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Dec 12 2013

Joinfreesat Update ScanLatest update scan on all Freesat receivers:

3 added – 410 Film On TV, 661 Rishtay, 662 Colors
1 deleted – 695 Sonlife
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65 Responses to “Update Scan – 12/12/13”

  1. Gordon S Valentine Says:

    More channels that I will never watch. But at least we got 5 extra HD channels from the BBC :).

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  2. Neil Says:

    Gordon S Valentine said:
    More channels that I will never watch. But at least we got 5 extra HD channels from the BBC .

    Maybe but it’s good to see smaller niche channels now joining, maybe a sign of an improving economy. If every niche FTA channel at 28.2E joined just think how much extra Freesat would have for marketing!

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  3. Neil Says:

    Here’s a press release on the Bizasia media site:
    http://www.media247.co.uk/bizasia/colors-rishtey-launch-on-freesat-in-uk

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  4. Matthew Says:

    I have to wonder if Lamhe, Zing. B4U Music, Ary News, TV5 will join Freesat too at some point. They’re on all the VM Packages and are on Sky for free I believe.

    Rishtay and Colors are also 2 fairly recent all packages channels on Virgin Media, perhaps these Asian channels will be looking at other sources of revenue.

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  5. Richard Says:

    4×3 and SD . They have to be kidding.

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  6. Neil Says:

    Richard said:
    4×3 and SD . They have to be kidding.

    It’s good quality compared to some of the other Asian services! The PQ of Film On looks shocking, much much worse than Rishtay and Colors.

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  7. Richard Says:

    Neil said: It’s good quality compared to some of the other Asian services! The PQ of Film On looks shocking, much much worse than Rishtay and Colors.

    Yeah but I didn’t get a widescreen telly to watch 4×3 :D
    Ofcom should set some minimum standards. We deserve better like Freeview- Aljazeera HD the best news channel for middle east news.

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  8. Paul Says:

    It amazes me that channel owners are prepared to use mouse-crap playout centres where the kit is so old that it can’t auto-switch between 4:3 and 16:9 content. Take a bow Showcase channels and Information TV and a couple of others. “Cheap” appears to be more important to “good”.

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  9. Neil Says:

    Richard said: Yeah but I didn’t get a widescreen telly to watch 4×3
    Ofcom should set some minimum standards. We deserve better like Freeview- Aljazeera HD the best news channel for middle east news.

    I guess they play the channels out from abroad and they are in 4:3, agree though it’s a legacy format but guess down to budgeting limits of each channel.

    Al Jazeera HD on DTT looks good, caught a bit the other day. Guess it will come to DSAT before not too long.

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  10. David Says:

    hi, im very surprised Aljazeera isn’t HD on freesat it is on freeview

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  11. David Says:

    Channel 5 is loosing out to HD only viewers, I think they are crazy

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  12. Ian Vallender Says:

    funilly enough an Indian man asked on the official freesat facebook page were there any asian channels on freesat? I said yes i listed the channels I believe it is what he wanted to hear.

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  13. Ian Vallender Says:

    Ian Vallender said:
    funilly enough an Indian man asked on the official freesat facebook page were there any asian channels on freesat? I said yes i listed the channels I believe it is what he wanted to hear.

    I forgot to add I did not realise at the time I answered his question that both Rishtey and Colors had just launched on the freesat platform!

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  14. Keith Cobby Says:

    I also hope Al Jazeera HD comes to Freesat soon. With each new HD channel the number of viewers for SD must be reducing. I expect even Sky News will be HD eventually.

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  15. martin Says:

    Havent turned on the freesat box I got a youviwe one and now got uktv on demand as well so take note freesat I cant be the only one

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  16. Neil Says:

    martin said:
    Havent turned on the freesat box I got a youviwe one and now got uktv on demand as well so take note freesat I cant be the only one

    That’s about it with youview, the PQ of all the other SD channels, including UKTV ones but excluding the BBC, is truly shocking! One day, maybe when it happens, I’d expect if UKTV bring their channels to the platform then their catch-up player might come too.

