Summary:

Google is partnering with the U.K. satellite-TV box Freesat to offer an HTML5 YouTube channel. Freesat, which is backed by the BBC and ITV, is a set-top satellite TV box that offers 180 channels and doesn’t require a monthly subscriptin.

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Google is partnering with the U.K. satellite-TV box Freesat to offer an HTML5 YouTube app starting in March, the companies announced Monday (PDF).

Freesat, which is backed by the BBC and U.K. TV network ITV, is a set-top satellite TV box that offers 180 channels and doesn’t require a monthly subscription. YouTube will be available on the premium internet-connected version of the box, which costs £279 (USD $438.70) and offers HD recording and on-demand viewing.

U.K. customers can already watch YouTube on internet-connected TVs or with Apple TV, but the Freesat partnership brings YouTube content to a larger audience: Freesat announced that it’s just sold its three millionth box, though not all of those are internet-connected, and that is now in about 1.7 million U.K. households.

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