LG and Freesat have announced a working partnership that will result in a range of Freesat integrated products being launched in the UK this year, including a TV with integrated Freesat tuner (IDTV).
The new LG TVs to feature an integrated Freesat tuner will be the 32-inch, 37-inch, 42-inch and 47-inch LF7700. A launch date has not yet been announced, however it has been confirmed that this model will become available sometime in 2009.
Emma Scott, Freesat managing director, said: ‘LG is world renowned for its quality products and this partnership will give consumers even more ways to enjoy Freesat as we grow the service’.
Panasonic Freesat TV
Currently, Panasonic is the only TV manufacturer to have Freesat integrated TVs on the market. The Plasma PZ81 and the LCD LZD81 both pick up Freesat and Freeview channels without the need of a separate set top box. Full test results of both of these models can be found in our LCD and plasma TV report, alongside almost 200 other TV reviews.
Freesat popularity has soared since the release of the service in May 2008. By the end of last year, it has been reported that Freesat was available in 200,000 households across Britain. Freesat explains that the appeal of the service is largely due to subscription-free high definition channels that are available.
High definition TV
Dave Holes, Which? researcher, said: ‘Freesat offers a broader range of channels than Freeview, the service offers HD channels, which is something that Freeview doesn’t, and Freesat is available across the whole country – unlike Freeview. When you bear these facts in mind, it’s hardly surprising that Freesat’s popularity is continuing to rise.’
It has been reported that future Freesat developments will include allowing consumers to access on-demand TV content, such as the BBC iPlayer and the ITV Player service, through Freesat devices.
Freesat can be watched on just about any TV if it is connected to a Freesat set top box. There are more than 30 Freeview and Freesat set top box reviews in the Which? set top box report.
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