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King Kong, Freesat+ and is RDM really Sky?

King Kong, Freesat+ and is RDM really Sky?
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King Kong

ITV HD will be showing the recent remake of the classic movie "King Kong" at 7:50pm on Saturday on Freesat HD. It is accessed in the usual ITV HD way - by selecting ITV1 on Freesat and pressing the red button.

Humax Freesat+

On the rumour front, a Freesat powerpoint slide has been shown giving the Freesat+ box from Humax, with the 360Gb drive, a priced of 299. And it seems possible it will also be able to work with Freeview too - apparently.

Fives on Freesat

Also a Freesat representative has given a fixed date for the arrival of five, Fiver and Five US - November 2008.

Is RDM an attempt by Sky to stop Freesat?

It also appears, if the information is correct, that BSkyB is getting a little worried about Freesat. UK Free TV has been told that a "front company" for the satellite-subscription broadcaster called RDM has been offering "lucrative commercial contracts" to satellite installation companies "for the non promotion of Freesat and the non installation of Freesat on customer's sites."

The deal is reported to offer equipment subsidy, interest free loans and a continuous amount of Sky work instead. The deal is said to have been offered to companies in Glasgow and Newcastle. The company has contacted a number of private installation companies this deal by telephone.

Sky have a reputation for "playing hard ball" when their rather monopolistic business is under threat.

UK Free TV asked Freesat to comment, but they have so far declined.

If it is true, it would appear that Sky feel they have a real competitor on their hands?

Looking at the viewing of Sky's channels in the official BARB figures, it would seem that viewing of their channels is heading south! Currently the total viewing of ALL the Sky Sports channels is less than 2%.

If only 6% of viewing is to their channels, many viewers may opt to stop paying their Sky subscriptions and replace their Sky+ for a Freesat+ box, as this will provide a lifetime of subscription-free viewing - with High Definition thrown in.

Also, there is more from BBC HD boss Danielle Nagler about DOGs and BBC HD TV Update: Jonathan Ross in HD.

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Friday, 3 February 2012
4:49 PM

Would love to see a history channel like Yesterday on Freesat also Most Haunted moving over to free channel within the Freesat range.

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Mandy's 1 post GB
Monday, 6 February 2012

8:36 AM

Mandy: UKTV do not wish to risk their subscription income from BSkyB and are not in a position to put Yesterday on Freesat.

This is despite Freesat being a BBC/ITV project and UKTV being a joint BBC/Scripps Networks Interactive project.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Sunday, 1 July 2012
richard gains
4:00 PM

hi my itv1 hd has stopped on my freesat bos it say its to do with connection but my channel 4 hd worksd so does my bbc1 hd and bbc hd so why doesnt itv its stopped on friday 29/6/12

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richard gains's 2 posts GB
Friday, 20 July 2012
Bill Kocher

9:15 PM

My Freesat box keeps giving No or Bad signal reports in the evening. Anyone else having this problem. I can switch to Newhaven Freeview for some channels, but no use if watching Tour de France on itv4.

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Bill Kocher's 47 posts GB

9:18 PM

Also love SKYs ad for watching all BBC Olympic HD channels on SKY. Aren't they are free to watch elsewhere, so why pay SKY!

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Bill's 47 posts GB
Monday, 30 July 2012
alan stowell
2:37 PM

Can anybody tell me how to gain all 26 channels on my freesat box we are pushing red buttom when asked but are getting further than waiting

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