Freesat turn up the volume with 4 new music channels

Freesat have today launched four fantastic new music channels on the platform, making their music line-up one of the most varied and exciting around.

The new channels include:

Kiss (channel 518) – Get the party started with Kiss and the hottest blend of R&B, Dance and Hip Hop music videos. It’s the place to earn yourself some essential urban cred.

The Box (channel 519) – The Box is the place to get fresh music first showcasing the latest videos from Pop to R&B, Dance and Hip Hop.

Smash Hits (channel 521) – Smash Hits is the only place for non-stop chart music videos; it’s today’s hits now and always.

Kerrang! (channel 524) – Kerrang! lives life loud playing the noisiest, most kick ass rock music ever and delivering rock music to the masses.

97 thoughts on “Freesat turn up the volume with 4 new music channels”

  1. These channels are a fantastic addition to the platform, it just keeps getting better. Well, maybe! Forgive me for going off topic, but I need some help please. Today, I installed a new 1TB hard drive in my Foxsat HDR. I don’t know how, but I seem to have lost the option to go into non-freesat mode from the menu. Any ideas please?

  2. johnevans said:
    when is magic heat and 4 music coming to freeset

    Heat & Magic just have to wait to get on the same transponder as these 4 additions, so I would expect them to be on within the next couple of months. However, 4music has more issues with shows & is currently encrypted to sky so could be a lot longer. All 3 will eventually launch on freesat though!

  3. Dan said: Heat & Magic just have to wait to get on the same transponder as these 4 additions, so I would expect them to be on within the next couple of months. However, 4music has more issues with shows & is currently encrypted to sky so could be a lot longer. All 3 will eventually launch on freesat though!

    Word on the street is Heat and Magic are joining in the next week or so – don’t quote me though. Being on the same transponder isn’t necessarily a necessity for them joining freesat as EPG data can be delivered to wherever they are Mux’d.

  4. John Naylor said:
    These channels are a fantastic addition to the platform, it just keeps getting better.Well, maybe!Forgive me for going off topic, but I need some help please.Today, I installed a new 1TB hard drive in my Foxsat HDR.I don’t know how, but I seem to have lost the option to go into non-freesat mode from the menu.Any ideas please?

    Ask Grahamlthompson here http://www.avforums.com/forums/freesat/

  5. John Naylor said:
    …but I seem to have lost the option to go into non-freesat mode from the menu.Any ideas please?

    You need to perform a manual scan again, the option for non-freesat mode won’t show if there are no channels stored.

  6. Blue Ocean Network are epg testing on 12607V 27500 2/3 tagged as 55304. Could be an interesting one if they stay fta. They are currently looking at a Sky launch

    http://www.bon.tv/about-us.php

    “Tune in now as we bring you the best view on contemporary China.”

    Would be a worthy addition to Freesat if they do stay clear.

  7. Rosco said:
    Blue Ocean Network are epg testing on 12607V 27500 2/3 tagged as 55304. Could be an interesting one if they stay fta. They are currently looking at a Sky launch
    http://www.bon.tv/about-us.php
    “Tune in now as we bring you the best view on contemporary China.”
    Would be a worthy addition to Freesat if they do stay clear.

    Their website says they offer programmes for Chinese cooking, I wouldn’t mind that at all. I’m sure it would be fairly popular too, any addition is good.

  8. Anthony said:
    Magic and heat would be two good additions to the Freesat platform eventually.

    Some have reported they are only a week or so away from being added.

  9. shane said: That article is over 12 months old. They are talking about year end 2012!!

    Now they are talking end of Q2 2013, before that it was Q1 2013 (i.e. 31st March). It will happen one day, don’t hold your breath though!!!

  10. Neil said: Now they are talking end of Q2 2013, before that it was Q1 2013 (i.e. 31st March). It will happen one day, don’t hold your breath though!!!

    So will the end of the world. What about STV HD. No channel 3 HD in Scotland on Freesat. I added it in non Freesat but then it disappeared don’t know why.
    Any news on Arise HD coming to Freesat?

  11. Richard Crichton said: Any news on Arise HD coming to Freesat?

    It’s been said on another forum that Arise News HD will be joining around June/July, I have no idea if there’s any truth or knowledge in that though.

    On another note, I’m hoping that post olympic sports channel will launch soon, it’s website has been running a trailer for months now! It would be nice to finally have a sports channel on freesat, even if it is only shows niche sports coverage. BBC have got the rights to the Confederations Cup in the summer too, so there will still be good football on during the off season.

