Quest and Quest Red launch on Freesat

Freesat have today announced the launch of Quest and Quest Red on Freesat. The two channels are now available for Freesat viewers to watch, for free, on channel numbers 167 and 169.

Freesat viewers can now enjoy popular programmes such as Salvage Hunters, Wheeler Dealers and Spanish Civil War with Michael Portillo on Quest, plus Say Yes to the Dress, Long Lost Family US and Paranormal Lockdown with Nick Groff on Quest Red. Viewers with a taste for reality TV can look forward to an exclusive 12-part series of Katie Price: My Crazy Life on Quest Red starting on 10th July.

Quest and Quest Red, with programmes that span a range of genres including factual, documentaries, sport, entertainment, crime and reality, take their places among more than 200 subscription-free channels available on Freesat. The launch also underlines the platform’s strong commitment to offering the most-loved TV channels to the two million homes that watch Freesat.

Commenting on the launch, Alistair Thom, managing director at Freesat said:

Making the most popular channels available to our viewers for free is what Freesat is all about. We’re thrilled that these two great channels are coming to Freesat – our customers love entertainment, and with a huge variety of programmes on offer, there’s something to suit everyone.

Martin Heaton Cooper, SVP chief operating officer, Discovery Networks UK and Ireland added:

By launching on Freesat, Quest and Quest Red are immediately available to an additional two million households in the UK that now have a chance to watch our wide range of programmes for the very first time,

The partnership with Freesat is yet another important step in our goal to reach all viewers across every screen,

Quest launched in 2009 and has steadily grown to become one of the biggest free to air TV channels for men. Quest Red launched in March of this year as the home of “irresistibly real TV” tailor-made for viewers who love real life entertainment.

28 thoughts on “Quest and Quest Red launch on Freesat”

  1. its great news but when are quest +1 and quest red +1 launching on Freesat as they are free to air too, as would like them to be part of the service too…

  2. Happy to see these additions to the channel line-up but was just wondering if anyone knows when the +1 channels will join.

  3. And about time too, now pleeeeeease maybe Dave not just for me but to complete the collection of channels Freesat has been deprived of for years.

  4. Paul Ryan said:
    And about time too, now pleeeeeease maybe Dave not just for me but to complete the collection of channels Freesat has been deprived of for years.

    One day Paul it will happen… for now though let’s be happy at what is a milestone achievement for Freesat and Discovery getting these two channels on-board and we’ll out of Sky’s subscription pack.

  5. make that “well out of Sky’s subscription pack” – predictive text on mobile phones!

  6. Yep, this is excellent news for Freesat not least because these channels are direct defections from Sky. I expect that the two +1 channels will join in due course.

    While Sky might be useful for HD, sports and blockbuster movies, Freesat’s continued growth and improvement makes Sky’s base level entertainment pack look like pretty poor value for money.

  7. Tim said:
    Yep, this is excellent news for Freesat not least because these channels are direct defections from Sky. I expect that the two +1 channels will join in due course.
    While Sky might be useful for HD, sports and blockbuster movies, Freesat’s continued growth and improvement makes Sky’s base level entertainment pack look like pretty poor value for money.

    I agree Tim. Sky base pack is rubbish I’ve not counted but probably only about 10 extra channels for £22 a month there having a laugh…..

    Freesat is miles better and getting better year on year.

  8. My friend text told me, Freesat yes see have got Quest channel 167 and Quest Red channel number 169 been available service very happy now
    Missing Deaf Subtitles lose now never mind maybe later future. And 1+ maybe later waiting for see date.

  9. Quest is just another dumping ground for shows about loud yanks rummaging about in containers – there must be half a dozen of these by now. That said they are showing Mark Evans car restoration series so I’ll record him. Like Ed China and yet nothing like him at all!

  10. Quest+1 and Red+1 are still on a Europe beam even though they’ve been set to FTA. Presumably a transponder move to the UK spot beam will happen before they’re added to the EPG to avoid an EPG add and then an EPG change, which I’d imagine are two chargeable operations.

