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Dec 06 2011

Channel 5(official Freesat press release)

Freesat announced that it is adding a range of popular channels from Channel 5 to the platform from today, Tuesday 6th December: Channel 5 +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, 5* and 5* +1.

Freesat viewers will be able to watch some of the best comedy, sport, classic American action movies and popular dramas on 5USA including CSI New York, Numbers and Law and Order. The addition of 5* to the service will ensure that Freesat viewers have access to great soaps, films, entertainment, drama and documentaries with shows such as Alphas, Malcolm In The Middle and Sex and the City aired on the channel.

Adding Channels 5 +1, 5USA +1 and 5* +1 means that Freesat viewers can watch shows an hour after they’ve transmitted – adding to the flexibility Freesat viewers already have in watching their favourite programmes.

Emma Scott, Freesat Managing Director said:

We know that Channel 5’s wide range of digital channels are hugely popular and adding them to the Freesat platform is a fantastic development for us and our customers. These additions further strengthen our entertainment genre as we continue to bring greater subscription-free choice to audiences right across the UK.

Jeff Ford, Channel 5′s Director of Programmes commented:

We are extremely proud of where Channel 5 currently sits in terms of viewers, commercial opportunities and the spread of its content across a variety of platforms. Our exciting portfolio of channels has huge appeal with audiences and the addition of Channel 5 + 1, 5* + 1 and 5USA + 1 on DTT and satellite will no doubt be welcomed by viewers wanting another means to keep up with their favourite shows.

Channel 5 +1 will be available on Channel 128, 5USA on Channel 129, 5USA +1 on Channel 130, 5* on Channel 131 and 5* +1 on Channel 132.

113 Responses to “Freesat adds five more channels from Channel 5”

  1. John Naylor Says:

    Great news!

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  2. Andy D Says:

    Here at last. Excellent.

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  3. James B Says:

    is the big launch at lunchtime?

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  4. stu Says:

    i reckon the launch is lunch seeing as the programming on 5* and 5 us is all teleshopping in the morning lol

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  5. admin Says:

    James B said:
    is the big launch at lunchtime?

    Yep, usually around then or 11am, but could be any time of day really.

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  6. Beest Says:

    Anything official re time?

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  7. Beest Says:

    Sorry, must have been typing at same time as admin!

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  8. James B Says:

    Right, freesat twitter says lunchtime… having already gone through the EPG and tried series links, some problems

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  9. B MARTIN Says:

    Hi there this is Not working at my postcode yet?

    Also another point is I can’t get ITV Player on demand on channel 903 as advertised on your information service on either of my 2 Humax Freesat recievers I have 2 one with the Hard Drive and one without.

    I can however get the BBC-i player though through my internet connection on the Freesat Humax with the Hard drive on it.

    I have said before this appears to be somewhat of a postcode lottery as with my postcode I am forced to watch Aberdeen’s local news on STV but reside in Tayside?

    This is hardly progress more of a backward step but I blame Murdock at $ky for this.

    My Postcode is DD short for Dundee not AB for Aberdeen.

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  10. Al Catraz Says:

    good news! no need to switch to freeview at all now! unless I’m really desperate for something to watch and have to resort to “dave”! ;)

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  11. Al Catraz Says:

    Al Catraz said: good news! no need to switch to freeview at all now! unless I’m really desperate for something to watch and have to resort to “dave”!

    hey admin – just noticed the “quote” box – nice one!

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  12. admin Says:

    B MARTIN said:
    Hi there this is Not working at my postcode yet?

    Also another point is I can’t get ITV Player on demand on channel 903 as advertised on your information service on either of my 2 Humax Freesat recievers I have 2 one with the Hard Drive and one without.

    I can howeverget the BBC-i player though through my internet connection on the Freesat Humax with the Hard drive on it.

    I have said before this appears to be somewhat of a postcode lottery as with my postcode I am forced to watch Aberdeen’s local news on STV but reside in Tayside?

    This is hardly progress more of a backward step but I blame Murdock at $ky for this.

    My Postcode is DD short for Dundee not AB for Aberdeen.

    The channels usually launch around midday, as per the comments above!

    ITV Player only available on Humax receivers at this time; some more to follow once official released.

    If your postcode is assigned to Aberdeen, maybe try another postcode more central to the region you want, as that might help.

