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Channel 4 abandons Freesat HD in TWO DAYS

Channel 4 HD will no longer be provided on Freesat HD from Thursday 22nd February 2018

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High defintions ends Photograph: Unknown
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With only two days’ notice, Channel 4 is abandoning Freesat. 

Channel 4 HD has been on air for over a decade, but it seems that they no longer need to broadcast to the whole of the UK public.

Channel 4 is a public service broadcasting channel that pays for the programs it broadcasts using the in-show ad-breaks.   

However, it seems that it can fork out £75 million to steal The Great British Bake Off from the BBC but can’t afford to show the channel in HD to Freesat users.

Which is a shame, as High Definition channel has always been part of the Freesat HD line up.

It’s interesting to note that the channel still will be shown to Sky viewers in HD, and will also continue Freeview HD

Perhaps we have reached “peak television”?   Perhaps Channel 4 is so undermined by Netflix and Amazon it can’t afford to broadcast itself properly anymore?

But surely If a public service channel can pay out £2.5m a year to four members of the management team each year, it is shocking that it can abandon Freesat HD viewers.  

 



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Thursday, 7 June 2018
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Paul Bale
5:11 PM

StevensOnIn called it An overspill signal in the south of France, and also I imagine in Spain, explains why the HD signals can sometimes find it hard to get through! Frustrating. Especially when I could get all British HD channels by PAYING Sky which is not something I want to do!
Glad to say that France broadcasts 26 HD channels free to air, and quite a few British and American programmes get shown in this civilised country with a choice of watching in the original language or dubbed into French.

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Friday, 8 June 2018
MikeP
3:03 PM

Paul Bale:

Freeview transmissions do not normally reach that far (South of France or Spain), unless there is an atmospheric effect in high pressure. The only way you might get some of the Freeview services is via the web, but not all of the broadcasters provide a web-based service.



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