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Jun 27 2013

4oD launches on Freesat's <free time>Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, has today confirmed the launch of 4 on Demand on <free time>, offering viewers the last thirty days of catch up and many hours of archive from Channel 4.

Channel 4’s video on demand service joins the ranks of BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and YouTube on <free time>, and brings a wealth of new Channel 4 programming in addition to 4oD’s library of classic shows.

Emma Scott, Freesat’s Managing Director commented:

We’re delighted that 4oD is now live on <free time>, further strengthening our on-demand offering with yet more brilliant programmes. Our viewers can now watch their favorite Channel 4 shows in a variety of ways, giving them more opportunities to watch TV in the way they want to.

Catching up on the latest twists in The Returned, or enjoying favorite episodes of Fresh Meat, just got a whole lot easier on freesat.

It’s also incredibly exciting to be the first UK TV platform to host the HTML 5 version of 4oD, which enables us to make the simple pleasure of watching TV even better through great technology.

Sarah Rose, Director, Commercial & Business Development, Channel 4 said:

With the launch of our successful video on demand service on <free time>, we’re pleased to extend the reach of Channel 4 catch up and archive content to freesat viewers enabling them to stay up-to-date with our latest programmes and delve into a wealth of classic shows from the last 30 years.

<free time> launched last Autumn, bringing new features to freesat, including a backward guide that lets viewers ‘turn back time’ to watch programmes that have already been on, a new Showcase section providing TV recommendations and enhanced on demand and recordings. <free time> was built on the widely adopted European open standards for hybrid TV; including elements of HbbTV and HTML 5 browser technology.

79 Responses to “4oD launches on Freesat’s <free time>”

  1. JamesB Says:

    congratulations!
    now Five must be weeks away!?

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  2. r.crichton Says:

    JamesB said:
    congratulations!
    now Five must be weeks away!?

    not till end of summer so months not weeks.

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  3. JamesB Says:

    weeks

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  4. Dave Says:

    Great stuff freesat I knew you would get there in the end :-)

    I’m not home till tonight to have a look at it but dose anyone know if you can watch the old Brookside the Better half loved it …

    Thanks Dave

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  5. Chris Says:

    I hope that this will be on the first generation humax box also.

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  6. admin Says:

    Chris said:
    I hope that this will be on the first generation humax box also.

    It won’t because the first generation don’t have the processing power or capacity for it; nor the HTML5 format.

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  7. Dean Says:

    As we have i player and itv player on the old box why not have it programed for that box .There should be more people with the old version.box. if the bbc and itv can do it why not c4 and 5 do it. Is it because no one would buy the new box ?

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  8. Richard Crichton Says:

    Nice to have at last but way behind YouView who are launching UKTV catch up starting with Dave in July. Poor old Freesat always destined to be behind it seems.
    http://www.v-net.tv/uktv-catch-up-services-now-on-youview/

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  9. admin Says:

    Richard Crichton said:
    Nice to have at last but way behind YouView who are launching UKTV catch up starting with Dave in July. Poor old Freesat always destined to be behind it seems.
    http://www.v-net.tv/uktv-catch-up-services-now-on-youview/

    Richard, are you going through your alter-ego’s stage at the minute ;)

    You know very well that freesat can’t have some UKTV channels as a result of existing contracts in place.

    YouView only continues to develop because they are giving the units away for free through talktalk, otherwise they’d be no where right now.

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  10. stonedimmaculate1962 Says:

    Hardly watch any TV these days, so no great gain to me. But will not be rushing out to buy Freetime+ box anytime soon.

    There not much on any of the channels these days, not unless you like doco’s, realty, sport and all that Yank stuff.

    TV off, we all sit around the table play games and a bottle of Whisky at hand, delicious.

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  11. Richard Crichton Says:

    admin said: Richard, are you going through your alter-ego’s stage at the minute
    You know very well that freesat can’t have some UKTV channels as a result of existing contracts in place.
    YouView only continues to develop because they are giving the units away for free through talktalk, otherwise they’d be no where right now.

