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LG to integrate Freesat turners into TVs

First screens to be launched later this year

LG has announced it will be installing Freesat into its products this year.

The electronics company will initially launch two digital TVs - the LH5000 and LH7700 - later in 2009 that will feature integrated Freesat tuners and, according to LG, boast a refresh rate of 200Hz. However, users will still need a satellite dish to receive the broadcasts. Further products are expected throughout the year.

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Freesat is a satellite TV package from the BBC and ITV that was launched in May last year and offers over 140 channels. Users need a satellite dish, which can be provided and installed by Freesat for around £80, as well as a set-top box. However, once viewers have these items, they can receive all channels for no monthly subscription.

"We're extremely pleased to be working with LG as a manufacturing partner for Freesat in 2009," said Emma Scott, managing director of Freesat.

Scott added that Freesat is continuing talks with other manufacturers in a bid to ensure more products with integrated Freesat turners hit the market.

See also: LG screen optimised for viewing outdoors


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