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Jan 022021
 

After reading a number of questions, inaccurate answers and “scaremongering” on the internet and social media over the last few days, I hope this will help understand what changes are going to happen when watching UK TV in Spain post Brexit.

UK Streaming Services in Spain post Brexit

Since 2018, UK residents travelling within the EU were able to keep watching their UK streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, SkyGo, NOW TV , Britbox UK and ITV Hub without the need for a VPN or Smart DNS service as part of the EUs “Digital Single Market” and “portability” rules.

These rules allowed short stayers like holiday makers, travelling from one EU country to another EU country would be able to access the same streaming video library they’re subscribed to at home without the need to “hide your ip address” or the use of Virtual Private Network (VPN) / Smart DNS (SDNS) services.
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Apr 252020
 

Humax Freesat Remote Control not working

Sometimes, you can find that your Humax Freesat Remote Control will no longer control your Humax Freesat Set Top Box.

Pressing buttons on your Humax Freesat Remote Control just does not work, does not change channels, does not turn the Humax Freesat set top box on.

One of the solutions to get your Humax Freesat Remote Control working again is very simple.

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Feb 202018
 

How to add C4HD to your Humax Freesat box

With the news that Channel 4 HD will be removed from Freesat boxes on Thursday 22nd February 2018 here is how to add C4HD to your Freesat Humax box in “Non Freesat Mode”.

“Non Freesat Mode” allows you to add free to air channels that are not found on the Freesat channel list.

These instructions are for a Humax Freesat HDR 1100S satellite receiver, but are similar for the Humax Freesat HB1100S satellite receiver.

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Feb 202018
 

Channel 4 HD and All4 to leave Freesat on 22nd February 2018

All 4 and 4HD will be leaving Freesat on Thursday 22nd February, 2018.

Channel 4 is still available in standard definition, but any recordings you have scheduled for 4HD will need to be re-set in SD (via channel 104).

Channel 4 hasn’t provided a reason why it has made the highly controversial move and Freesat says it hopes the channels will return in the future. But a statement available on the internet supposedly from a Channel 4 spokesperson says : “We’re disappointed Freesat is changing its charging structure, leading to a very significant cost increase for Channel 4, which ultimately takes funding away from our content investment budget. To reduce the overall burden of our Freesat costs and make internal savings we have regrettably given notice to withdraw All 4 and C4 HD while we consider our long term relationship with Freesat.”. IF this is a case, then it is simply down to a cost issue.

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Feb 112018
 

Freesat Programme Guide problems

It is being reported that some users with “first generation” Freesat recorders have been experiencing issues with the Programme Guide and recording of programmes.

Problems started during the afternoon of Saturday 10th February, where the Programme Guide simply stopped working and not displaying the correct programme information.

This has also cause many programmes that were scheduled to be recorded to have failed.

It appears that not all Freesat recorders have been affected by the issue.
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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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