New Panasonic smart TVs will come with a dose of Freetime

Freesat's Freetime will power new Panasonic smart TVs
Panasonic gives customers a dose of the free

Panasonic has announced that it's sparking up a partnership with Freesat, and that the Freetime service will be available in selected new Panasonic Viera smart TVs.

Until now, you'd need a Freesat set-top box to use the service, but now it'll come built into the TV and it won't matter if your home gets its TV through a satellite or an aerial.

A Panasonic spokesperson told TechRadar that we can expect to see the first Viera model with Freesat in UK stores this May, however they were unable to confirm a price.


Freetime lets users go back through the TV listings of the past seven days, as well as access on-demand services such as BBC iPlayer and 4oD. The fact that it will now work with Freeview as well as Freesat puts it in direct competition with YouView - a very similar service.

Freesat's been busily working its way into homes these past few months, with its user base now sitting at over 1.8 million.

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