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  17. Neil Says:

    Ian Vallender said:
    funilly enough an Indian man asked on the official freesat facebook page were there any asian channels on freesat? I said yes i listed the channels I believe it is what he wanted to hear.

    Looking at the BARB figures, Rishtay and Colors do well as niche channels, the figures are quite good compared to other pay and free Asian channels DSAT-wise.

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  18. Carl Says:

    Paul said:
    It amazes me that channel owners are prepared to use mouse-crap playout centres where the kit is so old that it can’t auto-switch between 4:3 and 16:9 content.Take a bow Showcase channels and Information TV and a couple of others.“Cheap” appears to be more important to “good”.

    All VIACOM playout is done in house, but widescreen has been an issue for them. Nickelodeon SD and Comedy Central SD still only broadcast in 4:3.

    Information/Showcase playout is handled by Encompass Digital Media, who provide the level of service they’re paid for.

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  19. Link Says:

    Carl said: All VIACOM playout is done in house, but widescreen has been an issue for them. Nickelodeon SD and Comedy Central SD still only broadcast in 4:3.

    All I can say.. Viacom seems to really love their customers. In Germany Comedy Central and Nick air in widescreen – however, they even air 4:3 content in widescreen now. Originally they would zoom up to 14:9, cutting off top and bottom, leaving small black bars on widescreen televisions (and big black frames on 4:3 TVs which are set to letter boxing) – and now they decided to stretch that 14:9 picture to 16:9 .

    The result is horrible to look at.

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  20. Anthony Says:

    Link said: All I can say.. Viacom seems to really love their customers. In Germany Comedy Central and Nick air in widescreen – however, they even air 4:3 content in widescreen now. Originally they would zoom up to 14:9, cutting off top and bottom, leaving small black bars on widescreen televisions (and big black frames on 4:3 TVs which are set to letter boxing) – and now they decided to stretch that 14:9 picture to 16:9 .
    The result is horrible to look at.

    I like that idea of expanding 4:3 material to 16:9 widescreen, that’s good.

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  21. Neil Says:

    Anthony said: I like that idea of expanding 4:3 material to 16:9 widescreen, that’s good.

    Not for me thanks, leave it in it’s original aspect ratio.

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  22. Richard Says:

    Neil said: Not for me thanks, leave it in it’s original aspect ratio.

    Anthony said: I like that idea of expanding 4:3 material to 16:9 widescreen, that’s good.

    My Manhattan HDS has a handy mode button on the remote for letterbox,auto or centre cutout something my Humax Freetime is sadly lacking.

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  23. Terry Says:

    Richard My Manhattan HDS has a handy mode button on the remote for letterbox,auto or centre cutout something my Humax Freetime is sadly lacking.

    The 1000s really is lacking a lot of fairly basic features that some of the earlier boxes provide.
    The ability to boot up straight into watching a TV channel. The ability to change the aspect ratio on the fly, as you mention. The ability to do a retune without losing all scheduled recordings.
    Freesat need to get their act together.

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  24. Keith Cobby Says:

    It surprises me that Bloomberg is 4:3.

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  25. Neil Says:

    Just had a nosy through all the update scan posts on JF this year to tot up the total number of new and departing channels in the last 12mths. There’s been 26 new channel additions this year, I’ve only counted EPG additions here so doesn’t include RT HD, which replaced the SD version for HD users, or BBC RB HD, as temporary.

    Only six channels have left the platform in this period, two of which were interactive and two went off the DSAT platforms completely as closed down. They are:

    Argos TV – closed down
    The Space – closed down
    Sonlife – removed from 28E but due to return according to their website
    Channel AKA – left Freesat
    TGGC Outlet – closed down
    Box Office 365 – left Freesat

    So in 26 additions, that means only two channels have actually departed the platform of their own wishes, not bad really and means broadcasters definitely see value in what being on-board offers. Also probably a sign of the advertising market and general economy showing signs of improvement.

