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Jun 10 2014

Forces TV to launch on FreesatFreesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, and the Services Sound and Vision Corporation today announce the addition of Forces TV to Freesat’s line-up on channel 652.

Forces TV is a new channel launching in the UK and is the only TV channel devoted to the armed forces and the world of defence. The channel covers a wide range of reports, features, live events, human interest stories, documentaries, interviews and competitions.

Emma Scott, Freesat’s Managing Director, commented:

We’re proud to add Forces TV to our line-up of Special Interest channels and expect it to be popular particularly for anyone with a connection to the UK Armed Forces. This new channel means that the breadth of choice for our viewers, for free, has never been more varied.

SSVC Chief Executive Nick Pollard said:

Our teams have been working alongside the services for years and have an unrivaled and independent understanding of the UK’s armed forces. The new channel will bring the UK viewer a 24-hour-a-day picture of everything the forces are doing with great access behind the scenes, allowing the public to see an unprecedented picture of the military world. It’ll be full of unique insights and essential viewing for everyone who wants to understand what the armed forces are doing.

The Prime Minister has welcomed the new channel. David Cameron said:

As more of our troops come home, it is vital that we do not lose touch with the amazing contribution that our armed forces have made and continue to make. We cannot forget them; we have to always remember the sacrifices they make. I am sure Forces TV will provide that vital link between the public and our service men and women and I wish it every success.

The addition of Forces TV further strengthens Freesat’s already 200 strong channel offering, connecting viewers with the programmes that are important to them, without a subscription fee.

14 Responses to “Forces TV to launch on Freesat”

  1. Anthony Says:

    Will this be on Eutelsat 28A across Europe at 28.5degE or Astra 2’s Pan European beam at 28.2degE?

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  2. Neil Says:

    Anthony said:
    Will this be on Eutelsat 28A across Europe at 28.5degE or Astra 2′s Pan European beam at 28.2degE?

    It’s on Astra 2F’s PE TP so available across Europe.

    Nice to see another channel launch. Forces TV will hopefully show some interesting documentaries too.

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  3. stonedimmaculate62 Says:

    Suppose a new angle for recruitment drive. I do believe some areas of the forces are struggling for new recruits. If I was 18 again, I would not join. Once your broken the forces don’t seem to care anymore apart from the RBL. Any way good addition to the platform.

    Keep them coming.

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  4. CMD Says:

    Needs to be added to the Channels page on this site

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  5. Anthony Says:

    Watched it last night, rather interesting too. Something fresh and rather different for the Freesat platform.

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  6. Jase Says:

    I’m getting ‘No Signal’ for 652. It’s showing Forces TV and programme information on the pop-up EPG but no video or audio. Anyone else having this problem?

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  7. Neil Says:

    Jase said:
    I’m getting ‘No Signal’ for 652. It’s showing Forces TV and programme information on the pop-up EPG but no video or audio. Anyone else having this problem?

    Seems fine to me.

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  8. Michael Says:

    Jase said:
    I’m getting ‘No Signal’ for 652. It’s showing Forces TV and programme information on the pop-up EPG but no video or audio. Anyone else having this problem?

    Fine here too.

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  9. Keith Says:

    Jase said:
    I’m getting ‘No Signal’ for 652. It’s showing Forces TV and programme information on the pop-up EPG but no video or audio. Anyone else having this problem?

    Working fine here.

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  10. CMD Says:

    Food Network, Food Network +1 and Travel Channel have moved from Lifestyle to Entertainment EPG 149-151

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  11. Neil Says:

    CMD said:
    Food Network, Food Network +1 and Travel Channel have moved from Lifestyle to Entertainment EPG 149-151

    I wonder if they will now shuffle up the remaining lifestyle genre channels (408, 409 and 410)?

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  12. Digiwatcher Says:

    I wonder what channel 133 is being reserved for

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  13. lovinthetelly Says:

    Zing has also moved today – from 509 to 663.
    Inspiration TV (690) removed.

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  14. Neil Says:

    Digiwatcher said:
    I wonder what channel 133 is being reserved for

    Channel 5 HD – maybe one day!

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