Jul 182017
 

Dave and Home are to launch on the free-to-air satellite service Freesat, giving Freesat users access to all of UKTV’s free channels for the first time.

From 1st August 2017, Dave will be available on Freesat channel 157, with Home appearing on channel 166.

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Jun 272017
 

Reports are that the Discovery owned channels Quest and Quest Red will soon be available on Freesat.

Although nothing has yet been officially announced, Freesat data tables on the satellites show that these channels have been allocated Freesat channel numbers.

Quest will be on Freesat channel 167
Quest Red will be on Freesat channel 169

Presumably the gaps (168 and 170) will mean that the usual “+1” services will be joining at some point too.

Quest is part of the Discovery group of channels, and shows older content from Discovery channels, but has also recently showed some live sports (Eurosport is part of Discovery). Quest Red is skewed towards female viewers.

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Feb 092017
 

4Music now on Freesat

Music entertainment channel 4Music has joined Freesat.

As we reported yesterday ( http://www.satandpcguy.com/2017/02/08/4music-becoming-free-air-satellite/ ), the channel became free to air and free from encryption, which as we now know, paved the way for the channels to be available on Freesat.

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Feb 082017
 

Music channel 4Music has dropped its encryption and is currently broadcasting free-to-air on satellite.

4Music, a joint venture between Channel 4 and Bauer Media, has since its launch been encrypted on satellite.

It was available without subscription, using a “Freesat from Sky” “free to view” viewing card.

A switch to free-to-air status would pave the way for the channel to be included on free-to-air satellite service Freesat, something a lot of viewers have requested over the years.

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Jun 292016
 

Vintage TV, specialising in older music videos and performances has been removed from Freesat, the free-to-air satellite service.

Vintage TV was previously available on Freesat channel number 505.

Vintage TV is staying tight-lipped about the changes, but viewers with Freesat can currently still access Vintage TV using the manual tuning function on their Freesat boxes (technical parameters below).

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May 312016
 

Freesat is having a channel number reshuffle.

This channel number change will be filling the gaps left by the BBC’s reorganisation of services following the closure of BBC Three.

The changes are due to complete during the week commencing 6th June 2016:

Although scheduled recordings should transfer over to the new channel numbers, it is always advised to check your recordings have been transferred over to the new channel numbers.

Also, on the 7th June, S4C HD launches on channel 104 in Wales, 120 elsewhere, replacing SD on HD boxes.

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May 122016
 

As it reports what it calls a solid beginning to the year, the UK subscription-free service Freesat is claiming to be benefiting from enhancing its content offering and building international partnerships.

Freesat 11 May 2016At the end of Q1 2016 ended 31 March, the ITV/BBC joint venture company says that the number of homes connected to its service Freesat remains steady at 1.93 million, with those connected by both satellite and broadband is up 54% year-on-year. Sales of connected set-top boxes were up 18% year-on-year.

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May 052016
 

Freesat cleared to offer live pay sports services 

Freesat, the UK’s subscription-free satellite TV service, is delighted to announce it has been cleared by the BBC Trust to offer live pay sports services delivered via broadband. The decision will help to progress Freesat’s ongoing conversations with content providers.

The BBC Trust decision comes as Freesat continues to expand its content offering to bring the most attractive line-up of programming to its customers. With a focus on integrated content delivered via broadcast and broadband Freesat already offers more than 200 channels and a number of leading on demand services – such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

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Mar 272016
 

The following changes to BBC channel numbers will take place on 31 March.

This will be happening due to the removal of BBC Three from the EPG.

106 – BBC One HD/SD (was 108)
107 – BBC Four HD (no change)
108 – BBC Two SD (was 109)
109 – BBC Alba (was 110)
110 – BBC Four SD (was 148)

This brings all the BBC channels back together in one block.

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