  11. mike65 said:
    Quest is just another dumping ground for shows about loud yanks rummaging about in containers – there must be half a dozen of these by now. That said they are showing Mark Evans car restoration series so I’ll record him. Like Ed China and yet nothing like him at all!

    They do show a fair bit of these during the daytime. I quite like the “How It’s Made” programmes, they are quite old now but some of the things they showcase being manufactured are interesting – seen a fair few episodes on the TV’s in my Gym which seem to be on Quest a fair bit! Certainly better than Homes Under The Hammer or the dreadful Victoria Derbyshire on a weekday morning!

    I suspect by the EPG numbering that the time shift versions of both these channels aren’t too far away for us either.

  12. Hello Paul didn’t Subtitles on Quest and Quest Red please tell me now I want talk you about Subtitles?

  13. Quest+1 and Red+1 are encrypted again. If there is a plan to add them to Freesat, they’re not imminent.

  14. Shannon said:
    Hello Paul didn’t Subtitles on Quest and Quest Red please tell me now I want talk you about Subtitles?

    Me? Subtitles are carried on Quest and Red, but they’re only the old style page 888 Teletext subtitles. I don’t know if recent Freesat equipment has the old-style Teletext decoder built in.

    My old first generation Humax does have the Teletext decoder. I press Sub, select Teletext and enter 888 as the page number. To do anything such as changing channels after switching Teletext subtitles on I have to press Exit.

  15. I notice today that BBC channels in the guide have an option to re-start the current show through I-player..excellent integration. Channel logos in the guide have been replaced with just the names though..is there a way to get logos back?

  16. Did anyone else see ITV Encore testing on non fresat mode this around 9 am this morning i was going through the non freesat mode and i notice ITV Encore was on with Kavanagh QC but went back off after a short while.

  17. Jay said:
    Did anyone else see ITV Encore testing on non fresat mode this around 9 am this morning i was going through the non freesat mode and i notice ITV Encore was on with Kavanagh QC but went back off after a short while.

    Yes I noticed ITV Encore last night then later this morning it was off again ITV must be testing this channel for future it will be great to see this channel go free to air after the contract runs out with Sky.

  18. Jay said:
    Did anyone else see ITV Encore testing on non fresat mode this around 9 am this morning i was going through the non freesat mode and i notice ITV Encore was on with Kavanagh QC but went back off after a short while.

    This is good news if ITV Encore was testing I did over hear that ITV may let ITV Encore go free to air in the future but worried that Sky will make another deal with ITV to be honest i think the next channel will be UKTV Home but who knows.

  19. Hey Guys ITV Encore was testing again this afternoon for 1 hour at lunchtime my Dad said he spotted the channel on Non Freesat Mode this is great news. Hope this is a sign that the channel is going free to air at last.

  20. Yes, Paul. I know show like subtitles on Freesat Quest and Quest Red need fixed Subtitles being important pogramme sevice subtitles on Freesat. And now my dad have Sky subtitles, my mum have Virgin Media subtitles, my brother have Freeview subtitles, my sister have Freesat From Sky subtitles and my have Freesat subtitles working fine. Thanks Paul enough 👋 OK bye.

  21. Gregg said:
    Hey Guys ITV Encore was testing again this afternoon for 1 hour at lunchtime my Dad said he spotted the channel on Non Freesat Mode this is great news. Hope this is a sign that the channel is going free to air at last.

    ITV Encore would be a great addition to Freesat but I’m not building my hopes up as Sky may make another deal to keep it encrypted but then again ITV could turn around and make Encore free to air but we will keep checking to see if this channels tests again but i remember 4Music did the same.

  22. I really like Quest Red but why are the subtitles so hit and miss?
    If you look at the info panel it states that none of the progs have subtitles, yet if you switch to some of the progs, after a few seconds the subtitles come on…………. weird or what?

  23. Missed like Subtitles on Quest and Quest Red by Freesat Humax unlike, another box Sony Freesat never buy nothing jobs didn’t happened why?

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