Join Freesat


Jan 27 2012

Encourage FTA/FTV channels to join FreesatInspired by a comment made recently, I thought it would be a good idea to produce a list of all fta/ftv channels currently available within the UK (astra2/eurobird1) that Freesat don’t have included in the EPG. Now obviously some of these channels may be classed as “less exciting” but as you may know, these channels would pay an annual fee for inclusion within the Freesat EPG (tv guide), which means money in the Freesat pocket for future growth, and an increased possibility of more good folk becoming Freesat viewers/customers to enjoy their fav channels.

All those listed as fta are “free-to-air” meaning there is no obvious reason why they couldn’t join Freesat, apart from willingness to pay up for inclusion. Those listed ftv are “free-to-view” meaning whilst they are not tied to a subscription provider, they are currently encrypted which requires a Sky viewing card and digibox. There may be more fta/ftv channels out there, but these are the ones found so far.

I’d encourage all of you to visit some of the web links to channels you may be interested in, then contact them (again using the links) to encourage them to join Freesat. Don’t forget that putting pressure on broadcasters and showing them there is enough interest is very important in the decision making process. I’ve not produced a template email to send because I feel individual unique responses would gain a better reaction, but don’t forget to mention things like how Freesat is free, readily accessible and already has well over 2 million sales (potential eyes watching).

Those key channels I’d recommend we definately focus on contacting would be the ftv ones, as more often than not they are looking for a way out of the encryption at the end of their contract (with Sky); these include Channel 5 HD, Sony Entertainment Television, Viva, Motors TV and LFC TV.

I’ve also included within the list a number of channels I deem “soft subscription”; what I mean by this is that these are high profile premium category channels (sports and movies) contracted to Sky within weak subscription packages, i.e. Entertainment Extra pack, not Sports pack or Movies pack, which assumes the revenue they gain from this is small in comparison, so over 2 million Freesat sales might start looking attractive. These channels include (sports) British Eurosport, Extreme Sports Channel and ESPN Classic, plus (movies) TCM and Movies 24.

Entertainment

Pick TV (ftv – Sky owned channel, no chance!)
Channel 5 HD (ftv) (website | email)
BEN (fta) (website | email)
Sony Entertainment Television (ftv) (website)
Propeller TV (fta) (website | email)
OH TV (fta) (website | email)
Controversial TV (fta) (website | contact)
HiTV (fta)
Sumo TV (fta) (website | email)
Vox Africa (fta) (website | contact)
My Channel (fta) (website)
Community Channel (fta) (website | email)

News and Sports

Sky News (fta – Sky owned channel, no chance!)
CNC World (fta) (website | email)
Motors TV (ftv) (website | contact)
LFC TV (ftv) (website | contact)
British Eurosport (sub) (website)
Extreme Sports Channel (sub) (website | email)
ESPN Classic (sub) (website)

Movies

TCM (sub) (website | email)
Movies 24 (sub) (website | contact)

Lifestyle

Travel Channel (fta) (website | contact)
?TV (fta) (website | contact)
Body In Balance (fta) (website | contact)
Horse & Country TV (fta) (website | email)
The Active Channel (fta) (website | email)
Fitness TV (fta) (website | email)
Holiday+Cruise (fta) (website | contact)

Music

Viva (ftv) (website | contact)
Channel AKA (fta) (website | email)
Starz TV (fta) (website | email)
Dance Nation TV (fta) (website)
Greatest Hits TV (fta)

Special Interest

Revelation (fta) (website | email)
Wonderful (fta)
TBN Europe (fta) (website | contact)
UCB TV (fta) (website | email)
Loveworld TV (fta) (website | contact)
EWTN TV (fta) (website | email)
Gospel Channel (fta) (website | contact)
Word Network (fta) (website | contact)
Faith World TV (fta) (website | email)
KICC TV (fta) (website | email)
Believe TV (fta) (website | contact)
Olive TV (fta) (website | email)
Praise TV (fta) (website | contact)
SonLife Broadcasting Network (fta) (website | contact)
Psychic Line (fta)
Psychic Today (fta) (website)
Phoenix CNE (fta) (website | email)
Bangla TV (fta) (website | email)
MTA Muslim TV (fta) (website | email)
PTV Prime (fta) (website | email)
MATV National (fta) (website | contact)
Abu Dhabi TV (fta) (website | email)
UMP Movies (fta) (website) – now on Freesat channel 308
Record TV (fta) (website)
DM Digital (fta) (website | email)
Hidayat TV (fta) (website | contact)
ARY Qtv (fta) (website | contact)
Venus TV (fta) (website | email)
ARY Oneworld (fta) (website | contact)
PTV Global (fta) (website)
Channel ‘S’ (fta) (website | email)
Noor TV (fta) (website | contact)
Peace TV (fta) (website | email)
Music India (fta) (website | email)
Al Jazeera Children’s Channel (fta) (website | contact)
IQRA TV (fta) (website | email)
ATN Bangla UK (fta) (website | contact)
Ummah Channel (fta) (website | email)
Sunrise TV (fta) (website | email)
Imagine…Dil Se (fta) (website | email)
Glory TV (fta) (website | email)
Brit Asia TV (fta) (website | email)
NTV (fta) (website)
Ahlebait TV (fta) (website)
Madani Channel (fta) (website | contact)
Sikh Channel (fta) (website | email)
Peace TV Urdu (fta) (website | email)
Ahlulbayt TV (fta) (website)
UCTV (fta) (website | email)
Channel i (fta) (website)
Takbeer TV (fta) (website)
Sangat TV (fta) (website | contact)
Aastha TV (fta) (website | email)

Shopping

Retail TV (fta) (website | email)
Best Direct (fta) (website | email)
JML Home & DIY (fta) (website | email)
PaversShoes.tv (fta) (website | email)
Thane Direct (fta) (website | email) – now on Freesat channel 820
V Channel (fta) (website | contact)
Speed Auction (fta) (website | contact)
JML Cookshop (fta) (website | email)
Ideal & More (fta) (website | email)
Celebrity Shop (fta) (website | email)
Screenshop 2 (fta) (website)

Gaming & Dating

Super Casino (fta) (website | contact)
Smart Live Casino (fta) (website | email)
Dating Channel (fta) (website)
GayDate TV (fta) (website)
Gay Network (fta) (website | contact)
Chat Box (fta) (website | contact)

Adult (you can go through these yourself ;))

Get Lucky TV (fta)
Lucky Star (fta)
Red Light 1 (fta)
Elite TV 2 (fta)
Dirty Talk (fta)
xxXpanded TV (fta)
Elite TV 4 (fta)
Gay Chat TV (fta)
Red Light (fta)
Babe Guide (fta)
Northern Birds (fta)
Essex Babes (fta)
Elite TV (fta)
Storm (fta)
SportxxxGirls (fta)

If you contact any of the channels listed below and get a response, please add a comment and we’ll see if we can make a difference.

137 Responses to “Encourage FTA/FTV channels to join Freesat”

  1. Bob Says:

    Great idea – people power!

