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Monday, July 19, 2010

Sky Sports on Freesat - options being considered

Freesat is looking to take advantage of Ofcom’s Wholesale Must Offer rules, offering a pay-TV package, even though many of its set-top boxes don’t feature the necessary conditional access smart card slot.

Managing director Emma Scott told The Guardian that the option of offering subscribers the ability to sign up for Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 was currently being discussed at board level. However, no final decision has been made, and there are concerns that any pay offer might run counter to the Freesat brand

In order to offer pay-TV services, however, Freesat would require the approval of the BBC Trust, and the move would also run counter to its brand name.

Freesat, launched by the BBC and ITV as a joint venture in May 2008, has built a customer base of 1.25 million, ahead of expectations, and is projected to reach 2 million by the end of switchover in 2012. It offers more than 150 channels, high definition and access to the BBC iPlayer.

More than half its customers are former Sky homes, followed by Freeview homes upgrading, with the majority opting for high-definition boxes.

"There is a real gap in the market for people who love and want free television," Scott said.

The British TV market is currently delicately poised, with half consisting of free-to-air homes and half of pay-TV subscribers, principally through BSkyB and Virgin Media. Freesat is financed by a £10.7m annual budget, which comes from shareholders and revenue.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Film4 HD to launch on July 20 - on Virgin Media ONLY

Virgin Media has announced that Film4 HD will become available on its cable TV platform on July 20.

Launching on position 429 on Virgin Media's electronic programming guide, Film4 HD will offer a daily lineup of British, American and foreign films in high definition, alongside interviews and exclusive programming.

The channel will also carry movies produced by Film4, such as Mike Leigh's Happy Go Lucky, Ken Loach's Looking For Eric and the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire.

While announcing Film4 HD in March, Virgin Media's director of digital entertainment Cindy Rose said: "Channel 4 has a great track record in delivering innovative and compelling content and we're delighted to bring some of their very best films and most popular programmes to our customers in stunning HD.

"As more and more households become HD-ready, we're lining up content that makes the most of high definition and are making HD available to all our of customers for no extra fee."

Channel 4 head of VOD and channel development Sarah Rose added: "We're really excited to be launching Film4 HD and showcasing some fantastic British films to millions of viewers in high definition.

"There's a growing appetite for HD and our lineup of Channel 4 HD, E4 HD and now Film4 HD provides a great choice of HD content for viewers."

For the Film4 HD launch, Virgin Media has rearranged the Film4 bouquet of channels on its EPG, which runs as follows:

428 Film4
429 Film4 HD
430 Film4 +1

In May, Channel 4 confirmed plans to increase the development and financing budget at Film4 by 20% to help the division back more British filmmaking talent.

Source: _http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/digitaltv/news/a243471/film4-hd-to-launch-on-july-20.html

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Friday, July 9, 2010

ITV TV Frequencies for Sky and Freesat Receivers.

ITV Channel Frequency settings for Sky TV and Freesat TV.

Reception of the frequencies on Astra 2D are the ones that require a "big dish".

There are some ITV1 regions that require a Sky card to view. These regions of ITV1 are NOT available on Freesat.

10758 V 22000 5/6
ITV 1 London
ITV 2
CITV (07-19)
ITV 4
ITV 1 Granada
ITV 1 Anglia North
ITV 1 Central West


10832 H 22000 5/6
ITV 4 +1
ITV 1 Wales
ITV 1 Westcountry West
ITV 1 Westcountry South West
ITV 1 Border England


10891 H 22000 5/6
ITV 1 Border Scotland
ITV 1 Tyne Tees North
Men & Motors
ITV 1 Meridian South
ITV 1 Meridian South East
ITV 1 Anglia South
ITV 1 Yorkshire West
ITV 2 +1

10906 V 22000 5/6
Channel Islands ITV
STV North
STV West
STV East Ulster TV
ITV 3
ITV 3 +1 (19-07)
(STV - Scottish TV)


12402 V 27500 2/3
ITV1 Anglia West
ITV1 Central SW
ITV1 Meridian North
ITV1 Meridian SE
ITV1 Tyne Tees South
ITV1 Yorkshire East

(Sky card required for these ITV1 regions)


11973 V 27500 2/3
ITV 1 Central South
ITV 1 Central East
ITV1 HD

(Sky card required for these ITV1 regions)

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