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Apr 27 2010

Latest update scan on all Freesat receivers (27/04/10)

1 Added – 693 Islam Channel
0 Removed
4 Changed – Zone Horror to Horror Channel, Zone Horror +1 to Horror Channel +1, Revelation TV to Revelation, Parental Control Info to READ ME

69 Responses to “Update Scan – 27/04/10”

  1. salty dawg Says:

    Freesat’s scored another another blinder. That’ll pull in more customers!


  2. 7nur0 Says:

    whoohoo, hang out the bunting


  3. John Says:

    693 Islam Channel
    Why oh why do we need to this, it is one channel subject we can do without thank you very much, I wonder if they will condon blowing this channel up !!!!


  4. admin Says:


    There are no doubt many channels you and others won’t approve of, as personal tastes differ, so it is better to see any channel addition as contributions towards to the ongoing development and availability of the Freesat platform. Without channel inclusions, Freesat doesn’t exist.


  5. Richard Crichton Says:

    Why all the sarcastic posts? It will indeed pull in more customers.The more channels Freesat has the better.It’s another £30K in the coffers which can be spent on promoting Freesat etc. No one is forcing anyone to watch it.


  6. chrislayeruk Says:

    Calm down, there will be plenty of scans like this as the platform expands. This will cater for a wider user appeal and attract more channels over time.
    Bring it on Freesat. Chris :)


  7. John Says:

    @John: Oh, go and vote BNP you racist bigot.


  8. neil Says:

    is it in HD? :)


  9. salty dawg Says:

    LOL @ Neil :-)


  10. paul edwards Says:

    please please apart from the food network hd channel are there any new hd channels planned always being more to come but seems to very slow in arriving


  11. Jon Says:

    If it was in HD we’d all watch it and don’t pretend you wouldn’t.


  12. Neil Says:

    Sky is full of Religious services, be them Christian or Islamic. Ok, not to everybody’s tastes but as admin says it’s another £30k in Freesat’s coffers to bolster the service in marketing and other ways.

    I was hoping that Dance Nation would join since it’s re-brand from Flaunt in mid-March, fingers crossed it will soon’ish.


  13. kevin Says:

    please can i have more free sky channels comeing to freesat just like the ISLAM CHANNEL did i would like to have the free movies channels like film 24 i need have a feeling it would come on thankyou for that channel i shame thay took of man and motors to make room for ITV HD whan is it coming back thankyou for keeping the channels comeing on and i am a sport fan but thay are no free sports channels at the moment on my freesat thay are just sports description channel just on sky and not on freesat thay did do the wrestling channel was great to watch i did not what it to go of please can you leave me a reply thankyou freesat team


  14. admin Says:


    Having decoded your comment it’s worth saying that film24 would need to join Freesat, so maybe drop them an email to encourage them across.; also, M&M didn’t make way for ITV HD, the channel was dropped by the broadcasters for financial reasons.


  15. Phil Says:

    Normally I have to do a first time install each time a channel is added, dont think I’ll do it this time, I have got rid of the religous channels anyway so even if i did do first time install would just delete this too.

    Is annoying whenI do first time install as I lose all my non freesat channels that I have added.


  16. Robert Hudson Says:

    @ 8 neil إن شاء الله


  17. Neil Says:

    @13 Kevin: I hear Film24 are possibly planning a launch on Freesat from comments made on another forum, I read this is apparently to coincide with a launch of two other new channels they are/were planning. Drop them an email, might do the same myself.


  18. Alan G Says:

    If John{1} thinks all Muslims go around blowing things up then he’s probably been watching the wrong type of channel and should give the Islam channel a try.


  19. Robert Hudson Says:

    Well I’ve just emailed Film 24, I bet they say not yet.


  20. Russ Says:

    Why every time a new channel is added, the knockers seem to be the first to post. If the inclusion of the islam channel encourages more people to buy freesat equipment and boost the numbers watching via this platform, surely it can only have a positive affect in encouraging other broadcasters to join.


  21. neil (HD query one) Says:

    just wondering – anyone know if christian programmes are allowed to be broadcast in muslim nations?


  22. Mark Says:

    I guess so, as it’s rather difficult to stop a satellite signal going to one country and not the next one. And after all, Christians, Jews & Muslims are all ‘Sons of Abraham / Ibrahim’ and worship the same God. They just worship different prophets, and the extremists of each religion like to target their warped views to as large an audience as possible.


  23. Alan G Says:

    @neil There probably are Muslim nations that don’t allow the broadcasting of Christian programmes. Fortunately we live in a country where we are able to choose the religion we follow, and long may it continue.


