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Feb 06 2017

Freesat is announcing a number of changes to its TV guide genre list. The update, which will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 7th February, will see several channels being allocated new genres.

Following the changeover, viewers will be able to access a new “International” genre to view channels including Rishtey and Colors, and faith-based channels will move to a new genre “Faith”.

Other channels, including Community Channel, Irish TV and Forces TV will move to Entertainment.

Freesat viewers will see the update appear in the TV guide from Tuesday 7th February. See below for the new genre list:

1. All Channels
2. Entertainment
3. HD
4. News & Sport
5. Movies
6. Music
7. Children
8. International
9. Faith
10. Shopping
11. Adult
12. Gaming and Dating (not displayed)
13. On Demand (Interactive on SD)
14. Regional
15. Radio

29 Responses to “Freesat adds new genres to TV guide”

  1. Ronnie Says:

    What is change it course?

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  2. Paul Ryan Says:

    I’m happy with the way it is now!
    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it however, without seeing the new guide it’s hard to judge.
    Time will tell if this is an improvement or not!

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  3. Dave H Says:

    Are we getting any new channels, quest please…..

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  4. Tim Says:

    Paul Ryan said:
    I’m happy with the way it is now!
    If it ain’t broke don’t fix it however, without seeing the new guide it’s hard to judge.
    Time will tell if this is an improvement or not!

    @Paul, I’d agree that Freesat’s EPG is the best of the bunch because it’s so logical and easy to understand. I’m OK with the proposed changes but I’d like to have seen the radio section higher up the list of genres. I think this will benefit Freesat because more channels will appear in the entertainment section so it will be as if a couple of new channels will have joined.

    I think Freesat’s growth prospects are still good for two reasons. Firstly, Sky will almost certainly be putting up their prices some time this year to feed their Premier League addition and that will bring more Freesat converts. Similarly, and in the longer term, mobile phone companies eating away at Freeview bandwith over the next few years will lead to issues like interference and so on so there’ll be recruits from that source too.

    Sky have already let go of a number of channels, like PBS, and some more will probably follow to join Freesat but they’ll be the relatively poorly performing channels.

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  5. Paul Says:

    Admin
    Is this the best you can do no posts since last November shocking for a forum
    Freesat is not doing very good. And what I’ve seen freeview is getting better this is only my opinion……

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  6. admin Says:

    Paul said:
    Admin
    Is this the best you can do no posts since last November shocking for a forum
    Freesat is not doing very good. And what I’ve seen freeview is getting better this is only my opinion……

    What do you want me to report?

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  7. Tim Says:

    Paul said:
    Admin
    Is this the best you can do no posts since last November shocking for a forum
    Freesat is not doing very good. And what I’ve seen freeview is getting better this is only my opinion……

    @Paul, I don’t think that’s being at all fair since there hasn’t been any new major Freesat developments in that time.

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  8. Tim Says:

    Dave H said:
    Are we getting any new channels, quest please…..

    @Dave, it is time to be realistic; Quest and Dave are not coming to Freesat any time soon not least because of the pressure and existing agreements in respect of Sky.

    If anyone wants any new channels then get off your butts and ask the channels groups themselves via email, Twitter or Facebook. It is possibly more likely to ask UKTV if they’d consider bringing their UKTV Player to Freesat’s Freetime and asking exactly the same of Eurosport regarding Eurosport Player.

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  9. soldierboy001 Says:

    This change is a waste of time in my opinion, but the reporting of it does give the same old moaners another chance to air their moans.

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  10. Dipper Says:

    soldierboy001 said:
    This change is a waste of time in my opinion, but the reporting of it does give the same old moaners another chance to air their moans.

    Including you, soldierboy001 :-)

    In PR speak, “This is the greatest development to have been introduced by Freesat in 2017….. etc., etc.”

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  11. Ronnie Says:

    Freesat busy with Dave and Quest who told are not coming to Freesat?
    British unhappy people wants to see Freesat two channels show like Dave and Quest both programme services really important being try. Sky give Freesat later what is date?

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  12. Scottie16 Says:

    Can see 4Music has gone FTA again

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  13. Tim Says:

    Scottie16 said:
    Can see 4Music has gone FTA again

    @Scottie16, this is potentially good news because quite a few Freesat channels have left Sky and have then gone free to air before formally joining Freesat. Seeing as this channel is part of the Channel 4 group, I hope and expect that this channel will end up on Freesat in due course.

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  14. JayW Says:

    Never used the current list of genres, and I dont suppose I will use the new one. I actually cant see what benefit they bring at all

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  15. upthePOSH Says:

    4Music, now broadcasting free-to-air via satellite @ 28°E: 10.714 H / SR 22000 / FEC 5/6 / DVB-S & QPSK. I wonder if this will come to freesat in the near future.

