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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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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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Wednesday, 2 May 2018
Nigel Dixon
10:20 PM

I posted a comment a couple of years ago asking why we are being forced to watch ITV programmes in HD from the Granada region even though we're in Yorkshire receiving programmes from the Emory Moore transmitter. And here we are almost half way through 2018, still being forced to watch HD output aimed at viewers over at the western side of the Pennines!

So many times I read that HD take up isn't happening as fast as it could be, and viewers with Freeview tend to watch their regional programme on channel 3 in SD quality and don't bother messing about switching between 3 and 103. Of course they do, it's the easiest way! What about the advertisers, are they happy in the knowledge that their campaigns aren't reaching all possible viewers on their targeted area? Do they fully understand that they are not reaching the viewers who do stick with ITV HD because the quality is much better than SD, so they just stay on channel 103 even if it means missing out on their local news and advertising?

After all this time most regions should by now be showing their own output in HD. I've heard all the lame explanations about the technology involved and how difficult it is to get regional programmes up and running in HD, but all these years down the line it's becoming a joke, and viewers are being treated like idiots. We, the viewing public, are forking out hard earned cash for large screen HD TV sets, but we are being badly let down by broadcasters who should by now be providing a fit for purpose HD service.

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Nigel Dixon's 11 posts GB
Thursday, 3 May 2018
Paul Bale
10:21 AM

Imagine my anger at losing one of my two favourite channels as I now live in the south of France where i get 26 HD channels free to air from French broadcasters.
After watching little in SD for some time now, with a 4K tv why would I want to, Channel 4 expects the same loyalty from me in SD? Its always been bad enough seeing that Film4, More4, E4 are all available to Sky users in HD, channels that should be free to air, but no.
I can't get ITVHD where I am, which is not much of a loss and at times BBC4HD struggles but C4,HD BBC1HD&2HD and C5 HD were always guaranteed to give me wonderful picture unless the weather was really bad. Why is the UK so far behind in technical terms? Even the nonHD channels in France give better picture quality than SD channels in the UK.

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Paul Bale's 2 posts FR

11:30 AM

Paul Bale: The removal of Channel 4 HD from Freesat is entirely for commercial reasons. It is still broadcast free to air on satellite and can be tuned in manually on most receivers. Film 4 HD, More 4 HD & E4 HD are pay channels which only exist because they receive subscription income from Sky, which is again a commercial decision by the broadcaster who presumably do not think they would make sufficient profits by broadcasting these channels free to air and loosing the subscription income from Sky. You are also only receiving an overspill signal as none of the UK broadcasters have ever intended to broadcast to the south of France.

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StevensOnln1's 2,316 posts GB
Monday, 7 May 2018
8:04 AM

My terrestrial TV aerial has gone to the tip. No dish. No fibre.
BBC radio only from now on. The relief, not to mention release of quality time, is enormous.

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Howard's 5 posts GB
Wednesday, 9 May 2018

1:52 PM

You probably needed to post that under the radio section rather than the TV, of little bother or interest to anyone on a TV thread!

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Charles's 28 posts US
Wednesday, 23 May 2018
Mike Chenery
2:24 PM

Channel 4 HD has merely been removed from the Freesat Programme guide.
It is still free to air on satellite.
Merely go to your other, or "non-Freesat" channels to watch it!
Unfortunately, some of the makers of Freesat receivers don't like you storing "other" channels, particularly adult ones, so make it difficult. A new Humax box I had was one case in point, so I went back to using my Foxsat HDR, to store and record channels not on the Freesat EPG.

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Mike Chenery's 13 posts GB
A G Hearn
2:36 PM

Since Mendip channel overhaul frequencies near Bath we have been unable to receive Sky News and Dave. Led to install a wide band aerial but result is the same. Any advice please?

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A G Hearn's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 24 May 2018

6:37 PM

A G Hearn:

To make any sensible suggestions we need you to enter your full post code into this website. Include it in your next response.

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MikeP's 2,703 posts GB
Wednesday, 6 June 2018
Patricia Bell
12:26 PM

Tacolneston Transmitter - NR14 6LW. No signal on my TV. We were expecting to have to update today but the TV is dead

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Patricia Bell's 1 post GB

1:02 PM

Patricia Bell: Several multiplexes changed frequency overnight, have you retuned yet?

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StevensOnln1's 2,316 posts GB
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