Freesat Boosts High-Definiton Choice With Bet Awards 2009

On American Independence Day, Saturday 4th July Freesat will bring viewers the prestigious BET Awards 2009 in brilliant high-definition (HD) – a UK exclusive for the subscription-free digital satellite TV service.

Held in Los Angeles on Sunday 28th June, this year’s BET Awards are hosted by Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and will feature performances from Hollywood A-listers Beyonce Knowles, Jay-Z and Kanye West.

Watching this year’s BET Awards in HD is a special bonus for Freesat HD viewers who can catch an HD simulcast of the ceremony exclusively on the BET HD channel (Channel 142), on Saturday 4th July from 8.00pm. Freesat standard-definition (SD) viewers will not miss out though and can watch the awards by tuning in to the BET channel (Channel 140) at the same time.

The BET Awards were established in 2001 by Black Entertainment Network to celebrate the best African American talent from music, film, television and sport and previous winners include Prince, Mariah Carey, Denzel Washington, Will Smith and Halle Berry.

Viewers should look out for the special BET HD channel (142) as it appears in the Freesat EPG from Thursday 2nd July until after the event.

Freesat’s MD Emma Scott comments, “Being able to broadcast this year’s BET Awards exclusively on Freesat in HD is a real coup and we hope Freesat viewers will really enjoy watching some of the world’s biggest entertainers like Beyonce and Jay Z with amazing HD picture and sound quality”.

“We’re committed to bringing our viewers brilliant HD programming completely subscription-free and we hope this will be the first of many Freesat HD exclusives”.

 Freesat Fact Check

Launch Date 6 May 2008
Number of products sold 400,000
Total channels 140+
Manufacturers Digital boxes:
• Harvard International (Bush, Goodmans, Grundig)
• Humax
• Metronic
• Humax
TVs with Freesat built-in
• Panasonic
• LG
Prices starting from • A standard-definition (SD) digital box, currently priced from £44, providing over 140 digital TV channels and services
• A high-definition (HD) digital box, currently priced from £95, providing over 140 channels, plus the BBC HD channel and the ITV HD channel
• A freesat+ digital television recorder, currently priced from around £250, allowing viewers to pause, rewind and record up to 200 hours of freesat digital TV
• An integrated digital TV (IDTV), currently priced from £549, a flat screen television with HD Freesat built in
Company details Freesat is a not for profit organisation and a joint venture between the BBC and ITV 

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