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Jul 12 2016

BIKE, the first television channel entirely dedicated to the world of cycling, is now available to over 17 million households in the UK after signing a distribution agreement with Freesat.

Available on Freesat channel 251 from 12 July, viewers will be treated to world-class live and exclusive coverage of many of the season’s top professional

races, including the Gent-Wevelgem, Tour de Romandie and Giro del Trentino.

Cycling fans can also enjoy a wide range of documentaries, entertainment and original programming, including hotly-anticipated reality show The Coach, Great Rides of Britain, Mtb Adventures and City Guides – with all these exciting new shows airing on BIKE from this September.

Filippo Ubaldini, Founder & CEO of BIKE Channel, said:

We are delighted to expand our distribution to millions more viewers in the UK, and we are sure cycling fans will love exploring the wide range of content already available on BIKE. We will continually add to our offering, and fans can expect further exciting announcements in the very near future.

BIKE is aimed at all cyclists and cycling fans and appeals to leisure riders, racers, mountain bikers, commuters and triathletes. Enthusiasts can get their cycling fix from a range of content dedicated to travel, training, endurance, legends of the sport and more.

Jennifer Elworthy, Director of Marketing and Communications at Freesat, said:

With over 200 channels on offer to our viewers, we’re always striving to bring a variety of compelling programming to the UK free-to-air market. We can’t wait to have this brilliant new channel on board – with BIKE, we’ve added an exciting dimension to our sports line-up.

Cycling has always been a sport that inspires fans to participate, and by showcasing top athletes against some of Europe’s most stunning landscapes, BIKE intends to provide the inspiration between the viewers’ last ride and their next.

BIKE Channel is available in the UK on Sky channel 464, Virgin Media channel 552 and on Freesat channel 251.

30 Responses to “BIKE Channel UK available to millions more fans after launching on Freesat”

  1. David Says:

    Wow,another niche channel nobody will watch .

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  2. Rob Says:

    Why can’t we get more HD and Movie channels not to mention 4k?

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  3. Gordon S Valentine Says:

    I’ve just been watching this channel for last hour! Got to say it’s very good indeed! So happy it”s now on Freesat!!

    Much better than itv which is a niche channel! It just shows soaps 24/7.

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  4. Paul Ryan Says:

    Keep em coming, more channels means more choice and the future possibility of getting the missing Freeview channels that we still don’t have yet such as Quest, Dave etc.

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  5. Keith (original) Says:

    Gordon S Valentine said:
    I’ve just been watching this channel for last hour! Got to say it’s very good indeed! So happy it”s now on Freesat!!
    Much better than itv which is a niche channel! It just shows soaps 24/7.

    ITV’s channels are dedicated to Teleshopping for many hours of the day. 😉 The remaining hours are mostly soaps or other dross.

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  6. eugene Says:

    I been watching the bike channel for a number of weeks now and i think it is very good if you are into Cycling. Wish it was in hd.

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  7. David Says:

    Hmmm if bikes are your thing then fine. But it’s not going to get the great tv viewing masses to rush out and buy a freesat box.Freesat has ,with the addition of UK tv channels, probably reached the end of the road as far as “popular channels” go. Like freeview there’s not much chance of any significant evolution. When the BBC launches it’s 4k channel sometime in the future expect it to be available via Iplayer only in the interests of platform neutrality. Will humax launch a 4k freesat box? Considering freesats limited appeal I can’t see it happening. With freesat 4k TVs still been premium range only, I can’t see 4k ever appearing on the platform .

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  8. mike65 Says:

    Stop moaning about niche channels! If you like cycling then this is great, if you don’t, watch something else!

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  9. David Says:

    mike65 said:
    Stop moaning about niche channels! If you like cyclingthen this is great, if you don’t, watch something else!

