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Nov 01 2016

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.

64 Responses to “Blaze channel now available on Freesat”

  1. Paul Says:

    This has got to be some good news. Are we going to still get few more channels before December?? Please.

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  2. Ronnie Says:

    Missed Blaze+1 channel 163 nothing being sad.

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  3. Paul Ryan Says:

    Yes, one more channel to the Freesat Collection, keep em coming!

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  4. kuergun Says:

    I wish quest tv would go freesat

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  5. Paul Says:

    kuergun said:
    I wish quest tv would go freesat

    ME 2. Cannot see that happening any time soon but I like to be proved wrong.
    I’m still waiting till Christmas see what freesat give us ….

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  6. Rick Says:

    Watched a program on it last night about a pawn shop was quite good and will watch again.

    But like few other people I really want DAVE channel
    Has any one googled the most asked for channel on FREESAT

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  7. Ian Vallender Says:

    kuergun said:
    I wish quest tv would go freesat

    not gonna Happen Discovery Communications Own Quest who have a contract for encryption with Sky!

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  8. Ian Vallender Says:

    Hey admin I’d love to get the message out to new people looking to get Freesat that currently do not have a satellite dish especially if they would like it in their homes for Christmas please do not take long in deciding as installers will not be taking orders for much longer!

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  9. gopher Says:

    Ian Vallender said:
    Hey admin I’d love to get the message out to new people looking to get Freesat that currently do not have a satellite dish especially if they would like it in their homes for Christmas please do not take long in deciding as installers will not be taking orders for much longer!

    Don’t recall in TV advert that they mention that you require a dish !

    I purchased mine in early Dec 2009, and had to wait until Jan 2010 before I could a dish installed (after being told that I could just use my old analogue dish)

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  10. Fred Says:

    gopher said:
    I purchased mine in early Dec 2009, and had to wait until Jan 2010 before I could a dish installed (after being told that I could just use my old analogue dish)

    You could have done – with a few adjustments – Ive been using a battered old 60cm ex analogue circular dish for Sky reception for the last 15 years or so 😀

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  11. Rick Says:

    I’ve only had freesat a month or 2 but also bought a Freeview box and got to say freesat has a much better box with layout and how to plan recordings the Freeview seems much more fiddly.

    I do hope freesat pull something big out of the bag like they did last year so what I’ve read …..

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  12. JJ Says:

    With regards to putting up a dish any competent DIYer can put a dish up there are plenty of how to videos on youtube. A dish and finder meter can be purchased off eBay for a small cost but the overall saving is a fair bit.

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  13. lawrence pearce Says:

    @JJ
    I’m inclined to agree, except that the vast majority of the population are not competent DIYers or simply don’t like getting their hands dirty. As regards the TV ad not mentioning the need for a dish, well the clue is in the name FreeSAT!

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  14. Coolrobert Says:

    What will be our Christmas present. Predictions.

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  15. RAM Says:

    Well I’d like Dave or even 4Music. There was a lot of speculation that Dave would follow the other 3 UKTV channels onto freesat when contractual obligations were finished. I wonder if this will happen. There aren’t too many more channels that we can realistically expect to go fta and/or come to freesat.

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  16. Paul Says:

    DAVE & HOME

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  17. Paul Says:

    Ano we all ask for Dave. But no one mentions Sony entertainment ? Could this be more possible or is Dave more possible

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  18. Rick Says:

    I’m ready when you are.

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  19. Paul. The other one. Says:

    I don’t want any new channels as I have enough trouble watching everything I record on the channels that Freesat currently provides. All I want is a three pronged upgrade – More4 HD, 4seven HD and ITV4 HD.

    Just sort that out would you please, chaps. Ta.

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  20. Al (Original) Says:

    Paul said: ME 2. Cannot see that happening any time soon but I like to be proved wrong.
    I’m still waiting till Christmas see what freesat give us ….

    I personally can’t see much happening.

    From what I can see the BBC / Trust seem very disinterested in Freesat now. You hardly ever hear it mentioned.

    When was the last time anyone from Freest came here?

    They wanting to push Freeview and even more so online streaming so they can supply 4K at no doubt low quality or high then fading to lower quality like HD.

