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Channel 4 would like to turn Sky "retransmission fees" into programming

The Channel 4 corporation has joined the BBC, ITV plc and Channel 5 in asking Sky to remove the fees that the satellite gatekeeper charges the public service providers for their schedule data.

The Channel 4 corporation has joined the BBC, ITV plc and Chann
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According to C4 breaks 'retransmission fees' silence - News - Broadcast, Channel 4's Dan Brooke told a VLV event that:

"At the moment, we don’t have a say in it – we are given a rate card, which is agreed by Ofcom and Sky. If that money wasn’t going out of the door we’d be delighted, and would put that money back into programming. Fees were introduced to give Sky a leg up when they first launched here – I don’t think anyone would say they need a leg up anymore. "

Brooke was joined on the panel by academic Steven Barnett, who pushed fervently for retransmission fees to be dropped, describing the current situation as “ludicrous”.

He called for existing "must offer" rules that apply to all the PSBs to be matched by "must carry" rules from platforms at "zero terms".



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Sunday, 15 January 2012
Dave Lindsay
5:01 PM

jane: This usually happens due to not enough memory to store all the channels. The multiplex you are having issues with is on the highest frequency from Sutton Coldfield, and so is the last one it will get to when you do the scan and hence will be the last one to store (or not as the case may be).

It might be that your box is storing channels from another transmitter(s) which is taking up space. If you can stop it doing this and get it to use the space that is available for Mux 2, then you will solve the problem.

The predictor suggests that you might get The Wrekin where you are. It is on lower channels.

Run the automatic tuning with the aerial unplugged. Then run it again with the aerial unplugged and plug in the aerial when it gets to 25%. That way you will have it unplugged when it scans channels used by The Wrekin.

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