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  13. admin Says:

    Al Catraz said: hey admin – just noticed the “quote” box – nice one!

    Been there a week, keep up haha ;)

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  14. Wouter Says:

    great , now just the HD versions to add, and Freesat is almost perfect.
    (oh and the possibility to put the HD channels on the SD channel number slots)

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  15. Beest Says:

    Astra 1N has a HD slot at 11052.75 H 22000 5/6. It currently has a number for a channel name but is ascribed to Freesat. Now I wonder what that will be for?

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  16. Steve 2 Says:

    Beest said:
    Astra 1N has a HD slot at 11052.75 H 22000 5/6. It currently has a number for a channel name but is ascribed to Freesat. Now I wonder what that will be for?

    STVHD?

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  17. B Martin Says:

    Re admin comment @ 12 I clearly stated it is Humax recievers I am using!

    So why the reply only available on Humax Recievers?

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  18. B Martin Says:

    Re 17 above and 12 admins reply.

    I am talking about the ITV Player being only available on Humax recievers which I have and cannot get!

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  19. admin Says:

    B Martin said:
    Re admin comment @ 12 I clearly stated it is Humax recievers I am using!

    So why the reply only available on Humax Recievers?

    Apologies, missed that bit, have quite a lot to do! Not sure why you are not receiving ITV Player when accessing through channel 903. You should probably contact Freesat to find out, as you’ve raised the question on a post regarding Channel 5!

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  20. Mark Says:

    Why not the more modern and more capable Samsung SMT-S7800?

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  21. admin Says:

    Mark said:
    Why not the more modern and more capable Samsung SMT-S7800?

    Why not what? ITV Player? Because Freesat and Humax have a technical relationship to alpha and beta test new services; Samsung I suspect lack willingness to support their products, let alone assist with new service development.

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  22. James B Says:

    Humax were one of the first companies to work with Freesat and brought out the first freesat+ box. I believe this relationship is mutually beneficial to both parties, in terms of testing for freesat. I wonder when their new freesat+ box will come out?

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  23. B Martin Says:

    Re your answer @ 19

    I have sent an email to Humax to see why there is a problem and not getting ITV Player,

    I have been down this road before with Freesat and never got decent answer just something about STV not paying the money but why I can recieve it on a PS 3 and not my Humax kind of blows this out of the water?

    Sorry about talking about the wrong subject but I thought I would just mention it to see if there was anyone else having these problems.

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  24. admin Says:

    B Martin said:
    Re your answer @ 19

    I have sent an email to Humax to see why there is a problem and not getting ITV Player,

    I have been down this road before with Freesat and never got decent answer just something about STV not paying the money but why I can recieve it on a PS 3 and not my Humax kind of blows this out of the water?

    Sorry about talking about the wrong subject but I thought I would just mention it to see if there was anyone else having these problems.

    That explains it, your postcode deems that you are based in the Scottish region and therefore fall under STV control, not ITV, and they don’t have shared broadcasting rights. Your PS3 doesn’t have this issue because it isn’t geographically assigned to your set location. You’d be best carrying out a factory reset and changing your postcode to an alternative English postcode and you’ll then have access.

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  25. Beest Says:

    It’s gone 12 and I just did a channel search and……. nothing.

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  26. James B Says:

    @Admin, I am in the Scottish Television region, and get itvplayer. STV have concluded a rights deal which allows this in the STV region on devices such as freesat and BTVision.

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  27. James B Says:

    perhaps its a sw issue. I have other friends who have freesat who get it with an STV postcode

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  28. Paul B Says:

    B MARTIN said: Hi there this is Not working at my postcode yet? Also another point is I can’t get ITV Player on demand on channel 903 as advertised on your information service on either of my 2 Humax Freesat recievers I have 2 one with the Hard Drive and one without.I can however get the BBC-i player though through my internet connection on the Freesat Humax with the Hard drive on it. I have said before this appears to be somewhat of a postcode lottery as with my postcode I am forced to watch Aberdeen’s local news on STV but reside in Tayside?This is hardly progress more of a backward step but I blame Murdock at $ky for this.My Postcode is DD short for Dundee not AB for Aberdeen.

    The Tayside sub-region for STV isn’t available on satellite (Freesat or Sky) as it’s not on any transponder. STV only broadcast Central East, Central West and “Grampian” North on satellite. STV Tayside is only available on Cable and DTT.