    I get the impression they’d simply like Freesat to fade away as it’s an expensive annoyance rather than a service they want, and aren’t interested in pushing any quality for FTA tv any more. Instead it’s more about a basic service as cheaply as possible at the lowest quality we dare show, preferably delivered via the internet so the customer picks up the delivery bill.

    I’ve said it many times before, they need to abandon Freeview due to bandwidth issues and instead push Freesat as the future delivery medium or if they insist on carrying on with Freeview (which is a waste of money frankly having 2 delivery services when Freesat would reach everyone alone), they need a single fee for broadcasting on both platforms not one for each, and minimum standards of broadcast. There really is no excuse for any SD channels now 4K is out and HD can be downscaled to SD tv’s. The same can be said of low bit rates and outdated codecs.

    It’s 2016 and we’ve barely moved on from 1990’s standards of broadcast. 20+ years of little gain and with no gain in SD arguably from the 1970’s.

    IP TV also isn’t suitable for FTA services as it requires fast broadband and what people at the BBC seem to be forgetting is that those with no money, can’t afford fibre or in many cases, any form of internet at all. So how does FTA services fit with the case where you need to pay not only a licence fee but also line rental and broadband at @ £30 per month for reception (price these days of even basic broadband, phone with line rental factored in)?

    At least these are my opinions / impressions.

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  21. Peterhb Says:

    Al (Original) said: I personally can’t see much happening.
    From what I can see the BBC / Trust seem very disinterested in Freesat now. You hardly ever hear it mentioned.
    When was the last time anyone from Freest came here?
    They wanting to push Freeview and even more so online streaming so they can supply 4K at no doubt low quality or high then fading to lower quality like HD.
    I get the impression they’d simply like Freesat to fade away as it’s an expensive annoyance rather than a service they want, and aren’t interested in pushing any quality for FTA tv any more. Instead it’s more about a basic service as cheaply as possible at the lowest quality we dare show, preferably delivered via the internet so the customer picks up the delivery bill.
    I’ve said it many times before, they need to abandon Freeview due to bandwidth issues and instead push Freesat as the future delivery medium or if they insist on carrying on with Freeview (which is a waste of money frankly having 2 delivery services when Freesat would reach everyone alone), they need a single fee for broadcasting on both platforms not one for each, and minimum standards of broadcast. There really is no excuse for any SD channels now 4K is out and HD can be downscaled to SD tv’s. The same can be said of low bit rates and outdated codecs.
    It’s 2016 and we’ve barely moved on from 1990’s standards of broadcast. 20+ years of little gain and with no gain in SD arguably from the 1970’s.
    IP TV also isn’t suitable for FTA services as it requires fast broadband and what people at the BBC seem to be forgetting is that those with no money, can’t afford fibre or in many cases, any form of internet at all. So how does FTA services fit with the case where you need to pay not only a licence fee but also line rental and broadband at @ £30 per month for reception (price these days of even basic broadband, phone with line rental factored in)?
    At least these are my opinions / impressions.

    Completely agree with your comments especially about picture quality. It seems fairly obvious that you can get a much better bandwidth and therefore better quality HD /4K which you will never get with Freeview.
    I recall when I purchased my first Freesat box which was a Foxsat HD to enable me to sample HD on my new Philips HD TV. The only transmission back then was the BBC HD preview channel. I was blown out by the quality!!
    The picture was superb. There is nothing available presently which comes anywhere near it for quality. BBC and ITV HD are rubbish Channel 5 is a bit better and the best one I get is Channel4 HD. Having said that none of the current Freesat HD offerings offer anything like the quality we should be getting. Freeview is absolutely atrocious with hardly any differenc between SD and HD.
    I think your suggestion of concentrating everything on the Freesat option os a good one. At least we might get some decent quality pictures.