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  2. patsy Says:

    Brill. Just one query – why isn’t PREMIER SPORTS included in the list?
    Will be contacting quite a few.

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  3. admin Says:

    patsy said:
    Brill. Just one query – why isn’t PREMIER SPORTS included in the list?
    Will be contacting quite a few.

    As far as I’m aware, Premier Sports is a premium channel on satellite, so only available through Sky. Premium subscription channels are never likely to come to Freesat because of the huge costs associated with sports rights.

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  4. patsy Says:

    Thanks for the info.

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  5. patsy Says:

    Hi again. Any chance that RTE could come on board. I appreciate there may be problems with copyright on some of their broadcasts. Maybe RTE NEWS for a starter would not only please the Irish diaspora but I feel would really increase the Freesat user numbers.

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  6. admin Says:

    patsy said:
    Hi again. Any chance that RTE could come on board. I appreciate there may be problems with copyright on some of their broadcasts. Maybe RTE NEWS for a starter would not only please the Irish diaspora but I feel would really increase the Freesat user numbers.

    It doesn’t seem likely because of the Irish broadcasting laws. RTE doesn’t broadcast in the clear, so even being able to add to non-freesat mode isn’t possible.

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  7. IrishMJ Says:

    @Patsy

    I agree that RTE News would at least be a start, but and correct me here if I am wrong, is that broadcast at 28.2/5 ?? I thought it was only online or part of Saorview / Saorsat.

    MJ

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  8. Alan M Says:

    You don’t mention Quest tv , We should get this onboard.

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  9. admin Says:

    Alan M said:
    You don’t mention Quest tv , We should get this onboard.

    The point of the post is to see what channels realistically could come to Freesat. Quest TV is a subscription channels, so would need a lot more than a potential 2 million sales to drop their existing subscription revenue.

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  10. Rosco Says:

    patsy said:
    Hi again. Any chance that RTE could come on board. I appreciate there may be problems with copyright on some of their broadcasts. Maybe RTE NEWS for a starter would not only please the Irish diaspora but I feel would really increase the Freesat user numbers.

    No chance. There were plans for an RTE International channel but it got dropped due to the financial crisis in Ireland.

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  11. Expat Says:

    I think that should be Freesat’s job. They could do more to promote the service, just buy a cheap second FTA receiver if you want Sky News or any of the other channels.
    Freesat could also lower their prices, yes I know they are lower than Sky’s, this could encourage smaller channels to join.

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  12. admin Says:

    Expat said:
    I think that should be Freesat’s job. They could do more to promote the service, just buy a cheap second FTA receiver if you want Sky News or any of the other channels.

    Why would you need a FTA receiver when you can access the FTA channels in non-Freesat mode on an official Freesat box?!?! There is no harm in anyone contacting these channels if they want them.

    Freesat could also lower their prices, yes I know they are lower than Sky’s, this could encourage smaller channels to join.

    Freesat are a not-for-profit organisation and are currently running at a loss (as expected in first few years) so not much chance of an EPG reduction.

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  13. Rosco Says:

    Expat said:

    Freesat could also lower their prices, yes I know they are lower than Sky’s, this could encourage smaller channels to join.

    The epg fees are insignificant compared to the transmission costs. Any channel thast cant afford £30k for the Freesat epg isnt going to last very long in the first place.

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  14. A Partridge Says:

    Good work – you deserve a medal.

    BTW, I thought Quest was on Freeview?

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  15. steve 1 Says:

    People power in the masses I don’t mind helping freesat we all benefit

    admin said: Why would you need a FTA receiver when you can access the FTA channels in non-Freesat mode on an official Freesat box?!?! There is no harm in anyone contacting these channels if they want them.Freesat are a not-for-profit organisation and are currently running at a loss (as expected in first few years) so not much chance of an EPG reduction.

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  16. admin Says:

    A Partridge said:
    Good work – you deserve a medal.
    BTW, I thought Quest was on Freeview?

    It took long enough to compile; if I had known, I might not have done it :D

    Quest is on Freeview, but that is terrestrial aerial, not satellite and doesn’t have any competitors like satellite does with Sky grabbing all the channels with the sweetener of subscription revenue.

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  17. steve 1 Says:

    Dont you mean Steve coogan ahhhh

    A Partridge said:
    Good work – you deserve a medal.
    BTW, I thought Quest was on Freeview?

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  18. Richard Crichton Says:

    Every little helps although getting your friends, relatives and neighbours to buy a Freesat box or TV is the best way to help Freesat grow. Also people asking about Freesat in chain retailers may make a difference to the generally very limited selection of Freesat equipment that is stocked. Also the 2 million figure must have been totally surpassed by now I would have thought. How much Freesat stuff was sold at Christmas is something that would be good to know. Getting Freesat boxes in the DIY sheds and German discount supermarkets would also be a good way to promote instead of the non Freesat FTA boxes that they flog at the moment.

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  19. Richard Crichton Says:

    2 million sales was 8th Sept that’s almost five months ago now. It must be more like 2.25 million or more by now.

    Richard Crichton said:
    Every little helps although getting your friends, relatives and neighbours to buy a Freesat box or TV is the best way to help Freesat grow. Also people asking about Freesat in chain retailers may make a difference to the generally very limited selection of Freesat equipment that is stocked. Also the 2 million figure must have been totally surpassed by now I would have thought. How much Freesat stuff was sold at Christmas is something that would be good to know. GettingFreesat boxes in the DIY sheds and Germandiscount supermarkets would also be a good way to promote instead of the non Freesat FTA boxes that they flog at the moment.

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  20. admin Says:

    Richard Crichton said:
    2 million sales was 8th Sept that’s almost five months ago now. It must be more like 2.25 million or more by now.

    Richard, post says well over 2 million sales, which is the only official figure I can “officially” use. We are well over that now.

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  21. Mark Aberfan Aerials Says:

    Richard Crichton said: . Getting Freesat boxes in the DIY sheds and German discount supermarkets would also be a good way to promote instead of the non Freesat FTA boxes that they flog at the moment.

    Hi Guys,

    Richard has made a very good point regarding Aldi / lidl, the boxes they sell are around the same price as official Freesat products & I know that they have a lot of problems with customers not understanding them as the are often preset for astra1 german stuff & dont auto update channel frequencies or have red button/ mheg 5 functions.resulting in returns & unhappy customers despite them offering a three year g’tee.
    The target shoppers of these supermarkets have a similar profile to a large percentage of the Freesat customers.
    Someone at one of the budget freesat brands could do very well by contacting & working with these supermarkets, or the people at the supermarkets suppliers (silvercrest / tevion) could commission a production run of freesat boxes for them to have badged for their brands.

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

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  22. admin Says:

    Agreed, it is a great suggestion, and one you’ll have to remember to include in the suggestions page I’ll be launching in the coming weeks/months (once Freesat formally approve the use of it as a means of gaining ideas).

    In the meantime, back to inviting these fta/ftv channels to Freesat (because it took me ages to find and list them :D)

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  23. Mark Says:

    I really hope people don’t seriously ask for adult & gaming type channels.