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  29. Mark Says:

    Just unplugged and plugged my Bush receiver. Nothing yet. I reckon that Freesat will tell us Twitter users when they are added

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  30. Beest Says:

    My last comment was referencing the thread comment

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  31. admin Says:

    Mark said:
    Just unplugged and plugged my Bush receiver. Nothing yet. I reckon that Freesat will tell us Twitter users when they are added

    We’ll notify you all via the update scan when available.

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  32. James B Says:

    Paul B said: The Tayside sub-region for STV isn’t available on satellite (Freesat or Sky) as it’s not on any transponder.STV only broadcast Central East, Central West and “Grampian” North on satellite. STV Tayside is only available on Cable and DTT.

    Dundee micro-region, I wonder if any will continue post 2012 ITV nations and regions review.

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  33. Dave Says:

    Yippee !

    Now we need Channel5 HD…. any news on that front ?

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  34. James B Says:

    their website says they are working on it, the freeview 5HD launch is June/July, so about then. I suspect the SKY exclusivity deal was keeping it off freeview/freesat

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  35. dusty Says:

    Half 12 and no additional 5′s?

    Great to see more channels coming to freesat!!

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  36. ????? Says:

    James B said: Humax were one of the first companies to work with Freesat and brought out the first freesat+ box. I believe this relationship is mutually beneficial to both parties, in terms of testing for freesat. I wonder when their new freesat+ box will come out?

    I believe that Humax has a deal with Freesat, and during testing that ITV player works on their equipment, and not others, agrees and no further mods to the software is carried out, thus anyone wishing to have ITV Player, etc will purchase an additional box from Humax, which in turns increases Freesat’s figures.

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  37. Freeviewer Says:

    dusty said: Half 12 and no additional 5′s?Great to see more channels coming to freesat!!

    Channel 5+1 was on Freeview this morning when switched on, but no sign on Freesat !!!

    So two new channels (and three time shift channels), I expect will arrive sometime today.

    Was kinda hoping that 5HD and Demand 5 would follow, but no !

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  38. Richard Crichton Says:

    How is Freeview finding the space for all these extra channels? They have to shut down the BBC Radio stations when BBC Alba is on the air. I suppose it means even worse picture quality on Freeview, another reason to change to Freesat.

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  39. Kim Says:

    Will this include Wales? I’ve done a few retunes but so far no new channels :(

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  40. Mark Says:

    Kim.
    It will include us in Wales. The channels are not on anyone’s epg yet

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  41. Kim Says:

    Oh right ok thanks

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  42. Martin Pugh Says:

    13.25 hrs I have just done an update scan, nothing of the new channels yet here in North Wales, when will we get them?

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  43. James B Says:

    A late l(a)unch?

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  44. Martin Says:

    Who said miday just did a retune and lost sky news and gess what no five star no five USA not happy who said miday

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  45. Martin Pugh Says:

    Should have mentioned Humax FOXSAT-HDR box.

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  46. Mark Says:

    nothing on Bush HD either at 13.30, also North Wales although location shouldn’t matter.

    I’m off to school xmas play now. Hopefully it will be on when I return in an hour ish (unless wife has plans for me!)

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  47. David Says:

    Hi,

    Just checked for Channel 5+1 and nothing there, re-tuned, still nothing, (but lost everything in the Schedule) :-(

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  48. wayne Says:

    hi.
    there all on now as of 13.40

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  49. stu Says:

    there on now

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  50. Kim Says:

    You guys should get it soon or now, just did another rescan and all channels are now there :)

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  51. dusty Says:

    Woo the channels have landed!!!!

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  52. Martin Pugh Says:

    Yes, just re-tuned and they are all there

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  53. Beest Says:

    5+1 with a level of 80 and a quality of 11.2 good stuff for my location using a TS HDFS

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  54. B Martin Says:

    Re The Administrators answer @24 is not correct, The reply @26 stated so,

    Furthermore why should I be forced to have to watch a postcode which is not relevant to my area just to accomadate this? The point is I am getting short changed here!

    To make matters worse you also stated it would work OK on my PS 3 because the PS3 doesn’t have this issue because it isn’t geographically assigned to your set location.

