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Mar 13 2014

Panasonic announces smart TV partnership with FreesatPanasonic has today announced a landmark deal which will see Freesat’s award-winning Freetime service available in new Panasonic VIERA smart TVs. As a result, Panasonic TV viewers will be able to enjoy the great benefits of Freesat’s Freetime service for the first time whether they take their TV channels by aerial or satellite.

Owners of the new range of Panasonic VIERA TVs* will be able to use Freetime to roll back their TV guide for the past seven days, access all the major On Demand services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand 5, and receive great daily programme recommendations.

Freetime has been extremely successful since launch in September 2012, with Freetime boxes now accounting for over 40% of all Freesat set-top box sales.

Craig Cunningham, Panasonic’s TV Product Manager, said:

We’ve had a long standing relationship with Freesat and I’m really excited that we are the first manufacturer to have the Freetime service on our TVs. Research tells us that when it comes to smart TVs consumers want three things: the best content available, ease of use and flexibility. The Freetime service delivers on all of these aspects and more and when combined with our heritage in picture quality it’s a great combination.

Emma Scott, Freesat’s Managing Director, commented:

We are delighted that Panasonic has chosen the award-winning Freetime service for its 2014 VIERA TV range and placed it at the heart of free-to-air TV in the UK.

For such an important global brand as Panasonic to choose Freesat’s Freetime is proof positive of the clear consumer benefits of our service. This is a fantastic acknowledgement of a great British media technology success story and this deal opens up exciting new territories for us. We have enjoyed a strong working relationship with Panasonic over the past six years – Panasonic was the first manufacturer to launch IDTVs with Freesat built in, so the deal for Freetime is a natural and exciting evolution of our partnership.

The Panasonic deal builds on Freesat’s strong start to 2014 following an excellent Q4 13 in which it added 31,000 new homes taking its base to over 1.8m.

*Selected models within the new range

70 Responses to “Panasonic announces smart TV partnership with Freesat”

  1. Neil Says:

    This is great news and gets Panasonic back in with Freesat. I wonder if we’ll see the more in the 2014 range of Panasonic TV’s have Freesat in-built too?

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  2. Neil Says:

    A tad off topic but it looks like the BBC LCN swap is beginning. BBC One NI has LCN swapped with the SD so viewers there now have the HD version on LCN 101. Lets hope the rest of the BBC services follow very soon together with the new HD genre.

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  3. Dave W Says:

    Panasonic TV viewers will be able to enjoy the great benefits of Freesat’s Freetime service for the first time whether they take their TV channels by aerial or satellite

    So you can view terrestrial channels too? How does that work then in terms of the EPG data etc?

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  4. Ian Vallender Says:

    we could do with more manufacturers producing not just free time in tvs but boxes also.

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  5. Alvin Pritchard. Says:

    So does that mean Freesat’s award-winning Freetime service will not be available for pre 2014 Panasonic smart TV sets then, which would mean the vast majority of them including my 2013 model ?

    If Panasonic refuse to send out updated firmware to update pre 2014 models to receive this service, this would indicate a sales tactic by Panasonic to simply sell new sets.

    If Panasonic are worth their salt, they should in all fairness enable Freetime on all their smart TV ranges.

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  6. admin Says:

    Alvin Pritchard. said:
    So does that meanFreesat’s award-winning Freetime service will not be available for pre 2014 Panasonic smart TV sets then, which would mean the vast majority of them including my 2013 model ?
    If Panasonic refuse to send out updated firmware to update pre 2014 models to receive this service, this would indicate a sales tactic by Panasonic to simply sell new sets.
    If Panasonic are worth their salt, they should in all fairness enable Freetime on all their smart TV ranges.

    Updating tech will always be a means of selling more product, but ultimately the older televisions simply won’t have the processing power to handle the freetime service.

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  7. Clem Dye Says:

    Interesting, and good news for both Freesat, and as an alternative to Samsung, which until now is/was the only panel manufacturer with catch-up services embedded. Now, what about the extra catch-up services that Youview has, like Dave, Yesterday and so on?

    Clem

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  8. Neil Says:

    I think part of this is to expand the Freetime brand in to new areas as Freesat’s own linear platform, the two being complementary to promoting one another. I wonder if we’ll see more announcements from other manufacturers unless Panasonic wanted an exclusivity over this to seal the deal? This could also see Freetime expand with new online content.

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  9. Alvin Pritchard. Says:

    Response to Admin .

