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Jul 18 2017

Freesat have today announced that UKTV’s Dave and Home, two of the UK’s best-known and highly-regarded television channels, are to launch on the platform on the 1st August 2017. Dave will be available on channel number 157 and Home on 166.

Dave is one of the UK’s most-watched non-PSB channels and hosts a brilliantly addictive mix of comedy and reality shows, including new and original commissions, established favourites, and hit series from America. Winner of Best Entertainment Channel at the 2016 Broadcast Digital Awards, Dave has become a byword for reliably funny content and is packed with the biggest names in British comedy, appearing on shows like Taskmaster, Dave Gorman Modern Life is Goodish, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Crackanory, Red Dwarf XI and Dara O’Briain’s Go 8 Bit.

Home is the UK’s only dedicated homes channel, bursting with inspirational home and gardens programming such as My Flat-Pack Home, Nick Knowles’ Original Features, Make My Home Bigger, Fantasy Homes by the Sea, and Kitchen SOS. Hit series on Home also include Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, DIY SOS, Escape to the Country, The Hotel Inspector and A Place in the Sun: Home or Away. The channel provides welcoming, energetic and stylish programming, featuring practical and inspiring homes content together with heartwarming stories.

Commenting on the launch, Alistair Thom, Managing Director at Freesat said:

We are thrilled that these two iconic and hugely popular channels are coming to Freesat, where they will be available to watch for free. Freesat is dedicated to giving our two million homes the most compelling content and Dave and Home are spilling over with both new and established shows that people love.

Simon Michaelides, Chief Commercial Officer at UKTV, said:

We’re delighted to be launching Dave and Home on Freesat. With original programmes such as Taskmaster and Dara O Briain’s Go 8 Bit, Dave is one of the nation’s most watched non-public service channels and Home has grown by over 20% year on year thanks to shows such as Ground Force and Escape to the Country. Launching on Freesat means UKTV will be entertaining more viewers than ever before.

45 Responses to “UKTV’s Dave and Home to launch on Freesat”

  1. Freemz Says:

    Just as I predicted, once Quest was launched by Discovery, UKTV would make Dave available on Freesat, great news & now makes it an easier choice when deciding between Freeview & Freesat.
    Keep it coming Freesat, maybe now you have these try focus on getting the channels to switch from SD to HD, would be great if they could get all the channels to broadcast in HD and become the only fully HD broadcaster in the UK.

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  2. stigbeater Says:

    this is great news! but what would be good is if freesat could convince motorsport.tv to come over to FTV and join the platform.

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  3. RAM Says:

    Superb!

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  4. JCJ Says:

    Dave, Something we have wanted to see on Freesat for some time. Thank you for listening to us.

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  5. Johnny Says:

    This is great news to see Dave and Home coming on Freesat thank you.

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  6. Jay Says:

    Thank you i have been waiting for Dave and Home to arrive on Freesat.

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  7. Paul Ryan Says:

    Yiiippppeee, now we are talking, no need for Freeview to top up my Freesat Channel Choice anymore!

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  8. Neil Says:

    This is a milestone achievement…. once Really, Drama and Yesterday launched then “Dave” clearly wasn’t far away. Glad to see the channel finally launch, Home will be a good addition but nowhere near as compelling as Dave.

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  9. Gregg Says:

    Great to finally see Dave and Home coming on Freesat I suspect we will also be getting UKTV Play On Demand at some point.

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  10. Johnny Says:

    ITV Encore was testing again on Non Freesat mode again on Monday afternoon for 1 hour after it was testing on Sunday night.

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  11. Gregg Says:

    Johnny said:
    ITV Encore was testing again on Non Freesat mode again on Monday afternoon for 1 hour after it was testing on Sunday night.

    Hi Johnny yes my Dad said he spotted the channel on Monday afternoon on Non Freesat mode when he was going through the channels and stumbled upon Encore playing for about an hour before it went off again I suspect ITV are planning to let Encore go free to air soon. but for now im happy with Dave and Home being added on August and if ITV adds Encore in the future it will be great news for freesat viewers but still think Sky will crop up and make another deal with ITV to keep Encore encrypted

    Also i would like to ask others what do they think about ITV Encore could we see this channel coming in the future.

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  12. Neil Says:

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here Gregg. No, I don’t think Encore will go FTA unless ITV and Sky decide its a disaster pay TV-wise. Saying that, almost every pay venture ITV has been involved with has never ended well!

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  13. Ian Says:

    Excellent news
    With the last month or so of channels I reacon anythink is now possible

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  14. mike65 Says:

    Well well well, I’ll now be able to watch Top Gear on a loop until I die!
    Hopefully (but I suspect I’m wasting that quality) they’ll be showing it at the full SD rate and not the “lite” version of the current three channels.

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  15. Tiffany Says:

    Wow we are finally getting Dave and Home and also just to confirm after reading some of the comments regarding Encore i also saw the channel testing on Sunday night through to Monday morning. I did hear that ITV Encore may be going free to air i agree with Ian with all these channels coming anything is now possible.