    No need to be insulting admin. I’m just stating facts not making things up.

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  12. admin Says:

    Richard Crichton said: No need to be insulting admin. I’m just stating facts not making things up.

    Not wishing to insult, just that you’ve gone from positive to negative over the last day. I did include a wink ;)

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  13. JamesB Says:

    quite

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  14. bobdvb Says:

    Both channel 4 and five felt they needed more stringent DRM than ITV and BBC, to be fair they also depend on imported content a great deal more than BBC and ITV. Also many people in the on-demand world don’t like the older presentation methods of MHEG, feeling that the experience doesn’t enhance their brand image. That is their business choice and they are making an informed decision.

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  15. Neil Says:

    Top stuff, glad 4OD has finally arrived – now I can be armed with this so when my other half keeps banging on about how Sky offers catch-up (but she never watches any actual Sky branded channels at her mum’s house), there’s an alternative whilst keeping the on-demand services.

    In response to Richard’s comments about UKTV – maybe as they don’t put their services on the platform it’s a way of getting ‘out there’ to Freesat viewers in future but won’t hold my breath!

    I guess now the HTML5 framework is in place and tested for 4OD, Demand 5 will follow once that’s all tested and ready. At least most of the watched TV though is now available on catch-up from the main PSB services.

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  16. Scott Says:

    @Dave
    If its the same 4OD offered by youview, there is one episode of brookside available

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  17. r.crichton Says:

    admin said: Not wishing to insult, just that you’ve gone from positive to negative over the last day. I did include a wink

    Ssorry I missed that. Freesat has better picture quality . Youview has more catchup. That’s just the way things are.

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  18. martin Says:

    Brill just done a softweare update working fine

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  19. martin Says:

    Sent an email to uktv dont think they liked it there a new channel called drama coming next month on freeviwe I asked if it was coming to freesat or will you ignor freesat as normal they didnt like my email we here at uktv are commited to pay tv was thire answer dont think we gona get any uk tv on freesat

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  20. Darren Says:

    When will. Ireland. Get. 4od. On freesat. Free time

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  21. Ian Says:

    I have a freesat enabled Sony TV which does not get ITV player will we get 4od or is Sony not going to upgrade the TV software?

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  22. Neil Says:

    martin said:
    Sent an email to uktv dont think they liked it there a new channel called drama coming next month on freeviwe I asked if it was coming to freesat or will you ignor freesat as normal they didnt like my email we here at uktv are commited to pay tv was thire answer dont think we gona get any uk tv on freesat

    So if they are committed to pay TV how come four of their services will be available on DTT? Yep, I realise there’s a bigger ad market but to say they are committed is a ‘pot calling the kettle black’ comment to me!

    Does 4OD appear on Freetime on an LCN or is it part of the menu structure? For example on the G1 FS STB’s you get ITV Player via 903 but presumably this is different on Freetime?

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  23. Michael Says:

    Ian said:
    I have a freesat enabled Sony TV which does not get ITV player will we get 4od or is Sony not going to upgrade the TV software?

    4OD is only available on freesat via free time boxes. ITV Player and 4OD are not part of Bravia Entertainment either so its very unlikely you’ll ever see them on your TV.
    To get the Freesat version of 4OD on your TV would require a whole lot more than a software update as it would need extra hardware to run HTML5.

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  24. jamesb Says:

    Re Sony: if you thought freesat was slow!. Sony would not update the tvs to the standards 40D/ITV wanted. Other manufacturers do offer other catchup services.

    On UKTV: their new CE at a broadcasting conference keynote address (to which Freesat were speaking at too) said their new strategy was to launch their channels on ALL platforms. the audience did get the impression all platforms meant freesat too. When who knows.
    Their comms dept obvs don’t know this as they only mention pay tv, which is wrong as they are on freeview!

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  25. Keith Cobby Says:

    My Panasonic G20 and other tech will not support 4OD. However, it would support some new HD channels. Any chance of these during the second half?