    Your right of course. Which is why I went back to Sky after four years of freesat. Quality HD and excellent entertainment channels. Yes I pay , but it’s worth every penny. The addition of bike channel just confirms what you all know. Freesat has reached its maximum target audience and is unlikely to expand its channel portfolio with quality free to air channels because freesat has those already. So forgive me for raining on your parade but freesat itself is a niche platform for pay tv haters and sat snobs despite trailing well behind Freeview( more HD there) .

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  10. mike65 Says:

    Which can be boiled down to an old Harry Enfield character “I’ve got considerably more money and channels than you”

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  11. Daran Says:

    i think we are forgetting what Freesat was originally intended for, i.e. to provide a free to watch TV service to those areas of the UK that do not receive a terrestrial signal. More than many suspect! Freesat provides many more HD channels than Freeview, and unlike Sky its FREE. Some people may not be able to afford Sky or simply do not want to put more money into Mr Murdoch’s pocket, or as above! I wish more people on this forum would be more positive about a great service and stop all of the moaning, any additional channel is great news, and great to see that the platform is still actively seeking more content.

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  12. Steve1960 Says:

    A sport channel? maybe Rugby in the UK and around the world apart from that the channel selection is second to none, in my opinion, and as Daran says..its FREE

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  13. Dan Says:

    Still great news another channel added I’ve checked it out and I’ll maybe watch few times a month :-)

    And ano there’s not many other free channels but still 3 or 4 then I think that will do :-)

    I’m willing to wait till Christmas as usual they always bring something then and it’s only 165 days….

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  14. David Says:

    Daran said:
    i think we are forgetting what Freesat was originally intended for, i.e. to provide a free to watch TV service to those areas of the UK that do not receive a terrestrial signal. More than many suspect! Freesat provides many more HD channels than Freeview, and unlike Sky its FREE. Some people may not be able to afford Sky or simply do not want to put more money into Mr Murdoch’s pocket, or as above! I wish more people on this forum would be more positive about a great service and stop all of the moaning, any additional channel is great news, and great to see that the platform is still actively seeking more content.

    As Freeview has 4seven and ch4+1 in HD then my maths puts freeview above freesat in the HD stakes. And wouldn’t those channels be more useful than “bike”channel. What’s next? Fridge channel, washing machine channel? I’m sure they would be very welcome on freesat as well. And no I don’t have more money than the average guy. But I am disabled(Seriously) house bound and watch a lot of tv. So freesat just dosent cut it for me. Without Netflix and sky I doubt I would watch much TV at all. Saying people can’t afford pay tv isn’t a great argument for freesat any more than saying I can’t afford fresh food so I eat cheap frozen ready meals instead. . One is clearly better than the other. Freesat and freeview do a great job in providing a very basic tv service. But the key word is basic. With or without sky’s dominance in the pay tv market it’s the providers who choose to keep most HD channels behind a Pay wall. If it wasn’t sky it would be virgin or BT. Oh and as you still need a tv licence i.e a subscription to the BBC, freesat is not free at all. I pay twelve quid a month to the BBC for a service I rarely watch, so where is my “freedom” there then ? And why do some or you put FREE in capitals ? If FREE,is all that matters to you it says more about your attitude to money than a commitment to freesat as a service.

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  15. Daran Says:

    well not really wanting to get into a forum argument, I will dismiss the HD count, if you really knew we wouldn’t be arguing. My point about Freesat is not that it is a better service than Sky or Netflix. It was simply a fact, that we now have a free service that offers around 180 free channels, I can still remember when we only had three. Being free wasn’t the be all of my point, and I will say it again, Freesat was originally intended to provide a free to watch TV service for those of us who do not receive a terrestrial signal. As such it does a fantastic job, and just as point of fact, most people who do not get an aerial signal do not get decent broadband so cannot get Netflix either. As an installer working in the North of Scotland I can assure you that many of my customers get little or no aerial signal, so the only option is a satellite service not everyone wants to pay Sky, and that has nothing to do with the ability to pay.

