C4 HD This Year?

It seems that Channel 4’s contract with Sky is the worlds best kept secret, no matter how much we try, we cannot get an indication from anywhere as to what the detail of that contract might be.

At present C4’s high-definition service is encrypted, requiring a Sky+HD Digibox and viewing card to view, even though it’s not a subscription channel.

We are constantly pushing Freesat, Channel 4 and Sky for an answer, but the closest we’ve got so far has definitely got to be our last two responses from Channel 4. We were told by email;

The HD Channel 4 service is currently not avaiable on Freesat, but we hope this will be added in the coming months.

We then responded to ask whether they could give anymore indication than that, which was responded to with;

We have no further information as to when Channel 4 HD will be avalable via Freesat, but hopefully it will be available at some point this year.

This is by far the best information we’ve had so far from them, helped no doubt by our mention of the current poll running which has you voting 51% in favour of C4HD being the most wanted service next from Freesat.

We’ll continue to chase…

56 thoughts on “C4 HD This Year?”

  1. with may some of the ITV xhannels being an excepton to the rule.

    Sorry: With some of the ITV channels being an exception to the rule.

  2. The picture quality issue is another matter entirely. On Freeview, pictures are compressed because there’s not enough bandwidth available to provide both quantity and quality, and the broadcast TV industry at the moment is bent on pursuit of the former. Freesat, on the other hand, demands a different compromise, one between quantity and cost. There’s space to be found on the satellites for those that want it badly enough, but some broadcasters are not prepared to pay what it would cost to beam their channels from them at the higher bitrates we would all like to see.

  3. YASAR Says:

    January 23rd, 2009 at 5:09 pm
    I am sorry if I offended anybody because of Caps. Did not know it meant shouting.But I find I have to struggle to read if not in caps. Bad eye sight/old age!
    If eyesight is that bad you have to use caps to type on pc, can you really see any benefit watching HD TV?

  4. WE WANT C4HD, also very happy that I now have ITVHD as a constant channel on FreesatHD!!!! More HD pleeeeaaaaassssseeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Good points raised by all. Is there not enough evidence to have Ofcom and SKY investigated by the Monopolies Commission or OFT?

  6. As soon as channel 4 hd is on freeview they also should be put on to freesat no mater what c4 hd is on freeview and channel has to be told to put it on freesat at the same time and sky told were to go c4 should be big enough to stand on its on feet and not rely on sky for money plus they say that they are independant from sky so come on c4 make it so And I think sky should be investigated by monopolies commision or oft and ofcom asweel

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