We have launched a new poll on the left hand side of the page asking which HD channel you would like to see on Freesat next.
The key thing here is that we’ve picked channels that are most likely to join Freesat in the future; from the main stream UK broadcasters.
We know Channel 4 are in discussions with Freesat into bringing C4HD to the platform soon, but is this the HD channel you’d most like to see?
Don’t forget to vote, and by all means leave comments specific to this post below.
Five HD today launched on both the Sky and Virgin Media platforms; unfortunately though Freesat isn’t expected to gain this channel any time soon.
Many, including Five themselves will tell you that the reason for the lack of Five HD (as well as Fiver and Five US) is because of space available on the narrow Astra2D beam required to broadcast in the clear as a UK broadcaster.
In reality, the reason is that Sky pay Five a nice sum of money to remain encrypted, ensuring they are the only satellite based platform with these channels. Until a time when Freesat has a sufficient number of viewers (so advertising revenue accounts for more), or Ofcom some how force Five into broadening their access, it looks like we’ll be without.
If anything changes on this, or we get an official response from our questions to Five, we’ll let you know.