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  22. fatbloke Says:

    Peterhb @ 21
    Totally disagree, sure the HD is nowhere near as good as it used to be but sometimes the HD I watch using my Freeview HD TV is way better than my Freesat picture. That’s why when I watch a film I always look at both and choose the best one. Channel 4HD on my TV is always better with Freeview plus you get more HD channels. So for me apart from Channel 4 HD the quality between Freeview and Freesat varies. Therefore right now if my Freesat recorder (Humax) went tits up I would definitely buy a Freeview recorder instead. Of coarse in a years time things may have changed, and it must be possible to get a superior picture using Freesat, but I can’t see them turning the quality back up so for me at the moment I would see no advantage in buying another Freesat recorder. I’ve been with Freesat since the beginning, and I never though I would ever be using Freeview again. But they came back to match Freesat and have now overtaken them with more HD channels, which was the very reason the advantage was supposed to be with Freesat. It started off well but they have now been overtaken. I hope they pull something out of the bag either more channels or picture quality, otherwise I just cant see a future for them.

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  23. Dave W Says:

    fatbloke said:
    But they came back to match Freesat and have now overtaken them with more HD channels, which was the very reason the advantage was supposed to be with Freesat. It started off well but they have now been overtaken. I hope they pull something out of the bag either more channels or picture quality, otherwise I just cant see a future for them.

    You’re forgetting the whole reason that Freesat exists – to provide digital TV coverage for those who can’t receive a Freeview signal.

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  24. upthePOSH Says:

    I see 4music has now gone fta. Could we see a possible freesat launch soon?

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  25. fatbloke Says:

    Dave W @ 23
    Yes I know that, but they kept banging on about much greater capacity for adding HD channels in the future, something Freeview wont be able to do. Well after all this time its the other way round. I know quite a few owners that changed from Freeview to Freesat because of that talk and impression given, it was the future and would be more and more superior to Freeview as the years went by. During the first couple of years that’s exactly what happened, then it just stopped while Freeview added quite a few new channels including three or four in HD. To my amazement for some reason Freesat still hasn’t even got those! Just goes to show how they’ve faded. It had great promise and started well, but as you mentioned its now once again just for people that can’t get Freeview, its not as good as Freeview, but at least you can watch TV.

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  26. Al (Original) Says:

    Just to show how HD should look, there’s a video here (it’s work safe and PC safe – Youtube source) that’s a 4K vid shot in HDR.

    I know you’re going to say that’s not HD! However, it is when you watch it on a normal TV or monitor that can’t display more than full HD or HDR colour space. There’s some gain as there always is with downscaling, but even so, it demonstrates how good HD can look.

    A far cry from HD even at launch on the BBC HD channel, and a whole universe apart from what we see now:

    Well worth the watch – will blow you away!

    I watched it on 1440P.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=30&v=tO01J-M3g0U

    This is how I’ve always wanted my HD to look BBC – razor sharp and detailed with popping colours, not softened in post production because some BBC film maker thinks it should look more traditional.

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  27. Paul Says:

    Is there still no news ….

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  28. Paul Says:

    I’ve seen on another forum that DAVE is not coming they should have just said ages ago save everyone asking….

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  29. Paul Says:

    On another note… I’ve seen youview are getting a major update changing the whole thing by the look online

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  30. Ronnie Says:

    Freesat is busy Christmas in December 2016 didn’t sees show like Quest and
    Quest+1 and Discovery missed more missed channels didn’t happened why programme channel service both Sky and Freesat work together this Dish unknown.

    British people unhappy by Freesat more channels on December 2016.
    Freesat Summer 2017 and Christmas December 2017 on channels only.

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  31. Conor mcdermott Says:

    Freesat needs to consintrate on getting HD channels and
    4k on to there boxes first and no more sd

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  32. Captain Coz Says:

    I would love to have ARTE in English. It seems as though there is a free APP for smartphones but having it on Freesat would be superb.

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  33. Paul Says:

    I’ve never watched and presume many others never.
    I’ve seen the craft channel has gone from Freeview so has it gone from freesat aswell ….

    And fashion one has left freesat and sky….

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  34. Ronnie Says:

    Freesat Christmas in December 2016 call no new channels nothing they too busy happened I don’t understand didn’t seem, because difficult but not good. Been last christmas in December 2015 three channels right programmed service.