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  26. Neil Says:

    Keith Cobby said:
    My Panasonic G20 and other tech will not support 4OD. However, it would support some new HD channels. Any chance of these during the second half?

    You never know Keith, there’s a very good chance towards the end of the year we’ll get more HD channels from both the BBC and C4 when they launch on the interim DTT HD mux’s – as these roll out across the UK starting with London. The BBC will certainly make their HD services available on all platforms, I’d like to think C4 would too who’ve committed to 2x extra services. Arise News HD is another service which when asked said they do have freesat plans but not until later in the year.

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  27. Neil Says:

    Out of curiosity, does the freesat version of 4OD give access to 4Music’s content despite it yet not having it’s linear channel on the platform?

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  28. r.crichton Says:

    Sony SAB, connect 2, connect 4 coming to freeview HD soon it says on my epg.

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  29. Neil Says:

    r.crichton said:
    Sony SAB, connect 2, connect 4 coming to freeview HD soon it says on my epg.

    Sony SAB has been on the Connected Freeview HD platform for a while, think it arrived the same time as it appeared on Freesat.

    ———

    It looks like Showcase 2 is to rebrand to Ramadan TV for the duration of Ramadan which starts on the 10th.

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  30. Richard Crichton Says:

    Last night the Gadget Show compared UK Television platforms BT, Virgin, Sky, YouView and Freeview. There was no mention of Freesat or Freetime but they did spend a good 5 minutes bigging up Sky. A disgrace of a program.

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  31. Glyn Says:

    Does freetime have netflix os lovefilm.

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  32. Dave Says:

    Glyn said:
    Does freetime have netflix os lovefilm.

    Hi not yet but few months ago it was mentioned that Netflix was coming :-)

    Also I have just emailed channel 5 , cos no mention of freesat as I alternative provider on gadget show .

    Maybe $Ky paid channel 5 not to mention freesat cos I think they won if I remember ????

    I hear chart show dance is coming to freesat 15 July .,.

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  33. Rosco Says:

    The launch of Astra 2E will be delayed a few months after an ultra spectacular launch failure at the Baikour spaceport last night. The Proton rocket which was carrying GPS satellites veered wildly off course immediately after liftoff and blew up.

    http://www.space.com/21811-russian-rocket-crash-details-revealed.html

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  34. Neil Says:

    Dave said: Hi not yet but few months ago it was mentioned that Netflix was coming
    Also I have just emailed channel 5 , cos no mention of freesat as I alternative provider on gadget show .
    Maybe $Ky paid channel 5 not to mention freesat cos I think they won if I remember ????
    I hear chart show dance is coming to freesat 15 July .,.

    I wouldn’t be surprised, I bet they didn’t rave on about 5HD seen as it’s not even still available FTA on DTT or DSAT.

    Good news about Chartshow Dance, perhaps Harry can do his EPG analysing to give us a potential sneaky insight on EPG numbers. I wonder if they’ll stick it on 507 so it’s adjacent to all the other CSC music services.

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  35. Glyn Says:

    How woud you rate the humax freetime box.Is it worth going fore.

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  36. steve Says:

    Glyn said:
    How woud you rate the humax freetime box.Is it worth going fore.

    Hi Glyn you only have to read the reviews from WHICH magazine etc. I brought the white Humax 1010s because of its inbuilt wifi and 1tb hard drive the colour also matches other products in my living room so I and the missus is happy. the freetime aspect is a lot easier than going through the Smart TV that I want for on demand services. so much easier the mother in law has asked me to get her one.

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  37. Glyn Says:

    Thanks steve, I;m off to currys asap.

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  38. admin Says:

    Glyn said:
    Thanks steve, I;m off to currys asap.

    If you want the white version, don’t buy from Currys, you’ll be over-charged. Drop me a message.

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  39. Glyn Says:

    Currys selling the 500 gb box for £239 at the mo, looks like ok price.The white box wont look right in room, thanks for advice.

