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Netflix could land on Freesat’s Free Time next to YouTube and BBC iPlayer

Freesat has updated its Free Time on-demand library to include YouTube alongside the likes of BBC iPlayer and ITV Player – and we’ve heard a rumour that Netflix could be coming soon as well. 

Speaking to a number of journalists at a round-table event, Freesat’s Dan Chronnell suggested to TechRadar that Netflix could be arriving on Free Time from Freesat in the future.

Chronnell didn’t confirm that a Freesat-Netflix deal was set in stone but mentioned that discussions had taken place and that Netflix was a natural fit for the platform’s growing on-demand library.

Netflix could land on Freesat’s Freetime next to YouTube and BBC iPlayer
YouTube sitting pretty next to BBC iPlayer and ITV Player… could Netflix find a home here?

Read more about FreesatThough the new YouTube app, which operates neatly with an iPhone app in a Leanback style, is a recent addition, we shouldn’t expect to see tons of apps arriving on Freetime.

Freesat’s managing director Emma Scott said: “We’re a platform and not an app hub. We provide a linear service and a bit extra from a few big brands.”

Eventually we’re expecting to see 4oD and Demand 5 landing on Freetime from Freesat. These services have been promised for a while but still haven’t arrived yet. Yesterday we heard that ITV was planning to bring pay-per-view programme rentals to YouView. Though there’s no word this moving to Freesat just yet we wouldn’t be surprised to learn of a future plan, given its popularity with ITV viewers and Freesat’s desire to add services from popular, household name brands.

We’ve asked Netflix for a comment on this story and we’re waiting to hear back.


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