4Music joins Freesat

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.

78 thoughts on “4Music joins Freesat”

  1. Rick17 said:
    Are we in for a quiet year freesat..,.,

    Yep! Spike +1 should join at some point no doubt if that’s any help!

    You reach a point where bar a few odds and sods around the high number margins every channel is where it wants to be and there’s little further movement. A mature market.

  2. mike65 said: Yep! Spike +1 should join at some point no doubt if that’s any help!
    You reach a point where bar a few odds and sods around the high number margins every channel is where it wants to be and there’s little further movement. A mature market.

    Yep I don’t know what else people think is out there left to join.
    We all know the ones we would like which are on Freeview are tied into contracts and won’t be joining.
    That leaves what? Half a dozen or so music channels and free to air foreign or foreign language channels?

  3. Rick17 said:
    Are we in for a quiet year freesat..,.,

    There was talk last year that the BBC’s internet-delivered 4K channel was due to start before the upcoming Wimbledon grunt-fest, so if that’s still happening I would hope there’s a new Freesat box with 4K decoder waiting in the wings. No doubt it’ll be a Humax if there is a Freesat 4K box to be announced in the next month or so.

    The BBC’s gone a bit quiet on the 4K front since the test using the 4 minute Planet Earth 2 clip that was available through iPlayer. Wimbledon starts 3rd July this year, so let’s hope the BBC, Freesat and the box manufacturer have managed to keep any 4K developments tightly under wraps rather than it being quiet on the news front because there’s no news at all!

    Perhaps more apps will come to the newer Freesat boxes and TVs – Twitter and Facebook for example. They’re both getting into video in a big way. For example the PGA Golf Tour streams a couple of hours of the early Thursday and Friday play on Twitter from every tournament. And this morning Twitter and Bloomberg announced that from the autumn a 24-hour news channel (different from the broadcast channel) will be streamed via Twitter.

    On the other hand it might just be a quiet year coming up.

  4. Paul. The other one. said: There was talk last year that the BBC’s internet-delivered 4K channel was due to start before the upcoming Wimbledon grunt-fest, so if that’s still happening I would hope there’s a new Freesat box with 4K decoder waiting in the wings.No doubt it’ll be a Humax if there is a Freesat 4K box to be announced in the next month or so.
    The BBC’s gone a bit quiet on the 4K front since the test using the 4 minute Planet Earth 2 clip that was available through iPlayer.Wimbledon starts 3rd July this year, so let’s hope the BBC, Freesat and the box manufacturer have managed to keep any 4K developments tightly under wraps rather than it being quiet on the news front because there’s no news at all!
    Perhaps more apps will come to the newer Freesat boxes and TVs – Twitter and Facebook for example.They’re both getting into video in a big way.For example the PGA Golf Tour streams a couple of hours of the early Thursday and Friday play on Twitter from every tournament.And this morning Twitter and Bloomberg announced that from the autumn a 24-hour news channel (different from the broadcast channel) will be streamed via Twitter.
    On the other hand it might just be a quiet year coming up.

    Quiet? The silence is deafening! 4K Wimbledon? Maybe streamed on Sky etc and 4k TVs,but a freesat 4k box ain’t happening for a long time . The market is far to tiny for humax or freesat to invest in 4k tech. Freesat has peaked I’m afraid. Don’t expect anything in the way of new channels or new technology .

  5. Lack of posts from admin is concerning. I have not visited here for a while knowing I’ve not missed much regards to posts. Hello Admin, are you still with us.

  6. stonedimmaculate62 said:
    Lack of posts from admin is concerning. I have not visited here for a while knowing I’ve not missed much regards to posts.Hello Admin, are you still with us.

    Thanks for the concern, still here, just very little news from Freesat and not a lot else I can review! The satellite industry as a whole is lacking any movement now; the technology just isn’t going anywhere and broadcasters are not investing as much as they use to into television via traditional methods!

  7. Unlike some posters on this site, I still believe Freesat has a healthy future. It serves a vital role providing a good choice of UK TV viewing for those unable to receive Freeview (or the full Freeview service) – plus it offers a slightly different and more comprehensive channel lineup from its terrestrial counterpart. And let’s not also forget that every Freesat receiver has a non freesat mode which allows even greater choice of some of free channels for those who want to explore. Freesat is now a mature platform so further growth is unlikely, but that said (although not widely advertised) it is now a standard feature of many of the larger size LG and Samsung TVs and Humax has recently launched its new HB1100S non recording stb. If the platform had no future, these manufacturers would not continue to support it.

  8. lawrence pearce said:
    Unlike some posters on this site, I still believe Freesat has a healthy future. It serves a vital role providing a good choice of UK TV viewing for those unable to receive Freeview (or the full Freeview service) – plus it offers a slightly different and more comprehensive channellineup from its terrestrial counterpart. And let’s not also forget that every Freesat receiver has a non freesat mode which allowseven greater choice of some of free channels for those who want to explore. Freesat is now amature platform so further growth is unlikely, but that said (although not widely advertised)it is now a standard feature of many of the larger size LG and Samsung TVs and Humax has recently launched its new HB1100S non recording stb. If the platform had no future, these manufacturers would not continue to support it.