    Again this is not true as I had to put in my postcode on the PS 3 to tell it where I reside to get the proper channels for this area?

    So if the PS 3 can do it why can’t Freesat?

    I appreciate that this is not your subject but I feel perhaps this should be raised somewhere so others can sort this short measure out.

    By the way anyone having problems with the system hanging on the Guide page and another issue is the subtitles coming on if you use the TSR which means it can’t be turned off later as you are now in the TSR mode on the Humax?

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  55. admin Says:

    B Martin said:
    Re The Administrators answer @24is not correct, The reply @26 stated so,

    Furthermore why should I be forced to have to watch a postcode which is not relevant to my area just to accomadate this?The point is I am getting short changed here!

    Wasn’t aware of the STV rights being resolved, so thanks for continually pulling up my mistakes! ;)

    Suggest you speak to STV/ITV about your postcode concerned, because ultimately it is their decision what regions they assign specific local news to, it isn’t the responsibility of Freesat!

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  56. Martin Pugh Says:

    I for one think the Joinfreesat team provide a fantastic service to us , if they were not here where would we get our info from? They have my full support, they cannot be expected to get it right all of the time, but lets all thank them for what they do.

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  57. David Says:

    Martin Pugh said:
    I for one think the Joinfreesat team provide a fantastic service to us , if they were not here where would we get our info from?They have my full support, they cannot be expected to get it right all of the time, but lets all thank them for what they do.

    I agree! Thank you so much for this service Joinfreesat team, I appreciate it for one !!!!

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  58. admin Says:

    ^^^ paid commenter’s ;)

    Thanks for your kind words guys, your making me blush! :D

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  59. stu Says:

    i agree you guys provide an excellent service :)

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  60. admin Says:

    stu said:
    i agree you guys provide an excellent service :)

    hehe, the power of one!

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  61. Tony Says:

    Whilst the back patting is in flow, I would also like to offer my own
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    The info is right up to date and very correct so far.
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  62. Neil Says:

    Great news to finally see the C5 family of channels on the platform, for me I’d say it’s complete of all the most popular channels available on other platforms FTA (with the obvious exception of a well known channel by the name of someone but that’s been discussed to death!!).

    Good on Desmond for finally bringing these channels over and to SES for loaning us the Satellite with the footprint to allow them to do it! Sky’s FSFS isn’t worth the plastic the card is made from now :) :)

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  63. Kevin Ver1 Says:

    Please to be able to report the new C5 channels have popped up on my Bush Freesat box. Like others I am getting a good signal. Just a shame there is little I want to watch! Never mind my missus will be pleased to be able to watch repeats of Hotel Inspector.

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  64. Steve Mcqueen Says:

    Great cant get any of the new channels think ill go back to freeview

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  65. Brian Damage Says:

    I wonder what they are saving channel 127 for? ;-)

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  66. antony Says:

    any chance of alpha’s series repeat from the beginning please for the freesat followers! series nearly finished was this any good?

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  67. paul north wales Says:

    brilliant, we have our channels

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  68. steve 1 Says:

    Admin the channel 999 is a joke they tell us after the event.your website is very good its bang up to date.channel 999 needs to take lessons its telling us only now about the 5 family joining.why can’t they get there act together for people without internet like the elderly with up and coming news?

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  69. admin Says:

    steve 1 said:
    Admin the channel 999 is a joke they tell us after the event.your website is very good its bang up to date.channel 999 needs to take lessons its telling us only now about the 5 family joining.why can’t they get there act together for people without internet like the elderly with up and coming news?

    I unfortunately don’t have an answer for that one and have mentioned it to them before. I don’t know who actually controls the updates on their channel and how long it takes to launch info on there, but clearly it isn’t fast enough.

    When it comes around to the next request for questions to ask Emma Scott, make sure you mention it and I’ll ask her directly.

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  70. steve 1 Says:

    Nice one admin

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  71. Freeviewer Says:

    It’s not just channel 999 that’s not up to date…. their website is, despite requests from the ASA to change.

    http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?p=55142866#post55142866

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  72. Fluffy Says:

    Nicely written

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  73. Brendan mcallister Says:

    I have a grundig box i recieve the new 5 on epg but there is no signal,is it my type of box i have changad post codes 3 times and retuned. still the same!! i live in n/ireland

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  74. Jill Says:

    Freeviewer said:
    It’s not just channel 999 that’s not up to date…. their website is, despite requests from the ASA to change.

    http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/showthread.php?p=55142866#post55142866

    They’ve now changed.