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  16. David Says:

    Daran said:
    well not really wanting to get into a forum argument, I will dismiss the HD count, if you really knew we wouldn’t be arguing. My point about Freesat is not that it is a better service than Sky or Netflix. It was simply a fact, that we now have a free service that offers around 180 free channels, I can still remember when we only had three. Being free wasn’t the be all of my point, and I will say it again, Freesat was originally intended to provide a free to watch TV service for those of us who do not receive a terrestrial signal. As such it does a fantastic job, and just as point of fact, most people who do not get an aerial signal do not get decent broadband so cannot get Netflix either. As an installer working in the North of Scotland I can assure you that many of my customers get little or no aerial signal, so the only option is a satellite service not everyone wants to pay Sky, and that has nothing to do with the ability to pay.

    As of may this year Freesat has eight HD channels . Freeview has thirteen HD channels. Please feel free to correct me but that’s what is listed on the freesat and freeview official websites. So what don’t I know Daren ?. I’m fully aware that not everyone can receive a terrestrial signal or decent broadband. But that is still a small minority of the UK. Did you miss the fact I praised both FTA services for providing a decent service. As your an installer I’m sure you know freesat is not the only option. Sky will also provide a box and dish which has more free channels than freesat. A free to air generic receiver will also provide more channels than the offical freesat service. I see you avoided answering the point I made about the licence fee. No such thing as totally free is there. The addition of Netflix to freetime is in itself an admission that free to view tv is not enough for most people. The amount of hypocrisy I’ve read on this site over the years is staggering. You wouldn’t expect champagne for the price of bucks fizz. Or a sirloin steak for the price of a frozen burger . We,freesat,are against pay tv. But we will add some anyway in an attempt to boost sales. I can’t wait to see if sky offer now tv to freesat. Freesat still has massive debts. Itv seem to be a silent partner with the BBC( licence fee payers) bearing the cost. A very expensive project which is in effect no more than an EPG! The money would be better spent on developing an alternative net delivered service instead of pandering to the freesat lobby. No I don’t wish to deprive anyone of there tv.But as I’ve said there are other “freesat” options other than the offical money Pit that is the BBC’s freesat. A service even the BBC dosent seem that interested in. Hence its investment in youview and freeview play! Both more likely to appeal to those (70-90%) who don’t want a dish and prefer an advancement on what they already have .

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  17. David Says:

    Correction . Freesat has nine HD channels. I missed NHK HD( popular in the highlands I bet,lol,)

    David said: As of may this year Freesat has eight HD channels . Freeview has thirteen HD channels. Please feel free to correct me but that’s what is listed on the freesat and freeview official websites. So what don’t I know Daren ?. I’m fully aware that not everyone can receive a terrestrial signal or decent broadband. But that is still a small minority of the UK. Did you miss the fact I praised both FTA services for providing a decent service. As your an installer I’m sure you know freesat is not the only option. Sky will also provide a box and dish which has more free channels than freesat. A free to air generic receiver will also provide more channels than the offical freesat service. I see you avoided answering the point I made about the licence fee. No such thing as totally free is there. The addition of Netflix to freetime is in itself an admission that free to view tv is not enough for most people. The amount of hypocrisy I’ve read on this site over the years is staggering. You wouldn’t expect champagne for the price of bucks fizz. Or a sirloin steak for the price of a frozen burger . We,freesat,are against pay tv. But we will add some anyway in an attempt to boost sales. I can’t wait to see if sky offer now tv to freesat. Freesat still has massive debts. Itv seem to be a silent partner with the BBC( licence fee payers) bearing the cost. A very expensive project which is in effect no more than an EPG! The money would be better spent on developing an alternative net delivered service instead of pandering to the freesat lobby. No I don’t wish to deprive anyone of there tv.But as I’ve said there are other “freesat” options other than the offical money Pit that is the BBC’s freesat. A service even the BBC dosent seem that interested in. Hence its investment in youview and freeview play! Both more likely to appeal to those (70-90%) who don’t want a dish and prefer an advancement on what they already have .

