Blaze channel now available on Freesat

A+E Networks UK extended distribution of its new free-to-air channel BLAZE, following a deal with subscription-free satellite TV platform Freesat.

On Monday 31st October, BLAZE became available to the 1.9 million Freesat homes on channel number 162. The announcement came six weeks after the successful global debut of the new entertainment brand in the UK on Freeview (Channel 83), Sky (Channel 565) and as a TV Everywhere service www.blaze.tv/catchup.

Heather Jones, UK General Manager, A+E Networks, said:

We are very excited to bring BLAZE to a further 1.9 million homes via Freesat. We are delighted with how audiences are embracing the array of shows on BLAZE, with much of our content free-to-air exclusives.

With the launch of BLAZE on Freesat, the channel is now available to nearly 21 million viewers on UK free-to-air platforms. It is also available to over 12.4 million Sky subscribers.

BLAZE offers viewers a range of premiere episodes of popular shows such as Pawn Stars, Mountain Men, and American Restoration, as well as Forged In Fire, the epic blade making competition series.

Alistair Thom, Managing Director of Freesat said:

We are thrilled to add BLAZE to our channel line-up. Freesat viewers already enjoy more than 200 TV & radio channels across a range of genres. BLAZE will boost our entertainment offering for viewers who want to enjoy brilliant TV without paying a monthly subscription.

BLAZE is A+E Networks International’s second free-to-air (FTA) channel to launch this year, following the debut of FTA channel, Lifetime, to 20 million homes in Turkey in April. The launch further demonstrates the company’s ability to operate hybrid pay-tv and FTA channels in select markets. In the UK, the A+E Networks channel portfolio currently includes HISTORY’, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation® and H2®, available on Pay TV platforms Sky, Virgin, BT and TalkTalk.

65 thoughts on “Blaze channel now available on Freesat”

  1. Ronnie said:
    Some soon Sky+HD box get new one better more channels. Before lost Christmas in December 2016 by been naughty for Freesat never been new channels of UKTV late not good service programme channels didn’t happened why after British people unhappy been feeling.

    If you want to give Sky the extortion of prices then carry out n.i wouldn’t entertain giving Murdock and his cronies any of my hard earned cash for the rubbish it shows.best thing I ever did was ditch sky.FREESAT all the way.plenty to watch,

  2. Nothing new to report since November. Now the BBC has committed itself to launching 4k on iPlayer for the foreseeable future it’s unlikely any broadcast ch will ever launch on freesat in 4k.
    The death of freeview was announced prematurely,the platform continues to grow and remains the first platform of choice for the majority who can receive its services.
    This forum is now an irrelevance. Time to call it a day admin and shut up shop.

  3. This forum is quite but freesat isn’t, just looking at a516digital.com and on channel 998 there is a test feed 4k UHD available on limited receivers. 4k for the free world on the way…?

  4. That’s interesting. The test feed is labelled “Freesat 4k” and is apparently available on Freesat-enabled UHD TVs, though ironically it won’t work with the usual Humax equipment.
    Actually, I wonder how many TVs are now sold with the Freesat EPG? I have a one year old LG model which received the Freesat EPG as a software update, but no mention of Freesat on the TV packaging, sales blurb, or user guide. I suspect there are now a substantial number of Freesat “owners”, who are quite unaware that they have it!

  5. The CBS channels have just reported there best ever viewing figures for the past twelve months,which they attribute to the channels been made available on freeview.
    Considering how many years they have been available on freesat I think that proves that the viewing public will remain loyal to dttv for as long as it is available. As for broadcast FTA 4k ? Just because there is a test channel been broadcast it dosent mean someone is going to launch anytime soon. The BBC have made it very clear that 4k will be iPlayer only for a very long time. As for the rest? Anyone really think ITV or CH4 are going to launch a FTA 4k channel,not a cat in hells chance. If your lucky maybe one or two foreign news channels may go 4k FTA. Anything else is pure fantasy.