  24. David Austin Says:

    There are loads of Christian channels broadcast on the Hotbird group of sats at 13°E, alongside all the channels aimed at, and originating in, Middle Eastern territories.


  25. Zub Says:

    at post #3
    John, sadly in the 21st century you are still ignorant. I am a Freesat viewer and a muslim. If you actually watched the channel you might learn something! and it could make you a better person :-)


  26. Robert Hudson Says:

    LET them ALL join if they want to, supposed to be a FREE country is it not, but I Hope this is not going to turn into a religious debate.


  27. Martin Says:

    Sorry about some of these comments Zub. Just goes to show you get idiots everywhere 😀 Welcome to the Islam Channel from me :)


  28. Zub Says:

    Thx Martin, doesn’t really matter what religeous channel is on, as long as they dont preach violence and hate.


  29. Iffy Says:

    @John p3
    UK is a ethnically diverse and multicultural country and it will stay like this till the day the world ends… so get used to it and learn how to become a much better person by watching the ISLAM CHANNEL 693.

    I’m so happy that a Islamic channel has finally launched on Freesat and I’m hoping that in the future more Islamic channels like NOOR TV, PEACE TV, PEACE TV URDU & MADINI CHANNEL are launched on Freesat…so the aggravation of recording and switching to non-freesat mode is no more:)


  30. C14R4N Says:

    Not particularly bothered about this channel joining as its not of my interest however it benefits freesat (extra £30k) and is of interest to others. People like John need to stop being racist and realise that this isnt the only channel available, there are many more


  31. Lars Says:

    Is an HD TV really necessary to view an HD transmission. I am thinking of purchasing a Freesat receiver and canceling my SKY subscription but cannot afford an HD TV just yet. I would welcome a reply.


  32. Bruce Says:

    #31 Lars – I have a Freesat Goodmans HD box connected to an old TV via a scart with a 4:3 screen – the HD channels work but are the same resolution as the standard channels – remember to view these channels in HD you need a HD TV with a special connection (cannot remember what it is called) but they are viewable on old style TV’s


  33. Neil Says:

    @19 Robert – I’ve also emailed Film24 this morning so lets see what they say.

    I watched the Islam Channel today and must say that their overall presentation is very good, I bet they are actually on to a winner with going on to Freesat as they are the only Islamic channel so far to do so and in essence gives them a head-start over their competition.

    Whoever asked whether there are Christian channels in Islamic territories, well the answer is yes. My sister in Dubai has a few of them on the Orbit-Showtime satellite service. I’m heading over there in a few weeks so will check the Sat Rx to see exactly how many.

    I’m surprised that Avtar Lit has not launched any of his channels on to Freesat (Zee TV etc) as although some are Pay I think there are a handful of FTA ones at 28.2E.


  34. kevin Says:

    please can you let me no whan is a sports channel comeing on to freesat HD thay is no sports channel on went please can you.let me no yes great news that film 24 is comeing can you reply back thankyou freesat team


  35. C14R4N Says:

    @34, Kevin.
    A dedicated sports channel is unlikely to come to freesat, as Sky and Eurosport are the main sports channels, and are both pay services. Would be nice if the 4 main broadcasters got together to make one but very unlikely.
    Film 24 hasn’t said anything yet, people are still waiting for replies


  36. Keith Says:

    To partly answer Kevin’s question about a sports channel on freesat, MSK can be viewed in non-freesat mode, I am watching it as I write this, it shows a lot of Irish sports and its not a mainstream sports channel.


  37. Phil Says:

    MSK is free at the moment, but there are talks about it going pay only, dont’t know if it will be part of Skys News and events Pack or a subscription channel on its own. It is also owned and ran by the Setanta group.



  38. Richard Crichton Says:

    @33 Neil
    ‘I’m surprised that Avtar Lit has not launched any of his channels on to Freesat (Zee TV etc) as although some are Pay I think there are a handful of FTA ones at 28.2E.’

    What about Zing? Isn’t that a Avtar Lit channel?


  39. Tony Hales Says:

    The average Sky customer now pays £500 a year according to BBC teletext. That means lots of them are paying more than £500.
    More fool them. Thank you Freesat.


  40. Kevin McFarlane Says:

    Re: Film 24, I emailed them back in September and got a reply saying they were looking into joining Freesat and hoped to be on there by the end of the year (i.e., 2009). I then posted a follow-up email a month ago to which I’ve had no response. So the upshot is that they can reply but it seems that right now they’re being quiet. :(


  41. Phil Says:


    I am one of those customers who pay sky, I like my sport especially football so am willing to pay for it, there are also more hd channels. If freesat got free sport and more hd channels then yes I would cancel.

