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Aug 15 2012

Channel 4 to launch 'Project Shuffle' channelFreesat will be the only subscription free TV platform to carry all three of Channel 4′s extra live HD Paralympic channels, C4 Paralympics Extra, throughout the London 2012 Paralympics. The channels will offer an extensive range of live coverage, giving viewers three extra video feeds of action from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, which open on 29th August and close 9th September.

This follows on from Freesat carrying all 24 BBC Olympic HD channels, for the duration of the Olympic Games.

Channel 4′s Commercial and Business Development Director, Sarah Rose, said:

We’re thrilled Freesat customers will be able to access C4 Paralympics Extra, Channel 4′s three dedicated channels of live coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. This further contributes to Channel 4′s ambition to bring viewers the most extensive coverage of the Paralympic Games ever broadcast in the UK.

Managing Director of Freesat, Emma Scott welcomed the agreement, saying:

The launch of these new Channel 4 HD services is fantastic news for our customers. The additional 24 BBC Olympic HD channels on Freesat proved enormously popular and we know that the addition of the Channel 4 Paralympics channels will also be another huge hit with Freesat viewers: the perfect conclusion to a brilliant summer of subscription – free sport on Freesat.

61 Responses to “Freesat to offer Channel 4’s HD Paralympic Channels”

  1. patsy Says:

    Excellent news. It seems like the morning after now the Olympics have finished.

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  2. Simon Bell Says:

    Well I hope they work for me, as the BBC ones didn’t

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  3. Rik Says:

    Nice move by Channel 4 and Freesat. The way the capabilities of this platform are being used to good effect is impressive. Well done to all involved.

    The BBC Olympic channels worked perfectly for me on Humax Foxsat.

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  4. J Says:

    I have to agree, the BBC 24 channel coverage has been THE best thing to happen to freesat since its launch. Worked faultlessly on my Sony 5810.

    I hope the C4 equivalent is as good.

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  5. Brian P Says:

    Excellent! Well done Freesat and Channel 4.

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  6. Alfred Casson Says:

    Great news. BBC did brilliant job, had no trouble watching all 24 HD channels on Humax Foxsat. Hope Channel 4 do as good a job.

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  7. cotswoldred Says:

    Brilliant news. Freeview gets less and less attractive by the day.

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  8. Keith Cobby Says:

    My question is who is paying for this?

    What about those of us who do not want sport – what about Film 4 HD etc.

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  9. Neil Says:

    Keith Cobby said:
    My question is who is paying for this?
    What about those of us who do not want sport – what about Film 4 HD etc.

    My guess is Sky are covering the costs, lets hope they record and can be viewed on BS750/850 Panasonic kit. I also wonder if they’ll have subtitles on these?

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  10. Digiwatcher Says:

    With this being exclusive, Freesat should use this as an advertising opportunity.

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  11. David Hewett Says:

    Slightly Off Topic

    NBC broadcast 5,535 hours of TV coverage of London2012.

    It will broadcast Zero hours of Paralympics. No US TV coverage at all!

    SHAME ON YOU USA

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  12. Neil Says:

    Digiwatcher said:
    With this being exclusive, Freesat should use this as an advertising opportunity.

    They missed the boat with the Olympics but we’ve discussed that before. It does seem as though word has spread about the availability of those channels on the platform and so it has gone some way to boost sales a bit before the Olympic games commenced.

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  13. ian Says:

    I kinda did reveal this a while ago :)

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  14. Richard Crichton Says:

    Digiwatcher said:
    With this being exclusive, Freesat should use this as an advertising opportunity.

    It just won’t be on Freeview. Presumably it will be on all the pay tv platforms.

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  15. Neil Says:

    ian said:
    I kinda did reveal this a while ago

    Indeed, I remember the conversation on another thread somewhere. Didn’t you have wind of more HD to come from C4, possibly after the Paralympics? All very quiet from my side of things.

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  16. Chas Says:

    Errr!
    No mention above (All about HD Channels)
    But can us poor Peasants on SD be able to recieve the extea Channels

    Thankyou

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  17. Richard Crichton Says:

    Chas said:
    Errr!
    No mention above (All about HD Channels)
    But can us poor Peasants on SD be able to recieve the extea Channels
    Thankyou

    Certainly you will get them in SD just as people got the 24 Olympic channels in SD if they had a SD box.