    I was actually going to email LFC TV the other day but completely forgot about it.
    Thanks for the reminder.

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  24. garyb Says:

    What about the channel “Quest” it on freeview as well as sky ,would love it on freesat,anyone got any idea if its ever likely to come across ?

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  25. Mark Says:

    To be honest, half the reason I switched to Freesat was so that I wouldn’t get all the junk channels that come with the free Sky service. I’d prefer most of these channels to remain off Freesat.

    The only channels I’d really like to see added are Sky News and Dave.

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  26. admin Says:

    garyb said:
    What about the channel “Quest” it on freeview as well as sky ,would love it on freesat,anyone got any idea if its ever likely to come across ?

    That was answered by me just a few comments before yours, http://www.joinfreesat.co.uk/encourage-fta-ftv-channels-to-join-freesat#comment-49147

    Mark said:
    To be honest, half the reason I switched to Freesat was so that I wouldn’t get all the junk channels that come with the free Sky service. I’d prefer most of these channels to remain off Freesat.
    The only channels I’d really like to see added are Sky News and Dave.

    Freesat, as with any platform cannot survive without a number of less important/exciting channels; just the way it is.

    Sky are unlikely to ever pay for inclusion on the EPG of a direct rival. Dave is unlikely to come to Freesat for the same reason as why Quest won’t (link above).

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  27. Shane Says:

    Mark said:
    To be honest, half the reason I switched to Freesat was so that I wouldn’t get all the junk channels that come with the free Sky service. I’d prefer most of these channels to remain off Freesat.
    The only channels I’d really like to see added are Sky News and Dave.

    Thats the beauty of freesat. Just delete the channels you do not want from epg.

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  28. Neil Says:

    This posting by admin is a really good suggestion, in fact I didn’t realise some of these channels were FTA as I don’t have any connected Sky equipment.

    I’ll drop a few emails to some of these channels. Admin: did you include Showcase 2 as I can’t see it? They have some good Landscape stuff during weekdays.

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  29. Martin Says:

    Yes I agree with you most of them on that list is rubbish sky can keep them lets get quality British channels on there is a rumour that uk gold could go free to air but yes dave quest and yesterday are the only ones missing at the mo

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  30. admin Says:

    Neil said:
    Admin: did you include Showcase 2 as I can’t see it? They have some good Landscape stuff during weekdays.

    No, reason being that Showcase (1) is available on Freesat and I assumed (rightly or wrongly) that the broadcaster is fully aware of Freesat and the potential viewing figures, so if they wanted to add, they would do. I’ve done the same by omitting all the +1 timeshifts too.

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  31. mark Says:

    it will be good for freesat to get some sports channels then people might buy freesat over sky

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  32. john welsh Says:

    No one has mentioned Sony and as far as I can see form website there are some good programs but no email address foor us to contact/

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  33. Neil Says:

    Shane said: Thats the beauty of freesat. Just delete the channels you do not want from epg.

    Why bother?? If you don’t want to watch a channel then just don’t press the three digits corresponding to it’s logical channel number! The more channels that join the platform, be them adult, religious or factual ones of interest, they all pay in to Freesat’s coffers which, as admin says, benefits us all in extra marketing and R&D revenue for the platform.

    The more and more sales Freesat get, the more channels that will join and for me that’s only a good thing.

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  34. admin Says:

    john welsh said:
    No one has mentioned Sony and as far as I can see form website there are some good programs but no email address foor us to contact/

    Struggling to find an email/contact address for Sony. If anyone has one, let me know and I’ll update the page.

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  35. Al (Original) Says:

    Really good suggestion.

    Isn’t Extreme Sports a subscription channel now though?

    In any case I’d urge everyone to contact Extreme as it would be a great addition to Freesat.

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  36. Jack Says:

    john welsh said:
    No one has mentioned Sony and as far as I can see form website there are some good programs but no email address foor us to contact/

    You could contact them through their facebook page;
    http://www.facebook.com/sonytvuk

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  37. Rosco Says:

    admin said: Struggling to find an email/contact address for Sony. If anyone has one, let me know and I’ll update the page.

    Try here – their licence contact should be able to tell your the correct person

    http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/tvlicensing/cs/1291.htm

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  38. Rosco Says:

    Al (Original) said:
    Really good suggestion.
    Isn’t Extreme Sports a subscription channel now though?
    In any case I’d urge everyone to contact Extreme as it would be a great addition to Freesat.

    Extreme Sports were fta when they launched on 28E, but they went encrypted in 2006. FTA sports channels have a terrible record in the UK – every single one has either closed or gone encrypted.

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  39. Jack Says:

    Rosco said: Extreme Sports were fta when they launched on 28E, but they went encrypted in 2006. FTA sports channels have aterrible record in the UK – every single one has either closed or gone encrypted.

    TCM was also FTA when it launched aswell. I’m sure Eurosport was FTA once aswell. Though I’m not overly sure.

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  40. spanners Says:

    On a similar point I listen a lot to the radio stations (as do many others) through satellite because the quality is far superior to DAB and I am mystified as to why major stations like Real Radio, Magic and LBC haven’t joined the Freesat line up yet. Thankfully you can tune them in manually but not everyone is as dextrous in the frequency manipulation department. Perhaps Absolute radio could be encouraged to launch Absolute radio 70’s and 60’s on the Freesat EPG and tell Sky subscibers that they can tune them in manuallly instead of the other way around!
    I think I’ll get a few e-mails off to some radio station suits.

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  41. Neil Says:

    spanners said:
    On a similar point I listen a lot to the radio stations (as do many others) through satellite because the quality is far superior to DAB and I am mystified as to why major stations like Real Radio, Magic and LBC haven’t joined the Freesat line up yet. Thankfully you can tune them in manually but not everyone is as dextrous in the frequency manipulation department. Perhaps Absolute radio could be encouraged to launch Absolute radio 70′s and 60′s on the Freesat EPG and tell Sky subscibers that they can tune them in manuallly instead of the other way around!
    I think I’ll get a few e-mails off to some radio station suits.

    Agree there, more so for Real Radio considering Smooth is already on the platform. As Real is regionalised, only the welsh service is carried on Satellite. Kiss, Magic and LBC would all benefit from being on board the platform, £7k/yr EPG inclusion isn’t going to break the bank, even in radio terms!

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  42. Al (Original) Says:

    Rosco said: Extreme Sports were fta when they launched on 28E, but they went encrypted in 2006. FTA sports channels have aterrible record in the UK – every single one has either closed or gone encrypted.

    In fairness have there been any good FTA Sports channels on Freesat?

    I’ve never noticed any but maybe I never looked hard enough.

    To me that’s where Extreme is different. It doesn’t try to challenge the likes of the PFV sports channels by trying to compete with mainstream coverage as they presumably know they can’t win with that approach.

    Instead Extreme, as the name suggests, concentrates on Extreme Sports – Surfing, Mountain Biking, Motocross, Free Style Motocross, Skating, Snowboarding, Free skiing, and BMX with the emphasis very much on Extreme competition or challenges.

