Google's signed a deal to bring YouTube to Freesat, liberating users of the subscription-less service from the tyranny of needing an additional device. The BBC / ITV joint venture already has 60-odd channels and has now sold over 3 million boxes to 1.7 million viewers, who will be able to access the official YouTube addition through the main programming guide by the end of March. While details are scant, it'll presumably join ITV's player and the BBC iPlayer in the on-demand channel list, which require a compatible Freesat box (see coverage link below) and an internet connection. We're not sure how it'll look in the final guide, but the fanciful image above shows our best guess.
Freesat celebrates 3 million sales with YouTube launch
YouTube launches for first time on British free-to-air TV
Freesat today announced it has sold its 3 millionth product, taking gross retail sales to well over £1bn; four years after the service first launched in 2008. Internet phenomenon YouTube are joining the Freesat celebrations and will soon be available on the platform, in a first for free British TV.
Freesat added 55,000 new households in the third quarter of 2012. This is more than Sky (25,000 households) and BT Vision (20,000) combined in the same period. Emma Scott, Freesat's Managing Director said: "In just four years we have established ourselves as a real challenger and genuine alternative to pay-TV. In that time we've delivered choice and quality, subscription free. Customer choice has driven every stage of our development; not least the launch of our second generation service,
Emma Scott added: "Today's great news is a testament to our ongoing commitment to delivering genuine viewer choice."