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  18. Russ Says:

    Freesat in fact has 13HD channels. BBC 1HD, BBC2HD,BBC4HD, BBCNewsHD,CBBC.HD, CBeebiesHD,Channel 4HD, 5HD, RT.HD, NHK.HD. S4C.HD, Daystar.HD and ITV.HD. Although Daystar claim to be HD the picture quality leaves a lot to be desired.

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  19. David Says:

    Russ said:
    Freesat in fact has 13HD channels. BBC 1HD, BBC2HD,BBC4HD, BBCNewsHD,CBBC.HD, CBeebiesHD,Channel 4HD, 5HD, RT.HD, NHK.HD. S4C.HD, Daystar.HD and ITV.HD. Although Daystar claim to be HD the picture quality leaves a lot to be desired.

    So it’s thirteen all…penalty shoot out maybe :-)

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  20. David Says:

    Nope freeview wins as I forgot the kids HD channels,so freeview 15- freesat 13..oh it’s close but freeview lift the trophy😰😰

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  21. Chris S. Says:

    David – I’msorry, but you’re just a forum troll. You obviously have no interest in Freesat, are not amongst its targetted audience, and are obviously against the BBC and what it stands for… so what you’re doing here is a mystery if it’s not for trolling purposes.

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  22. Neil Says:

    I think it’s great we’ve got a second sports channel joined, Bike is a fantastic addition and it’s good to see a sports channel FTA and not go behind Sky’s paywall.

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  23. David Says:

    Chris S. said:
    David – I’msorry, but you’re just a forum troll. You obviously have no interest in Freesat, are not amongst its targetted audience, and are obviously against the BBC and what it stands for… so what you’re doing here is a mystery if it’s not for trolling purposes.

    Well I’m here to see what’s new. I have been a freesat user in the past. I own a samsung tv with twin freesat tuners. Nothing against freesat or the BBC. But like it or not the simple fact is we are all free to choose pay tv or free tv. But the licence fee is unavoidable even if you never use the BBC’s services. No one would pay a tax to sky if you didn’t want there service. Maybe it’s time for the BBC to encrypt there service and let those who don’t use there service be free to spend our money elsewhere.

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  24. mike65 Says:

    Vintage TV is back on by the way ch 505

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  25. Neil Says:

    mike65 said:
    Vintage TV is back on by the way ch 505

    That must the the quickest turn-around of a channel who’s left the platform and returned, proves it’s popularity amongst viewers, even for a music channel.

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  26. Paul D Says:

    Great news. It might be ‘niche’, but the niche is growing, fast.

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  27. Saltydawg Says:

    Anyone know what happened to CNN HD joining Freesat?

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  28. Ronnie Says:

    Same both Sky and Virgin Media is too expensive channels more pay every months for 12 months. I like Freesat is better new free Bike Channel 251. I’mean sorry didn’t see 4K more channels service like to do?

    Sky give Freesat more channels a waiting for see like watching information about this product from Sky TV course is designed to make sure available maybe later future Freesat channels 2016 than 2017.

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  29. Mike Mckernan Says:

    Thanks for this info always good to learn of new channels and I will try this one out as I like cycling.
    In response to the naysayers on this forum I think Freesat is really good, regardless of freeviews boasts I cannot receive all their channels (from Brighton on South coast for goodness sakes) and so value the choice.

    I also think the Humax box is excellent (with all the various on demand services included (bar the rather jerky frame rate on Netflix but that’s for a different post).

    When all this tech, which didn’t even exist a few years back can be had for a couple of hundred quid and no subscription I am well pleased.

    I am a straightforward enthusiast for to with no connection to any company!

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  30. Paul Says:

    Great channel, even covers live cycling events such as last evening’s Tour of Utah from the USA.

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