  12. Richard Crichton said: So will the end of the world. What about STV HD. No channel 3 HD in Scotland on Freesat. I added it in non Freesat but then it disappeared don’t know why.
    Any news on Arise HD coming to Freesat?

    Yep it’s terrible, STV should be ashamed of themselves. There’s definitely more than meets the eye in this STV HD issue, I think as well as the spat between them and ITV there’s obviously some issue surrounding the carriage deal Sky did with ITV in 2010 to carry their HD services, plus STV.

    Dan said: It’s been said on another forum that Arise News HD will be joining around June/July, I have no idea if there’s any truth or knowledge in that though.
    On another note, I’m hoping that post olympic sports channel will launch soon, it’s website has been running a trailer for months now! It would be nice to finally have a sports channel on freesat, even if it is only shows niche sports coverage. BBC have got the rights to the Confederations Cup in the summer too, so there will still be good football on during the off season.

    Have you a link to that forum, as long as it’s not DS! Arise told me when I emailed them Arise News (+ HD) would launch later this year so there could be some truth in it. It’s not a bad channel, I guess once they get off the ground fully it will become a 24hr operation.

    As for Heat and Magic, I see they now have their 3840 data PID enabled which means a Freesat launch is imminent, guess next week?

  13. Both Heat and Magic have freesat EPG data for tomorrow from 7am, but nothing beyond 3:30am on Saturday. So potentially launching tomorrow but previous additions have seen data being available for a few days prior to officially joining the platform.

    ‘Heat’ will be on 520 and ‘Magic’ will be on 523, leaving 522 for (presumably) 4Music at some point.

  14. Cheers Harry, good prior tip off on the EPG LCN’s. Thought they’d put 4Music on 520, guess too this could change last min, as per Viva!

  15. I thought 4music would get a space far higher up, such as the spaces at 507 & 508, or the recently vacated 512. Good news for music channels again though, waiting for this so called big announcement regarding 4od next week!

  16. Dan said:
    I thought 4music would get a space far higher up, such as the spaces at 507 & 508, or the recently vacated 512.

    Unless the epgs have been prior reserved there are strict rules about where channels launch onto the Freesat (& Sky) epgs.

  17. From Harry’s observations on the EPG data it looks like Viva was originally reserved 507 but ended up in the ent. section which makes sense as it shows no music in primetime. I guess 4Music would also qualify if it wasn’t actually called 4″music” as shows C4 programmes during evenings.

    I suppose 522 for 4Music is a good LCN as it’s a double two, I guess we just wait to see what the other slots lower down are filled with, if anything?

  18. Off topic, but just put my ‘freetime’ box into non-freesat mode and scanned for channels. It found about 300, which seems far less than my Foxsat used to. Also, it would appear that all of these ‘non-freesat’ channels are those of $ly…I could be wrong, but think this box doesn’t give all the channels that the Foxsat did – which is a shame.

  19. I can’t see any reason why a the new Freetime box would pick up less channels on a FTA scan than a Foxsat would! FTA channels are FTA channels. Look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_free-to-air_channels_at_28%C2%B0E and you can see there are about 300 channels there – although I haven’t bothered counting all the lines, perhaps you could do that yourself. Perhaps the Freetime box only scans FTA channels or you chose to scan FTA only, whereas the Foxsat allowed you to scan for encrypted channels too, which is why you saw all the Sky channels? But don’t worry, I don’t think you’re missing out or being short-changed on free channels.

  20. Sorted – now have 724 non-freesat channels. Network search is switched off by default within channel search, which returns the 300 channels. Network search switched to ‘on’ finds the extra channels.

  21. Other forums have said that Heat & Magic will launch next Tuesday or Wednesday! WIll be good additions if they do & it isn’t unreasonable given that there was EPG data last night.

  22. Dan said:
    Other forums have said that Heat & Magic will launch next Tuesday or Wednesday! WIll be good additions if they do & it isn’t unreasonable given that there was EPG data last night.

    Looks like they’ll appear next week, Tues is their usual update day so probably a good bet it will be on for then. I wonder when 4music will then go FTA and join? Presumably when 2E is active as all beams could be easily switched wide/spotbeam and so 12480V switched to spotbeam. C4 and C4+1 Ireland are also FTV so could go FTA saving C4 more encryption costs.

  23. Yeah, because 4music shows channel 4 shows, such as 8 out of 10 cats, from off the top of my head. I think they’d have to go on the channel 4 transponder before launch. It’s something that should really be sorted during the course of 2013 quite comfortably. Maybe an announcement at the same time as 4od in the next week or two? Could be a pleasant surprise perhaps?

