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NewsPoster Feb 11, 2013 07:38 AM
Freesat to provide HTML5 YouTube app for UK customers
British free-to-air satellite television provider <a href="">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 />
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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="" 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="" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">number</a> of <a href=" 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=" 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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