    There will, no doubt, be more in store for next year. 4Music is launching once they can sort spotbeam capacity for it, 5Later will launch in January and there’s the prospect of Channel 4′s new HD offerings planned for DTT which it’s rumoured will be FTA across all platforms.

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  26. Ninkharsag Says:

    How do I accept the software update. I am clicking okay and nothing is happening

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  27. Terry Says:

    Neil said:
    Just had a nosy through all the update scan posts on JF this year to tot up the total number of new and departing channels in the last 12mths. There’s been 26 new channel additions this year, I’ve only counted EPG additions here so doesn’t include RT HD, which replaced the SD version for HD users, or BBC RB HD, as temporary.
    Only six channels have left the platform in this period, two of which were interactive and two went off the DSAT platforms completely as closed down. They are:
    Argos TV – closed down
    The Space – closed down
    Sonlife – removed from 28E but due to return according to their website
    Channel AKA – left Freesat
    TGGC Outlet – closed down
    Box Office 365 – left Freesat
    So in 26 additions, that means only two channels have actually departed the platform of their own wishes, not bad really and means broadcasters definitely see value in what being on-board offers. Also probably a sign of the advertising market and general economy showing signs of improvement.
    There will, no doubt, be more in store for next year. 4Music is launching once they can sort spotbeam capacity for it, 5Later will launch in January and there’s the prospect of Channel 4′s new HD offerings planned for DTT which it’s rumoured will be FTA across all platforms.

    You forgot Fashion One, although that was only a Freesat trial for a year, I think.
    I wouldn’t count Box Office 365 as a channel and Sonlife doesn’t count as they’re returning. And I would count RT HD since one of the criticisms of Freesat has historically been the lack of HD channels.

    Other than that, yes, it’s been a very good year for Freesat.

    Add in the possibility of it supplying ‘local channels’ where freeview/youview cannot and next year could put furhter clear water between it and terrestrial.

    (Although we all know the local channels will be rubbish.)

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  28. Paul Says:

    Ninkharsag said:
    How do I accept the software update. I am clicking okay and nothing is happening

    Give us a clue. What set top box or TV are you working with?

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  29. Neil Says:

    Terry said: You forgot Fashion One, although that was only a Freesat trial for a year, I think.
    I wouldn’t count Box Office 365 as a channel and Sonlife doesn’t count as they’re returning. And I would count RT HD since one of the criticisms of Freesat has historically been the lack of HD channels.
    Other than that, yes, it’s been a very good year for Freesat.
    Add in the possibility of it supplying ‘local channels’ where freeview/youview cannot and next year could put furhter clear water between it and terrestrial.
    (Although we all know the local channels will be rubbish.)

    I forgot about Fashion One, cheers for remembering that! So not including Box Office 365 and Sonlife, that’s five channels removed, three which closed on all platforms and thus only two which left Freesat, a good performance.

    Talking about local TV, apparently Estuary TV in Grimsby is quite amusing to watch in parts, certainly not to your usual PSB standards!

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  30. Christopher Pepper Says:

    We need more channels for freeway platform.

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  31. fatbloke Says:

    Already deleted this rubbish, just takes longer for the EPG to load. Anybody know if freesat will get any decent channels soon?

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  32. Rosco Says:

    fatbloke said:
    Anybody know if freesat will get any decent channels soon?

    Define “decent”.

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  33. Neil Says:

    BBC Three, Four, News, CBBC, Cbeebies, all now in HD, sound like decent enough channels to me!

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  34. Richard Says:

    Neil said:
    BBC Three, Four, News, CBBC, Cbeebies, all now in HD, sound like decent enough channels to me!