    I do have freesat as well which is used in a back room.


  42. barrie Says:

    Isn’t ITV4 almost a sports channel (and very good it is too, the recent IPL was very enjoyable).

    good to see Rockworld back on FTA. Scuzz and Rockworld would make good additions to freesat – I’ve had enough of Hip-hop and club music!


  43. swjoduk Says:

    I really hope NME TV comes to Freesat soon, until then I will continue to view my tv channels through DVB-S FTA on my Bravia.

    I do want to watch via Freesat especially for the Iplayer HD content but would miss NME TV, Lava and even Ooen Access 3 for the Nascar and generally the extra channel choice of FTA.


  44. Kevin McFarlane Says:

    @42 barrie, I didn’t realise that Rockworld was back up. Scuzz used to be in the EPG but moved off because the hip hop/club stuff was more financially viable. They did say or hint that they might consider rejoining in the future.


  45. kevin Says:

    i feel sorry for the guys who like wrestling thay whan it on freesat and thay took the wrestling channel of hope one day thay will be a sport channel of wrestling one channel did virgin 1 on freeview but it was not on long broadcast tna inpact up to chrismas and that was it please can you reply thankyou freesat team


  46. Phil Says:

    In English?


  47. kevin Says:

    yes in english


  48. Neil Says:

    @38 – Richard
    Sorry, I stand corrected, didn’t realise Zing was one of Avtar Lit’s channels. I think it was once possibly called Zee Music before being re-branded.

    @44 – Kevin
    I emailed CSC a while back and they did mention that future additions of their remaining channels was a possibility although can’t obviously divulge for reasons of commercial confidentiality. I recommend you email or call them with your support.


  49. Al Catraz Says:

    45: it is are not raining here also! (one for the oldies amongst us!!)


  50. kevin Says:

    whan will we be getting more channels on freesat hd i am only asking pleace can you reply back thankyou freesat team


  51. admin Says:

    See the recent q&a session for information on HD channels:


  52. peter piper Says:


  53. Stephen Bamforth Says:

    It would be nice to have more European channels like DWTV from Germany which is free on SKY as it has good English spoken programmes : news,car reviews and topical documentaries, have emailed them to encourage them to join Freesat.
    you can see it on line on,,9103,00.html


  54. Smurfy Says:

    In December 2009 I purchased an LG TV with built in Freesat and a standard Freeview tuner as well as the bog standard Terrestrial tuner. It’s a full 1080p set and replaced an old Phillips 26” CRT that had given me years of sterling service. I now also have a Sky + HD box and contract, which replaced a basic Sky box.
    With growing bemusement I have been reading a number of posts on this site, whilst it is refreshing to see there are a lot of reasonable folks out there it seems to me that a number are missing some points
    • Paying for something will generally give you more choice and options than a freebie – Freesat will never have as many HD or Sports channels as Sky precisely for that reason.
    • From what I understand Freesat cannot force broadcasters to join Freesat – the cost is £30,000 a ‘pop’. Much better to email the broadcaster and start a campaign than to keep emailing Freesat.
    • There’s more to life than postings on whether EPGs are up-to-date – again see 1st point and consider investing a £1 on a TV and Satellite mag.
    • Keep Calm and Cheer up – my TV is a time machine and I can see everything from just 5 channels in dodgy terrestrial quality to 100’s in digital/HD – brilliant! What an improvement Freeview/Freesat/Sky et al is on just 5 channels?
    • Kevin (13, 34, 45, 47 & 50) Are you dyslexic or is there a fault with your keyboard?


  55. kevin Says:

    i just send a email to dw-world see if tham give us the channels to join freesat on the epg i am just wait to get a reply back ok please can you reply back thankyou freesat team


  56. Jon Says:

    Kevin, you do know this isn’t the official Freesat website, this is a fan site. is the official site



  57. bj Says:

    if freesat wants to gain more viewers then they will have to compete with at least freeview who are quite frankly with the introduction of their hd capability offering a better choice. lets cater for the majority first and then introduce minority choice


  58. Richard Crichton Says:

    @ bj
    The stated purpose of Freesat is to serve people who cannot get Freeview at all or are on a relay transmitter which carry a cut down Freeview service.
    It is not a matter of competing for viewers. As for Freeview HD there is no coverage at all where I live and will not be until June 2011 so I would completely miss the world cup in HD if I only had Freeview HD.
    I can get more than 200 channels with my Freesat box that I cannot get on my Freeview box and three HD channels so to say Freeview offers a better choice is a matter of opinion not a matter of fact. By the time Freeview HD is available in my region Freesat will have at least as many HD channels as Freeview if not more.


