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Feb 09 2017

The rumour is confirmed, following the lifting of 4Music’s encryption earlier this week; the popular music channel launches on Freesat, channel 509.

4Music has been long awaited and demanded by Freesat customers (since the launch of Freesat back in 2008), so it is great to finally see it break from encryption and become available to all (and one less channel Freeview has that we don’t!)

Matt Rennie, Managing Director at The Box Plus Network, said:

We’re pretty excited to bring our leading youth channel 4Music into Freesat homes, offering up great music, comedy, reality and entertainment shows. It’s particularly good timing just days before our UK premiere of The Grammys.

41 Responses to “4Music joins Freesat”

  1. Ronnie Says:

    Thanks been saved 4 music available Freesat happy working now.

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  2. jonathan mccabe Says:

    Home channel should be next by the end of 2017 when its encryption ends with Sky TV

    Dave channel won’t come to Freesat

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  3. Dan Says:

    I think this is really good for freesat, again closing the gap to freeview. Also it usually shows C4 comedy in the evenings e.g. 8 out of 10 cats. This should add something to freesat rather than just another music channel.

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  4. Tim Says:

    Matt Rennie said:
    “We’re pretty excited to bring our leading youth channel 4Music into Freesat homes, offering up great music, comedy, reality and entertainment shows. It’s particularly good timing just days before our UK premiere of The Grammys.”

    I regard this as excellent news since it strengthens the Freesat channel line up and it shows that the Channel 4 group does have a commitment to Freesat.

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  5. stonedimmaculate1962 Says:

    Not my cup of tea. More channels the better though. Would be nice to have a more mature music TV channel, like Indie/Britpop. Yes we do have Vintage but the picture quality is so poor.

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  6. Phil Wood Says:

    Good news, but shame it’s not HD :o(

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  7. Neil Says:

    jonathan mccabe said:
    Home channel should be next by the end of 2017 when its encryption ends with Sky TV
    Dave channel won’t come to Freesat

    Never say never Jonathan… things move quickly in this industry and you never know what is around the corner!

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  8. scott Says:

    Good news that 4 music has joined freesat but why have they took the box music channel off. Hope freesat continues to get better this year.

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  9. spikeeastyorks Says:

    all good news but we have lost Keep It Country on 516. Big shame.

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  10. ggopher Says:

    The list of channels in the channel list is incorrect !

    It;s been updated for Viva, but its still showing the 400’s series of channels, and the Children’s channels names are incorrect .

    Not sure if there’s any more.

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  11. ggopher Says:

    ggopher said:
    The list of channels in the channel list is incorrect !
    It;s been updated for Viva, but its still showing the 400’s series of channels, and the Children’s channels names are incorrect .
    Not sure if there’s any more.

    yes there’s more – Keep it country has left, BBC i player on 901 has left, …..

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  12. Paul Ryan Says:

    Keep em coming!
    As Sky Subscription numbers start to decline they can’t afford to keep bribing these channels to stay off freesat forever!

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  13. Ronnie Says:

    Sky And Freesat work together in 2020
    Last old NTL: Telewest cable a long time.

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  14. Tim Says:

    Paul Ryan said:
    Keep em coming!
    As Sky Subscription numbers start to decline they can’t afford to keep bribing these channels to stay off freesat forever!

    @Paul, I think that Sky’s annual price rises to fund their Premiership football rights will keep on producing converts for Freesat. Similarly, the mobile phone providers are eating away at Freeview’s spectrum so that will produce more Freesat converts who wish to get away from a declining Freeview service.

    In effect, Freesat will effectively get guaranteed growth over the next few years.

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  15. Chris S Says:

    Tim said: @Paul, I think that Sky’s annual price rises to fund their Premiership football rights will keep on producing converts for Freesat. Similarly, the mobile phone providers are eating away at Freeview’s spectrum so that will produce more Freesat converts who wish to get away from a declining Freeview service.
    In effect, Freesat will effectively get guaranteed growth over the next few years.

    Maybe those who’ve got a basic Sky service, but Sky Q, network viewing and recording, UHD….people will find it hard to move to Freesat after that even if Sky is expensive.

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  16. Paul. The other one. Says:

    True Crime+1 on 152 is not on the EPG or the schedule at freesat.co.uk/tvguide any more. Think it’s happened in the last day or so, or have I missed something?

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  17. Paul. The other one. Says:

    Confirmed, True Crime+1 has left both Freesat and Sky.

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  18. Neil Says:

    Chris S said: Maybe those who’ve got a basic Sky service, but Sky Q, network viewing and recording, UHD….people will find it hard to move to Freesat after that even if Sky is expensive.

    I was chatting to someone yesterday, totally unconnected to the broadcast industry and works in Telecom’s, told me he’s had Sky from the analogue outset but recently cancelled the lot and hasn’t looked back!

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  19. JJ Says:

    Neil said: I was chatting to someone yesterday, totally unconnected to the broadcast industry and works in Telecom’s, told me he’s had Sky from the analogue outset but recently cancelled the lot and hasn’t looked back!

    I am the same had Sky since the 90’s. We went Freesat and bolted on Netflix via Freetime, saved over £50 per month and never looked back. Sky Q doesn’t interest me. Im sure I read on this very forum UHD it only available on the higher packs anyway.

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  20. Neil Says:

    JJ said: I am the same had Sky since the 90’s. We went Freesat and bolted on Netflix via Freetime, saved over £50 per month and never looked back. Sky Q doesn’t interest me. Im sure I read on this very forum UHD it only available on the higher packs anyway.

