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There are more questions than answers about the new joint BBC-ITV Freesat project.

There are more questions than answers about the new joint BBC-I
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There are more questions than answers about the new joint BBC-ITV Freesat project.

What we do know is that it will use the existing free-to-air BBC transmissions from the Astra 2 satellites. ITV will stop using Sky's encryption services and broadcast free-to-air from the same satellites.

There is no point in doubling the cost of transmission of the 45 regional and national BBC and ITV-1 services by replicating them on another satellite system.

BBC/ITV Freesat service will have a separate electronic programme guide (EPG), which will allow any channel already broadcasting free-to-air on digital satellite to join. If BBC/ITV Freesat will have the same channel numbers as Sky Freesat or Freeview, and who can instigate future changes is not yet clear.

No decision has been taken to mandate the use of OpenTV operating software as Sky use, the inclusion of a modem and subscription card slots. Without all three of these, BBC/ITV Freesat boxes could not be upgraded to Sky's subscription services.

All of the satellite's existing interactive services are written using the OpenTV software. Without this relatively expensive and propriety software in each set-top box, providers of interactive television channels will have to duplicate their code to work on both Sky and BBC/ITV channels.

As new software wouldnt need to pass Skys approval system, this could reduce the development time.

BBC/ITV Freesat boxes wouldnt need to keep Skys constraints, so could have mobile-phone SMS technology, Ethernet ports to connect to broadband, web-browsers and file-sharing of recorded programmes.

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Friday, 18 March 2011
graham richards
11:04 AM

my picture on my panasonictx-l42d25ba has a fuzzy appearance around images ,the edges seem to shimmer

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graham richards's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 21 March 2011

6:31 AM

graham richards: Turn down or off any "sharpening" facility on your set.

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Briantist's 38,901 posts GB flag
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Rod Budden
4:09 PM

I find Freesat reception poor at times, rather like Freeview at its worse. Today (Sunday May 22) channel 143 was unwatchable and BBC1 Spanish Grand Prix was spoilt by frequent breaks in sound and vision. If I were paying for this, I would cancel the direct debit!
As for Freeview, we are on the Elmley Moor transmitter in Yorkshire. I hope they get it right by switchover day in September.
I have 3 TV's; one on Freesat, two on Freeview, so I can make valid comparisons

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Rod Budden's 2 posts GB flag

9:27 PM

Rod Budden: You probably need to get your dish looked at, 100% perfect Freesat reception is available to all in the UK.

You have provided no postcode so I can't comment about your Freeview reception.

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Briantist's 38,901 posts GB flag
Friday, 22 July 2011
nora morrison
3:20 PM

when is itv player coming on

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nora morrison's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 27 July 2011

7:24 AM

nora morrison: It is on channel 903 right now if you have a Humax box. No dates have been given for other models.

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Briantist's 38,901 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
John Muncey
12:48 PM

can you tell me why sometimes I get a blank screen when i switch to 103 itv1 I then go to itv hd 119 and the screen goes blank after about 5 seconds.
I then turn off the power wait ten seconds turn on power then usually ok but not always.Please help its driving us up the wall.
many thanks.PS TV is just over one year old LG37lf37

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Monday, 3 October 2011
joe khoo
9:26 PM

I have not been able to receive BBC News and BBC Parliament since Fri. 30/9/2011 . I am located in East London. What do you think is causing the problem ?

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Tuesday, 4 October 2011
John Green
2:54 PM

Joe Khoo - you are in East London? You won't get these in South Africa!
If you meant east London, then I understand these have moved frequencies:
See BBC - Help receiving TV and radio - Satellite frequencies of BBC channels
Quote: "If you have lost any BBC channels and have a Freesat box, you may need to turn it off then on again to make it perform a retune. If that fails you may have to retune it. Please refer to your instruction manual";
otherwise do a scan of transponder 10803 GHz H 22000 (NR268AS)

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John Green
3:02 PM

Sorry - my location Leigh, WN7 1HY, not Sheringham - forgot to re-set.
Using: Freesat; Freeview: Winter Hill, Emley Moor & Moel-y-Parc

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