Sagem Freesat+ HD box as John Lewis reports record figures

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Sagem has announced the availability of its latest Freesat+ High Definition digital recorders. Available with 250GB or 500GB hard drives, the boxes also boast auto set-up and navigation menus.

Sagem’s Freesat+ digital recorders are available from all major high street retailers including John Lewis, Currys, Comet and Argos. The 250Gb model retails for £250 and the 500Gb model is £300.

Remastered Star Trek as CBS comes to Freesat


See Mr Spock and Captain Kirk as they were meant to be seen warts and all as the digitally remastered version of the original Star Trek comes to Freesat. Three new CBS channels are due to launch on Freesat, November 16 – CBS Drama, CBS Reality and CBS Action – replacing Zone Romantica, Zone Reality and Zone Thriller.

Other classic shows on the three channels include Dynasty, Moonlighting and Models Inc. Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service offers over 140 channels and free high-definition (HD) programmes from the BBC and ITV. CBS Drama, CBS Reality and CBS Action will be on channels 135, 136 and 137 respectively.

Complete Star Wars series in HD for free on ITVHD

Then throughout the months of November and December, the entire series will be airing on ITVHD in consecutive order, beginning with Episode I: The Phantom Menace on 24th October, culminating with Episode VI: Return of the Jedi in December, and including the terrestrial premiere of Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

UK Satellite TV Comparison Guide: Sky versus Freesat


Two services that require you to stick a satellite dish to the side of your house.

One has been around for two decades, the other has just celebrated its first birthday.

Both will demand an upfront payment: one will continue to drain money from your bank account each month.

So which is best? Read our comparison guide to see if you should go with coming-of-age Sky or new-kid-on-the-block Freesat.

Read on to find out…

Panasonic HD Everything BD recorders – DMR-XS350, DMR-BS850 & DMR-BS750


Panasonic has announced their high-definition recording, Blu-ray solution pretty much summed up by their title of Panasonic HD Everything.

The DMR-XS350 High-Definition/DVD recorder, and the DMR-BS850 and DMR-BS750 Blu-ray disc recorders will all have Freesat+ decoders built in such that, so long as you’ve got a dish and a decent telly, you’re all set up to watch HD programming at no extra cost.

All the units feature a H.264 encoder to compress all the video files onto HDD and BD, which’ll mean you can save buckets of space, and they also feature DTS-Master Audio Essential and Dolby TruHD for an equally good surround sound production.

They’ve all got twin tuners so that you can record two programs at any one time, you can upoad images and video files directly for HDD storage, you can burn audio CDs and generally pretty much brush your teeth with them.

No word on availability and price but expect the two answer to be “soon” and “really expensive”.

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