    Product info no longer displaying the ‘On Demand’ Logo.

    Those capable of receiving BBC iplayer now displaying ‘BBC iplayer’ logo,
    those capable of receiving ITV player now displaying ‘ITV player logo’.

    Well done Freeviewer for getting the ASA involved…. now perhaps Freesat will soon sort out the services fro all Freesat products, instead of misleading.

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  75. peterhb Says:

    @jill
    As you say this is at least some improvement.
    There is still a lot of confusion out there, and people buying set top boxes and so called ‘intelligent’ TVs expecting to be able to get on demand services are likely to be disappointed and confused. Different manufacturers are all going in their own direction and offering a host of different options, presumably it’s some sort of competition?
    A more sensible approach would be for there to be a ‘basic’ group of programme players covering the five main channels with other options on top as per the manufacturer’s ideas.
    Time we got some sense into this area and provided decent customer service.

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  76. Neil Says:

    admin: perhaps they should just put a link to your site on page 999!!

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  77. andy dulson Says:

    there is a good channel on freeview called “yesterday” i would love to see that on freesat. loads of good programmes. will that ever be added

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  78. admin Says:

    Neil said:
    admin: perhaps they should just put a link to your site on page 999!!

    I will suggest it, sure that will go down well ;)

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  79. steve 1 Says:

    Yesterday channel use to be history channel its part of the uktv group so tied into sky so not looking good really

    andy dulson said:
    there is a good channel on freeview called “yesterday”i would love to see that on freesat.loads of good programmes.will that ever be added

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  80. andy dulson Says:

    thanks steve 1

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  81. steve 1 Says:

    One day maybe hopefully its not a complete no

    andy dulson said:
    thanks steve 1

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  82. Neil Says:

    andy dulson said:
    there is a good channel on freeview called “yesterday”i would love to see that on freesat.loads of good programmes.will that ever be added

    All I can suggest Andy is you email UKTV to ask them if they’ll ever add it. They are tied in to a Sky Encryption contract but if they are aware of demand then you never know!

    Personally and in the long term I can see them adding all their FTA offerings on Freeview to Freesat but we don’t know the contractual arrangements between UKTV and Sky + we’ve all discussed this one on here to death! I think one day there will be an announcement when it happens, whether that’s in a Month or 3yrs from now is anyone’s guess.

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  83. steve 1 Says:

    Basically its what I said neil.

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  84. Neil Says:

    steve 1 said:
    Basically its what I said neil.

    Yep, just wanted to give Andy a bit more info on it as he’s not one of the more familier names on here so may not be aware of the complexities, nothing personal Steve!

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  85. steve 1 Says:

    No worries neil I do like coming on this forum its good to bang ideas off each other.its good to have 5us and 5* now for other people but its not my cup of tea.the main channel has a few ok programmes like gadget show ; 5 gear hotel inspector but that’s it really for me.

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  86. admin Says:

    When will Dave be available ;) :D

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  87. steve 1 Says:

    Have you been drinking admin on your night shift!

    admin said:
    When will Dave be available

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  88. steve 1 Says:

    I’ve got a good idea a freesat app for smartphones

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  89. admin Says:

    steve 1 said:
    Have you been drinking admin on your night shift!

    Don’t drink, but just thought I’d join in ;)

    steve 1 said:
    I’ve got a good idea a freesat app for smartphones

    What would the app do, might be interested in setting it up ;)

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  90. steve 1 Says:

    A app is very useful it saves you time not going to the website.amazon has one and I go shopping on it.but it would be up to freesat how good they create it

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  91. steve 1 Says:

    A app could give details like news ;freesat tv guide etc

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  92. Neil Says:

    Steve, I’ve got the JF RSS feed on my phone, the phone is set up to update all my RSS feeds every four hours and as so if there’s a new article posted I will see it amongst my other feeds. It beats Freesat’s info page for speed!!

    admin: I was thinking last night, in total how many channels have been added this year and how many deleted? I can only think of Absolute Classic Rock but sure there’s probably another. It’s definitely been the best year so far for platform channel additions. 4HD, NHK HD and the C5 services have all joined amongst a few others like Massive R’n’B, CCTV etc.