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  40. admin Says:

    http://www.satbuyer.co.uk/humax-hdr-1000s-freesat+hd-freetime-500gb-digital-box-p190.html £219.95 plus delivery at Satbuyer. Cheapest I’ve seen.

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  41. Johnyb Says:

    Why is the content available via freesat significantly less than on my iPod. Surely it should be the same?

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  42. Steve Says:

    Glyn said:
    Currys selling the 500 gb box for £239 at the mo, looks like ok price.The white box wont look right in room, thanks for advice.

    The black one is still as good. go for what is right for you. Just don’t forget to connect it to your network. Fantastic for streaming from the computer and nas drive I have.

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  43. Steve Says:

    Johnyb said:
    Why is the content available via freesat significantly less than on my iPod. Surely it should be the same?

    It maybe the compression apple have if you have copied it over from the hard drive?

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  44. Michael Says:

    Johnyb said:
    Why is the content available via freesat significantly less than on my iPod. Surely it should be the same?

    Probably down to license issues.

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  45. VenStar Says:

    Michael said: 4OD is only available on freesat via free time boxes. ITV Player and 4OD are not part of Bravia Entertainment either so its very unlikely you’ll ever see them on your TV.
    To get the Freesat version of 4OD on your TV would require a whole lot more than a software update as it would need extra hardware to run HTML5.

    My Samsung series 6 Tv (year 2011) has all 4 catchup services, BBC iPlayer from the 1st day then ITV Player and I think since May 4OD + Demand 5.
    It all depends on the manufacture and the specific device.

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  46. Kevin Version 1 Says:

    admin said: If you want the white version, don’t buy from Currys, you’ll be over-charged. Drop me a message.

    There is no way I would purchase a major item from Currys as I have had poor aftersales service from them. From conversations I don’t seem to be the only person who has had a poor experience with Currys.

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  47. Glyn Says:

    Hi all Just got the humax freetime box,cant see any instructions on setting up remote to switch tv on, any help guys.

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  48. Richard Crichton Says:

    So the BBC is pulling the plug on 3D. Can’t say I’m suprised. Roll on 4K.

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  49. Harry Says:

    Neil said: Good news about Chartshow Dance, perhaps Harry can do his EPG analysing to give us a potential sneaky insight on EPG numbers. I wonder if they’ll stick it on 507 so it’s adjacent to all the other CSC music services.

    Nothing there when I checked earlier…will probably be done later in the week. I wonder if CSC’s new channel ‘Kix Power’ will be launching on the platform too? (It’s replacing PopGirl+1 on the 21st).
    In other news, Red Button HD is scheduled to finish on 9th September.

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  50. Glyn Says:

    Just bought humax 1000s, slightly disappointed cant use remote to switch tv on .bit of a backward step .

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  51. martin Says:

    Glyn said:
    Just bought humax 1000s, slightly disappointed cant use remote to switch tv on .bit of a backward step .

    My freetime remote wont turn the tv on ether so I use the tv remote or keep it on hdim 1 hope that helps

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  52. Glyn Says:

    Now i can turn box off but i cant turn it on with remote, staring to regret buying this box. I have got the old foxsat hdr and has worked perfectly for years.

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  53. antony Says:

    hi,
    i decided to buy the foxsat model only problem i have is the volume on all hd channels even if recorded will not turn up and down.

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  54. steve Says:

    Glyn said:
    Now i can turn box off but i cant turn it on with remote, staring to regret buying this box. I have got the old foxsat hdr and has worked perfectly for years.

    Glyn don’t regret . this new generation is much better , smoother and faster than the old generation and with more on demand coming soon its only getting better and better . I would just check the soft ware.

    Model Number HDR-1000S and HDR-1010S
    Software Version UKSFAA 1.00.54
    System ID 809C.7D00
    Update Release Date 26th June 2013

    more likely the box you have may just need an update but you could always contact Humax regarding you issue via their call centre /email

    my mother in law soon got to know the changes from a older Box and I and she love our boxes . just waiting for demand five now and hopefully freesat will be launching more content hopefully HD :)

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  55. g Says:

    Anyone know of any new hardware being launched in the near future, or should i just go the the 1010s?

