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Old 11-05-2017, 19:50   #121
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Re: One or two new channels coming to Freesat.

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BT Showcase is only available on Freeview & Virgin.

Quest Red is encrypted, so is Free to View on Sky boxes only.
Thanks.

What's the position on satellite with regards to Quest itself? Is it FTV or part of a pay package?

AFAIK VM only carried the SD variant of BT Showcase, I wonder if we will lose it or be getting the HD version??
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Old 12-05-2017, 00:08   #122
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Thanks.

What's the position on satellite with regards to Quest itself? Is it FTV or part of a pay package?

AFAIK VM only carried the SD variant of BT Showcase, I wonder if we will lose it or be getting the HD version??
Quest is also encrypted, so will be Sky boxes only. No doubt one of the reasons it could be used for overflow from Eurosport as there would be no rights issues.

As far as Showcase is concerned, the SD version was probably taken off-air from Freeview. The HD version, as with all VM's other HD content will have to be directly line fed to Langley, so provision will be in BT's hands now.
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Old 27-06-2017, 22:10   #124
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Re: One or two new channels coming to Freesat.

We now know why B4U Music was taken off Freesat; it's going to become part of the Sky Original Pack:

https://www.bizasialive.com/b4u-musi...l-pack-august/

Interesting that Sky have done this for a minority channel, if anything they've been ridding themselves of channels not deemed to drive subscriber growth. Must be something to do with their new approach to Asian channels overall.

Quest and Quest Red will shortly be joining Freesat; please see the dedicated thread for more details.
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Old 12-07-2017, 21:31   #125
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Bike is currently off air due to "technical reasons" on Freesat (and VM since they get their feed from satellite).
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Old 18-07-2017, 16:16   #126
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Bike is currently off air due to "technical reasons" on Freesat (and VM since they get their feed from satellite).
Bike started broadcasting again short afterwards.

Dave & Home will be going FTA and joining Freesat from 1 August 2017; Dave will be on channel 157 and Home will be on channel 166.

At the same time there will be an EPG reshuffle eg Your TV moves down to 156 to accommodate Dave's new home

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Old 18-07-2017, 17:07   #127
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Old 18-07-2017, 23:59   #128
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Re: One or two new channels coming to Freesat.

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Bike started broadcasting again short afterwards.

Dave & Home will be going FTA and joining Freesat from 1 August 2017; Dave will be on channel 157 and Home will be on channel 166.

At the same time there will be an EPG reshuffle eg Your TV moves down to 156 to accommodate Dave's new home
About flipping time. Dave has been the most notable absence from Freesat since launch (closely followed by the HD variants of ITV's non-PSB channels. That's ITV, co-owner of Freesat).

All we need now is ITV and Channel 4 to make all their channels available in HD and I'll be happy.
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Old 19-07-2017, 00:26   #129
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Re: One or two new channels coming to Freesat.

I'm sure that Channel 4 +1 HD and 4Seven HD will eventually join and there was a rumour that E4 HD might be joining sometime this year.

I can't see the rest of Channel 4's HD channels and ITV2/3/4 HD becoming FTA anytime soon.

There's a possibility that ITV Encore might join when their deal with Sky ends next June if Sky no longer want to pay for its carriage, 50% of its playout costs as well as having to share any revenue generated with ITV.

It's viewing figures aren't great and it might become FTA, but there again they might simply close it down as it's genre is very similar to ITV3 anyway!

Hopefully it's the former as opposed to the latter as it's been broadcasting FTA for brief periods. Maybe Sky want to kick it out of the Sub Club early??

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Re: One or two new channels coming to Freesat.

A new sports channel starts on 31/8/17 called Freesport.

Freesport have confirmed that they will be available on Freeeview, cable and satellite- including Freesat, not sure if this means it will be on Freesat from launch though.

It will show rugby, football etc. I was a bit worried that as a free sports channel it would be showing the tiddlywinks final of something!
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Old 28-07-2017, 15:44   #131
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Re: One or two new channels coming to Freesat.

Viacom are to reintroduce the Paramount Channel to the UK as a FTA channel (it won't be replacing Spike as it did in America).

It will show films and drama as opposed to the comedy that it's predecessor did.

Is Spike on Freesat? If so I'd expect Paramount to be added to Freesat too, which would save people having to use non Freesat mode for it.
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Yes, Spike is on Freesat, channel 141
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Old 28-07-2017, 21:14   #133
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Thanks Chris.

They did say that Paramount "will be on all major platforms", so as Spike is on Freesat, I think that Viacom must regard Freesat as a major platform and that it will be on the Freesat EPG.

Ps, Dave is now broadcasting FTA ahead of it starting on Freesat on Monday, so anyone wanting to take a look before the weekend can do so via non Freesat mode
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Old 14-08-2017, 20:02   #134
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Re: One or two new channels coming to Freesat.

From 30/8/17 Kix is to close and be replaced by a channel called Pop Max aimed at 6-10 year old boys.

https://www.c21media.net/sonys-kix-to-become-pop-max/
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I suspect that's just about strengthening the Pop brand, as they own Kix and it currently caters for boys aged 6-10.
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