    You said “Updating tech will always be a means of selling more product, but ultimately the older televisions simply won’t have the processing power to handle the freetime service”.

    It is nothing short of unbelievable that my 2013 launch Panasonic TXL39E6B (still under 12 months manufactures warranty) is now considered a relic and outdated by design .

    You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out what’s going on here.
    I do not subscribe to the fact i would have to buy another brand new 2014 edition Panasonic smart TV to enable me to benefit from this Freetime service.

    Maybe S.C.S (Self Cleaning Screens) will be Panasonic’s sales gimmick for 2015 in attempt to render their 2014 models to the dinosaur pit.

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  10. Neil Says:

    Alvin Pritchard. said:
    Response to Admin .
    You said“Updating tech will always be a means of selling more product, but ultimately the older televisions simply won’t have the processing power to handle the freetime service”.
    It is nothing short of unbelievable that my 2013 launch Panasonic TXL39E6B (still under 12 months manufactures warranty) is now considered a relic and outdated by design .
    You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out what’s going on here.
    I do not subscribe to the fact i would have to buy another brand new 2014 edition Panasonic smart TV to enable me to benefit from this Freetime service.
    Maybe S.C.S(Self Cleaning Screens)will be Panasonic’s sales gimmick for 2015 in attempt to render their 2014 models to the dinosaur pit.

    Welcome to the world of consumer electronic goods. All manufacturers are the same, they’ll try and sell you the next product even if techincally what’s new in some of these products software-wise would work in previous ones.

    ITV Player doesn’t work on my 2009 Panasonic TV’s – I suspect due to ITV’s exclusivity deal for ITV Player within Samsung Smart TV’s as technically there’s no reason why it shouldn’t work.

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  11. Michael Says:

    Alvin Pritchard. said:
    Response to Admin .
    You said“Updating tech will always be a means of selling more product, but ultimately the older televisions simply won’t have the processing power to handle the freetime service”.
    It is nothing short of unbelievable that my 2013 launch Panasonic TXL39E6B (still under 12 months manufactures warranty) is now considered a relic and outdated by design .
    You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out what’s going on here.
    I do not subscribe to the fact i would have to buy another brand new 2014 edition Panasonic smart TV to enable me to benefit from this Freetime service.
    Maybe S.C.S(Self Cleaning Screens)will be Panasonic’s sales gimmick for 2015 in attempt to render their 2014 models to the dinosaur pit.

    Ha, my TV was one of the first internet enabled TVs with promises of all these wonderful things to look forward to. Less than a year later the TV is pretty much discontinued and BBCiPlayer would only be available on the new models.
    Ironically though by setting the TV region to the US, it then had Amazon Video, Blockbuster, and a few other video streaming services which you couldn’t use due to being geo blocked.

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  12. brian jm Says:

    As part of renewing the Freesat relationship it would be good if Panny could update their HD recorders with 4OD & ITV Player etc. In terms of updates they are way behind the pack, v. good @ dumping “dross” channels from F’sat but not much else

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  13. RichardC Says:

    Panasonic’s tv business has been making big losses in recent years. The deal with Freesat is probably part of their strategy for recovery in the UK. Walk into a well known chain of tv retailers and it’s mostly Samsung and LG they are flogging. Perhaps the Freetime facility will sway a few punters in Panny’s direction now they have ditched plasma (shame) and are more competitive on price.

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  14. RichardC Says:

    Freetime panny: The first model so equipped is the Ultra HD 4K Panasonic TX-50AX802B wonder how much that costs.
    http://www.whathifi.com/news/panasonic-adds-freesat-freetime-smart-tv-to-viera-range

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  15. RichardC Says:

    It’s possible an update will be rolled out onto current models in the future according
    to this http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/tvs/1306540/ditch-your-set-top-box-panasonic-brings-freetime-to-tvs although I wouldn’t hold your breath.

    There will be a Freeview version of Freetime and it will be on 90% of Pannys.

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  16. Night Watchman Says:

    RichardC said:
    Freetime panny: The first model so equipped is the Ultra HD 4K Panasonic TX-50AX802B wonder how much that costs.

    Pocketlint are quoting £ 2,000 for the 50″ model:

    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/127879-hands-on-panasonic-ax802-freetime-tv

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  17. ChrisS Says:

    There is lot of the “incremental updates” mentality by certain companies but also, as pointed out, technology is moving so fast now and it’s difficult to design a product now that is guaranteed to work with all future technology that has not yet been announced.

