Freesat to provide HTML5 YouTube app for UK customers
British free-to-air satellite television provider <a href=""http://www.freesat.co.uk>Freesat</a> will be allowing users to view YouTube videos through it's set-top box. The app will soon launch on the service under it's web-based On Demand service, and joins existing streaming offerings from the BBC, ITV, and soon Channel 4 and Channel 5. <br />
Specific details, such as a specific launch date rather than sometime in March, have yet to be revealed, but it is confirmed it will be built using HTML5 and will be offering a "TV-optimized, visually stunning and fully interactive viewing experience," according <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278988==http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/02/11/google-to-launch-new-youtube-channel-on-free-to-air-satellite-tv-service-freesat-in-march/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">to</a> <em>The Next Web</em>. The addition of YouTube will not be charged to customers, though it will require the use of a "Freetime" box to operate.
The app for Freesat joins a <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278989==http://www.electronista.com/articles/11/11/22/xbox.360.gets.definitive.fall.2011.ui.update.time/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">number</a> of <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278990==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/08/14/youtube.app.for.ps3.is.said.to.be.launching.on.tue sday/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">devices</a> in the living room in offering YouTube to users, and is the first provider of satellite TV to do so. Market leader <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278991==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/07/16/now.tv.to.compete.with.netflix.lovefilm.despite.hi gh.prices/" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">Sky</a> is unlikely to offer the service on it's own receivers as a YouTube app would directly compete with the broadcaster's own subscription services, though it does offer a number of catch-up TV services for a wide range of channels over the Internet.
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