4OD and Demand 5 Expected

One of the most commonly asked questions we get asked (apart from where’s Dave!!!) is whether the on-demand services from Channel 4 (4OD) and Channel 5 (Demand 5) will be coming to Freesat.

We know that discussions have been ongoing between the broadcasters and Freesat to increase the number of interactive services and it appears that Freesat are now finishing their email news announcements with the following tag line:

Freesat is a subscription-free satellite TV service offering digital television to everyone in the UK. It offers more than 150 TV, radio and interactive channels, including free HD services from ITV, the BBC and Channel 4; Freesat+ to record, pause and rewind; BBC iPlayer, ITV Player with 4OD and Demand 5 coming soon; all for free.

Now of course “coming soon” doesn’t mean much in this industry, but the suggestion that they will is certainly very promising and a further positive step for this forward thinking platform.

55 thoughts on “4OD and Demand 5 Expected”

  1. Thanks for the suggestion. I had considered this in the past. I have a Humax HDR. I can set the recordings (all recordings) to end up to 5 minutes later, but this causes complications because it may/will cause many conflicts because recordings overlap which shouldn’t and so whole programmes get missed. The real answer is that Channel 4 should update the programme guide correctly so that the recordings actually start and end when they’re supposed to. The BBC are able to do this reliably, why can’t C4. In fact, this should be a requirement of Freesat that they do this reliably otherwise it makes a farce of the whole system.

    As I say, I suspect C4 are deliberately being sloppy about this to suit their own purposes and increase claimed advertising imprint. Thanks anyway.

    Incidentally, I did set up a weekly manual record to catch-up with the missed ending tonight. It turned out I’d missed at most 10 seconds! It still dissapointng that such work-arounds are necessary solely (for me) for C4 HD. Other channels may have similar problems but I tend not to record them – those I have had not exhibited this problem. It does, however, appear to happen with every C4 HD program I’ve ever recorded.

  2. We had the same happen on our humax with Homeland last Sunday. We set up to record it and the program that followed it on the +1 channel. It cut off even earlier than before but we managed to get the end of Homeland from the program afterwards.

  3. Exactly the same problem for me. It’s happened with Homeland many times, so 4od ASAP on freesat would be good! Better still, Channel 4 need to send accurate start signals.

  4. Coming soon ???
    is coming soon this year or its in the pipe line we my or my not get it ive just paid out 300.00 for my set top box and i get the same as you would get with a set top box costing 29.99. i heve iplayer and bbc player but its so slow walk up save money get the set top box for 29.99 just as good

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