    As such it offers something fresh and different that appeals both to the thrill seeker market, the youth / young persons market and the older person who enjoys watching extreme sports. To me not only do I find the content appealing, but I think it also fits in well with Freesat’s existing content being a little bit less mainstream.

    I think if anyone thinks Freesat is going to attract a major mainstream sports channel carrying premium sporting events then they’re sadly mistaken, at least whilst Sky is in the game with big money deals available. I very much think major sports will continue to fall within the BBC / ITV remit.

    However, there maybe a chance in the long run of attracting something with more niche sports but that nevertheless has appeal to many, such as Extreme.

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  43. Phil Says:

    As for sports channels I use to love Screen sport, shame that has long gone…

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  44. Neil Says:

    Phil said:
    As for sports channels I use to love Screen sport, shame that has long gone…

    Ah Screensport, now that takes me back to the analogue 19.2E days!!

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  45. Phil Says:

    Neil said: Ah Screensport, now that takes me back to the analogue 19.2E days!!

    Yes, the good old days… Some great channels in those days English, German and more..

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  46. Arthur Says:

    Hi what about Argos TV shopping Channel

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  47. Neil Says:

    Phil said: Yes, the good old days…Some great channels in those days English, German and more..

    There sure was, even the German ones gave you something to watch when there was nothing on the UK channels! I think that was why Murdoch specifically wanted Sky’s Digital offering to be from a new orbital position so that he didn’t have to compete with German broadcasters for sports rights (plus the extra capacity).

    Arthur: Argos TV is on the EPG, 819 I think??

    I am amazed The Travel Channel isn’t on-board Freesat as of yet, surely they won’t want to be missing out on the potential viewers they are missing? I’ve emailed them a couple of times but just had the simple ‘no’ type response, might give them a call and see if I can actually speak to someone in person to give a bit more enlightenment!

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  48. Expat Says:

    admin said: Why would you need a FTA receiver when you can access the FTA channels in non-Freesat mode on an official Freesat box?!?! There is no harm in anyone contacting these channels if they want them.Freesat are a not-for-profit organisation and are currently running at a loss (as expected in first few years) so not much chance of an EPG reduction.

    Because it is a pain changing to non Freesat mode. Feel free to contact the channels, they may even reply. It is just not worth their while going on Freesat yet. Don’t get me wrong, I love Freesat, but I just don’t see hundreds of channels joining the platform.
    So for now, I’ll keep my FTA receiver along with Freesat+, good luck on your quest for new channels.

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  49. admin Says:

    Expat said: Because it is a pain changing to non Freesat mode. Feel free to contact the channels, they may even reply. It is just not worth their while going on Freesat yet. Don’t get me wrong, I love Freesat, but I just don’t see hundreds of channels joining the platform.
    So for now, I’ll keep my FTA receiver along with Freesat+, good luck on your quest for new channels.

    Hardly a pain, what is a pain is having to add channels on a generic box and having no access to 7 day listings. With units such as the Manhattan Plaza HD-S you can easily create favourites list which are accessed via one button.

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  50. barrie Says:

    Good to see Phoenix on that list. It is very popular and would be even more so if on Freesat. It shows the best of Chinese tv.

    I emailed CCTV constantly and like to think I got them to step over!

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  51. Richard Crichton Says:

    Expat said: Because it is a pain changing to non Freesat mode. Feel free to contact the channels, they may even reply. It is just not worth their while going on Freesat yet. Don’t get me wrong, I love Freesat, but I just don’t see hundreds of channels joining the platform.
    So for now, I’ll keep my FTA receiver along with Freesat+, good luck on your quest for new channels.

    Get a manhattan hd-s . It’s got a single button push non freesat mode. The best of both worlds.

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  52. Richard Crichton Says:

    admin said: Hardly a pain, what is a pain is having to add channels on a generic box and having no access to 7 day listings. With units such as the Manhattan Plaza HD-S you can easily create favourites list which are accessed via one button.

    Nice to see you are with me regarding the advantages of the Mantattan Plaza. It amazes me why anyone would buy anything else if they don’t need Freesat Plus.
    As to the Logik don’t bother pay the extra £10 you won’t regret it.

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  53. WERTO Says:

    Sky do sell ads on the CBS channels, so them launching channels on freesat isnt that far of… would be a great promotion tool for pay tv in the same way as it’s freeview channels is used as…

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  54. Freed Younis Says:

    When will these channels join on freesat. I am still waiting.

    Channel 5 HD Movies 24
    Sony Entertainment Television TCM
    British Eurosport Dance Nation TV
    LFC TV
    Extreme Sports Channel
    ESPN Classic

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  55. Freed Younis Says:

    I have freesat. I like the music channel and movies.
    Please can you add Sport channels and Movies.

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  56. steve 1 Says:

    I can tell you are a new comer to this platform my guess ch5hd hopefully in the summer but its anyone’s guess same as the others channels on your list the channels can arrive out of the blue

    Freed Younis said:
    When will these channels join on freesat. I am still waiting.
    Channel 5 HD Movies 24
    Sony Entertainment Television TCM
    British Eurosport Dance Nation TV
    LFC TV
    Extreme Sports Channel
    ESPN Classic

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  57. barrie Says:

    I emailed Phoenix TV lunchtime and received this reply a few minutes later;

    Dear Barrie,
    Many thanks for your kind feedback and your feedback is sent to the management team for consideration.
    Wish you and all your family and friends a very happy dragon year!
    Best regards.
    Yoyo

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  58. Andy Says:

    Why don’t they just make it a Freesat requirement that freesat channels fall within the freesat bouquet and all FTA services will come at the end of the service list (e.g. 800+) and without event EPG info (unless broadcast in the clear). That way your many supporters will have the choice of watching even Sky News if they so wish. This selection of FTA services can make the difference between someone switching to Freesat and not. I doubt there would be any licensing agreements here because if they are broadcast unscrambled whats the problem, right?

    On the Humax HDR I know there is an option of going from Freesat mode or ‘non freesat’ mode. Going to non-freesat mode means you lose all the channel numbering and EPG, and all the channel order is a complete mess.
    I think it’s great that you are making the point about these other channels though, a definite step in the right direction.

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  59. steve 1 Says:

    I think we got good music channels with bliss the vault among others freeview music channels are rubbish

    Freed Younis said:
    I have freesat. I like the music channel and movies.
    Please can you add Sport channels and Movies.

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  60. admin Says:

    Andy said:
    Why don’t they just make it a Freesat requirement that freesat channels fall within the freesat bouquet and all FTA services will come at the end of the service list (e.g. 800+) and without event EPG info (unless broadcast in the clear). That way your many supporters will have the choice of watching even Sky News if they so wish. This selection of FTA services can make the difference between someone switching to Freesat and not. I doubt there would be any licensing agreements here because if they are broadcast unscrambled whats the problem, right?.

    Because doing so would distract from the value of paying for EPG inclusion if it was provided free of charge, albeit in a higher channel slot.