    Yep, we’ve got Netflix via an app on our Freesat Panasonic TV’s and it offers the average viewer a good alternative to paying through the nose with Sky. It does surprise me the more people I’m hearing who are long term Sky subscribers and dumping the platform, not necessarily for Freesat but a combination of FTA and streamed services which deliver what the average viewer wants.

    Long term IP delivery is how all TV will likely go and Sky need to realise that in the IP world they are smaller fish in a bigger pond.

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  21. davemurgatroyd Says:

    So Freesat gains 4Music but loses The Box from Box Plus Metworks. So zero gain on this one.

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  22. mike65 Says:

    Just a word for euro-cinema slot on Showcase, it’s now two feature films every night 9 PM and 1 AM with shorts from 11 to midnight, they seem to be taking the enterprise seriously as judged by next weeks schedule. Not out of copyright rubbish but an eclectic selection of titles

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  23. Shane Says:

    davemurgatroyd said:
    So Freesat gains 4Music but loses The Box from Box Plus Metworks. So zero gain on this one.

    I wasn’t aware the box had encrypted again. If it’s not, can you just manually tune it in?

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  24. Paul. The other one. Says:

    The Box is still FTA. For manual tuning the parameters are:

    12304, H, 27500, 5/6, DVB-S, QPSK.

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  25. ggopher Says:

    ggopher said: yes there’s more – Keep it country has left, BBC i player on 901 has left, …..

    ggopher said:
    The list of channels in the channel list is incorrect !
    It;s been updated for Viva, but its still showing the 400’s series of channels

    a week after mentioning that tbe channel list is incorrect – it still hasnt been updated.

    Any reason in why its be left out of date ?

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  26. Paul. The other one. Says:

    Freesat say that Keep It Country will return to 516 on 28th Feb.

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  27. ggopher Says:

    Paul. The other one. said:
    Freesat say that Keep It Country will return to 516 on 28th Feb.

    According to the channel list on this site – it’s still there !

    but then the channel list does has at least six errors (channels moved, renamed, epg no. change) – maybe it wasn’t removed when Keep it Country left earlier.

    If a list is going to be made available, then it needs to be updated to reflect the current channel lineup.

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  28. Ian Vallender Says:

    jonathan mccabe said:
    Home channel should be next by the end of 2017 when its encryption ends with Sky TV
    Dave channel won’t come to Freesat

    Both Dave and Home are from UKTV so never say never!

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  29. Rick Says:

    I’ve had to leave freesat and gone to youview but I’ll definitely be back if they get Dave and home channels and maybe a few others

    There’s a new quest red channel coming in march don’t think freesat will get this either. :-( sad times.

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  30. JJ Says:

    Rick said:
    I’ve had to leave freesat and gone to youview but I’ll definitely be back if they get Dave and home channels and maybe a few others
    There’s a new quest red channel coming in march don’t think freesat will get this either. sad times.

    Problem is Sky has the monopoly on satellite and dictates the status quo. Its a shame as Freesat is far superior in quality to Freeview in my humble.

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  31. Neil Says:

    JJ said: Problem is Sky has the monopoly on satellite and dictates the status quo. Its a shame as Freesat is far superior in quality to Freeview in my humble.

    They dictate the status quo by paying bucket loads of dosh to broadcasters to keep their channels, particularly the HD versions of, behind paywalls. If that money was taken away then they’d go FTA tomorrow!

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  32. Paul. The other one. Says:

    In case the reinstatement has been missed by people who used to view the channel, Keep It Country returned to 516 on Tuesday as planned.

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  33. ggopher Says:

    ggopher said: According to the channel list on this site – it’s still there !
    but then the channel list does has at least six errors (channels moved, renamed, epg no. change) – maybe it wasn’t removed when Keep it Country left earlier.
    If a list is going to be made available, then it needs to be updated to reflect the current channel lineup.

    Can only assume the information on this website is no longer being updated !

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  34. Rick Says:

    Quest red comes on freeview on Wednesday I’m sure freesat won’t get this either…. not sure who goes looking for channels…

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  35. mike65 Says:

    Rick said:
    Quest red comes on freeview on Wednesday I’m sure freesat won’t get this either…. not sure who goes looking for channels…

    No one goes looking for channels – channels go to freesat.

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  36. JJ Says:

    No Quest Red Stickview, Sly and Wire only. Very sad that Freest is screwed over once again by an over domineering satellite operator.

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  37. Dipper Says:

    Nobody’s being screwed over. Channels make commercial decisions. If you want all these extra lovely channels all you have to do is pay for them!

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  38. Jack Says:

    Freeview adds another HD channel, colors tv, and two sd channels,CBS action + 1 and Quest Red all in one day.

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  39. JJ Says:

    Dipper said:
    Nobody’s being screwed over. Channels make commercial decisions. If you want all these extra lovely channels all you have to do is pay for them!

    They are free on other platforms. Thats the point.

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  40. Dipper Says:

    JJ said: They are free on other platforms. Thats the point.

    I realise that. I live in a minimum channels Freeview area & would like to see all that is on full Freeview available on Freesat but I still think being “screwed over” is a bit harsh. I believe I get very good value for money, £0.00 per month on top of the licence fee, which all of us telly watchers have to pay.

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  41. Neil Says:

    Jack said:
    Freeview adds another HD channel, colors tv, and two sd channels,CBS action + 1 and Quest Red all in one day.

    Colors HD does exist on Satellite, it would be easy to add this to Freesat if the broadcaster wishes as it’s HD version is FTA. If Chellozone/CBS acquire an EPG slot on Sky’s platform then they’ll likely launch CBS Action +1 on Satellite (which does not exist on DSAT whatsoever), then likely add this to Freesat too. Quest Red is on DSAT but pay – disappointed Discovery haven’t made this FTA but there could be good reason it has remained pay contractually.

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