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  16. Ian Vallender Says:

    Since all the flats in my block are fitted with Satellite television as part of the communal aerial system this is more of a reason to go with freesat over freeview not sure what to think about Itv encore but will see if it comes to freesat!

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  17. AndyC Says:

    Excellent news and I’m not knocking it, however it won’t be a total win until the channels are available on Freesat in HD. Just saying…

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  18. Neil Says:

    AndyC said:
    Excellent news and I’m not knocking it, however it won’t be a total win until the channels are available on Freesat in HD. Just saying…

    I agree with you but we’re a long way off that I’m afraid. Freesat need to concentrate on getting C4 to bring us E4HD as a starting point but that’s for a totally different conversation. I think we should all respect the milestone achievement by both Freesat and UKTV in finally reaching pretty much parity between DTT and DSAT. The last channels which would be good would be Sony Movies and Sony TV, I’m sure all this hasn’t passed them by!

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  19. Ian Says:

    Neil said: I agree with you but we’re a long way off that I’m afraid. Freesat need to concentrate on getting C4 to bring us E4HD as a starting point but that’s for a totally different conversation. I think we should all respect the milestone achievement by both Freesat and UKTV in finally reaching pretty much parity between DTT and DSAT. The last channels which would be good would be Sony Movies and Sony TV, I’m sure all this hasn’t passed them by!

    I think I’ve seen somewhere that the Sony channels and going it be part of the sky entertainment pack from next month not sure where I’ve seen this… but on another note it’s great that uktv are putting all there free channels on freesat sometimes I used to think channels forget about freesat maybe no more now.

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  20. Keith Cobby Says:

    AndyC said:
    Excellent news and I’m not knocking it, however it won’t be a total win until the channels are available on Freesat in HD. Just saying…

    I’ve just woken from a long sleep to realise we are in 2017 and still watching SD on our HD televisions.

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  21. Ian Says:

    Keith Cobby said: I’ve just woken from a long sleep to realise we are in 2017 and still watching SD on our HD televisions.

    I can see where your coming from.but don’t forget there FREEEE 😁😁

    I think you can pay for them if that’s what you want but I’m happy there FREE

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  22. AndyC Says:

    I think I must be turning into an HD snob. All the channels I watch are HD and that makes SD channels almost unwatchable. I’m not so desperate to view these “minor” channels to pay $ky (or anyone else for that matter) for the privilege of doing so so I’ll likely just stick with the HD channels I’m currently watching.

    Perhaps UKTV’s on demand service should find its way onto Freesat? The quality of BBC iPlayer is far superior to SD (pretty much HD quality to my eyes) so that might be a way forward for UKTV if their true HD broadcast channels are tied in to a binding contract with some evil conglomerate.

    Don’t get me wrong, this IS all good news and I’m pleased it’s happening, however for me the channels not being in HD is going to be a show stopper, or at least prevent me watching them all that much.

    At this point, I’ll take cover… 😉

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  23. Neil Says:

    Ian said: I think I’ve seen somewhere that the Sony channels and going it be part of the sky entertainment pack from next month not sure where I’ve seen this… but on another note it’s great that uktv are putting all there free channels on freesat sometimes I used to think channels forget about freesat maybe no more now.

    That’s SET (Sony Entertainment TV), their South Asian channel. Ironically this was once on Freesat when it went FTA some time back. Sony TV, the UK based entertainment channel, is different and FTV.

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  24. Robert Kelleher Says:

    Very good news. The next one we really want is E4HD or Film4 HD

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  25. Keith Cobby Says:

    AndyC said:
    I think I must be turning into an HD snob. All the channels I watch are HD and that makes SD channels almost unwatchable. I’m not so desperate to view these “minor” channels to pay $ky (or anyone else for that matter) for the privilege of doing so so I’ll likely just stick with the HD channels I’m currently watching.
    Perhaps UKTV’s on demand service should find its way onto Freesat? The quality of BBC iPlayer is far superior to SD (pretty much HD quality to my eyes) so that might be a way forward for UKTV if their true HD broadcast channels are tied in to a binding contract with some evil conglomerate.
    Don’t get me wrong, this IS all good news and I’m pleased it’s happening, however for me the channels not being in HD is going to be a show stopper, or at least prevent me watching them all that much.
    At this point, I’ll take cover… 😉

    I rarely leave the HD section of the EPG.

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  26. mike65 Says:

    You are missing a lot!

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  27. Mark Selby Says:

    Great news that dave coming to freesat but what channels will we lose on freesat everytime they add new channels we always lose a good channel

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  28. Keith Cobby Says:

    I prefer quality over quantity. Fact is there are too many channels on Freeview/Freesat/Sky. Should be fewer with more HD.

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  29. Mark Selby Says:

    It would be nice if cbs brought out a scifi channel to freesat aswell

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  30. Ian Says:

    Mark Selby said:
    It would be nice if cbs brought out a scifi channel to freesat aswell

    The sci-fi channel is going to be apart of NOW TV this year so don’t think it will join freesat for some time but with it joining NOW TV 😁

    I’m really happy with the recent additions but not sure what will be next ?