  24. Dan said:
    Yeah, because 4music shows channel 4 shows, such as 8 out of 10 cats, from off the top of my head. I think they’d have to go on the channel 4 transponder before launch. It’s something that should really be sorted during the course of 2013 quite comfortably. Maybe an announcement at the same time as 4od in the next week or two? Could be a pleasant surprise perhaps?

    Is there an announcement due regarding 4OD in the coming week? I’ve read rumours of some sort of big announcement.

    Yep, they could move it to one of the C4 Txp’s or alternatively switch TP40 (12480V) to spotbeam when the Astra 2A to 2E migration takes place later this year. It all depends whether C4 would want to cram 10 channels on to one of their main transponders I guess as PQ would be degraded as a consequence.

  25. “Is there an announcement due regarding 4OD in the coming week?”
    No idea but it is 4 months overdue if there is.
    What I want is all the 4 family HD channels on Freesat not selling out to Sly for a few quid.
    Watched a bit of the Pick barker channel last night. Sly adverts during every tedious commercial break. It really is unwatchable imho.

  26. Neil said: Is there an announcement due regarding 4OD in the coming week? I’ve read rumours of some sort of big announcement.
    Yep, they could move it to one of the C4 Txp’s or alternatively switch TP40 (12480V) to spotbeam when the Astra 2A to 2E migration takes place later this year. It all depends whether C4 would want to cram 10 channels on to one of their main transponders I guess as PQ would be degraded as a consequence.

    On the official freesat forum, a member of the freesat team has stated she is working on the 4od development and that there will be an announcement late April/early May. I’m guessing it will be May now!

  27. Neil said: I wonder when 4music will then go FTA and join? Presumably when 2E is active as all beams could be easily switched wide/spotbeam and so 12480V switched to spotbeam. C4 and C4+1 Ireland are also FTV so could go FTA saving C4 more encryption costs.

    12480V could be switched over to a spotbeam this afternoon if it was so desired – theres plenty of spotbeam capacity at 28E now. The delay will be in awaiting encryption contracts to expire.

  28. Rosco said: 12480V could be switched over to a spotbeam this afternoon if it was so desired – theres plenty of spotbeam capacity at 28E now. The delay will be in awaiting encryption contracts to expire.

    Not on Astra 2A it can’t! It’s not as easy as that, well technically it will be once 2E is in flight but at uplink Teleports many services are uplinked together thus moving one to a different satellite requires a separate uplink antenna so not a cheap affair at ground level! Once all services migrate to 2E or 2F then switching one or another wide/spotbeam should be very easy. I guess Box TV will have extended FTV encryption to cover as long as needed until TP40 (12480V) is migrated to 2E or 2F, possibly up to Sept but a guess – depends when 2E lifts off??

  29. I know not on 2A but it would be easy enough to switch 12480V over to 1N or 2F. A few minutes would all it would take

  30. Rosco said:
    I know not on 2A but it would be easy enough to switch 12480V over to 1N or 2F. A few minutes would all it would take

    The problems are reconfiguring the uplink antennas at ground as a single uplink dish antenna has to point to the exact bird, usually many transponders are uplinked together to a satellite. your right though that if they were all novated to 1N then it could go spotbeam fairly easily from a a satellite point of view.

    Isn’t 2E scheduled for launch around mud July? http://www.satlaunch.net/p/launch-schedule-2013.html Nothing confirmed via SES yet but I think SES want it operational by the autumn so with two months testing from July would be about right. That’s the point this forum will be flooded with expats complaining at reception losses all over southern and eastern Europe.

  31. Rosco said: 12480V could be switched over to a spotbeam this afternoon if it was so desired – theres plenty of spotbeam capacity at 28E now. The delay will be in awaiting encryption contracts to expire.

    Encryption contracts for the C4-Bauer channels have already expired; 4Music is temporarily FTV due to rights issues arising from a couple of bought in series. As soon as it moves to a spotbeam it will become FTA, but there is no date at this time.

  32. Great stuff another 2 new channels , just a quick question on the official freesat forum a lot of people been talking and asking about quest tv ? .
    Quest tv are saying to contact freesat so any news anyone 🙂

  33. Dave said:
    Great stuff another 2 new channels , just a quick question on the official freesat forum a lot of people been talking and asking about quest tv ? .
    Quest tv are saying to contact freesat so any news anyone

    This isn’t Freesat.

  34. Freesat are simply an EPG, they have no say in whether a channel chooses to become FTA or pay their fees. They just encourage them & add them when they want to. If you really want the channel, keep contacting them as many signs have seemed to be encouraging!

  35. Why has Magic Channel 523 disappeared from Freesat. This kept us entertained throughout the day.

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