Free-to-air satellite service, Freesat, has confirmed that the BBC's on-demand iPlayer service will be made available to its users on December 7th, 2009.
BBC iPlayer will be available via all existing Freesat HD receivers, but will initially be rolled out to a select number of users who will be able to access the service using a code. The BBC adds that it hopes "as many Freesat viewers as possible" will be able to use the service in time for Christmas.
Highlighting its on-demand ambition, Freesat has also confirmed that ITV Player will also become available on the free-to-air service early in 2010.
"ITV and Freesat are working to launch ITV Player onto Freesat in the first half of 2010," said the company in a statement.
Despite an ongoing lack of HD channels, Freesat has witnessed strong growth throughout 2008 and has now become the fastest growing TV platform in the UK. In the three months leading up to the end of September, Freesat claims to have sold over 200,00 units, more than double the number of new Sky subscribers in the same period.