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  61. steve 1 Says:

    This is not a freesat question but freeview sorry admin.my dad had a new aerial 8 years ago and he had ALL freeview channels and since the switchover he has lost film 4 and yesterday and maybe a few others I am baffled it was better before switchover can you shed light on this please

    Mark Aberfan Aerials said: Hi Guys,
    Richard has made a very good point regarding Aldi / lidl, the boxes they sell are around the same price as official Freesat products & I know that they have a lot of problems with customers not understanding them as the are often preset for astra1 german stuff & dont auto update channel frequencies or have red button/ mheg 5 functions.resulting in returns & unhappy customers despite them offering a three year g’tee.
    The target shoppers of these supermarkets have a similar profile to a large percentage of the Freesat customers.
    Someone at one of the budget freesat brands could do very well by contacting & working with these supermarkets, or the people at the supermarkets suppliers (silvercrest / tevion) could commission a production run offreesat boxes for them to have badged for their brands.
    Mark Aberfan Aerials

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  62. Al (Original) Says:

    admin said: Hardly a pain, what is a pain is having to add channels on a generic box and having no access to 7 day listings. With units such as the Manhattan Plaza HD-S you can easily create favourites list which are accessed via one button.

    Sorry Ian but I’m with the other poster here.

    I never ever use non Freesat mode on my Humax because its too much hassle to change modes and if you do I believe the box won’t record in Freesat whilst you’re in non Freesat mode although Schedules are preserved.

    I bought a large dish with a view to using DISCEQ with a multi-arm but never used it because of the switching problem.

    I’ve long said, there needs to be some way of having a generic epg for non freesat mode and some way of switching between epgs without having to actually change modes or go into set up menus. A simple choice of epg when guide is pressed would be a better way.

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  63. admin Says:

    Al (Original) said: Sorry Ian but I’m with the other poster here.
    I never ever use non Freesat mode on my Humax because its too much hassle to change modes and if you do I believe the box won’t record in Freesat whilst you’re in non Freesat mode although Schedules are preserved.
    I bought a large dish with a view to using DISCEQ with a multi-arm but never used it because of the switching problem.
    I’ve long said, there needs to be some way of having a generic epg for non freesat mode and some way of switching between epgs without having to actually change modes or go into set up menus. A simple choice of epg when guide is pressed would be a better way.

    Freesat have had to make it a little clumbsy in switching to encourage channels away from being just FTA, and paying for inclusion; you can’t blame them for that, but the Manhattan makes this easy as it doesn’t need to switch when you’ve added them to a favourites list.

    Having said all that, I agree with the point you make about your PVR, which is an entirely different senerio to my comment which related to a simple FTA receiver which I took to mean an SD or HD box without additional PVR functionality.

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  64. dobbo47 Says:

    I’m not very technical so this might be a stupid question but is there any reason why the software in the Fressat box (mines a Humax) couldn’t be upgraded to have a customer configurable group of numbers on the EPG so we could add our own preferences?

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  65. Mark Says:

    Nice to see Freesat putting this on the Twitter & Facebook pages!

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  66. Jason Says:

    Hi guys,
    I have contacted you before about the airing of Dave on Freesat, I would just like to hear the views of everyone else.
    So does everyone else think that DAVE should be included on Freesat?

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  67. admin Says:

    Mark said:
    Nice to see Freesat putting this on the Twitter & Facebook pages!

    Nice spot, thanks.

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  68. admin Says:

    Jason said:
    Hi guys,
    I have contacted you before about the airing of Dave on Freesat, I would just like to hear the views of everyone else.
    So does everyone else think that DAVE should be included on Freesat?

    All you can do to encourage Dave to join Freesat is keep contacting UKTV, but in reality the financials just don’t add up at this time as they make more from sub/advertising revenue on Sky than they would through advertising revenue alone on Sky/Freesat.

    Should they be on Freesat? Ideally yes, but Freesat has a direct competitor in the well funded pay-tv service BSkyB, where as Freeview doesn’t, so it was never in doubt that they’d gain these channels.

    If Freesat had a policy and the funding available to maybe offer the UKTV channels an incentive to join, balanced with receiver sales, then that might work, but unfortunately they cannot show favourism otherwise they’d lose more channels than they gain.

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  69. me Says:

    Don’t they show favourism to Humax ?

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  70. Dave Says:

    What about STV HD for the viewers in Scotland, come on Freesat

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  71. Mark Aberfan Aerials Says:

    steve 1 said: This is not a freesat question but freeview sorry admin.my dad had a new aerial 8 years ago and he had ALL freeview channels and since the switchover he has lost film 4 and yesterday and maybe a few others I am baffled it was better before switchover can you shed light on this please

    Hi Steve,

    There could be many reasons for this including, the frequency that the missing channels are now on could be clashing with another local transmitter or the output channel of other equipment (vcr / dvd recorder / sky box even some freeview pvr’s) or if he has grouped aerial the new frequency could be out of group. & of course the aerial could have been damaged by recent storms or even have water inside the cable.
    The Tv’s tuner could be faulty, you can check this by fitting another freeview tv or box there & see if you still have missing channels. to check for other equipment interferance take the aerial lead directly to the tv & retune.
    Good luck.

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

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  72. Angela Moore Says:

    This is a very interesting list – I emailed Disney channel earlier to ask why they won’t join Freesat – though I’m certain it’s a subscription channel.

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  73. steve 1 Says:

    Thanks mark for your input I am baffled the aerial was alright until switchover and the other boxes are the same in the house.I suppose my dad got to spend money to find out.he don’t like the missing channels that much.thanks anyway mark

    Mark Aberfan Aerials said: Hi Steve,
    There could be many reasons for this including, the frequency that the missing channels are now on could be clashing with another local transmitter or the output channel of other equipment (vcr / dvd recorder / sky box even some freeview pvr’s) or if he has grouped aerial the new frequency could be out of group. & of course the aerial could have been damaged by recent storms or even have water inside the cable.
    The Tv’s tuner could be faulty, you can check this by fitting another freeview tv or box there & see if you still have missing channels. to check for other equipment interferance take the aerial lead directly to the tv & retune.
    Good luck.
    Mark Aberfan Aerials

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  74. roger mellie Says:

    Hey guys, I got up the other morning to discover that all recordings on my HUMAX HDR had been deleted.Also a notice came on screen that my HDD was unavailable! After just over 2 years owning my HUMAX FOXSAT HDR i am very disappointed, can anyone offer any advice? I realise i am “off topic” with this post,apologies but i’m lost without the ability to record,pause live tv etc.Thank you

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  75. steve 1 Says:

    Hi admin I have sent 2 replys to mark aberfan they don’t seem to appear

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  76. admin Says:

    steve 1 said:
    Hi admin I have sent 2 replys to mark aberfan they don’t seem to appear

    Sorry about that, found a few in spam including some from Mark too.

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  77. steve 1 Says:

    Admin it seems the quote system not working.

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  78. admin Says:

    steve 1 said:
    Admin it seems the quote system not working.

    Seems fine ?

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  79. steve 1 Says:

    To mark aberfan aerials.Thanks for your advice the aerial was fine until switchover and the other freeview boxes are the same in the house.I suppose he got to spend money to find out.he don’t like the missing channels that much thanks anyway.

