Freesat considers next-gen options

Company has invited discussion on a number of possible enhancements to the platform
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Freesat has invited set top box manufacturers to submit their views on the next iteration of their platform.

The company has invited discussion on a number of possible enhancements to the platform, including support for ultra-high-definition content and the ability for users to stream recordings to multiple rooms.

Device makers are also being asked their thoughts on potentially providing more tuners to help customers plan their recordings and avoid programme clashes as part of a revised specification for a “next generation” set-top box which will hit the market “as soon as possible.”

Alistair Thom, managing director of Freesat said: “We’re thrilled to announce plans for Freesat’s next generation product. The requirements for our set-top box have been developed with the customer in mind and our aim is to continue to bring UK audiences the best subscription free TV service, and a fantastic alternative to Pay TV.

“Furthermore, developing an open technical specification signals our ongoing commitment to expand beyond the UK through our collaboration with the Free TV Alliance and partnerships with international TV companies through our Metaphor business.”

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