Rumours of UKTV going FTA

Strong rumours suggest that UKTV are potentially going FTA very soon, as it appears they have started dual illuminating on a new UK spot transponder.

This potentially means that a deal is done with Freesat and will see a few of the UKTV channels coming very soon; though it is unclear at this stage which channels.

More information as soon as it becomes available/official.

68 thoughts on “Rumours of UKTV going FTA”

  1. It is a start. They havent finished the changes but I suspect that it will replicate freeview/virginmedia basic package uktv channels

  2. Well I guarantee you won’t get a compliment from me. I’m so happy that they are coming. And I’ll be the first to say good on FREESAT they must have worked hard to get uktv on board.

  3. Paul. said:
    Cue the moaning that it’s not all channels, not HD, not the +1s too.

    Yep, I can see it now “Why have we not got Dave HD”

    Normally a time shift goes FTA if the main channel does, only Yesterday has a time shift so we’ll have to see. All UKTV’s timeshifts are still on a PE transponder though.

  4. Dan said:
    Well I guarantee you won’t get a compliment from me. I’m so happy that they are coming. And I’ll be the first to say good on FREESAT they must have worked hard to get uktv on board.

    Sounds like a compliment to me!

  5. Dan said:
    Well I guarantee you won’t get a compliment from me. I’m so happy that they are coming. And I’ll be the first to say good on FREESAT they must have worked hard to get uktv on board.

    Yes, it’s the best big news for Freesat in quite some time. What with Sky’s price increases, I hope that the addition of these UKTV channels provides an extra incentive for satellite viewers to drop Sky and convert to Freesat.

  6. Brilliant. I’ll stick to my word. These four joined so I’ll be buying a freetime box. Judging by a couple of comments above, freesat might be getting a few quid in upgraded boxes from existing customers with this change!

  7. Dan said:
    Brilliant. I’ll stick to my word. These four joined so I’ll be buying a freetime box. Judging by a couple of comments above, freesat might be getting a few quid in upgraded boxes from existing customers with this change!

    The icing to this cake too is we may also see UKTV Play launch with Netflix as in the next week or two – would make perfect sense. Pure speculation of course!

  8. With these arriving if you don’t want first dibs on expensive cable drama and top level sport, freesat will have about 90% of what anyone would really want day to day.

    What I’d like to see next (!) is Freesat prompt the likes of CBS and Sony to up their game regarding bitrates. Right now they are at about 70% of proper SD, I can’t believe it costs much to go the extra to broadcast at 720×576

  9. So steong rumours of a reshuffle now, Channel 5 HD going fta on freeview and in time freesat, and this is holding up Dave’s inclusion. Does that mean that Dave HD is also coming!

  10. Anon e mous said:
    Next on the wish list, can we have the misisng Sky FTA +1 channels now please ? ……

    We already have the + 1s.

    JamesB said:
    So steong rumours of a reshuffle now, Channel 5 HD going fta on freeview and in time freesat, and this is holding up Dave’s inclusion. Does that mean that Dave HD is also coming!

    And great news freesat are doing a great job And I’ll be keeping my word and ordering the new model freesat box. In white cos my wife’s typical it’ll match lol.

  11. JamesB said:
    So steong rumours of a reshuffle now, Channel 5 HD going fta on freeview and in time freesat, and this is holding up Dave’s inclusion. Does that mean that Dave HD is also coming!

    Where does it say 5 HD is going on Freeview apart from their years old statement?

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