    If there were 400 channels people would still ask for more because their particular needs are not being satisfied. What is needed is more good new programs on the present channels instead of all the repeats etc and the dross. At present there are those you consider worth watching and the rest so out of say 160 channels on Freesat (not including radio or BBC1 regions) one watches only perhaps a dozen at most. Far too many cooking shows but where is the SciFi etc. ( on Sky that’s where). :(

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  35. fatbloke Says:

    Neil @33
    Work it out! I’m talking about new channels most of which are rubbish. We already had the channels you mention in SD so there hardly new. Two of those are children’s channels, I’m sure they appreciate there now in HD !!!
    Totally agree with Richard @ 34.

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  36. admin Says:

    I’m not sure in what world you’d expect a platform to run solely off channels ‘you’ want to watch and do away with the channels you deem rubbish; platforms cannot run with income from a multitude of different genres and ultimately everyone has different tastes to you.

    We would all like more high quality channels/programmes, but it is pointless to slam Freesat because the current crop don’t meet your exacting standards. What do you expect Freesat to do about it, magically pull high-end channels out of the hat? Would you like them to see if they can grab some subscription channels like Sky Sports and Sky Movies out at the same time?!?!

    Ultimately the broadcasters are responsible for the channels, not the platform; I doubt Freesat with their tiny budget could even afford to run a channel!

    Point being made is, select the channels you like, delete the ones you don’t, or go pay Sky £40+ per month for a wider selection to meet your taste.

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  37. fatbloke Says:

    First of all I don’t expect a platform to run solely off channels ‘I’ want to watch as I don’t watch most of them anyway. As for doing away with the channels I deem rubbish, are you seriously telling me anybody would think otherwise about these new channels. I lived in the USA for ten years where the worst of the worst TV is truly awful, I presume you’d love it over there. I understand how freesat works and personally I’m very happy with it, in fact if freesat had channel five HD I would consider it perfect for my needs and wouldn’t want anything else including Sky sports or Sky movies. There’s no question these channels are from the bottom of the barrel and of coarse it’s true if you don’t like them then just delete them. All I asked was if anyone knew if there were any decent or half decent channels coming soon that’s all.

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  38. admin Says:

    fatbloke said:
    First of all I don’t expect a platform to run solely off channels ‘I’ want to watch as I don’t watch most of them anyway.As for doing away with the channels I deem rubbish, are you seriouslytelling me anybody would think otherwise about these new channels. I lived in the USA for ten years where the worst of the worst TV is truly awful, I presume you’d love it over there. I understand how freesat works and personally I’m very happy with it, in fact if freesat had channel five HD I would consider it perfect for my needs and wouldn’t want anything else including Sky sports or Sky movies. There’s no question these channels are from the bottom of the barrel and of coarse it’s true if you don’t like them then just delete them. All I asked was if anyone knew if there were any decent or half decent channels coming soon that’s all.

    I doubt I’d enjoy it in the USA as I watch the best part of 1 hours television a week, but I understand that whilst many channel may not be to my taste, they will be to someone elses. Your original post complained about rubbish channels and if Freesat would be getting any decent channels; this comes across as disappointed with the platform and not to your taste. Anyway, seasons greetings, hope you find something you like to watch over the coming weeks (which can be hard at Christmas with the endless repeats and rehashed progs etc).

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  39. Rosco Says:

    fatbloke said:
    First of all I don’t expect a platform to run solely off channels ‘I’ want to watch as I don’t watch most of them anyway.As for doing away with the channels I deem rubbish, are you seriouslytelling me anybody would think otherwise about these new channels. I lived in the USA for ten years where the worst of the worst TV is truly awful, I presume you’d love it over there. I understand how freesat works and personally I’m very happy with it, in fact if freesat had channel five HD I would consider it perfect for my needs and wouldn’t want anything else including Sky sports or Sky movies. There’s no question these channels are from the bottom of the barrel and of coarse it’s true if you don’t like them then just delete them. All I asked was if anyone knew if there were any decent or half decent channels coming soon that’s all.

    Well blame the owners of C5 for putting C5HD behind the paywall. Its hardly FS’s fault if C5 have decided they cant justify making it fta.