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  35. Paul Says:

    WHATS PEOPLEs 2017 PREDICTIONS

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  36. Paul. Says:

    1. A new box to support 4K.
    2. Freetime suggestions based on the sort of stuff you actually watch rather than random suggestions that appeal to the masses made by someone else.
    3. Multiroom support.
    4. Tattoos on the slapper-on-a-sofa channels to get more grotesque.

    I’m not going to predict channels as that’s not within Freesat’s control.

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  37. Ronnie Says:

    Paul that freetime anymore happened, re-change Name is Freesat box maybe 4K box new look Virgin TiVo 4K and 6K like Wi-Fi box January 2017.
    British people unhappy late Christmas in December 2016 never new channels very sad been failed permanently.

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  38. gopher Says:

    411 Fashion One left Freesat (again) in November – still showing in the Channel List

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  39. Ronnie Says:

    I don’t want keep Freesat anymore another Sky better more channels box date January 2017
    Rechange.

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  40. Paul. The other one. Says:

    Sky has certainly upped the game with their Q box. A friend has one and on a brief viewing I thought that the picture quality is significantly better than the old Sky HD box, and he says the audio when played through the hifi is massively better than with the old box.

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  41. Ronnie Says:

    Yes, sometimes save money hidden better I wants to Sky+HD box. Problem Freesat didn’t get new channels Christmas in December 2016 because it difficulty not good make sure very important.

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  42. Conor Says:

    The BBC is adding 4k to sky q at the moment looks amazing in 2160P

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  43. Jack Says:

    gopher said:
    411 Fashion Oneleft Freesat(again) in November – still showing in the Channel List
    Irish TV about to go into liquidation. No more lifestyle channels on freesat EPG. Guess it’s a sign of the times. So freesats march into oblivion continues. No news for months at a time, so sign of 4k stb , no more HD, predictions for 2017? Freesat may be all but dead by this time next year. Only BBC support is keeping it alive. If there is a cheaper way to provide free tv to those who can’t get freeview then freesat is 100% finished.

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  44. Ronnie Says:

    My 11friends is no longer unwanted of Freesat anymore, New Sky Q from christmas happy Fashion available Sky Q better new WiFi box
    And I’m sorry I don’t like it to Freesat because enough channels not good service is problem all times never been Christmas in December 2016 for UKTV is no new channels nothing unhappy anymore remove Freesat without can’t keep anymore. I like Sky is better more channels like Sky1 and Sky2 sorry can’t watch Sky Cinema is too expensive missed Sky Movies now change Sky Cinema into.

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  45. Saltydawg Says:

    Judging by some of the comments on here, this forum seems to be rapidly going down the pan 🙄🙄🙄

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  46. Jack Says:

    Saltydawg said:
    Judging by some of the comments on here, this forum seems to be rapidly going down the pan 🙄🙄🙄
    Its what happens when there is so little news to talk about. Expect 2017 to be a very non eventful twelve months for freesat. 😔

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  47. Jack Says:

    Ronnie said:
    My 11friends is no longer unwanted of Freesat anymore, New Sky Q from christmas happy Fashion available Sky Q better new WiFi box
    And I’m sorry I don’t like it to Freesat because enough channels not good service is problem all times never been Christmas in December 2016 for UKTV is no new channels nothing unhappy anymore remove Freesat without can’t keep anymore. I like Sky is better more channels like Sky1 and Sky2 sorry can’t watch Sky Cinema is too expensive missed Sky Movies now change Sky Cinema into.

    Anybody know what the hell he’s on about ??

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  48. Ronnie Says:

    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.

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  49. Bongo Says:

    This forum is dead – News is slow and infrequent.

    Really I rarely even bother to look in these days

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  50. mike d Says:

    Jack said: Anybody know what the hell he’s on about ??

    No

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  51. Jason d Says:

    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,

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  52. Jack Says:

    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.

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  53. Ash Says:

    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…?

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  54. lawrence pearce Says:

    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!

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  55. Jack Says:

    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.

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  56. miffo Says:

    Admin..are you well?

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  57. admin Says:

    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.

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  58. JJ Says:

    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.

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  59. scott Says:

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

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  60. jack Says:

    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!

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  61. Andrea Says:

    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

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  62. Al (Original) Says:

    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.

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  63. Ronnie Says:

    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.

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  64. sajan Says:

    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?

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