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  56. g Says:

    whoops ….
    Anyone know of any new ‘freetime’ hardware being launched in the near future, or should i just go the the 1010s?

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  57. Neil Says:

    Harry said: Nothing there when I checked earlier…will probably be done later in the week. I wonder if CSC’s new channel ‘Kix Power’ will be launching on the platform too? (It’s replacing PopGirl+1 on the 21st).
    In other news, Red Button HD is scheduled to finish on 9th September.

    I was wondering the same, maybe True Drama will also launch on 147? I’m really glad to finally see Chartshow Dance appear as it is one of the music channels I watch in non-FS mode and much simpler to have it on the EPG.

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  58. admin Says:

    g said:
    whoops ….
    Anyone know of any new ‘freetime’ hardware being launched in the near future, or should i just go the the 1010s?

    Nothing yet, 2014 is likely for the next alternative.

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  59. Harry Says:

    Neil said: I was wondering the same, maybe True Drama will also launch on 147? I’m really glad to finally see Chartshow Dance appear as it is one of the music channels I watch in non-FS mode and much simpler to have it on the EPG.

    I’ve just had a quick check and can see that EPG data is now present for Chart Show Dance. We’ve got full listings for tomorrow (tester day), nothing for the weekend, and full data from Monday. Short name on the EPG is currently ‘CsDance’. Nothing for True Drama in terms of EPG listings. Will have a look later on the PC to see CS Dance’s LCN.

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  60. Harry Says:

    Taking a look at the data on the computer has yielded some interesting results…Chart Show Dance is fixed to EPG number 503 (currently Scuzz). So, a number of possible outcomes. Is Scuzz leaving freesat (it has done in the past)? Is Scuzz moving EPG number when CS Dance launches? Are freesat concealing the real/final number for CS Dance? I suspect that it is the former, with Scuzz leaving the platform. Surprising, perhaps, given its recent boost on the Sky EPG from 374 to 367.
    Chart Show Dance currently appears as ‘ChartshowDance’, with the shortened version being ‘CsDance’. No new developments aside from just this channel. Nothing for True Drama, or PopGirl+1 (to be Kix Power in just over a week’s time).

    [may need to scroll down when viewing image]
    https://twitter.com/lovinthetelly/status/355111522881654784/photo/1

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  61. Neil Says:

    I guess they are aligning Chart Show Dance next to Chart Show and Flava and, like you say, may bump Scuzz down the EPG maybe? I can’t see CSC wanting it shifted to 525 so maybe it will go to 507, or, like you say, be replacing Scuzz completely?

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  62. miffo Says:

    Youtube link taken off the Freetime box – again!

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  63. JamesB Says:

    What do you mean about YouTube. Still on my box

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  64. Harry Says:

    Data has appeared today for both ‘Arise News’ (short EPG version ‘Arise’) and ‘Arise News HD’ (short EPG version ‘Arise HD’). Neither have any EPG data/programme listings yet. We may see the SD version change transponder soon as it is currently on a TP which does not carry any freesat data. Recent launches have seen the channel move to a TP with freesat data streams rather than the data streams being added to the (old) transponder. The SD version is attached to channel 212, with its HD counterpart currently on 974. Almost certain to be moving to 212 upon launch though.
    ‘ChartshowDance’ still appears to be launching onto 503.

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  65. Neil Says:

    Cheers for the update Harry, good to see our seventh HD channel launch coming up! Arise isn’t a bad channel and since launch have polished their act, HD-wise the PQ looks very good on the studio footage too. Someone said the channel was possibly launching mid-July, on a thread here I think, not far from the truth! That will be two channels I can remove from non-FS favourites mode next week (out of about nine in total) once it’s on the EPG. Still curious what will happen with Scuzz, keep an eye on True Drama too as guess this must arrive on the platform at some point.

