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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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Tuesday, 4 October 2011
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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Wednesday, 5 October 2011
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
9:49 AM

For some reason, we have lost BBCHD from view.
We are in France and to get HD channels (the free ones) through a Pace HD receiver (at least 5 year old box).
We watch all other free channels view our Sky Box and regular sky card (no subscription) as we couldn't get the freeHD channels working when we had a SKYHD box (why?)
Do I need to download some software to the Pace HD receiver to get BBCHD back again (we can get ITVHD,CH4HD ok on it).
We don't use the Pace HD receiver to view all channels because the menu and remote are too muddled and not clear to view like the Sky box . Thanks in many problems!

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Hayley's 2 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 7 December 2011

2:32 PM

Hayley: You don't need any software, but you may need to do a retune, it depends on which "Pace HD" receiver you have.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Monday, 10 June 2013
5:51 PM


As we know, "Freesat from sky" has "BBC one" chanel, and Freesat(BBC&ITV) also has channel "BBC one", can you tell me the difference between two "BBC one" ?

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Thursday, 3 December 2020
Rachel Roberts
12:40 PM

hi we have brought a free sat box we have got some channels iran iraq forces channel pick to name a few but not any bbc channels or itv channels or channel 4 channels or channel 5. Why???

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Rachel Roberts
12:41 PM

Rachel Roberts:

sorry me husband tells me its a satelille box not a free sat box

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Rachel Roberts's 2 posts GB flag

3:49 PM

Rachel Roberts: If it's a generic satellite receive (rather than a Freesat box) then you will probably need to run a scan to find all the available channels. If you post the make and model of the box, someone may be able to offer more specific advice.

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