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Jul 04 2012

Channel 4's 4seven coming to FreesatFor those of you that don’t already know, Channel 4’s new channel, 4seven launched today (4/7/12) on Freesat channel 127.

The channel, originally discussed here and here allows you to catch up on programmes you might have missed from the past 7 days across the Channel 4 suite of channels. The programmes selected to be shown are those that Channel 4 deem are the best from the past 7 days.

We thought they might have opted for channel 147 on Freesat to keep the “theme” going (they picked 47 on Freeview) but clearly they preferred to just keep all their ducks in a row!!!

4seven goes live at 7pm tonight and will be automatically added to your Freesat receiver today or over night. To ensure you have the channel at launch tonight, you will need to do a manual scan from within your Freesat receivers menu.

43 Responses to “Channel 4’s 4seven now on Freesat channel 127”

  1. ian Says:

    Excellent addition to Freesat i think.
    Glad they also kept in with the keeping of their channels together, makes sense really, unlike the disgraceful mess you see on the $ky EPG!

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  2. mikky Says:

    re 4seven

    just read after (typical) las post that will be added either last night or today.
    will wait and see

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  3. Neil Says:

    I’ll check the promo out on it in a bit, will be interesting to see how this performs BARB-wise for C4.

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  4. admin Says:

    I find it an interesting move by Channel 4 given that the onus is very much on Internet based services, especially on-demand, so launching an essentially analogue (in technological comparison to Internet) channel to do the same as what they already have is strange; plus with YouView and Freesat G2 around the corner. Proof as you say will be how it performs.

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  5. Ian Says:

    Good news, now let’s hope a few more exciting are added in the near future

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  6. S.E. Says:

    admin said:
    I find it an interesting move by Channel 4 given that the onus is very much on Internet based services, especially on-demand, so launching an essentially analogue (in technological comparison to Internet) channel to do the same as what they already have is strange; plus with YouView and Freesat G2 around the corner. Proof as you say will be how it performs.

    Interesting, indeed.

    How many non-PC devices have 4OD? (I don’t own any.)

    Also how many programmes are shown on TV that Channel 4 don’t have the rights to publish on 4OD? There was at least one show that I wanted to watch on E4 but forgot to record … and then couldn’t find on 4OD on my PC.

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  7. Raymond Says:

    Surprising that it is not a HD channel.

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  8. Keith (original) Says:

    I echo @7, Raymond. Shame it isn’t HD or two channels, one HD the other SD.

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  9. ian Says:

    Post 5 isn’t mine, may i just say.

    Channel4 did commission an HD logo and graphics to be created for it and having seen the HD logo for 4Seven, i would expect it to happen sometime soon, possibly after the Paralympics.
    Liking the onscreen logo too, looks nice i think

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  10. Neil Says:

    ian said: Post 5 isn’t mine, may i just say.Channel4 did commission an HD logo and graphics to be created for it and having seen the HD logo for 4Seven, i would expect it to happen sometime soon, possibly after the Paralympics.Liking the onscreen logo too, looks nice i think

    I agree there, C4 want to give this channel as much exposure as possible and a HD variant would achieve that.

    What’s everyone’s opinions? Obviously it only shows what’s already been transmit so nothing new but quite like the idents and graphics. That ‘7’ in the DOG needs toning down somewhat!

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  11. Chris Says:

    admin said:
    I find it an interesting move by Channel 4 given that the onus is very much on Internet based services, especially on-demand, so launching an essentially analogue (in technological comparison to Internet) channel to do the same as what they already have is strange; plus with YouView and Freesat G2 around the corner. Proof as you say will be how it performs.

    I think there i still a large proportion of people who can’t get online services, I think Youview is specifying a minimum of 3Mbps? I’m trundling along on 800Kbps, like I have done for 8 years! A lot of people (in Wales especially!) are left befuddled as to *why* there is actually so much emphasis on online and streaming services.

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  12. roger mellie Says:

    Chris said: I think there i still a large proportion of people who can’t get online services, I think Youview is specifying a minimum of 3Mbps? I’m trundling along on 800Kbps, like I have done for 8 years! A lot of people (in Wales especially!) are left befuddled as to *why* there is actually so much emphasis on online and streaming services.

    Well said, I don’t watch tv on my computer, and don’t intend too, its not the same as viewing a 40″ tv set. Basically my internet is also too slow like many people

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  13. admin Says:

    Chris said: A lot of people (in Wales especially!) are left befuddled as to *why* there is actually so much emphasis on online and streaming services.

    Cost basically, so much cheaper for broadcasters to allow access via the net. They like to think that 99% of the UK have good broadband when reality they don’t. Most of these decisions are made in London where speeds are vastly better.

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  14. Richard Crichton Says:

    Roger said”Well said, I don’t watch tv on my computer, and don’t intend too, its not the same as viewing a 40″ tv set. Basically my internet is also too slow like many people.”

