Netflix, Freesat team to drive another nail in pay-TV’s coffin

Brad Reed
September 4, 2012
Netflix, Freesat team to drive another nail in pay-TV’s coffin

Here’s a good reason to envy of your friends across the pond: They’ll soon have a free satellite television service that will come integrated with Netflix (NFLX). The Telegraph reports that Netflix and Freesat are teaming up to sell a new set-top box that “will give users direct access to Netflix and other on-demand services” along with Freesat’s subscription-free satellite television service. As the report explains, Freesat is a partnership between both the BBC and ITV to deliver satellite television services that are free after users buy a set-top box. This has obviously caused friction with pay-TV services such as BSkyB, which believes the BBC is acting more as a commercial entity than a public broadcasting network.

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