    BTW my first gen iPad was effectively obsolete not longer after it was released. The last software update for it was 18 months after its first release.

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  18. brian jm Says:

    Re hd recorders,they gave a load of blarney around 2 years, then just stopped supporting a product they only launched 18 months previous – not good enough in my book

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  19. brian jm Says:

    Sorry meant to say 2 years ago

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  20. Alvin Pritchard. Says:

    You would be surprised what a generous firmware update was really capable of in this day and age.

    Manufactures would be wise to reward their customers via advancement in firmware technology downloads rather then psychobiology trying to get them to ditch last years models.

    Sorry, but i will run my 2013 award winning Panny TXL39E6B (a model i am more than happy with ) in to the ground, no matter how long it takes before being persuaded to keep up with the Joneses .

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  21. Dave Says:

    Sorry off topic …I see Sony movies is coming to freeview …

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  22. Marky Mark Says:

    Hmm, I remember the support Panasonic gave to customers expecting, as they had been assured, to be able to get iPlayer on their legacy TVs. How did that work out?

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  23. Neil Says:

    Dave said:
    Sorry off topic …I see Sony movies is coming to freeview …

    Sony Movies or Movies for Men?

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  24. martin Says:

    Off topic but why is there a gap in the epg guide on 600 to 608 below 608 there s a gap presumably 609 610 and 611 will be allocated dose anybody know if there any new channels are coming

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  25. Neil Says:

    martin said:
    Off topic but why is there a gap in the epg guide on 600 to 608 below 608 there s a gap presumably 609 610 and 611 will be allocated dose anybody know if there any new channels are coming

    608 is the highest LCN within the children’s genre, there’s nothing until the next genre at 650 so not sure what you mean?

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  26. Al (Original) Says:

    Alvin Pritchard. said:
    Response to Admin .
    You said“Updating tech will always be a means of selling more product, but ultimately the older televisions simply won’t have the processing power to handle the freetime service”.
    It is nothing short of unbelievable that my 2013 launch Panasonic TXL39E6B (still under 12 months manufactures warranty) is now considered a relic and outdated by design .
    You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out what’s going on here.
    I do not subscribe to the fact i would have to buy another brand new 2014 edition Panasonic smart TV to enable me to benefit from this Freetime service.
    Maybe S.C.S(Self Cleaning Screens)will be Panasonic’s sales gimmick for 2015 in attempt to render their 2014 models to the dinosaur pit.

    Many manufacturers appear to fit the lowest possible spec processors they can get away with to keep manufacturing costs and thus retail prices low. Unfortunately, when a new service that is more CPU intensive comes online, the existing TV’s aren’t always able to deliver that service. Whether or not that is the case here, we don’t know but it sounds like it.

    We had exactly the same situation with Humax HDR boxes, they allegedly didn’t have the processing power to cope with Freetime when it was launched and so allegedly couldn’t be upgraded. What we saw was a new line of more powerful boxes.

    This is one of the reasons I prefer a separate box. Not necessarily cheaper than a budget tv, but it’s always cheaper than a more expensive tv, so upgrading is cheaper as is replacing failed tuners.

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  27. RichardC Says:

    When is ITV Player coming to Freetime?

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  28. Michael Says:

    RichardC said:
    When is ITV Player coming to Freetime?

    ITV Player has been on Freetime since day one.
    They’re still using the crappy MHEG version mind, but ITV are apparently working on a newer updated version.

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  29. richardc Says:

    Michael said: ITV Player has been on Freetime since day one.
    They’re still using the crappy MHEG version mind, but ITV are apparently working on a newer updated version.

    it’s not on my freetime.

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  30. Michael Says:

    richardc said: it’s not on my freetime.

    So what you you see when you goto the Home menu and select On Demand?

    Also what happens if you go to channel 903?

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  31. Michael Says:

    Actually richardc, I don’t suppose your using a Scottish postcode are you?
    If so then that could be the reason why there’s no ITVPlayer.

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  32. RichardC Says:

    Michael said: So what you you see when you goto the Home menu and select On Demand?
    Also what happens if you go to channel 903?