    It’s exactly the same if your 42″ flat screen tv is also a computer monitor. Many are. AOl HD videos on Samsung Smart Hub Tv’s and Blu-ray players are superb quality better than most broadcast HD. The only thing that concerns me is going over my 40gig Talk Talk data allowance what with iPlayer and YouTube videos to watch as well as internet radio to listen to. Fast broadband is being rolled out nationwide not just in London. It partly depends on how far you are from the exchange not just living in a particular part of the country. There will always be some people who cannot get good broadband speeds unfortunately but the vast majority can or will soon. I live in rural mid Fife near the Lomond hills and farms and the broadband is fast enough for iPlayer better quality no problem.

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  15. Simon Says:

    More repeats…is it actually worth owning a TV these days!

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  16. ian Says:

    Neil said: I agree there, C4 want to give this channel as much exposure as possible and a HD variant would achieve that.
    What’s everyone’s opinions? Obviously it only shows what’s already been transmit so nothing new but quite like the idents and graphics. That ’7′ in the DOG needs toning down somewhat!

    I think they have it right in terms of the onscreen logo. Its giving more of an emphasis onto the 7 part as opposed to the others they have where its all the same.
    Nice PQ but yes, a HD version is a must, but i know they are waiting to see it it will be as successful as they need it to be before they go the HD route with it.
    (My friend at Channel4 is speaking to me again :) )

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  17. Lee S Says:

    Richard Crichton said:
    Roger said”Well said, I don’t watch tv on my computer, and don’t intend too, its not the same as viewing a 40″ tv set. Basically my internet is also too slow like many people.”
    It’s exactly the same if your 42″ flat screen tv is also a computer monitor. Many are. AOl HD videos on Samsung Smart Hub Tv’s and Blu-ray players are superb quality better than most broadcast HD. The only thing that concerns me is going over my 40gig Talk Talk data allowance what with iPlayer and YouTube videos to watch as well as internet radio to listen to. Fast broadband is being rolled out nationwide not just in London. It partly depends on how far you are from the exchange not just living in a particular part of the country. There will always be some people who cannot get good broadband speeds unfortunately but the vast majority can or will soon. I live in rural mid Fife near the Lomond hills and farms and the broadband is fast enough for iPlayer better quality no problem.

    Doesn’t cost much extra to have unlimited broadband on talktalk plus plan like i have.

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  18. Neil Says:

    ian said: I think they have it right in terms of the onscreen logo. Its giving more of an emphasis onto the 7 part as opposed to the others they have where its all the same.
    Nice PQ but yes, a HD version is a must, but i know they are waiting to see it it will be as successful as they need it to be before they go the HD route with it.
    (My friend at Channel4 is speaking to me again )

    They’ve got a healthy bitrate and your right that SD-wise it does look good, was only thinking that last night! I’m also led to believe the same, C4 have their minds pretty focused on the Paralympics at the moment so if a HD variant does come to fruition I’d expect it after the games have finished. It will be interesting to see the channel’s viewing figures once it’s had time to bed in, they are certainly pushing it a fair bit promotion-wise now.

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  19. Glyn Says:

    Lee S said: Doesn’t cost much extra to have unlimited broadband on talktalk plus plan like i have.

    And the nice people at Talktalk have just given me a years worth of Lovefilm streaming for nowt, saving £60. If you are on the plus package, you can claim this offering too, its an advert from within your account page.

    Sorry Admin, I don’t know if this is allowed. It’s not strictly advertising, just giving existing subscribers something for free with no strings.

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  20. Matthew Says:

    4seven is on all platforms so should before well. 4seven owners waiting to see how well it does before launching it in HD. HD version should be out in 2013.

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  21. Matthew Says:

    *before = perform

    Anyway this channel is pretty good.

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  22. ian Says:

    Neil said: They’ve got a healthy bitrate and your right that SD-wise it does look good, was only thinking that last night! I’m also led to believe the same, C4 have their minds pretty focused on the Paralympics at the moment so if a HD variant does come to fruition I’d expect it after the games have finished. It will be interesting to see the channel’s viewing figures once it’s had time to bed in, they are certainly pushing it a fair bit promotion-wise now.

    If what im hearing is right, then HD from Channel4 Television will be alot more by the time 2012 is over with. Alot more accessible to all..(If you get my drift)
    Yes they are focused on bringing the UK audience the best Paralympic Games we have seen and i think they will surpass that.
    Also told the Paralympic channels WILL be on Freesat aswell, like the BBC one’s will be soon.

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  23. Fitzy Says:

    Don’t forget those lucky people with 3D TV’S we have some 3D action on Sat & Sun this week on freesat.

    Shame its only tennis, with the chance of a Scott/Brit being in the final in 3D, hmmm maybe 2d is a better option with that ugly mug !

    Or if you want to watch a English/Brit with a chance of winning one of the biggest prizes in sport ( wininng the tour de france ) stick with itv4, come on Wiggo !
    Sorry for getting off subject Admin1

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  24. Neil Says:

    ian said: If what im hearing is right, then HD from Channel4 Television will be alot more by the time 2012 is over with. Alot more accessible to all..(If you get my drift)Yes they are focused on bringing the UK audience the best Paralympic Games we have seen and i think they will surpass that.Also told the Paralympic channels WILL be on Freesat aswell, like the BBC one’s will be soon.

