(Updated) C4HD Expected To Launch On 1st April

Channel 4 HD

(Update – please be aware that the schedule slipped due to contractual issues between Channel 4 and Sky, so the 1st April release has been changed for later this month; as soon as we have official confirmation, we’ll let you know).

No, this isn’t an April Fools, C4HD is expected to launch on Freesat on the 1st April 2011. This date isn’t officially confirmed, but comes from a very reliable source.

If you cannot wait that long, the channel should be broadcasting ‘in the clear’ (FTA) from 10th March so you can scan non-Freesat mode to access it (as some were doing last week).

What is also exciting is that the technical setup C4 will soon be using means there is a chance of more channels from the C4 family coming available soon, though we’ll confirm more when we can.

As soon as we get official confirmation the dates (subject to change of course), we’ll let you know.

116 thoughts on “(Updated) C4HD Expected To Launch On 1st April”

  1. C4HD? April 1st was suggested earlier………..or was this an early April fool? It’s certainly gone very quiet on the C4HD front.

  2. “No, this isn’t an April Fools, C4HD is expected to launch on Freesat on the 1st April 2011. This date isn’t officially confirmed, but comes from a very reliable source.”

    That was a load of old rubbish then

  3. Wow, that has to be one of the best April fools ever played on me!
    We all fell for it!

    Well, it does say,

    ‘No, this isn’t an April Fools, C4HD is expected to launch on Freesat on the 1st April 2011.’

    But it also says,
    ‘This date isn’t officially confirmed, but comes from a very reliable source.’

  4. @zac

    Clearly you didn’t understand “unofficial”; this was the scheduled date for release but the timescale slipped due to issues between Sky and C4. Freesat never gave an official date, they do this to avoid situations such as these where timings slip, but we gave the information in good faith when the original schedule was released to a team in C4!

  5. admin

    I do understand the term unofficial. Do you understand that if you tell your site users that 4hd will broadcast on freesat from April 1st and that the information is from a very reliable source we will believe you. If that situations changes then post a new bulletin with more information, or run the risk of having egg on your faces as you do now.

  6. @zac

    The post was updated and a comment was made (#94) as well, you just need to read it! No egg on face here, the date was correct originally, the schedule was correct, and the source (more than one) was correct, but things change all the time in this industry.

  7. So what, it will come on when it’s ready, You’ll just have to watch in SD for a few more days, what’s the big problem? Stop getting your knickers in a twist, it’s not good for you!!

  8. I have just found a FTA c4HD when i re tuned my Freesat Box its on Other Sats EPG 640 I have swap the channel to 001 so until it arrived on freesat i can jump to it quickly

  9. I just hope that we can have BBC1 HD on 101, ITV1 HD on 103 and CH4 HD on 104.

    For those wanting to watch the HD channels (most of us I would imagine), we wouldn’t like to have 108, 119 and ?? to scroll across these 3 channel…

  10. There is not much info. on C4s website about the launch. Has anyone any more info. when the release date will be yet?

  11. Just been trying out Channel 4hd on my Technisat HDFS receiver. Great quality, looks like the testing has been going well. Looking forward to seeing it on the Freesat epg so I don’t have to keep swapping between freesat and non-freesat mode!

  12. Watching it on my Humax (non freesat mode)

    Frequency 12606
    Polarisation v
    Symbol Rate 27500
    FEC 3/4
    Modulation to QPSK
    Transmission to DVB-S2

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