Mar 142016

The BBC will be stopping support, and therefore stopping an early version of the BBC iPlayer app on quite a lot of Freesat set top boxes.

This will happen in September 2016.

The Freesat models affected are those that are without the Freetime label.

If your version of iPlayer looks like this then you’re going to be affected:

freesat bbc iplayer

The BBC says

“We invest significant time and effort in maximising support for older TV devices and have successfully migrated many hundreds of different devices to the latest version of iPlayer for TVs.

However, unfortunately, it isn’t always possible to migrate older devices to a supportable version of iPlayer. It’s not cost efficient to maintain the implementation of delivering iPlayer to these devices, due to the backend systems and technologies (often 3rd party) on which they depend.”


The full list of devices, provided by the BBC: 
Affected devices are mostly first generation Freesat boxes, with some older Freeview devices in the list as well:

Company Product Model/ Year
Bush FSAT+500 2014
Bush FSATHD 2014
Bush FSAT+500 2014
Bush BFSAT01HD 2009
Bush 7105 (320GB) 2011
Bush 7105 (500GB) model:


Echostar HDS-600RS 2011
Ferguson F101HDSAT 2010
Goodmans 7105 (500GB) model:




GFSDTR500HD (500 GB) 2009


Grundig GUFSAT01HD/




GFSDTR320HD (320GB) 2009
Humax Foxsat HD 2008
Humax Foxsat HDR (320GB/500GB/1TB) 2008
Logik LHDFSAT11 2011
Logik LHDFSAT11 2011
Manhattan Plaza HD-S 2011
Manhattan Plaza HD-S2 2013
Manhattan Plaza HDR-S 2012
Panasonic PAL09 2009
Panasonic PAL10 – TX-L37G20B 2010
Panasonic DMR-BS850/DMR-BS750/DMR-XS350 2010
Panasonic PAL08 2008
Panasonic DMT-XS350 2009
Sagem DSI86HD 2009
Sagem DTR94250S/DTR94320S/DTR94500S 2009
Samsung SMT-S7800 (500 GB) 2011
Sony KDL-ssV5800* 2009
Sony KDL-ssW5810* 2009
Sony KDL-ssLX90x* 2010
Sony KDL-ssNX81x* 2010
Sony KDL-ssNX80x* 2010
Sony KDL-ssNX71x* 2010
Sony KDL-ssNX70x* 2010
Sony KDL-ssHX90x* 2010
Sony KDL-ssHX80x* 2010
Sony KDL-ssHX70x* 2010
Sony KDL-ssEX70x* 2010
Sony KDL-ssEX71x* 2010
Sony KDL-ssEX603* 2010
Sony KDL-ssEX605* 2010
Sony KDL-ssEX50x* 2010
Sony KDL-ssEX403* 2010
Sony KDL-ssNX503* 2010
Technisat HDFS 2009

Over the past couple of years, the BBC has been moving devices to a newer platform for the iPlayer, which has added functionality, such as HD TV, live streaming and live programme restart, which isn’t possible with the older versions on Freesat.

This could be one reason why Manhattan have phased out their Plaza HD-S2 Freesat set top box, and are expected to launch a new version mid 2016.

For people with these affected Freesat set top boxes, who want to continue to use the BBC iPlayer, then you will need to upgrade to a newer Freesat set top box, when available.

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