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  80. steve 1 Says:

    admin said: Seems fine ?

    It must be me when I use the quote system they havent appeared but when I start from scratch they do

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  81. me Says:

    H & C said:

    It may help if you contact customer services from your provider to
    express an interest in getting Horse & Country TV available to a wider
    audience.

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  82. me Says:

    Community Channel said: We’d love to be on FreeSat and have talking to FreeSat about this. FreeSat operates as a TV platform somewhat independently of its consortium members (including
    the BBC and ITV) as it builds its channel offering, much like FreeView. FreeSat are keen for us to be available on their platform but there some engineering and budget issues for us – we’re working on them though..

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  83. MYK Says:

    http://en.kingofsat.net/pos-28.2E-fta.php

    Constantly updated, and details frequencies etc.

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  84. me Says:

    UKTV said: We are afraid UKTV channels are not available on Freesat.
     
    The only channels available for free are Dave, Really and Yesterday via Freeview.
     
    We are committed to our Pay TV strategy and there are no plans to move any other channels to Freeview or Freesat at present.

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  85. admin Says:

    Kind of puts that matter to rest then, certainly until Freesat sales figures are significantly more; isn’t really a surprise though; Sky have their claws in!

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  86. Rosco Says:

    Angela Moore said:
    This is a very interesting list – I emailed Disney channel earlier to ask why they won’t join Freesat – though I’m certain it’s a subscription channel.

    Disney is a subscription channel virtually everywhere in Europe – there is no chance at all of them joining Freesat. Out of several dozen channels on multiple satellites I can only find one that is currently transmitting in the clear – and that one is on an obscure Russian satellite!

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  87. Rosco Says:

    roger mellie said:
    Hey guys, I got up the other morning to discover that all recordings on my HUMAX HDR had been deleted.Also a notice came on screen that my HDD was unavailable! After just over 2 years owning my HUMAX FOXSAT HDR i am very disappointed, can anyone offer any advice? I realise i am “off topic” with this post,apologies but i’m lost without the ability to record,pause live tv etc.Thank you

    The first thing to try with any problem is to pull the plug out of the wall socket, wait a minute then plug it back in again to alloww the box to reinitialise. You might get lucky, or the hard drive might be fritzed..

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  88. Richard Says:

    Don’t mean to be harsh but don’t think I want ANY of those channels on Freesat, they’re all rubbish! The only one I’d email about is DanceNation but their contact us link doesn’t work lol

    For me, it’s got to be the usual Dave, FilmFourHD, Channel5HD thing … and a bunch of the ITV channels in HD too. But I know I know Sky have most of this contracted or it’s unconfirmed …

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  89. me Says:

    Dance Nation announced last year that they would be on Freesat but for what ever reason failed to appear !

    Same for some other channels including some from Freesat themselves.

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  90. me Says:

    Cant understand why the ITV regions aren’t in the EPG when the BBC regions are.

    Adding these would bring the count of channels in the EPG to over 200.

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  91. admin Says:

    me said:
    Cant understand why the ITV regions aren’t in the EPG when the BBC regions are.

    ITV didn’t have the narrow beam bandwidth space available at the time. Now that has been resolved, I’d expect to see movement on them soon.

    PS – Email me if you want to continue posting Shaun!!!

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  92. roger mellie Says:

    Thanks Rosco,tried that and did a factory reset,but no joy.2years is pretty poor considering how expensive my Humax was back then.Cheers

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  93. steve 1 Says:

    Why dont you email or phone humax to see what they say they are helpful my dad’s freeview box played up they couldnt of given him more help

    roger mellie said:
    Thanks Rosco,tried that and did a factory reset,but no joy.2years is pretty poor considering how expensive my Humax was back then.Cheers

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  94. Chris Says:

    I have a plain FTA recived but now cant get channel 5 as no one publishes an upto date frequency list.

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  95. admin Says:

    Chris said:
    I have a plain FTA recived but now cant get channel 5 as no one publishes an upto date frequency list.

    Often find Flysat up to date.

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  96. Samuel Franklin Says:

    when are the itv regional channels coming to freesat in 2012?

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  97. admin Says:

    Samuel Franklin said:
    when are the itv regional channels coming to freesat in 2012?

    Answered just a few comments earlier!!!!

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  98. Mark C Says:

    Reply from LFC TV:

    Thanks for contacting Liverpool Football Club

    At the moment our focus is on three platforms, Sky, Virgin and LFC TV Online.

    FreeSat is not a platform we are currently looking to put LFC TV on as the growth of Freesat compared to Connected TV is slow and should we enter a new market, it is more likely to be the Connected one.

    If this is to change then we will let our fans know.

    Thanks for your continued support

    Kind Regards

    Laura Pugh
    Customer Experience Team

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  99. Rosco Says:

    Chris said:
    I have a plain FTA recived but now cant get channel 5 as no one publishes an upto date frequency list.

    10964 H
    22000 5/6

    Unkless you are in eastern Europe / Cyprus where they are not available :D

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  100. Matthew Says:

    People should try and focus on Discovery, specifically QUEST as its on freeview, and DMAX + 1, 2, the DMAX channels arent exactly successful, they could do with going free to view.

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  101. roger mellie Says:

    Steve 1, Yeah,i am currently doing this. Only the bog standard 1yr guarantee with my Humax, so looks like i will have to buy a new HDR or something similar.Cheers

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  102. steve 1 Says:

    Go to comet you get 2 years warranty 1 year from currys

    roger mellie said:
    Steve 1, Yeah,i am currently doing this. Only the bog standard 1yr guarantee with my Humax, so looks like i will have to buy a new HDR or something similar.Cheers

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  103. Angela Moore Says:

    “Dear Angela,

    Thank you for your email regarding Disney Channel and Freesat.

    We appreciate your ideas and will forward them on to the relevant
    department. Although there are currently no plans for a Disney Channel to
    launch on Freesat at the moment this may change in the future. We hope you
    continue to enjoy your favourite shows on Disney Channel.

    Yours faithfully,

    Disney Channels Customer Services”

    Hi this is the email I received from Disney channel – lets see if we can get them to Freesat soon.

    Angela.

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  104. Jack Says:

    Angela Moore said:
    Hi this is the email I received from Disney channel – lets see if we can get them to Freesat soon.
    Angela.

    Hmmm… I think Disney would only join Freesat once it has gone over 7 million as they make loads from Sky. More than some others I’ve heard.

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  105. B.bass Says:

    Ump movies launched on freesat,asian film channel epg308

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  106. Samuel Franklin Says:

    is pop girl +1 and tiny pop +1 coming to freesat in 2012? also is TCM and Movies 24 coming to freesat in 2012?

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  107. Samuel Franklin Says:

    is espn classic coming to freesat in 2012?

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  108. Samuel Franklin Says:

    is the travel channel coming to freesat in 2012?

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  109. admin Says:

    Samuel Franklin said:
    is the travel channel coming to freesat in 2012?

    Do you realise you ask the same questions over and over? No one will be able to confirm channels coming other than the broadcaster or when Freesat release the news.