    All the other on demand players that are on Freetime,the news and sport apps and Youtube. I live in Scotland (or Northern Ireland for example).ITV1 is STV here UTV in Nothern Ireland. We get ITV2,3 and 4 though.
    We do not get Itv player yet it is on my Youview box as is Stv player so why not on Freetime. It is part of the advertised Freetime offer and I think it should be available outside of England and Wales. So when am I getting what I was promised when I bought my Freetime box? STV have not said they are bringing STV player to Freetime as far as I know and in any case that wouldn’t include ITV2,3and 4 catch up.

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  33. jezb Says:

    As an early Panasonic Freesat buyer, I like many others were promised updates for on-demand services on our expensive integrated TV’s
    We waited, and waited, and about three years later we got an Iplayer only update, and were told that’s it guys no more……

    Likewise their Blu-ray players I believe.

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  34. Dave W Says:

    RichardC said: All the other on demand players that are on Freetime,the news and sport apps and Youtube. I live in Scotland (or Northern Ireland for example).ITV1 is STV here UTV in Nothern Ireland. We get ITV2,3 and 4 though.
    We do not get Itv player yet it is on my Youview box as is Stv player so why not on Freetime. It is part of the advertised Freetime offer and I think it should be available outside of England and Wales. So when am I getting what I was promised when I bought my Freetime box? STV have not said they are bringing STV player to Freetime as far as I know and in any case that wouldn’t include ITV2,3and 4 catch up.

    In response to a question I asked STV a couple of weeks ago they said that Freesat is one of the platforms they are considering for STV Player. The more people who ask for it the better so let them know you want to see it on Freesat via viewerenquiries@stv.tv
    Likewise for ITV Player viewerservices@itv.com

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  35. RichardC Says:

    We shouldn’t have to beg ITV for on demand players that are on all other platforms. More people have Freesat/time than have YouView yet both players are on YouView without any begging by consumers. It’s up to Freesat to do the right thing by its customers after all ITV are shareholders in Freesat.

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  36. RichardC Says:

    ITV are shareholders in Freesat yet ITV player is unavailable in two of the home countries. Are they waiting for the result of the Scottish indapendance rererendum in Sept or what :D

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  37. Neil Says:

    RichardC said:
    ITV are shareholders in Freesat yet ITV player is unavailable in two of the home countries. Are they waiting for the result of the Scottish indapendance rererendum in Sept or what

    Is ITV Player on youview in full north of the border or just restricted to ITV2/3/4 content?

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  38. Michael Says:

    As far as I’m aware, YouView doesn’t use postcode verification for channel allocation whereas Freesat does.
    IMO unless local news is important to you then the simple solution would be to use a borders postcode as I believe that does allow access to ITVPlayer.
    It may not be the most ideal solution, but it will fill the void until if and when a player gets added to your region.

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  39. RichardC Says:

    Neil said: Is ITV Player on youview in full north of the border or just restricted to ITV2/3/4 content?

    Good question Neil. I must research that. When I mention youview I mean as supplied by TalkTalk only. Box takes 4mins to boot up from cold so I rarely fire it up.

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  40. RichardC Says:

    Michael said:
    As far as I’m aware, YouView doesn’t use postcode verification for channel allocation whereas Freesat does.
    IMO unless local news is important to you then the simple solution would be to use a borders postcode as I believe that does allow access to ITVPlayer.
    It may not be the most ideal solution, but it will fill the void until if and when a player gets added to your region.

    TalkTalk youview does use postcode verification.
    Using a borders post code on freesat gives me ITV player but I would lose BBC1 Scotland HD. Frankly I would rather have the HD channel. STV HD is said to be coming to Freesat in April and they may or may not bring STV player to Freetime eventually. That is no good reason for ITV player not being on Freetime in two of the four home nations as ITV 2,3and 4 player.

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  41. Neil Says:

    RichardC said: TalkTalk youviewdoes use postcode verification.
    Using a borders post code on freesat gives me ITV player but I would lose BBC1 Scotland HD. Frankly I would rather have the HD channel. STV HD is said to be coming to Freesat in April and they may or may not bring STV player to Freetime eventually. That is no good reason for ITV player not being on Freetime in two of the four home nations as ITV 2,3and 4 player.

    Don’t you get ITV Border and BBC Scotland with a Scottish Borders postcode though (ie Dumfries, Lockerbie, Galashiels, Gretna etc)?

    Not good news on the youview box – 4 mins is a long time!

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  42. RichardC Says:

    Neil said: Don’t you get ITV Border and BBC Scotland with a Scottish Borders postcode though (ie Dumfries, Lockerbie, Galashiels, Gretna etc)?
    Not good news on the youview box – 4 mins is a long time!

