Freesat upgrades their datacasting systems with Icareus

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Helsinki, 23.5.2019, Icareus’ has delivered its Icareus Playout platform to Freesat, a British free-to-air satellite television service, provided by a joint venture between the BBC and ITV plc. Icareus solution will allow Freesat to replace their legacy system with a future roadmap to expand their hybrid, broadcast and broadband services (HbbTV).

Icareus Playout CS Carousel server is used to deliver various data components, EPG and over-the-air updates to Freesat satellite receivers.

To provide the most reliable service Freesat runs several Icareus Playout systems including redundant
production and recovery sites as well as a staging environment.

Icareus Playout was selected to replace the existing legacy system after an extensive testing period that proved Icareus Playout to be a flexible platform to firstly to meet today’s needs but also offer a future proof roadmap. Icareus worked closely with Freesat during the testing period adding new features and modifications as requested by Freesat. The co-creative model proved to be successful to ensure Freesat with a platform to meet their exact needs.

Icareus’ Director Mr. Mikko Karppinen says that “Icareus Playout has been widely deployed by DTH providers over the years and Freesat has pushed us even further with our product platform. We are very honored to be part of Freesat’s technical stack and to enable them to provide better TV experience.”

Freesat’s Head of Operations, Mr Paul Hobbs comments the delivery: “Icareus Playout has enabled Freesat to push on with our plans for Hbbtv and IP channels at a reasonable cost. Mikko and his team have provided Freesat with quick, reliable support that provides confidence for the future.”
Icareus Playout is highly robust and future-proof DVB broadcast service management platform used by the world leading TV operators and broadcasters like SES (Luxemburg), Cyfrowy Polsat (Poland) and Mediaset (Italy). The modular platform grows with business requirements and together with Icareus partners our customers enjoy high-quality service broadcast grade 100% uptime.

The tested integrations to multiplexes, EPG data providers, network management systems and Icareus Suite enable quick deployment and high reliability. Icareus global reseller and systems integrator partners offer high service levels and peace-of-mind to our customers. Icareus Playout has been in production since 2004 and is trusted by leading operators and broadcasters serving customers in 50 countries

Icareus Playout product family includes Icareus Playout EP PSI/SI and EPG server, Icareus CS DSM-CC Carousel server for HbbTV and other Interactive TV standards, Icareus Playout SSU server for over-the-air updates and Icareus Playout Compact Lab solution for research, development and testing TV services. For more information about solution visit:

Freesat is a digital satellite TV service in the United Kingdom offering over 200 channels and popular On Demand services through a set-top box. It is provided by a joint venture between the BBC and ITV plc.[1] The service was formed as a memorandum in 2007 and has been marketed since 6 May 2008. Freesat offers a satellite alternative to digital terrestrial television, without subscription for users purchasing a receiver. It is used in approximately 1 million households. Read more:

For more Information:
Ms. Jessica Glad
Icareus Ltd
Email: jessica.glad[at]
Telephone: +358 (0)9 2289 0801