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  18. ian Says:

    Neil said: Indeed, I remember the conversation on another thread somewhere. Didn’t you have wind of more HD to come from C4, possibly after the Paralympics? All very quiet from my side of things.

    What i do know, i have to keep quiet as letting the cat from the bag would risk my contact’s job and, im not that guy.
    But its…Good shall we say.

    The SD channels will be available in the same guise as the BBC ones were. The 3 HD ones will be available to those with SD kit with identical content, just not in HD.
    They will be called Channel4 Para 1, 2 & 3 and will also have channel numbers in the same way the BBC ones did, across DSAT and Cable

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  19. Martin Says:

    This has got to be the best news freesat has really got better recently the Paralympics is the icing on the cake hope this will bring more channels to the platform as well

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  20. conor Says:

    I hope channel 4 put film 4 hd and there other hd channels on freesat after olimpics and may be channel 5 will give us 5hd also and a few more hd channels also

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  21. JohnK Says:

    Is there any news yet of when the freesat channels will start.
    The BBC olympic channels were up many days before the games started.
    Many days before the joinfreesat scan update.

    David Hewett Says:
    August 15th, 2012 at 6:55 pm
    Slightly Off Topic
    NBC broadcast 5,535 hours of TV coverage of London2012.
    It will broadcast Zero hours of Paralympics. No US TV coverage at all!
    SHAME ON YOU USA

    I think the USA viewers have already had enought of NBC and there tape delayed and edited olympic broadcasts.Bet they wished they had a USA version of freesat.

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  22. James Blair Says:

    David Hewett said:
    Slightly Off Topic
    NBC broadcast 5,535 hours of TV coverage of London2012.
    It will broadcast Zero hours of Paralympics. No US TV coverage at all!
    SHAME ON YOU USA

    NBC will be showing the Paralympics, media Guardian covered the news

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  23. Neil Says:

    ian said: What i do know, i have to keep quiet as letting the cat from the bag would risk my contact’s job and, im not that guy.
    But its…Good shall we say.

    No worries Ian, fully understand and obviously I’m in a similar position. Your contact obviously knows more than mine, good news none the less though.

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  24. Peter Says:

    That’s great news, Freesat has really come a long way in the last five plus years, and hopefully will get more backing to go further ahead in the coming year’s Although I am happy the way it is now

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  25. Russ Says:

    Great news, I was disappointed when I found out the BBC wasn’t covering them on TV as I thought there wouldn’t be any TV coverage, well done CH4. I agree the 24 BBC HD channels worked fine for me on my Humax and from what I can make out by reading online we were lucky to have such coverage of London 2012 compared to what other countries had, especially America.

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  26. ian Says:

    Russ said:
    Great news, I was disappointed when I found out the BBC wasn’t covering them on TV as I thought there wouldn’t be any TV coverage, well done CH4. I agree the 24 BBC HD channels worked fine for me on my Humax and from what I can make out by reading online we were lucky to have such coverage of London 2012 compared to what other countries had, especially America.

    Yes, NBC in the US once again showing they are about as capable as a sports broadcaster as Roy Chubby Brown being CBBC material.

    So, very glad we have the BBC and now Channel4, who care that people want it live, not cut and shredded.

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  27. Brian Damage Says:

    ian said: So, very glad we have the BBC and now Channel4, who care that people want it live, not cut and shredded.

    Truth! I jjust wish the HD channels hadn’t been broadcast on lower power. I guess C4 will be using the same transponders for the Para’s (?)

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  28. Richard Crichton Says:

    Brian Damage said: Truth! I jjust wish the HD channels hadn’t been broadcast on lower power. I guess C4 will be using the same transponders for the Para’s (?)

    Wasn’t aware that they were broadcast on lower power.
    Yes, former BBC Olympic on 11.469 H SR 27.500 FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite has been recently testing Channel 4 Paralympic Streams.

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  29. Neil Says:

    Brian Damage said: Truth! I jjust wish the HD channels hadn’t been broadcast on lower power. I guess C4 will be using the same transponders for the Para’s (?)