    Yes you do but not BBC1 Scotland HD just SD on normal G1 Freesat that is haven’t tried borders postcode with Freetime but I expect it would be the same. As regards ITV player on TalkTalk it’s ITV2,3,4and,CITV no ITV1 so it could and should be on Freesat as well. There is also S4/C player on TalkTalk btw. The boot up time is actually just under three minutes I noticed from a standing start in high eco mode. They also do a low eco mode where the box is left in high standby and is much quicker.

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  43. ASK Says:

    Re post 42, Try DG1 4AP. I have used this for years on my Humax. This is the postcode for Dumfries Hospital, and gives me BBC1HD and ITV HD.

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  44. ASK Says:

    Re post 42, Try DG1 4AP. I have used this for years on my Humax. This is the postcode for Dumfries Hospital, and gives me BBC1 Scot HD and ITV HD.

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  45. Richard Says:

    ASK said:
    Re post 42, Try DG1 4AP. I have used this for years on my Humax. This is the postcode for Dumfries Hospital, and gives me BBC1 Scot HD and ITV HD.

    Thanks but I want to keep the correct channels for my post code in central Scotland and get STV HD in April.

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  46. Brian Damage Says:

    I can’t imagine that Panasonic will release firmware to enable Freetime on any older models.

    A shame that Panasonic hasn’t copied Samsung, and produced hardware/software upgrade boxes for their range of TV’s.

    Also a shame that Panasonic still haven’t fixed the TV reboot problem currently affecting the Vierra Connect BBC iPlayer on the 2011 range – but that’s a whole other story.

    (I have a low opinion of Panasonic’s software/customer support)

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  47. Neil Says:

    Brian Damage said:
    I can’t imagine that Panasonic will release firmware to enable Freetime on any older models.
    A shame that Panasonic hasn’t copied Samsung, and produced hardware/software upgrade boxes for their range of TV’s.
    Also a shame that Panasonic still haven’t fixed the TV reboot problem currently affecting the Vierra Connect BBC iPlayer on the 2011 range – but that’s a whole other story.
    (I have a low opinion of Panasonic’s software/customer support)

    I only wished Panasonic would have sorted the Symbol Rate bug issue on the BS750/BS850 units but didn’t expect anything else as this is how big manufacturers are. ITV Player on these units would also have been nice but am of the thinking this is technically not an issue but more a political one that Samsung have exclusivity in the Smart TV market for ITV Player and Panasonic simply not being allowed to implement it.

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  48. Anthony Says:

    Will these new tv’s be twin IDTV’s incorporating Freesat HD and Freeview HD tuners simultaneously?

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  49. Groundskeeper Willie Says:

    @ 48

    Just the top of the range models I expect.

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  50. RichardC Says:

    Any chance of Community Ch HD coming to Freesat?

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  51. RichardC Says:

    RichardC said:
    Any chance of Community Ch HD coming to Freesat?

    Since the BBC is a corporate member and it’s on Freeview 109 like.

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  52. Neil Says:

    RichardC said: Since the BBC is a corporate member and it’s on Freeview 109 like.

    Sky uplink it for them so no doubt that they would do some shady FTV deal to try and keep it off Freesat, hopefully not though. I believe all content is currently upscaled SD so possibly if their playout is migrating to HD it’s not happened yet.

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  53. RichardC Says:

    Neil said: Sky uplink it for them so no doubt that they would do some shady FTV deal to try and keep it off Freesat, hopefully not though. I believe all content is currently upscaled SD so possibly if their playout is migrating to HD it’s not happened yet.

    I read somewhere that Sky have paid millions to keep HD off Freesat.

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  54. RichardC Says:

    It looks like BBC 1 HD in England, Scotland and Wales is moving to 101 on Monday 24th March.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/news/news_item29.html

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  55. Michael Says:

    RichardC said:
    It looks like BBC 1 HD in England, Scotland and Wales is moving to 101 on Monday 24th March.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/news/news_item29.html

    I wonder whats going to happen to BET+1 & True Entertainment as BBC1 & BBC2 SD are taking over those.

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  56. Neil Says:

    Michael said: I wonder whats going to happen to BET+1 & True Entertainment as BBC1 & BBC2 SD are taking over those.

    That’s on Sky – the same swap, when it happens on Freesat, will be 101 for 108, 102 for 109 together with BBC Three/Four/News/CBBC and CBeebies. I don’t think is very far away considering they’ve already done it in Northern Ireland for BBC One now.

