65 thoughts on “Update Scan – 12/12/13”

  1. Tim said: This year was interesting because we saw a mass defection of music channels direct from a Sky subscription package for the first time. In due course, I expect more reasonable channels to join Freesat but it is dependent upon Freesat management making the requisite effort to promote and market the platform so that Freesat gets hundreds of thousands more customers. That, in turn, will make going free to air and joining Freesat a more attractive and viable proposition to media groups.

    An improving economy with increase in advertising will help this – we’re starting to see some signs of improvement in that area. I wonder if Viacom (owners of MTV) will make some, if not all, of their channels FTA in the long-run as with so many music channels all FTA, why would you pay to watch music TV?

  2. Neil said: still acting as if they are the ‘Satellite DTH broadcast’ gatekeepers for broadcasters keeping such things on the QT before they join.

    Neil, quick question, out of curiosity: what do the abbreviations DTH and QT refer to in this context?

    Cheers, Keith

  3. A slight tangent on the 4:3 aspect ratio topic – did anyone notice that in the Morecambe and Wise programmes on BBC2HD today, the 4:3 footage (well all footage) had been rescaled to widescreen? Some bits looked acceptible but some, for example the Angela Rippon clips, looked really terrible – quite blurred and some kind of diagonal line artifact. I wondered if it was just with the HD channel but it appered the same on the SD version too.

    I guess they were trying out some new automated process, but it seemed it worked better with some material than other.

    This was with a Foxsat-HD but later with a Foxsat-HDR, incidentally.

  4. Keith (original) said: Neil, quick question, out of curiosity: what do the abbreviations DTH and QT refer to in this context?
    Cheers, Keith

    DTH stands for ‘Direct To Home’ used widely to denote satellites utililised for home broadcast only. QT is just an acronym for quiet!

  5. I think as long as Freesat aims to encourage the remaining channels to join that are available to Freeview customers at the moment, then this will make Freesat a viable option.

  6. London Live not launching on Freesat because Freesat can be viewed outside of the UK is their lame excuse. On Sly and Vigin though.

  7. Digiwatcher said:
    I think as long as Freesat aims to encourage the remaining channels to join that are available to Freeview customers at the moment, then this will make Freesat a viable option.

    Channels Sky pay won’t (UKTV) until Freesat get lots more viewers or Sky stop paying them.

  8. Dave said:
    Happy new year admin and all …
    Hope 2014 has some good news

    STV HD coming to Freesat in April is good news for Scotland Freesatters who don’t get ITV player either in Freetime.

  9. As an exservice man of WW2 I relived my war-time years and observed the problems of those in other theatres on. “yesterday”, a station that is now a freeview channel. I would be grateful if you could include this channel among those you offer.

  10. john said:
    As an exservice man of WW2 I relived my war-time years and observedthe problems of those in other theatres on. “yesterday”, a station that is now a freeview channel. I would be grateful if you could include this channel among those you offer.

    Not in the short term anyway. As explained many times on JF the UKTV channels have chosen to go exclusively with Sky on satellite for financial reasons so they are not available for Freesat. The signals are encrypted of course so can’t be received in non Freesat mode either.

  11. RichardC said:
    London Live not launching on Freesat because Freesat can be viewed outside of the UK is their lame excuse. On Sly and Vigin though.

    Don’t worry, I can’t see local TV lasting anyway, another of Jeremy Hunt’s pipe dream ideas.

    Sonlife has returned to 695, Jimmy Swaggart is back!

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