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  66. admin Says:

    Yep, there are a few (more than two) new channels coming in the next few weeks, plus a new freesat receiver review at the end of the month. Desperately trying to find time for some more updates on the site.

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  67. miffo Says:

    JamesB said:
    What do you mean about YouTube. Still on my box

    You are right. Homeplug needed a reset. Thought it had been taken down to fix the ‘loading’ bug, but alas not.

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  68. Neil Says:

    admin said:
    Yep, there are a few (more than two) new channels coming in the next few weeks, plus a new freesat receiver review at the end of the month. Desperately trying to find time for some more updates on the site.

    Interesting, I guess we’ll find out on Monday.

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  69. Richard Crichton Says:

    Still no STV HD on Freesat EPG. Why am I not suprised?
    From STV’s website “I am a satellite viewer (Sky or Freesat). Can I access STV HD?
    Not yet. We are very keen to make STV HD available on Sky and Freesat and are working with them to make this happen as soon as possible. We’ll provide an update on this in due course.”
    So keen to make it happen its only taken them since May 2012.

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  70. Dave Says:

    Neil said: Interesting, I guess we’ll find out on Monday.

    Hi all I have been on hols for a week and just seen on here some new channels coming next week :-))
    What channels are they ????
    Thanks for update

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  71. James Blair Says:

    According to a few websites stv/utv hd were launching this month. But knowing stv this will pass again. But they have been messing around with their none of channel in the last few weeks, taking data off and back on. Fingers crossed.

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  72. Neil Says:

    Dave said: Hi all I have been on hols for a week and just seen on here some new channels coming next week )What channels are they ????Thanks for update

    Chartshow Dance and Arise to name a couple, possibly more – we’ll find out early next week I guess. The more the merrier, happy to finally see Chartshow Dance as one of them.

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  73. dan Says:

    Just 1 sports channel please. Premier sports, Eurosport 2, sky sports news, motors tv, lfc tv, sports tonight live. Just 1 would be so good! I know its probably dreaming, but it would be perfect.

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  74. Archie Says:

    I see a new video games channel has launched on virgin media, GINX. Any chance freesat peeps will be sending out the olive branch their way? It’s free to anyone with a virgin box and not, as yet on sky. Could be worth a shot at least and would bring something new to the platform.

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  75. Harry Says:

    Chart Show Dance now on 503. Scuzz (503) and The Space (908) removed.

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  76. Emma Shilling Says:

    Any idea when it will come to the isle of man?

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  77. Anthony B Says:

    Only just picked up 40D But how do you get to set it up?

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  78. Ken Mc Says:

    Yeah! I’d like to know that too. Except I can’t find it at all. I am in the NW of UK and have a Humax 1000S. Software is UKSFAA 2.00.13. There is no sign of 4OD or Demand 5 on Freetime, only the BBC & ITV offerings. Do the others even exist? I only upgraded from my earlier Humax because of the 4 & 5 On Demands. I see that there have been no other replies on this forum since July 2013. Is this forum dead, or have Freeview failed to incorporate 4 & 5 and don’t want to admit it?

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  79. admin Says:

    Ken Mc said:
    Yeah! I’d like to know that too. Except I can’t find it at all. I am in the NW of UK and have a Humax 1000S. Software is UKSFAA 2.00.13. There is no sign of 4OD or Demand 5 on Freetime, only the BBC & ITV offerings. Do the others even exist? I only upgraded from my earlier Humax because of the 4 & 5 On Demands. I see that there have been no other replies on this forum since July 2013. Is this forum dead, or have Freeview failed to incorporate 4 & 5 and don’t want to admit it?

    This isn’t a forum but a news blog and the page is from June 2013 so naturally has been lost down the long list of news since. It is also a Freesat based product, not Freeview ;) Not sure why you can’t find 4od and Demand5, they are defiantly in the demand section providing you are using an English postcode.

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