    Absolutely, Freesat still offers a vital role and a great option. There is just no technological movement within the industry as a whole now, not just Freesat, which makes creating news difficult. It is worth pointing out though that only Humax are supporting this; all others have either pulled away, or cannot seem to get a product to market, despite there being room for a low cost HD zapper option.

  9. Maybe a multi tuner stb with similar features to sky q would be a good idea. Most freesat users are ex sky customers. Swapping from sky to freesat was simply a case of swapping boxes. Now newer sky customers would need to swap out the lnb as well as the box,taking away the plug and play option for those seeking a cheaper alternative. Can’t help but feel that is going to dent the take up of freesat in the future. Freeview is getting yet another frequency shake up in the next few years. But it continues to be most people’s first choice for FTA TV.

  10. I can’t help but think that maybe Freesat should have or still can, include FTV channels along with FTA channels, They could easily launch a box that can get both FTA & FTV channels in one EPG, cards can be issued or they could invest in a scramble/secure service attached to each box for the FTA channels.

    Some extra On Demand services can help, for example: UKTV Play, YouTube Kids, Sony Kids On Demand (Pop, Kix etc), Box+, Quest On Demand, Milkshake.

    To help get the extra Freeview channels they could add TVPlayer (with plus so could get some sub channels).

    As they have Netflix, why not try and get Amazon Prime, even BT Sports for those that have it free or a sub.

    There is still so much they can do, I think focusing on On Demand/ Catch UP TV could be one way for them to move forward to add much more content.

  11. admin said: Thanks for the concern, still here, just very little news from Freesat and not a lot else I can review!

    Then could you please take a look at your RSS feed which does not seem to work anymore. I tried to reach your webmaster via the contact form but the RSS feed still is unreachable.

  12. n2u said: Then could you please take a look at your RSS feed which does not seem to work anymore. I tried to reach your webmaster via the contact form but the RSS feed still is unreachable.

    Tried but failed, the RSS feed just stopped working one day, and despite trying absolutely everything, Feedburner (now Google) cannot find the account that held the subscribers. We will have to introduce a new one and start from scratch which is super annoying!

  13. Thanks for the reply admin.Though Freesat is still in my opinion a good free satellite platform apart from the lack of interesting programs (with the exception to the BBC series Taboo) or perhaps just not my cup of tea. Myself and the rest of the family watch 95% Netflix now. With top quality series like Bloodline,The Get Down, Expanse, Nobel, Touch, 12 Monkeys, Grimm any many more to name, and there’s always new stuff coming on every week, including some good films.

    My TV license runs out February next year and I’m considering not to renew it. Get rid of the Freesat box, dish and aerial. Got a new smart TV last year and never bothered to tune in all the Freeview channels. Will see next year.

  14. admin said:
    Think you might still need a tv license to watch Netflix though!

    admin said:
    Think you might still need a tv license to watch Netflix though!

    admin said:
    Think you might still need a tv license to watch Netflix though!

    From the BBC TV licensing website page.

    Do I need a TV License to watch subscription services like Netflix, Amazon or Now TV?

    You don’t need a TV License if you only ever use these services to watch on demand or catch up programmes except if you’re watching BBC programmes on iPlayer.
    Remember, if you watch or record live TV on any device, you need to be covered by a TV License.

    Live TV means any programme you watch or record at the same time as it’s being shown on TV or live on an online TV service.

    Pay for a TV Licence

    Or let us know you don’t need a TV Licence.

    Find out more about when you need a TV Licence.

    We never watch any live BBC TV/ iPlayer or other channels on our computer including other devices. Only Netflix and other non license required streaming channels.

    Anyway, will see what happens when my license expires.

  15. The £145.50 (now gone up a tad) is the best annual payment (for quality BBC TV) there is on the planet….

    Just go to America and watch some of the drivel they pipe out and you’ll see for yourself!

  16. ggopher said: nope – still out of date…

    So instead of just pointing this out, why don’t you tell me what is wrong, as it is correct in accordance with Freesat’s website and the EPG.

  17. ggopher said:
    Channel 977 missing from the list
    Channel 901 no longer on the EPG
    ……;)

    also Channel 403 no longer on the EPG

  18. admin said:
    Aside from 901, those were already removed!

    opps should have been 503 B4 Music that’s no longer on the EPG.

    (I mistakenly put 403 – there’s no 400’s channels)

    977 is missing from your list – it’s on the EPG.

    in addition to 901, channel 900 still refer to this channel !

    Shame it took you three months to update, (I posted way back in Feb that the list was out of date) !

  19. ggopher said: opps should have been 503 B4 Music that’s no longer on the EPG.
    (I mistakenly put 403 – there’s no 400’s channels)
    977 is missing from your list – it’s on the EPG.
    in addition to 901, channel 900 still refer to this channel !
    Shame it took you three months to update, (I posted way back in Feb that the list was out of date) !

    opps again… I see you now added channel 977 to the list of channels….

    😉

  20. ggopher said: Shame it took you three months to update, (I posted way back in Feb that the list was out of date) !

    Sorry I disappointed you so much, unpaid work, 2 full time businesses!

    ggopher said: opps again… I see you now added channel 977 to the list of channels….
    😉

    Nope, I’ve added nothing since yesterday.

  21. admin said: Sorry I disappointed you so much, unpaid work, 2 full time businesses!Nope, I’ve added nothing since yesterday.

    a week later, and you still haven’t removed channel 503 and 901 from your list !

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