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  110. Samuel Franklin Says:

    how about Al Jazeera Children’s Channel?

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  111. admin Says:

    Samuel Franklin said:
    how about Al Jazeera Children’s Channel?

    Ok, bored now!

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  112. Al Catraz Says:

    feedback from Ch5HD:

    Dear Al

    Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding Channel 5 HD.

    Although we do not have any current plans to launch this channel on Freesat, we are keeping the option under review for the future. Nevertheless, your interest in seeing it made available on this platform has been noted for the attention of all relevant personnel.

    Thank you for your interest in Channel 5.

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  113. Al (Original) Says:

    Al Catraz said:
    feedback from Ch5HD:
    Dear Al
    Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding Channel 5 HD.
    Although we do not have any current plans to launch this channel on Freesat, we are keeping the option under review for the future. Nevertheless, your interest in seeing it made available on this platform has been noted for the attention of all relevant personnel.
    Thank you for your interest in Channel 5.

    I got the exact same reply. Even down to the Dear Al bit!

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  114. Richard Says:

    Hi all. Had a few replies from the channels I approached.

    From Dance Nation

    Thanks for the email.

    Great to hear you enjoy Dance Nation so much.

    We’re always looking to add more channels to Freesat so will certainly bear your email and request in mind.

    You’re right Chart Show +1 will be swapped out for another channel, which we’re all busy working on, but I don’t have anything I can announce or share with you at the moment. Once we do we’ll be posting and tweeting about it. If you follow digitalspy I’m sure someone will pick it up.

    Yours,

    Will

    And from UKTV

    Thank you for your email.

    We are afraid UKTV channels are not available on Freesat.

    The only channels available for free are Dave, Really and Yesterday via Freeview.

    We are committed to our Pay TV strategy and there are no plans to move any other channels to Freeview or Freesat at present.

    We will however pass your interest in Dave being available on Freesat to the relevant UKTV team.

    Kind regards

    The UKTV Team

    And from Channel 4 (regards Film4HD)

    Thank you for contacting Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries.

    We would love Film4 HD to be available on Freesat and all other broadcast platforms, but at the moment it is only available to Virgin subscribers. We
    hope this will change in the future, so please keep an eye on the website below:

    http://www.film4.com

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact us here at Channel 4 and for your interest in our programming.

    Regards,

    Sandra Carter
    Channel 4 Viewer Enquiries

    And from Channel 5 regards their HD channel not had a reply yet :)

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  115. Archie Says:

    Interesting….. Sony TV have put this up yesterday on their Facebook page “Sony TV (UK) No news on Freeview or Freesat just yet Brian but we’re continuously looking at new platforms. We’ll let you know as soon as there’s any news. Thanks for your enquiry.” – At least shows interest and hasn’t ruled out the platform completely.

    Keep posting on their page peeps and lets get at least one channel on freesat!!!…Maybe…

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  116. dave Says:

    hi i have contacted sony tv and they said that continusly looking at new platforms and will be intouch soon i hope they do
    i would like uktv to look at this aswell and listen to people who are looking to watch there channels .SOME NEW CHANNELS IN 2012 COME ON ……

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  117. anthony Says:

    It would be nice for free-to-view encrypted channels via sky card to be available thru freesat to give the platform a boost.

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  118. admin Says:

    anthony said:
    It would be nice for free-to-view encrypted channels via sky card to be available thru freesat to give the platform a boost.

    That isn’t possible because Freesat (as a default) doesn’t have a decoder service, so can’t unblock the NDS encryption. In any case, there are only 3 channels, Pick TV, Liverpool FC TV and VIVA

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  119. anthony Says:

    Motorstv is also ftv encrypted via skycard. What the point of free-to-view encryption when you can get more viewers on a free-to-air unencrypted basis? It’s costly to encrypt and be on skys epg to exist on satellite with only free to view type viewers as your audience,when you can get more audience on a clear unencrypted free to view basis via freesat.

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  120. dave Says:

    i agree anthony also theres sony tv channel thats free on sky even if you dont subscribe .i hope this channel comes to freesat soon
    come on freesat give us a boost

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  121. Freedyounis Says:

    What next channel coming on freesat?

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  122. Josh Welby Says:

    Regarding Quest TV, it is available Free on Freeview Channel Number 38,
    so just get a cheap Freeview HD box if your TV does not have the Freeview service built-in, Quest TV+ is only available through a Sky Subscription
    and is on Sky Channel Number 167

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  123. Archie Says:

    Josh Welby said:
    Regarding Quest TV, it is available Free on Freeview Channel Number 38,
    so just get a cheap Freeview HD box if your TV does not have the Freeview service built-in, Quest TV+ is only available through a Sky Subscription
    and is on Sky Channel Number 167

    Freeview to me is awful picture quality with too much crammed in at the expense of quality, thus I have chosen freesat. I really want to watch Quest TV, VIVA and DAVE …. even REALLY … yes really :) – Just can’t cope with the bad quality. I just don’t understand why UKTV doesn’t use DAVE as a showcase type channel on freesat in the same way they do for Freeview. Use it to advertise their pay channels and such. Same with MTV (VIVA) and Discovery (Quest) – these two would thrive on freesat being the only comedy/ music and documentary type channels on the platform.

    I have heard the excuse that they are Pay, yeah that may be true, but by providing them for free on one platform, they have, IMO, undermined that.

    Oh well, All this because I wanted to watch new Red dwarf on freesat! COME ON DAVE….JOIN US!!!!

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  124. Stuart Roulstone Says:

    I’ve contacted Motors TV and Viva with regards to dropping their encryption and becoming free to air or preferably becoming part of the Freesat epg but I am still waiting for a reply.

    I’ve also contacted The Travel Channel to enquire whether they would become part of the Freesat epg in the future as they currently broadcast in the clear, but again, no reply as yet.

    However, Liverpool FC TV and Channel 5 HD did respond but with a stock answer, remarkably similar to a previously posted response but a response never the less.

    I know these channels may have a limited appeal but I’m thinking of areas where the Freesat offering can be widened to attract potential buyers with the emphasis on dedicated sports channels.

    Unfortunately, in the case of Liverpool FC TV, they are looking at Connected TV as an option which I presume would require a subscription. So perhaps its days of being free are numbered?

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  125. Conor Says:

    5 HD may becoming to freesat in aprill or may of this year but not to freeview due to channel five sponsoring freesat in 2012 and they will want to maximise that

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  126. Conor Says:

    I hav herd that 1 to 2 million freeview customers may have to come to freesat late 2012 early 2013 due to 4g interfearing with freeview boxes and 4g operators to stumped up for the customers whitch are effected so dave quest and yesterday and pick.tv and skynews will may be forced on to freesat and other platforms due to falling revenue on freeview platform and maybe challenge also

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  127. admin Says:

    Conor said:
    5 HD may becoming to freesat in aprill or may of this year but not to freeview due to channel five sponsoring freesat in 2012 and they will want to maximise that

    Channel 5 HD are still in contract until June/July so unlikely to appear earlier, plus their decision to not appear on Freeview has nothing to do with sponsership deals with Freesat.