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  40. fatbloke Says:

    Please don’t get me wrong I’m far from disappointed with the platform and still consider freesat the best free to air by a long way. I’ve been with freesat since the first Humax recorder was available not that long after freesat was launched. I wasn’t complaining about the channels because I understand you’re obviously going to take every channel you get offered good or bad and that’s a good thing. Most channels that people would consider decent that are not on freesat seem to be tied up and freesat have no say on that. I really was just asking if freesat was going to be offered what most people would consider decent channels in the future. Seasons greetings to you, and I’m sorry if what I said didn’t come across as I meant it.

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  41. fatbloke Says:

    Rosco @ 39
    Yes everyone knows that, the same thing happened with channel 4 HD. Of coarse it’s not freesats fault, read the posts again and try and work out what we’re actually talking about!

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  42. Neil Says:

    fatbloke said:
    Please don’t get me wrong I’m far from disappointed with the platform and still consider freesat the best free to air by a long way. I’ve been with freesat since the first Humax recorder was available not that long after freesat was launched. I wasn’t complaining about the channels because I understand you’re obviously going to take every channel you get offered good or bad and that’s a good thing. Most channels that people would consider decent that are not on freesat seem to be tied up and freesat have no say on that. I really was just asking if freesat was going to be offered what most people would consider decent channels in the future. Seasons greetings to you, and I’m sorry if what I said didn’t come across as I meant it.

    I do see where your coming from but, as admin says, Freesat can only encourage channels to join. Things are slowly looking on the up economy and advertising-wise so who knows, next year some newly launched channels will join.

    My philosophy about TV goes like this – top of the crop are BBC One and Two, followed by ITV, C4, C5 and then in terms of quality output the slide drops somewhat with ITV2,3,4, BBC Three, Four, 5*, 5USA. After that it’s UKTV and then your down to minority interest channels. I’m not saying the rest are crap, just that they don’t and never will have a budget for quality programming – this goes for Sky too who in their pay package have some total dross. ‘E’ Entertainment is the worse TV programming I’ve ever seen, TLC, Lifetime, Bio, they are all mostly full of cheap US imported dross and people are paying for this stuff whether they watch it or not!

    Lets be honest, the only channels FTA on other platforms which Freesat really need are the UKTV ones. As there’s so much commercial confidentiality surrounding such changes (channels going FTA, joining Freesat etc) we probably won’t know if they will join next week, Month or year, if ever!! Blame Sky for that, I’m convinced it’s them still acting as if they are the ‘Satellite DTH broadcast’ gatekeepers for broadcasters keeping such things on the QT before they join. Now Freesat’s more established it’s getting harder for them but a good kicking financially from BT in the next few years should put them in their place!

    I hope 2E’s arrival early next year – whilst a disappointment for some expats, may bring the benefits of more channels for others as all beams are wide/narrow switchable so a cheaper route of some broadcasters going spotbeam and FTA.

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  43. Rosco Says:

    fatbloke said:
    Rosco @ 39
    Yes everyone knows that, the same thing happened with channel 4 HD. Of coarse it’s not freesats fault, read the posts again and try and work out what we’re actually talking about!

    Perhaps if you expressed yourself better folk wouldnt get the wrong end of the stick……

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  44. fatbloke Says:

    Rosco@43
    I can’t believe you’re that stupid. I was talking about new channels and you go on about CH5 HD, can’t you read? Ok i’ll make it as simple as I possibly can in the future so you might understand!

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  45. admin Says:

    fatbloke said:
    Rosco@43
    I can’t believe you’re that stupid. I was talking about new channels and you go on about CH5 HD, can’t you read? Ok i’ll make it as simple as I possibly can in the future so you might understand!

    fatbloke, please don’t insult other members of the site, even if you don’t agree with them. Also, you mentioned Channel 5 HD first and Rosco merely responded to that, so you can hardly blame him!