    Brian, you shouldn’t have an issue receiving any of those BBC Olympics channels, the signal levels are higher than that of most Eutelsat28A transponders and equivalent to most if not all of Sky’s encrypted services (as all Astra 2A and 2B). I suspect your dish is off alignment if your having issues on these. My guess is these HD Paralympic channels will appear on 12304H, not sure yet where the SD versions will be but looks like Sky will be uplinking them.

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  30. ian Says:

    Brian Damage said: Truth! I jjust wish the HD channels hadn’t been broadcast on lower power. I guess C4 will be using the same transponders for the Para’s (?)

    Nothing to do with power at all mate.
    As Neil said, get your dish checked as a strong winds and so on is all thats needed to knock it off slightly and affect reception. If they were at lower power, then more wouldn’t have them.

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  31. Rosco Says:

    Brian Damage said: Truth! I jjust wish the HD channels hadn’t been broadcast on lower power. I guess C4 will be using the same transponders for the Para’s (?)

    They werent – all the Olympics channels were broadcasting at very high powers. Take my word on this – with my satellite hobby equipment I get the relative transmission powers of the different transponders on the display.

    If you were having problems its a fault at your end.

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  32. Brian Damage Says:

    OK – Thanks everyone!

    I guess I and all the other people who had low power reception on the BBC HD Olympics channels (and NOT on any others) need our dishes realigned.

    (Potentially true – just not clear on why this ONLY affected the BBC HD channels??)

    Anyway, still hoping (and really looking forward) to see the C4 coverage of the Paralympics.

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  33. Froggie Says:

    David Hewett said:
    Slightly Off Topic
    NBC broadcast 5,535 hours of TV coverage of London2012.
    It will broadcast Zero hours of Paralympics. No US TV coverage at all!
    SHAME ON YOU USA

    What do you expect from them?

    I’m also disgusted, but not surprised at all.

    I’m a bit confused about the coverage in the UK at the moment. I expect the same amount of TV coverage and hooha as the main Olympics, but will we get that?

    Its about time both games were combined and all athletes were considered equal. No, I know you cant have always Paralympians competing against able bodied atheletes, but combine the two and just run the games over 4 weeks and stop treating the Paralympians as some second class games when in reality their achievements are far more impressive and awe inspiring to watch than the likes of Mr Bolt & co.

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  34. Froggie Says:

    Almost forgot. As for the BBC HD Olympics channels. I could get all but the first one,( no signal) perfectly here in the south of France.

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  35. ian Says:

    Froggie said:
    Almost forgot. As for the BBC HD Olympics channels. I could get all but the first one,( no signal) perfectly here in the south of France.

    I you’re talking about the HD ones, if you didn’t have BBC Olym 1 HD, you’d of been missing 7HD, 18HD & 24HD aswell.
    And if you were missing BBC Olym 1 in SD, you’d of been missing alot more.

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  36. ian Says:

    Typo above in my post.. (Edit function admin, please?)

    ** If you’re talking about the HD ones….. **

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  37. Richard Crichton Says:

    David Hewett said:
    Slightly Off Topic
    NBC broadcast 5,535 hours of TV coverage of London2012.
    It will broadcast Zero hours of Paralympics. No US TV coverage at all!
    SHAME ON YOU USA

    Simply not true.
    In addition to the online content, NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) will air one-hour highlight shows on 4, 5, 6 and 11 September at 7 p.m. EDT. Following the Paralympic Games, on 16 September, NBC will broadcast a 90-minute special from 2-3:30 p.m. EDT. All NBC and NBC Sports Network Paralympic highlight shows and specials will re-air on Universal Sports Network and UniversalSports.com.

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  38. E Saberton Says:

    help please i keep getting asked for my password on my fox sat hdr how do i stop this happening

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  39. Richard Crichton Says:

    E Saberton said:
    help please i keep getting asked for my password on my fox sat hdr how do i stop this happening

    Stop watching porno channels perhaps :-) Just kidding, Seriously ask Graham on AVforums in the Freesat section.He is the top Humax HD-R bod and knows everything about it.

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  40. Gaseousclay Says:

    E Saberton said:
    help please i keep getting asked for my password on my fox sat hdr how do i stop this happening

    Press menu > select Settings > Parental Control > enter current password > set ‘Guidance Policy’ to Not Required

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  41. Richard Crichton Says:

    Gaseousclay said: Press menu > select Settings > Parental Control > enter current password > set ‘Guidance Policy’ to Not Required

    Well obviously. I presumed he would know that but still had the problem.