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  16. Lee Says:

    If 4Music does end up on Freesat where would it sit? It is music during the day and then entertainment in the evening, although weekends evenings are music…

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  17. Lee S Says:

    I think 4music now belongs to The Box TV network of music channels and not Channel 4 but I would have to check that.

    To be fair to admin, he always does a good job in keeping this site up to date and providing the latest info on Freesat. It’s the first place I look for the latest news.

    As for Freesat itself, as mentioned by another poster, 4g signals have been eating away at my Freeview channels for a while now due to the location of my property. Although I’ve had at800 visit my property and install appropriate filters, I still get interference on regular occasions, namely some of the ITV channels. I’m happy with my Youview box as I pay for extra channels however I still use Freesat as the picture quality is better than Freeview. Just purchased an EchoStar hdr 600s from eBay for £22 minus the remote. Bargain.

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  18. Andrew Morris Says:

    Has this EPG update happened yet?
    My Humax ‘YouView’ box hasn’t despite me searching for an update.

    PS. Paul. Thanks for doing a great job. It’s easy to hide behind a wall and throw stones.

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  19. Tim Says:

    upthePOSH said:
    4Music, now broadcasting free-to-air via satellite @ 28°E: 10.714 H / SR 22000 / FEC 5/6 / DVB-S & QPSK. I wonder if this will come to freesat in the near future.

    @upthePOSH, the good news is that 4Music is on an Astra UK spotbeam so there aren’t going to be any rights issues getting in the way so I think it’s literally only a matter of time before this channel joins Freesat.

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  20. lovinthetelly Says:

    Tim said: @upthePOSH, the good news is that 4Music is on an Astra UK spotbeam so there aren’t going to be any rights issues getting in the way so I think it’s literally only a matter of time before this channel joins Freesat.

    Indeed – it has 7-day Freesat EPG data and is currently assigned to LCN 520. KeepItCountry is likely to return to 516, potentially leaving 3 slots for Box Upfront, Box Hits and Kerrang – or some form of reshuffle of the BoxPlus channels. Or 520 is just a testing position…

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  21. mike65 Says:

    Paul said:
    Admin
    Is this the best you can do no posts since last November shocking for a forum
    Freesat is not doing very good. And what I’ve seen freeview is getting better this is only my opinion……

    This isn’t a forum – it’s a news blog.

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  22. John Naylor Says:

    Admin has and still is doing a great job with this site.

    For those that don’t like what he does, go to another group, or admin should remove those pillocks that choose to criticise this site.

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  23. Paul. The other one. Says:

    a516digital.com reports 4Music is live on Freesat channel 509, replacing The Box:

    http://www.a516digital.com/2017/02/4music-arrives-on-freesat.html

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  24. Tim Says:

    John Naylor said:
    Admin has and still is doing a great job with this site.

    ^ I second that. :-)

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  25. soldierboy001 Says:

    Dipper said: Including you, soldierboy001
    In PR speak, “This is the greatest development to have been introduced by Freesat in 2017….. etc., etc.”

    And it’s only early February.

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  26. Dave W Says:

    John Naylor said:
    Admin has and still is doing a great job with this site.
    For those that don’t like what he does, go to another group, or admin should remove those pillocks that choose to criticise this site.

    Here here!

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  27. Captain Coz Says:

    What has happed to Keep It Country channel 516. Also I have lost both channels in the 400 series.

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  28. Chris S Says:

    Still waiting patiently for client/server hardware LOL! Sky have now stolen the lead on this, whereas Humax had this technology years ago, Sat > IP has also been around for ages. I’ve got a rudimentary Sat>IP setup for viewing and recording on any device but of course there’s no Freesat EPG and getting hold of schedules is a pain.

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  29. Paul. The other one. Says:

    Captain Coz said:
    What has happed to Keep It Country channel 516. Also I have lost both channels in the 400series.

    Keep It Country have said they’re returning to Freesat, but didn’t give timescales. They “changed service providers”, which is a bit vague but their satellite uplink has changed to a different transponder. They chose to go off air for a while during the change-over rather than do what other channels do, which is to run the two uplinks in parallel for a while. They’ve been back on Sky for some time, I believe. Perhaps the one-off charge for changing the Freesat EPG data to point 516 at a different frequency was a bit steep and their budget didn’t stretch to it so they just went with the bigger viewerbase, Sky, until they could affort the Freesat change fee.

    In the meantime until (if) they return to the Freesat EPG there is a web stream: http://web.keepitcountry.tv/

    If you want to manually add the KIC channel and your Freesat device allows you to do so the parameters are: 11081, H, 22000, 5/6, DVB-S, QPSK.

    The channels in the 400 series have moved to 16x numbers. I can’t remember what has moved as I don’t usually watch the channels, but 4xx channels from memory: Irish now 163, Community 164, Forces 165.

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