testers on 7 Dec, with a view to going nationwide at the start of 2010.

 

In a briefing to select journos this morning, Stuff saw a sneak peek of Auntie’s catch-up service for Freesat, which has been built entirely from scratch to ensure that it’s fully polished and tweaked for TVs rather than laptops and PCs.

 

Accessed via the red button, you’ll need an HD Freesat box or Freesat-capable TV to access the service, although content will be distinctly standard-def until Blighty’s creaking broadband network can cope with higher bitrates.

 

Around 450 hours of telly will be available at any one time (the same as the web-based version) with connections of 2Mbps being sufficient to watch in the higher quality mode.

 

We’re lucky enough to be part of the initial beta group, so keep your eyes on Stuff.tv for our first impressions once the Beeb hits the big green ‘GO’ switch on 7 Dec.