  6. miffo said:
    Admin..are you well?

    I still exist, just a lack of time any real news at the moment. Manhattan have new receivers coming up soon, will have those to test/review, but all is quiet from Freesat; very little in the way of developments.

  7. Hmmm with the advances in freeview and the better channel selection I hope Freesat is not a dying entity. Things I would like to see would be 4K advancements before freeview. Amazon Prime and UKTV catchup services on Freetime. I am sure this will be possible.

  8. Sky prices rising again c’mon freesat time to pull something out the bag to lure more people to the best satellite platform.

  9. scott said:
    Sky prices rising again c’mon freesat time to pull something out the bag to lure more people to the best satellite platform.

    The bag is empty my Friend. Apart from adding Dave and quest there is nothing left to offer is there. Sky prices may be rising but most will just suck it up to watch what they enjoy watching. After all if people really subscibe to sky and never venture past the PSB channels then they would be pretty dumd wouldn’t they. Sky are planning a broadband only sky q box for next year. The beginning. of the end for sky via satellite? . At least freesat will definitely be the best satellite service then,if it can survive another ten years with diminishing interest that is!

  10. Jack:
    why do you and lot of other people bother writing on a Freesat forum?
    That’s the thing I don’t understand.
    I like Freesat because I can watch Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC…I I would be very happy if some of these channel become HD and there is some hope in that from recent testing.
    Other people use FreeSat because it’s the only free alternative to “Freeview Light” in many areas – this is the main reason for the service in the first place.
    For many areas in the country the distribution via internet is also not a good alternative for at least few years
    Ten years from now? Nobody knows the way technology is developing

  11. Conor mcdermott said:
    Freesat needs to consintrate on getting HD channels and
    4k on to there boxes first and no more sd

    TBH, I get the impression they no longer give a sh*t. The Government have cut the BBC’s funding and in my opinion have Freeview as their pet project as they don’t want to admit it’s failings, and so Freesat has fallen by the way side in my opinion due to a lack of funding or interest.

    Even if 4K was to come to Freesat, I’d expect quality to be dire just as it is for HD.

    It’s interesting to note that Sony in their 4K Youtube demonstration, say in their download links that the data rate of their downloadable licensable reference quality 4K video clip masters is 600Mbs (= 4,800mbs!!!!!). Compare that to HD on Freesat at less than 4mbs ! (although I accept you couldn’t transmit 4,800mbs video).

    The simple impression I get is that no one cares about free tv at Government level. They’re all rich boys who can afford subscription tv.

    admin said: I still exist, just a lack of time any real news at the moment. Manhattan have new receivers coming up soon, will have those to test/review, but all is quiet from Freesat; very little in the way of developments.

    Pretty much confirms what I said above really. No interest by the BBC or Government from the looks of things to further improve Freesat. Instead I believe they’d rather continue down the road of improving a data restricted terrestrial service and then eventually push people onto IP tv instead, great if you didn’t need to be able to afford to subscribe to a fast BB service to get it.

    Maybe we should pay the licence fee and get free cable phone and BB in return! Now that would sort the issue, although no doubt the licence would shoot up in price way beyond £150 pa screwing people either way.

  12. Sky lose 12 channels by Sky dated Tuesday, 31st January 2017 than Wednesday, 1st February 2017 Time 00:00am. Problem removed by Sky
    not working cannot fixing anymore service unavailable.

  13. Ronnie said:
    Sky lose 12 channels by Sky dated Tuesday, 31st January 2017 than Wednesday, 1st February 2017 Time 00:00am. Problem removed by Sky
    not working cannot fixing anymore service unavailable.

    What in the dickens are you yapping on about?

  14. I like Virgin TiVo Box new Wi-Fi better.
    Sky is fine done no problem.
    Freesat is not available three channels show like
    Quest, Quest+1 and Quest Red service missed very sad
    After British people is unhappy late UKTV is busy long and late
    Christmas in December 2016 didn’t happened by Freesat MD.

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