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  93. admin Says:

    Neil said:
    admin: I was thinking last night, in total how many channels have been added this year and how many deleted? I can only think of Absolute Classic Rock but sure there’s probably another. It’s definitely been the best year so far for platform channel additions. 4HD, NHK HD and the C5 services have all joined amongst a few others like Massive R’n’B, CCTV etc.

    21 added (including on-demand) and 3 removed, of which Wedding TV returned a few weeks later; the 2 others were Absolute Classic Rock and Thane Direct.

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  94. steve 1 Says:

    I don’t know how much a app would cost to set up I suppose freesat needs to save money and make money not spend money.I think it would be a luxury I think admin.

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  95. Neil Says:

    admin said: 21 added (including on-demand) and 3 removed, of which Wedding TV returned a few weeks later; the 2 others were Absolute Classic Rock and Thane Direct.

    Ah yes, forgot about Thane Direct. NHK SD shutdown too but the HD version is still available so not technically a removal (not for HD viewers anyway). That’s pretty good if you want my opinion, have you included Wedding TV’s return in that 21?

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  96. admin Says:

    Neil said: Ah yes, forgot about Thane Direct. NHK SD shutdown too but the HD version is still available so not technically a removal (not for HD viewers anyway). That’s pretty good if you want my opinion, have you included Wedding TV’s return in that 21?

    Yep, includes Wedding TV. It was a quick count up based on update scans, but should be bang on. Very good year for Freesat.

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  97. Neil Says:

    So 20 up and 2 down, excellent! My calculations make it that Freesat has an extra £658,000 (ex VAT) in it’s coffers to put back in to advertising and the general running of the platform from these additions. I notice watching E4 too earlier that this Christmas’s ad campaign isn’t just limited to the ITV channels. I realised they were running on C5′s channels as it’s only natural to run them on there with the high profile additions last week but this time they are also running across C4′s channels too. Previously I’ve only seen Freeview HD ads across C4, E4 and Film4.

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  98. Kate Says:

    It is GREAT that C5 have finally joined Freesat and dropped the pretense of requiring a fig leaf narrow beam.

    Freesat is finally basically the equivalent of Freeview.

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  99. shirley Says:

    Just bought a humax Foxsat500 GB HDR and loving it BUT I cant seem to get STV catch up or on TV Demand ??The addvertisment said it is part of the package I would receive.
    But I cant seem to get It? I am told to go on line.
    But when i go on line I am asked to press….. green green blue green green I soon got tired of that ! Or subscribe to receive a service that is advertised I would recieve with the purchase of my humax

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  100. Neil Says:

    Shirley: The Humax Foxsat supports BBC iPlayer and ITV Player, I presume your north of the border? STV haven’t put their catch-up player on to the platform and although it’s a potential addition in the future there’s no announcement about an addition.

    STV+1 and STV HD currently aren’t available on any of the two satellite platforms, Sky or Freesat, via the EPG (programme guide) but it’s widely suspected and rumoured that they will appear in early 2012 once STV sort out their political differences with ITV PLC.

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  101. Shirley Says:

    Neil this sounds a bit like post code lottery,
    How can the signal no reach meeeeee ?
    Iam fae Bonnie Dundee The city of Discovery

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  102. Neil Says:

    All the ITV and BBC services are transmitted across the whole UK from the Satellite, the reason why you only get some and not others is because freesat regionalise the BBC and ITV/STV channels depending on your location. If, for example, I put your postcode in to the setup menu on my Panasonic freesat TV then I’d get BBC Scotland and STV, I’d loose my ITV1HD and ITV1+1 as these are only allocated to those in an ITV franchise area (pretty much the whole of England and South West Scotland only). If you were to, for example, put a Dumfries postcode in your receiver you’d get ITV1HD on 119, ITV1+1, loose STV but retain BBC1 and BBC2 Scotland. A lot of people north of the border have done this as they feel somewhat let down by the fact STV haven’t got their act together yet and launched STV HD on Satellite.

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  103. ChristopherM Says:

    This just announced by Ofcom:

    “Ofcom has been notified by Channel 5 Broadcasting Limited that it does not wish to proceed with its application for the fifth HD capacity slot on Digital Terrestrial TV at the present time.”