  59. Kevin Ver1 Says:

    I would recommend going for both Freesat and Freeview on the belt and braces principle. I wonder just how often local transmitters fail? On numerous occasion my local transmitter has failed. Sometimes due to power cuts and sometimes technical faults. In the past I had to view channels from other transmitters. Now I have Freesat it is no longer an issue.

    Conversely it is worth having Freeview should the Freesat receiver fail. I know they are cheap enough to replace if they fail but the chances are it will fail at Christmas or at a time money is short.

    By the way is there an equivalent website to ‘Join Freesat’ for Freeview?


  60. admin Says:

    @Kevin Ver1

    No equivalent, I don’t have the time! 😀


  61. ASK Says:

    Suspect bj 57 is one of the majority.


  62. ANTHONY Says:

    selling my humax hd box.feel very let down by freesat all added channels are garbage.going to fill up with shopping and religion what a load of rubbish.
    one good channel itv for bbc hd whats the point they have the most money and provide a part time service.


  63. HD-Sceptic Says:

    #62 ANTHONY

    Good luck selling your Humax STB – but you’re misguided, you know. If you’d done any research (like watching FTA channels on $ky, or talking to a man who has) you would have learnt two things :-

    1) Virtually all of the FTA stuff is rubbish. Of the channels on Freesat, fresh programmes come from the 5 terrestrial channels, with the rest raiding the archives and living on repeats. The shopping and religious channels on Freesat cost us nothing – in either cash or satellite bandwidth. Those in the EPG do, however. put £30,000pa each into Freesat’s coffers to help pay for improvements, so we should welcome them. You don’t have to watch them and, unless you go looking for trouble, you’re hardly aware that they’re there.

    2) Freesat and Freeview are two heads of the same monster and, apart from friendly rivalry, they are not in competition. Freesat was added to the range to ensure that people who live in areas of difficult terrestrial reception get a good reliable signal after Digital Switch Over. The different technologies involved in terrestrial and satellite broadcasting allow the two services to experiment with ways of improving their offerings. Freesat rents space on SES satellites and has to obey their rules. In addition, the providers of services such as HD tend to be dependent on $ky for their income and, in return, they sign contracts with $ky which prevents them going FTA.

    You seem to find ITV1-HD a good channel. Most of their output is upscaled SD, which your TV probably does anyway. And it’s a simulcast of their regular output, which I do not like or watch. BBC-HD is available during the hours when most people watch TV and the mix of programmes makes it a serious alternative to their other channels. I just wonder how many 5-year olds feel the benefit of HD during the late afternoon.

    I hope you get a good price for your Humax STB. I wonder how long it will be before you buy a replacement. Are you a $ky subscriber (yet)?


  64. Tony Hales Says:

    Perhaps ANTHONY does not intent to watch the WORLD CUP footy in free HD on ITV and BBC. :-(
    Freesat is what it is and does what it says on the box. Malcontents can always subscribe to Virgin, BT or Sky if they are unhappy,there is no need to tell us about it on this site. I had Sky myself but spent most of the time watching the BBC channels as that is where the quality programmes are found.Rubbish in HD or 3D for that matter is still rubbish.


  65. charlie Says:

    how do i get itv hd i have tride to reprogram my box but no luck


  66. ChrisK Says:

    Charlie @65

    ITV 1 HD is on channel 119 on the Freesat EPG, if your receiver is a Freesat (not FTA) then this channel will be shown on the EPG.

    You need a HD receiver and at least a HD Ready TV to watch this in HD.


  67. Colin Says:

    @Robert Hudson. Did you earlier post contain the Arabic for “go boil your head”? That will come in handy!


  68. Paul Says:

    In reply to the person who says they have freesat but cannot afford an HD tv you must have spent at least £160 on your box and installation. a new 32″ lcd from argos by alba is only £279 and has a surprisingly good picture, is full HD and actually looks very nice i.e. not cheap looking i have one and was surprised at the quality


  69. HD-Sceptic Says:

    #68 – Paul

    Whilst you can get a 720p-ready 32″ from, say, EBuyer, for much less than £279, the folklore says you won’t see much benefit from HD under 37″. HD does not currently provide access to any programmes which are not available in SD – so is it worth the expenditure and the risk of dominating your room with an oversized TV just to watch what’s already available in SD?

    Last night the BBC devoted over 3 hours of HD time to that Eurovision cr*p where, seemingly, we came last again. Who in their right mind is going to spend serious money to watch stuff like that in HD?


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