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  46. fatbloke Says:

    I only mentioned CH5 HD because you implied I wasn’t happy with freesat. I then mentioned far from it, in fact if freesat had CH5 HD then It would have everything I could wish for, and is nothing to do with the brand new channels i’m talking about joining freesat or this disagreement.

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  47. Andy Dow Says:

    Oh dear admin you really don’t like people speaking their mind do you. Lets face it ever since having Freesat (over two years now) I can only remember a few new channels that could be considered worthy additions, the rest are poor to say the least. We all know you take what you can and don’t get to pick and choose. Fatbloke my have been a bit harsh but lets face it, it’s not just his opinion it’s a fact.

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  48. admin Says:

    Andy Dow said:
    Oh dear admin you really don’t like people speaking their mind do you. Lets face it ever since having Freesat (over two years now) I can only remember a few new channels that could be considered worthy additions, the rest are poor to say the least. We all know you take what you can and don’t get to pick and choose. Fatbloke my have been a bit harsh but lets face it, it’s not just his opinion it’s a fact.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I’m not here to question that, but it is a matter of taste/choice, therefore not a fact, just personal view. I draw the line at personal insults which is why I stepped in, but as previously said, I hope there is something for everyone over Christmas.

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  49. Neil Says:

    Andy Dow said:
    Oh dear admin you really don’t like people speaking their mind do you. Lets face it ever since having Freesat (over two years now) I can only remember a few new channels that could be considered worthy additions, the rest are poor to say the least. We all know you take what you can and don’t get to pick and choose. Fatbloke my have been a bit harsh but lets face it, it’s not just his opinion it’s a fact.

    If you read my post (No. 42) above, my point being that after the main PSB’s, there’s little originally produced programming that isn’t on channels owned by the main PSB’s or bought from them as a re-run.

    Freesat has, in the last 12mths added, in my opinion, some good channels worthy of viewing. The Community Channel has some good programming, I watch the Box TV music channels on and off, Travel Channel is a good addition and also Holiday & Cruise has some interesting promotional offers on if you like travelling, particularly cruises.

    It is a fact of personal preference but if you compare FS with Sky, there’s been no nett channel additions to their platform as the SD launch queue has closed. All launches are re-brands of existing channels. Lifeline and TLC are the only two that come to mind, from what I’ve seen hardly riveting and full of, guess what, repeats!

    IMHO there’s six channels found on DTT for which Freesat are missing but plenty of others on DSAT FTA which could benefit from exposure being on-board and will bolster the platform, be them Asian, specialist, music or otherwise. I have every faith that 2014 will bring us more channels, they won’t be to everyone’s taste but will still be a massively better choice than that currently available on DTT (Freeview).

    Admin: when does Freesat release their annual sales figures? Is it about Feb or March? I’d guess sales of Freetime STB’s will have been strong over the year?

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  50. Tim Says:

    Richard said: If there were 400 channels people would still ask for more because their particular needs are not being satisfied. What is needed is more good new programs on the present channels instead of all the repeats etc and the dross. At present there are those you consider worth watching and the rest so out of say 160 channels on Freesat (not including radio or BBC1 regions) one watches only perhaps a dozen at most. Far too many cooking shows but where is the SciFi etc. ( on Sky that’s where).

    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.

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  51. Neil Says:

    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?

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  52. Keith (original) Says:

    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

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  53. Keith (original) Says:

    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.

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  54. Keith (original) Says:

    … Correction, I meant ‘yesterday’. Head still in 25th!

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  55. Neil Says:

    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!

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  56. Dave Says:

    Happy new year admin and all …

    Hope 2014 has some good news :-)

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  57. Neil Says:

    Happy New Year!

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  58. Digiwatcher Says:

    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.

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  59. RichardC Says:

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

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  60. RichardC Says:

    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.

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  61. RichardC Says:

    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.

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  62. john Says:

    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.

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  63. RichardC Says:

    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.

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  64. Neil Says:

    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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  65. jasmine Says:

    Why is there no arts or history channels on free sat ? Just even more Asian channels added.

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