    If Channel 5 doesn’t intend to go HD on Freeview, you have to wonder whether it will also postpone any plans it might have for a Freesat HD channel.

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  104. Neil Says:

    I heard a whisper that this was going to happen last week, I think they might regret that decision long term.

    So, what happens now? Does the bandwidth go back to the BBC so they can keep a BBC HD type service for BBC Three, Four, CBBC and CBeebies content as well as launch BBC2HD or to someone else? If the BBC does get it back then it’s all relevant to Freesat as any new HD services from the BBC will appear on all platforms.

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  105. ChristopherM Says:

    Neil – Ofcom went on to say “Subject to any future Ofcom decision to re-advertise the slot, the capacity will remain with the Multiplex operator BBC Free-to-View Limited and can be used by it for BBC services or services provided by a third party via a commercial arrangement.”

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  106. ian Says:

    Personally, i think Channel5 have blown any further chance of this capacity being re-tendered to them via Ofcom. You cannot consistently mess the regulator around when they are offering this space out.. Its so unprofessional on the side of Channel5 Broadcasting LTD, because if they have contractual issues then they should of foreseen this at the time of application… I hope that Ofcom tell them a 4 letter word to go away if they ask again.
    I think a change in Ofcom requirements for the capacity so the likes of Channel4 can try for Film4HD, a HD movie channel on DTT would be great.

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  107. Neil Says:

    Christopher: I haven’t actually seen the full Ofcom press release yet (will have a look now) hence didn’t see that bit. I guess it’s now up to the BBC to decide what to do with it? I would hope it allows them to keep BBC HD as an on-going channel whilst launching a future BBC2HD. There’s a lot of stuff on BBC Three, Four, CBBC, and CBeebies which will get no future HD outlet. Considering all the childrens programming now comes out of MediaCity in Manchester which is all shot in HD then this is a total waste if there’s nowhere for it to be seen in HD. The remaining kids output on BBC1 is to be taken off once BBC1 Analogue has finally shutdown (24/10/12 onwards).

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  108. glen Says:

    A bit late to the party as I only realised today but big thanks for adding the C5 extra channels. Now if you could show Alphas, Californication, Justified etc from the start!

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  109. Kate Says:

    I hope C5 get another chance to bring their HD channel to Freeview/Freesat when they have completed any other obligations. All the broadcasters that have strict PSB obligations should be allowed the chance to have at least one HD channel on Freeview/Freesat. Until then it is up to the BBC to use the capacity.

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  110. Neil Says:

    Kate said:
    I hope C5 get another chance to bring their HD channel to Freeview/Freesat when they have completed any other obligations. All the broadcasters that have strict PSB obligations should be allowed the chance to have at least one HD channel on Freeview/Freesat. Until then it is up to the BBC to use the capacity.

    I think either they couldn’t agree to launch after Ofcom’s 1st April deadline or they’ll play a cunning game by turning down the application and doing a deal direct with the BBC (who are free to commercially do this now), thus C5 then get the slot but without all the native HD programming commitments which I think was their sticking point last time.

    Alternatively, if the beeb do something with the DTT (Freeview) bandwidth C5 HD could still potentially launch next Summer on Freesat. Something tells me though that C5 will still end up with the Freeview bandwidth to put C5HD on both platforms next Summer.

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  111. june Says:

    Kim said: Will this include Wales? I’ve done a few retunes but so far no new channels

    i no how u feel i cant get any 5 channels, not even my old channell 5 which i did b4.

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  112. ERIC Says:

    I AM TRYING TO FIND THE CHANNEL NUMBERS SO MAS I CAN ADD SOME NEW CHANNELS TO MY FREESAT BOX, PLEASE CAN SOME ONE HELP

    PICK TV
    YESTERDAY
    CHALLENGE
    QUEST
    REALLY
    AND DAVE

    LOL EM

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  113. Gordon Says:

    ERIC said:
    I AM TRYING TO FIND THE CHANNEL NUMBERS SO MAS I CAN ADD SOME NEW CHANNELS TO MY FREESAT BOX, PLEASE CAN SOME ONE HELP
    PICK TV
    YESTERDAY
    CHALLENGE
    QUEST
    REALLY
    AND DAVE
    LOL EM

    It would be great if we could get these channels. Alas I can’t find them either. Channel 5 are alluding me also.

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