A little late but WRN Radio and France24 were added to the Freesat EPG on 22-Aug-08.
Oddly, we’ve not had official announcement from Freesat on these channels, nor did they appear in the usual way on the data streams prior to launch, so we couldn’t pre-empt their arrival.
Sorry for the late posting, its been one of them days! Just to let you know that Freesat have confirmed the launch of BET, Zone Horror + 1, Information TV, Kix!, Celebrity Shop and Simply Shopping, which will appear automatically on your Freesat EPG on Friday 8th August as we previously suggested.
In a statement from Freesat regarding the new channels, Emma Scott, Managing Director of Freesat said:
Freesat is committed to providing viewers with the best of free-to-air programming and a diverse choice, with something for everyone. BET is a huge brand name in the US and its style and range of programming will be tremendously popular with viewers in the UK. In addition, a channel like Kix! brings an exciting style of kids TV programming onto the platform.
BET International, Senior Vice President, Michael Armstrong added
We are delighted to be partnering Freesat in what we view as an important process in our distribution strategy. We believe that our exclusive content should be seen by as wide an audience as possible, Freesat delivers a free-to-air solution that fits into our aggressive audience growth plan for the UK.
Update 08/08/08 11:29 – Channels now available for download
Thanks to digitalspy member ‘mitsubishi’ the following channels seem to have appeared in the data stream ready for inclusion on the Freesat EPG. They include:
– Information TV
– Simply Shopping
– Zone Horror +1
– Celebrity Shop
We don’t have any official confirmation on these channels at the moment, but some detective work by another digitalspy member ‘Strathclyde’ would suggest a 8th August launch, as Information TV’s website states:
We’re launching on FREESAT Friday 8th August ! Channel 406