    That’s good news, I guess the budget for some of this is tied in with the Paralympics. My contacts within the organisation aren’t within the same circles as yours so you probably know more than me in that respect. Good to hear their HD streams will also be on Freesat too as I heard they were going to be FTA.

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  25. Digiwatcher Says:

    The guide page now showing an option button for the Olympics

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  26. JoeD Says:

    I really do not see the point in this channel.
    More4 repeats all the C4 programmes and C4+1 is ideal for anyone who misses the “live” transmission. Catch-up and PVR should be enough to let anyone catch any programme.
    Pointless.

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  27. Fitzy Says:

    JoeD said:
    I really do not see the point in this channel.
    More4 repeats all the C4 programmes and C4+1 is ideal for anyone who misses the “live” transmission. Catch-up and PVR should be enough to let anyone catch any programme.
    Pointless.

    I guess some people don’t read all the previous post’s as they’d understand some people don’t have fast internet connections, & not everyone in the current economic environment can afford £200 on a PVR.

    So to some people with hectic schedules it maybe the perfect way to catch up on channel 4’s best programs!

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  28. Paul S Says:

    Just had a look at the EPG – seems to be nothing but repeats of people eating. Shouldn’t it have a channel number somewhere in the 600s?
    What has happened to C4? Used to be a great TV company but I can’t remember the last time I watched any of their family of channels.

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  29. Richard Boniface Says:

    Now all ch4 need to do is make some decent programmes, so that there is something worth selecting from the last 7 days.

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  30. Paul Says:

    Nice touch to launch 4seven on 4/7/2012, but honestly, who in the viewing population would have noticed and could give a toss – other than the media types who would have “loved it, Tarquin”.

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  31. Richard Crichton Says:

    Richard Boniface said:
    Now all ch4 need to do is make some decent programmes, so that there is something worth selecting from the last 7 days.

    Bring back Brookside. Best Soap ever. :-)

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  32. Alexander Says:

    How many consecutive repeats of “Deal or no deal” can you show in one day. What a waste of air time! We’d rather have another HD channel with good quality programmes than this rubbish.

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  33. roger mellie Says:

    Richard Crichton said: Bring back Brookside. Best Soap ever.

    Would be nice if the 4/7 channel showed some classic ch4 from yesteryear, Brookie, Dispatches, Sopranos(greatest show ever) etc

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  34. Jimandy Says:

    Roger Mellie
    Doesn’t knw what their talking about I can’t get enogh of DOND, I can’t always see it dur to work. So Its nice to catch up on 4/7

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  35. Alan from Otley, Leeds Says:

    @Alexander Says:
    July 8th, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    How many consecutive repeats of “Deal or no deal” can you show in one day. What a waste of air time! We’d rather have another HD channel with good quality programs than this rubbish.

    Got to agree with the comments above. Come on Freesat Quality is needed not Quantity.

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  36. Richard Crichton Says:

    Alan from Otley, Leeds said:
    @Alexander Says:
    July 8th, 2012 at 12:26 pm
    How many consecutive repeats of “Deal or no deal” can you show in one day. What a waste of air time! We’d rather have another HD channel with good quality programs than this rubbish.
    Got to agree with the comments above. Come on Freesat Quality is needed not Quantity.

    Program quality has nothing to do with Freesat as it’s just an EPG vendor. If the TV companies don’t want to put their HD channels on Freesat there is nothing Freesat can do about it.

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  37. ian Says:

    Yet if Channel4 put this channel behind a paywall, you all would be bitching about missing out on a new channel!
    Channel4 and Freesat can’t do anything right to your standards can they!!!!

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  38. roger mellie Says:

    Jimandy said: Roger MellieDoesn’t knw what their talking about I can’t get enogh of DOND, I can’t always see it dur to work. So Its nice to catch up on 4/7

    You need help if you can’t get enough Deal or No Deal! Either that or buy a PVR.

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  39. Oyodi Says:

    All these extra SD channels on FreeSat to me are a waste of time, I only watch HD programs and record them when transmitted in HD, therefore I see no need for 4 seven in SD. Should have lanched in HD.

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  40. Keith Cobby Says:

    I also consider 4/7 to be a waste of time. What we really want from Channel 4 is Film 4 and their other channels in HD.

    I often find myself watching NHK, this is how it should be done.

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  41. Oyodi Says:

    I also watch NHK, at first this was just because it was in HD, but now I find myself often watching this interesting channel.

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  42. Blister Says:

    I’ve been trying ever since it was launched to find this channel. – Still trying and still can’t find it. – Auto scan is no good. – Anybody know the frequency settings so I can try a manual scan?

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  43. Blister Says:

    OK. – Help no longer needed. – Finally found it. – Been monitoring the channel for a few days now. Haven’t seen one single programme I would be interested in watching. – Maybe it should be renamed “The Jamie Oliver Channel.” – When will broadcasters accept that many people simply want ENTERTAINMENT. – Not a continuous drip feed of repeats about cooking, antiques, property sales or the mind numbing ‘reality shows’ like Big Brother. – From now on I’ll be givig this channel a big swerve.

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