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  42. ian Says:

    $ky Sports News, EuroSport & $ky News HD (All in SD) are FTA right now on:
    11469 H 27500 2/3

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  43. Neil Says:

    ian said:
    $ky Sports News, EuroSport & $ky News HD (All in SD) are FTA right now on:
    11469 H 27500 2/3

    Looks like they are also FTA in HD on 10921H SID’s 7952 and 7953. There’s a new ITV1HD test on 10994H too SID 12130.

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  44. ian Says:

    Neil said: Looks like they are also FTA in HD on 10921H SID’s 7952 and 7953. There’s a new ITV1HD test on 10994H too SID 12130.

    10921, H 23000, 8/9 DVB-S2

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  45. ian Says:

    And just this second, they have all now gone.
    I guess they saw and dealt with it.

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  46. ian Says:

    Neil said: There’s a new ITV1HD test on 10994H too SID 12130.

    Its ITV1HD Granada with audio description. Only takes ITV half a century to get into the real world and catch up with others..!!

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  47. Neil Says:

    ian said: Its ITV1HD Granada with audio description. Only takes ITV half a century to get into the real world and catch up with others..!!

    It was silent all afternoon but now has both AD and Dolby AC3 audio, lip-sync is a fair bit out so still work in progress but the PQ is better than the current (Sky) uplinked version.

    SSN and Eurosport have been running all afternoon on 10921H, these must be test feeds for the C4 Paralympic channels.

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  48. mike65 Says:

    I enjoyed seeing Utd lose last night!

    The feed was running from mid afternoon and it was intriguing to watch the various pre-match preparation including pundit Steve McManaman doing two versions of his pitchside item – the first assuming van Persie starting, the second if he was going to be on the bench. There were also some quality shots of footwear and an office wall after the game.

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  49. ian Says:

    The channels are back on and have been all morning.
    Sky are spitting feathers at BT for this monumental cock-up.

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  50. ian Says:

    Went off at 6pm again
    They did however have EPG info saying ‘Programmes Start On Thursday’

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  51. Neil Says:

    ian said:
    The channels are back on and have been all morning.
    Sky are spitting feathers at BT for this monumental cock-up.

    Great stuff, BT 1-0 to Sky!!! In reality though, apart from a few anoraks and enthusiasts who is going to be seeing it if these channels aren’t mapped to EPG LCN’s yet?? I’ll have a look tomorrow to see if they re-appear as not been at home all day today.

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  52. Phil Says:

    Off subject, sorry..

    Eutelsat 48B Now at 28.5E http://www.n2yo.com/?s=33460.

    Wasn’t expecting that. 28A is getting a bit knackered now..

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  53. ian Says:

    Been bad a for while now. Had power failure issues and been struggling to work at the capacity needed so they have finally sorted back up for it.
    A bird with its own power issues!!

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  54. JohnK Says:

    Channel 4 paralympic channels up now on:
    10920 H SR23000 and 11469 H SR27500.

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  55. Neil Says:

    It seems that there was an update scan last week to restore regionally to ITV Central regions East and South for those in the East Midlands and Nottingham.

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  56. (required) Says:

    Still no epg entries on freesat for para-Olympic channels at 28Aug12.
    Same on multiple TV/STB.

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  57. Neil Says:

    (required) said:
    Still no epg entries on freesat for para-Olympic channels at 28Aug12.
    Same on multiple TV/STB.

    They’ll appear Wed when the channels are added to the EPG.

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  58. Richard Crichton Says:

    Neil said: They’ll appear Wed when the channels are added to the EPG.

    Hope they are better picture quality than that pathetic prog last night with John Snow. The live feed looked like Skype.

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  59. Keith Says:

    C4 Paralympic Games has appeared on the Humax HDR as a seperate Channel Genre… no channels yet on the EPG

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  60. Keith Says:

    EDIT re above…. Did a freesat tune and Channels 150, 151 and 152 are there in 1080i HD showing a preview screen.

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  61. Neil Says:

    Richard Crichton said: Hope they are better picture quality than that pathetic prog last night with John Snow. The live feed looked like Skype.

    Yep, most disapointed the week long half hour preview shows on C4 (between 1930 and 2000) were not in HD considering they were interviewing some of the top Paralympians from Team GB.

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