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  31. Neil Says:

    Apart from Sony TV and Sony Movies what is there left to join (in SD anyway)?

    My calculations make five SD channels left on Freeview which aren’t on Freesat:

    Dave ja Vu
    Sony Movies
    TBN UK
    Quest +1
    Quest Red +1

    The latter two look like they’ll be joining, going off Quest/Quest Red’s Freesat EPG placement, only Sony Movies left not on the platform.

    Let’s hope, just hope, that 2017 is also the year that we may get some more FTA HD from the main PSB’s such as E4HD or Film4HD.

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  32. Johnny Says:

    ITV may be bringing some channels to Free to air, that’s why Encore was testing last week. Please hope the talks break down so we can get some new channels including some HD channels.

    http://www.a516digital.com/2017/07/itv-to-plug-ad-revenue-drop-with.html

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  33. Paul. The other one. Says:

    Dave and Home are FTA for those who can’t wait until Tuesday (or Wedensday for those with a Generation 1 Humax).

    12129, V, 27500, 2/3.

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  34. mike65 Says:

    Paramount on the way next year by the looks of it and a new sport channel in the next month or two. It’s all happening suddenly!.

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  35. Johnny Says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing the new sport channel its good to see all these new channels coming.

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  36. Tiffany Says:

    I would love to see all ITV and Channel 4 Channels in HD in the future. Looking forward to Tuesday for Dave and Home being added to the lineup i have to say this has been one of the best year for Freesat getting all these channels from 4 Music to Quest and Quest Red i now believe that any channels is possible now.

    I used to be a Sky customer left them after being bullied by them when trying to cancel last year i made the best move moving to Freesat saving me £80 a month.

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  37. Ian Says:

    Tiffany said:
    I would love to see all ITV and Channel 4 Channels in HD in the future. Looking forward to Tuesday for Dave and Home being added to the lineup i have to say this has been one of the best year for Freesat getting all these channels from 4 Music to Quest and Quest Red i now believe that any channels is possible now.
    I used to be a Sky customer left them after being bullied by them when trying to cancel last year i made the best move moving to Freesat saving me £80 a month.

    I agree with everything you’ve said Tiffany 😀
    It’ll only get better aswell.

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  38. Jay Says:

    I also used to be with Sky myself like others i also cancelled Sky after 15 years
    with them every channel that i watched on Sky were all free to air channels i didnt bother with the sports or movies.

    Now i watch all the same channels for free on Freesat i also agree with Tiffany i now save £40.00 a month and i watch most of my movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime.

    I would love to see Amazon Prime come to Freesat in the future.

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  39. Gregg Says:

    Does anybody know when Dave and Home will be added today.

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  40. Llew Says:

    Tiffany Says:

    July 30th, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    I would love to see all ITV and Channel 4 Channels in HD in the future. Looking forward to Tuesday for Dave and Home being added to the lineup i have to say this has been one of the best year for Freesat getting all these channels from 4 Music to Quest and Quest Red i now believe that any channels is possible now.

    If I’m not mistaken Tiffany I believe ITV jointly own Freesat along with the BBC
    so I would expect ITV would want to make all their channels available on Freesat eventually

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  41. Paul. The other one. Says:

    Gregg said:
    Does anybody know when Dave and Home will be added today.

    Don’t know what time the change was actually made, but Freesat posted on Twitter just before 12:10 that the channels were live. Owners of the first generation Humax boxes won’t see the channels until the overnight housekeeping is done at 3am.

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  42. Shannon Says:

    Freesat like Quest Subtitles unhappy ☹ very sad my friend deaf girl cry by Quest channel number is 167 and Quest Red channel number is 169 both missed subtitles problem we wants to see programming service available why thinggetting subtitles very important must trying fixed now difficult. Watch like Wheeler Dealers [S] Subtitles I like Edd China. Deaf children wants on Quest Subtitles please must trying properly confused feeling sad.

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  43. Ronnie Says:

    Oh I’m sorry Shannon.I hear you right about Freesat both Quest channel number is 167 and Quest Red channel number is 169 yes missed Subtitles maybe later try fixed can important available service channel programme will soon Freesat Channel Subtitles some more better. And I understand Deaf Children unhappy wants to Quest Subtitles on Freesat 2017 explain like to do Subtitles on Freesat Quest difficult try Subtitles some times.

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  44. Dipper Says:

    Watched a bit of Dave last night & was impressed with the good SD quality – no pixellation or odd artefacts as on some of the lesser channels. Not HD but maybe a bit of a blessing as Janet Street-Porter was on Room 101. Nuff said.

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  45. Neil Says:

    Dipper said:
    Watched a bit of Dave last night & was impressed with the good SD quality – no pixellation or odd artefacts as on some of the lesser channels. Not HD but maybe a bit of a blessing as Janet Street-Porter was on Room 101. Nuff said.

    They’ve certainly put all the Stat-Mux’d bandwidth in to Dave at the expense of the other services – makes sense as Dave is UKTV’s biggest channel in terms of audience share, PQ does look good too. Seems quite unreal to finally have the service on the platform after so many years!

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