    Conor said:
    I hav herd that 1 to 2 million freeview customers may have to come to freesat late 2012 early 2013 due to 4g interfearing with freeview boxes and 4g operators to stumped up for the customers whitch are effected so dave quest and yesterday and pick.tv and skynews will may be forced on to freesat and other platforms due to falling revenue on freeview platform and maybe challenge also

    Existing broadcasters on Freeview won’t be forced on to Freesat, they can’t. Some very unusual assumptions there, it has to be said.

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  128. martin Says:

    i e mailed uk tv and made it clear that i was not impresed about favoring freeviwe and sky over freesat and asked them to show the same respect that they shown to freeviwe to freesat as well they gave the same reply as a few of you had so no change there then

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  129. Archie Says:

    martin said:
    i e mailed uk tvand made it clear that i was not impresed about favoring freeviwe and sky over freesat and asked them to show the same respect that they shown to freeviweto freesat as well they gave the same reply as a few of you had so no change there then

    Beginning to wonder if their real strategy regarding freeview is to just block other channels from taking slots on behalf of sky (random and probs clutching at straws lol) Why else would a channel broadcast fta on one platform and not on another which involves next to no extra cost? And I was hoping the recent buyout of Virgin Media’s UKTV stake by Scripps would actually come to something good!!!

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  130. Matthew Says:

    DMAX is free to air in Germany, might be worth asking them pointing out this fact and also that being on freesat will boost the mediocre ratings stuff receives on their 3 channels a bit, enough to offset sub revenue at least.

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  131. SamuelFranklin Says:

    this is my reply from movies 24

    At present we have no plans to bring Movies 24 to Freesat although it may be something we look at in the future. We hope you continue to enjoy Syfy Channel.

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  132. anthony Says:

    It

    Matthew said:
    DMAX is free to air in Germany, might be worth asking them pointing out this fact and also that being on freesat will boost the mediocre ratings stuff receives on their 3 channels a bit, enough to offset sub revenue at least.

    Dmax may be free over there but is it in english though?

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  133. Ash Says:

    Movies 24 is owned by Universal.

    As Universal also broadcast SyFy, Universal, E! Entertainment and Style Network, all of which have been pay channels from day one (just like Movies 24) I think the odds of them joining Freesat are very slim :-(

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  134. anonymous Says:

    DMAX is free to air in Germany but of course in German! On the German Television you have a huge variety of FTA Channels (Eurosport etc.) and you are able to watch most sport events live and on Free TV Channels. This offer could be very interesting for people who wants to see many sport events live and for free. http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000KPWH4M/ref=nosim?tag=joinfreesat-21

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  135. psmiddx Says:

    The whole shame of these threads are, that there are virtually NO documentary/interest channels, like Discovery etc mentioned. This is down to both BBC and ITV really – they could easily have a channel not unlike ‘Yesterday’ on freeview (Which still falls short of being a true documentary channel, as it shows ‘Catherine Cookson’ dramatisations, Last of the Summer Wine etc). The wealth of documentaries, new and old but both the ITV/BBC and channel 4 (Secret History, Cutting Edge, Dispatches etc.) means they could seriously challenge Sky/Sky’s package – don’t know why they wouldn’t want to do this. Also BT Vision has a good ‘mix’ of films etc – apart from Film 4 on Freeview, there’s nothing like this on Freeview or Freesat. I think is very madly and badly missed by both the channels in question and a lot of the people who like these channels, normally, after coming off Sky (As I did – I’n not bothered anout Sport!)

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  136. Capvermell Says:

    I recently (January 2013) helped one of my close relatives purchase a new tv – a Panasonic TX-P42GT50B – which has both Freeview and Freesat tuners built in and is supposed to be a smart tv except that the only catch up tv app it has is BBC Iplayer plus an Internet Browser that by luck currently supports ITV Player and old programs on C4OD from two or more years ago but not recent C4OD programs. Demand 5 unfortunately does not work at all in the Panasonic Web Browser and simply makes it lock up. So much for Smart Tvs and in January 2013 I found this to be pretty much a disgrace.

    On the Freesat side of things life is a bit better though as although its not implemented by default when you set up the tv if you manually go to the Freesat menu and the non Freesat channels menu within that you can then do a scan which creates an additional input source of “other satellite”. You can then sub select from the channels scanned channels you want in your channel list and from that also create a favourites list which unlike the wretched Freesat favourites list can be sorted in to alphabetical order or any other order you fancy. The only downside is there is no EPG of any kind. How it is very easy to get in to this list by just pressing the TV button on the panasonic remote and you can even flip between a non fressat sat channel and a freesat channel or freeview channel by pressing the change to last channel viewed button.

    Coming back to this thread well the impossible actually happened and Sky decided to add Sky News, Pick Tv and Challenge but annoyingly not PickTv+1 and Challenge+1, which surely at least says something about the regard which Sky News in particular (who have to work very hard to find new viewers due to their dry subject matter) hold the more serious minded Freesat audience in. Why did they not bother With PickTV+1 and Challenge+1? Was it really down to money. Or is it to stick two fingers in the air at Freesat viewers by reminding them Sky has these channels but that the service will still be inferior to that of a Sky box. Anyhow I added PickTv+1 and Challenge+1 in the Other Sat list favourites of the Panasonic but I know from a firend’s Humax box that using non Freesat mode on that is a complete and utter nightmare where hundreds of junk channels (Mosaic et al) are also stored. For some reason the Panasonic Other Satellite Mode is comparatively intelligent and doesn’t store any of those junk channels and all the junk channels with a black screen. It does however store a few FTV channels like Motors Tv even though I told it I only wanted FTA channels in the scan it did.

    Lastly I see that Wedding Tv is no longer in the Freesat EPG. Unless my memory is very defective I could have sworn that it was on Freesat from its earliest days so if they have decided not to go on paying that is quite serious. Also still no C5 HD + the stupidity of ITV only putting ITV2 to 4 HD and their +1 equivalents on Sky encrypted simply makes my blood boil. Do they have a death wish or something by making a pact with Satan (aka Sky) which should surely be their deadliest enemy.

    Also finally like many here I particularly cannot believe the Travel Channel not having an EPG listing on Freesat when it has always been FTA and is really one of the very best FTA channels available on the Astra satellite at 28 degrees East outside the main BBC, ITV etc offerings. Are Sky paying them to keep off Freesat or something? It really makes no sense to me. I can understand weird channels like Sumo Tv and My Channel not being on Freesat but I am mystified as to why the Travel Channel is not?????????

    Unfortunately with the launch of YouView for Freeview but the joke Freeview Freetime for Freesat still not working for C4OD or Five and also not giving access to any pay channels for customers wanting to buy extra content away from Sky I think the game is more or less up for Freesat and I can only see it being saved by a takeover by You View and YouView then offering boxes with both Freeview and Freesat tuners as a kind of all out war by non Sky content providers on Sky and to a lesser extent Virgin.

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  137. Angela Says:

    Really, Dave, Yesterday, Quest need to join Freesat.

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