I see many shops and dept stores are selling TVs and recording equipments with Freeview function but not many with Freesat. Does it mean Freesat is phasing out gradually. I bought a TV with Freesat built in, but now there are not many Freesat recorders to choose from. Any suggestion? Thanks.
To Richard t.freeview has been around almost ten years now so the choice of boxes has grown.freesat is a new comer really on the hole freesat are better boxes with more bigger makes making them.there are some freeview makes I never heard of.freesat is hear to stay.it is snowballing all the time.2 million customers already!
No problems with the Technisat HDFS the best single tuner PVR Box. Powered on box at 6pm yesterday (20th Sept) after having been powered off at the mains since the previous evening and Massive R&B was already in the EPG.
Nice to see Massive are using full SD resolution.
I’m not a fan of R&B but as others have said, it’s fantastic that there is another channel on the platform.
Personally, I think it would be better to juggle the music channel numbers. Put Vintage TV under the others followed by the niche channels of B4U and Zing. (I said niche as to hopefully not offend anyone!)
The best we have as a sports channel at the moment, and probably forever, is ITV4 and the BBC red button.
I’d personally like to see Yesterday and Quest.
I have both Freesat & Freeview but rarely switch to Freeview.
There are plenty of legal Internet sports channels that broadcast the same programming as SKY and although I don’t see a Sports channel officially appearing on the EPG perhaps through an Internet connection more sport will be available. SKY may try to stop this happening but if the broadcast was coming from outside the UK through the net there’s not a lot SKY can do about it. It would be a legal minefield if SKY decided to take it to court and not good for Freesat.
What Freesat really needs is an exclusive channel carrying the Freesat name and carrying a mix of quality programming. At the moment when many people see Freesat they think Freesat from SKY. A channel carrying the Freesat name would provide constant advertising for Freesat’s EPG. Hopefully with Christmas around the corner Freesat will advertise themselves this is only Freesat’s real problem lack of promoting their excellent product.
@steve 1: It is in non-Freesat mode. Basically, Freesat charge for being on the EPG, per channel (despite being a not-for-profit organisation, they still have to collect money to break even, and to ensure the broadcaster has a reasonable standard (usually having money to spend on an EPG slot is enough to show they are serious :p)).
So it would be against their policy to offer free EPG carriage to someone – they’d have to buy another EPG slot for Dance Nation, and I’m sure the costs add up for CSC Media. If they did offer a free slot, I’m pretty sure all the other broadcasters who pay for all their slots would have something to say about it :p
Steve/Muser – Dancenation is the only CSC channel left not on the platform excluding timeshifts so I expect it will arrive. Maybe they’ll have the dosh once they’ve sold that ‘?TV’ LCN on Sky’s platform which they appear to be brokering for someone.
I thnik Martyn is saying he is getting his freesat installed on Wednesday as he heard it was good, also mentionng his aerial is dodgy so he is looking forward to Wednesday, sounds like he’s moving from freeview to freesat to me. As he commented on his aerial.