Freesat has announced that a Beta version of BBC iPlayer will be available on the service from 7th December 2009 and ITV Player will launch in the first half of 2010.
During the initial stage of the iPlayer Beta, selected journalists and partners will be able to access the service using a code. Freesat aims to allow as many viewers as possible to access the service by Christmas without the need for a code.
Viewers will need a broadband speed of 1Mbps to watch BBC iPlayer or 2Mbps to watch in high quality. The service can be accessed through the red button.
Emma Scott, Freesat's Managing Director said: "We're delighted to be able to offer BBC iPlayer to our viewers. All the HD receivers that have been bought and will be sold in the run up to Christmas will deliver BBC iPlayer so there'll no need to buy any new receivers.
BBC iPlayer has been fantastically successful online so being able to offer viewers the ability to watch it in their living room on a subscription."
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