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  57. RichardC Says:

    Neil said: That’s on Sky – the same swap, when it happens on Freesat, will be 101 for 108, 102 for 109 together with BBC Three/Four/News/CBBC and CBeebies. I don’t think is very far away considering they’ve already done it in Northern Ireland for BBC One now.

    “On 24th March, we’re performing some channel swaps on Sky and Freesat.”
    Tomorrow unless they are talking about 2015 :D

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  58. Neil Says:

    RichardC said: “On 24th March, we’re performing some channel swaps on Sky and Freesat.”
    Tomorrow unless they are talking about 2015

    Yes but it doesn’t actually list the Freesat LCN swaps in different regions – quite poorly done if you ask me. I’m also sure it’s been edited and now just says “Satellite channel number swaps”.

    If it happens for Freesat tomorrow then great stuff, bring it on as the sooner the better for me – I just wonder considering previously all these changes have happened on Sky before Freesat whether they’ll stall the Freesat moves.

    Admin, worth a separate post?

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  59. Mike Says:

    The table that accompanied that BBC Reception post has disappeared (as at 23:30). It currently just reads:
    “On 24th March, we’re performing some channel swaps on Sky and Freesat.

    Further information on the new channel positions will be available shortly”

    I assume the page will have change again at some point soon…

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  60. Anthony Says:

    ITVHD Granada disappeared last thurs or fri on Freesat at a friends house and a quick retune restored it, will this happen again?

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  61. RichardC Says:

    Anthony said:
    ITVHD Granada disappeared last thurs or fri on Freesat at a friends house and a quick retune restored it, will this happen again?

    http://www.a516digital.com/2014/02/itv-hd-move-causes-disruption-to-some.html

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  62. Anthony Says:

    RichardC said: http://www.a516digital.com/2014/02/itv-hd-move-causes-disruption-to-some.html

    Ahh just a one-off occurrence, that’s ok.

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  63. Michael Says:

    HD channel swaps now on Freesat as well as National variants being added:

    972 BBC1 Eng HD
    973 BBC1 Scot HD
    976 BBC1 Wal HD
    978 BBC1 NI HD

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  64. RichardC Says:

    Michael said:
    HD channel swaps now on Freesat as well as National variants being added:
    972 BBC1 Eng HD
    973 BBC1 Scot HD
    976 BBC1 Wal HD
    978 BBC1 NI HD

    1HD Scotland and 2HD used to be on 108 and 109. Now 1HD Scotland is on 101 (good) but 2HD is still on 109 because 102 is 2SD Scotland. Not too clever that unless they are bringing out a 2HD Scotland soon to put on 102.

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  65. RichardC Says:

    What a dogs breakfast unless you live in England where BBC2HD is on 102 apparently.

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  66. admin Says:

    RichardC said:
    What a dogs breakfast unless you live in England where BBC2HD is on 102 apparently.

    All down to Scottish politics and broadcasting rights. Seems STV don’t want to offer a similar service; compounded in so many industries no doubt if Scotland achieved independence!

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  67. Michael Says:

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  68. pollensa1946 Says:

    admin said: All down to Scottish politics and broadcasting rights. Seems STV don’t want to offer a similar service; compounded in so many industries no doubt if Scotland achieved independence!

    What a load of rubbish! This is down to a straightforward commercial dispute between STV and ITV, centred on revenue. It has nothing whatsoever to do with politics. If you want to start a debate on Scottish independence then start a website on that subject and spare us your thoughts on this one.

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  69. Ian rangeley Says:

    I have a 55″ LED Panny with built in Freeview Freesat tuners, just noticed EPG on Freesat now has HD section so Panny must be updating firm ware or is that Freesat?

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  70. kdhuk Says:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/10909628/BBC-and-ITV-battle-Arqiva-on-future-of-Freeview.html

    ” The BBC and ITV are at loggerheads with Arqiva, the company that runs Britain’s terrestrial TV masts, over plans for an internet-connected television standard meant as the successor to Freeview.

    It is understood the broadcasters want the ‘Freeview Connect’ project to adopt technology developed by Freesat, the free satellite television service, rather than go back to the drawing board and risk losing audience share as viewers turn to on-demand services from pay-TV operators. Freeview Connect was announced this month by Digital UK, a consortium comprising the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Arqiva. ”

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