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Jan 27 2012

Channel 4 to launch 'Project Shuffle' channelChannel 4 have today announced they plan to launch a new television channel around June, allowing viewers the opportunity to catch repeats of its best shows; effectively offering a television version to complement their existing 4OD (on demand) facility.

The new channel, referred to internally as Project Shuffle, will allow viewers who missed the first live broadcast of Channel 4′s most popular shows multiple opportunities to catch up with them over the next seven nights.

Channel 4 have tried to distance themselves from rumours they are launching a UKTV style channel (Dave, Gold etc), insisting that the channel will offer repeats of their best (recent) shows, and not those from years gone by, thought we suspect there will be a mix of both.

It is believed according to industry sources that Channel 4 have struck a deal with Freeview; plus a carriage deal (meaning encrypted) with BSkyB. Discussions with Virgin Media are said to be more difficult with concerns Virgin Media fear this might provide direct competition to its own catch-up TV offering.

So what does this mean for Freesat? Well, it appears at this stage that the new channel won’t launch on our platform, but we expect with Freesat G2 around the corner, it might be a similar situation to Virgin Media whereby inclusion could create direct competition to what Freesat hope to be offering (no official news can be released on this yet sorry).

We will update this post when we have further news.

22 Responses to “Channel 4 to launch ‘Project Shuffle’ channel”

  1. Bob Says:

    With +1 and repeat channels, it kind of makes Freesat+ boxes a bit redundant!

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  2. Jon Says:

    Sorry I don’t know if I fully understand what you are saying, are you implying that this could be Freesats choice to not have this channel?

    Won’t Freesat G2 become redundant as soon as Youview launch their Freesat products?

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  3. admin Says:

    Jon said:
    Won’t Freesat G2 become redundant as soon as Youview launch their Freesat products?

    If YouView ever launches that it? YouView is primarly a Freeview product, with the YouView service available to other platforms. Freesat haven’t confirmed they plan on adopting YouView yet, only Humax have said they are intending to include it within their next Freesat receivers.

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  4. Jon Says:

    I contacted Youview who confirmed they are releasing Freesat products (not at launch though). Freesat also gets mentioned in the FAQ’s on the official site.

    I’ve got no confidence at all with Freesat handling catch up and on demand services. How long has ITV player been in beta for now? two years?

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  5. Neil Says:

    So it seems C4 have gone public with these plans as it was all rumours recently.

    Is it confirmed that C4 have struck any encryption deal with Sky for this as a Guardian article says:

    “Channel 4 is aiming to launch a new TV service that would allow viewers to catch repeats of its best shows from June, if it can iron out differences with Virgin Media to secure the final deal needed for maximum distribution on digital platforms”

    ‘Maximum distribution’ would mean as many as possible?? C4 would probably have a go at cramming the channel in to the existing bandwidth on one of their three TP’s.

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  6. admin Says:

    Neil said:
    So it seems C4 have gone public with these plans as it was all rumours recently.

    I’m insulted you didn’t tell me Neil :P

    Is it confirmed that C4 have struck any encryption deal with Sky for this

    I thought a contract deal had been agreed though it did strike me as odd given their recent history. Digitalspy (I know, not exactly a reliable source) state the Guardian said a carraige deal was done with Sky, yet I cannot see any mention of that in the Guardian story.

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  7. Richard Crichton Says:

    Jon said:
    I contacted Youview who confirmed they are releasing Freesat products(not at launch though).Freesat also gets mentioned in the FAQ’s on the official site.
    I’ve got no confidence at all with Freesat handling catch up and on demand services.How long has ITV player been in beta for now?two years?

    Six months is hardly two years.
    http://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/freesat-launches-itv-player

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  8. Jon Says:

    Sorry I was mistaken. It was announced in Summer 2010 to be launched that year, which they missed. it was then launched in Beta for Humax only in Jan 2011 and came out of beta seven months later with no changes having been made and according to Freesats website it is still only available for Humax boxes. Sorry but I still stand by by original remark, when it comes to on demand and streaming services I have no confidence in Freesat delivering the goods at all.

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  9. Eamonn Says:

    Do we have a launch date for FreeSat G2?

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  10. admin Says:

    Jon said:
    Sorry I was mistaken.It was announced in Summer 2010 to be launched that year, which they missed.it was then launched in Beta for Humax only in Jan 2011 and came out of beta seven months later with no changes having been made and according to Freesats website it is still only available for Humax boxes.Sorry but I still stand by by original remark, when it comes to on demand and streaming services I have no confidence in Freesat delivering the goods at all.

    Please can you we stay reasonable on topic please; nearly every post turns into an ITV Player war before we reach comment 10 (ironically my post is 10!)

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  11. admin Says:

    Eamonn said:
    Do we have a launch date for FreeSat G2?

    Not sure when Freesat have G2 down as launching, so I won’t say the month it is just yet. Stay tuned to joinfreesat for that news when allowed to publically announce.

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  12. Jon Says:

    Samsung have confirmed that they will be fixing the deleting schedule bug on 4th May on their pvr. Some are guessing the reason for the delay in this fix, is that they will release their g2 update at the same time.

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  13. Eamonn Says:

    But the Samsung HDR is for for G2 once it gets the relevant update, correct?

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  14. Neil Says:

    admin said: I’m insulted you didn’t tell me Neil I thought a contract deal had been agreed though it did strike me as odd given their recent history. Digitalspy (I know, not exactly a reliable source) state the Guardian said a carraige deal was done with Sky, yet I cannot see any mention of that in the Guardian story.

    I read through the Guardian story and, if the same one, it mentions a carriage deal with Freeview too, I’ll dig it out shortly and send the link along with my reply to your last email. Was meaning to reply last night but had a mad two days, glad the weekend has finally arrived!!

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  15. Bryan Jones Says:

    am I simple? on internet BBC iplayer shows a nice list of films available but on freestat there are only 3 – why the difference?

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  16. Kevin Ver1 Says:

    There are different versions of BBC iplayer for each of the platforms. I noticed that iplayer via a Ninetendo Wii has a much smaller choice.

    I don’t use iplayer on my Freesat box as I cannot get a wired connection to it so I connect a laptop PC to my TVs via a HDMI cable. It works very well as I have wireless N which is fast enough for HD. The other advantage of using the laptop PC is that I can get other services such as 4OD, Blinkbox etc.

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  17. Sunshine Says:

    It must be in HD or C4 will have to purchase a slot from a third party to be on Sky.

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  18. WERTO Says:

    Sunshine said:
    It must be in HD or C4 will have to purchase a slot from a third party to be on Sky.

    or drop one of existing +1s, if they do maybe freesat can get another “exclusive” like itv 4+1…?

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  19. jason dickson Says:

    any chance of a launch date

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  20. Neil Says:

    C4 are apparently in discussions about buying Current TV’s EPG slot on Sky for it. I can’t see this channel being in HD as it would in essence be a waste as the programmes are aired on C4HD when they are first broadcast.

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  21. ian Says:

    Neil said:
    C4 are apparently in discussions about buying Current TV’s EPG slot on Sky for it. I can’t see this channel being in HD as it would in essence be a waste as the programmes are aired on C4HD when they are first broadcast.

    Canis Media are not easy to negotiate with, so good luck Channel4 if what you say is true Neil

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  22. Sonny Says:

    More4+2 will begin BARB reporting on 26th March, 2012.

    Placeholder channel, most likely for this shuffle channel.. no idea if this placeholder & shuffle will be on freesat epg.

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