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Below is a list of all the television and radio channels that you can watch in the UK using Sky (no card) only. Where a channel can be watched for free, the channel number is listed below. In addition, if you can watch (or listen) immediately online, press the button in the "web" column.

As some channels are exclusive to one service alone, you may need to get receive more than one service to get all the channels you want. The coverage for Freeview differs too - those channels not provided by the public service "Freeview Light" transmitters the current coverage shown thus (54%), taken from Connected Nations Report 2017: Data analysis'

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High definition channels
Channel name web radio Freeview Skyarrow_drop_down Freesat
BBC Two HDaccount_box   102 england flagscotland flag 102 102
UTV HD   103 northernireland flag 103  
Channel 4 HD   104 104  
Channel 5 HD live_tv   105 105 105
BBC One HDaccount_box   101 england flag 115 106
BBC Scotland HD live_tv   115 scotland flag 115 108
BBC Four HDaccount_box live_tv   106 (76%)watch_later 116watch_later 107watch_later
S4C HDaccount_box live_tv     134 120
Quest HD live_tv   114 (76%) 144 167
Smithsonian Channel HD   99 (76%) 195 175
Bloomberg TV HD     502 208
BBC News HDaccount_box live_tv   107 (76%) 503 200
CNN International HD     506 207
NHK World Japan HD     507 209
RT HD live_tv   113 (76%) 511 206
France 24 English HD     512 205
Aljazeera English HD   108 (76%) 513 203
Arirang World HD     522 214
CBBC HDaccount_box live_tv   204wb_sunny 613wb_sunny 600wb_sunny
CBeebies HDaccount_box live_tv   205 (76%)wb_sunny 614wb_sunny 601wb_sunny
TRT World HD     881 215
Main TV standard-definiton channels
Channel name web radio Freeview Skyarrow_drop_down Freesat
Channel 4 (Wales)   7 wales flag 104 104
5STAR   30 (90%) 128 131
ITVBe   26 131 118
4seven live_tv   47 (90%) 137 127
Food Network   41 (90%) 140 148
5USA   21 (90%) 141 129
Really   17 (90%) 142 160
Drama   20 (90%) 143 158
Challenge   46 (90%) 145 146
CBS Reality   66 (90%) 146 135
CBS Drama   71 (90%) 147 134
CBS Justice   39 (90%) 148 137
Quest Red live_tv   38 (90%) 149 169
5Spike   31 (90%) 150 141
pick   11 (90%) 152 144
Paramount Network live_tv   54 (90%) 153 132
Yesterday   25 (90%) 155 159
Sony Crime Channel   60 england flag 157  
Home   42 (90%) 158 166
5SELECT   55 (90%)watch_later 159watch_later 133watch_later
YourTV   72 (90%) 168 156
BBC Albaaccount_box live_tv   7 scotland flag 169watch_later 109watch_later
DMAX   37 (90%) 172 150
BET International     173 140
PBS America   91 (76%) 174 155
BEN TV     175  
Travel Channel     178  
Forces TV   96 (76%) 181 165
GN TV     182  
Horse and Country TV     184  
Propeller TV     185  
Blaze   63 (90%) 187 162
Property TV     189  
MyTV     191  
Showcase TV     192 161
Voxafrica     193  
Together TV live_tv   89 (90%)wb_sunny 194 164
Together TV +1 live_tv   93 (76%)wb_sunny 194  
TV Cruise Channel     199  
ITV +1   33 england flagscotland flagwales flag 203 112
STV+1   33 scotland flag 203  
UTV +1   33 northernireland flag 203 112
Channel 4 +1   15 204 121
Channel 5 +1   44 (90%) 205 128
ITV2 +1   27 (90%)watch_later 218 114
ITV3 +1   34 (90%) 219 116
ITV4 +1 live_tv   59 (90%) 220 154
5STAR +1   56 (76%) 228  
ITVBe +1   58 (90%) 231 119
E4 +1   28 (90%) 235 123
More4 +1   86 236 125
Food Network +1     240 149
5USA +1   57 (76%) 241 130
Quest +1 live_tv   76 (90%) 244 168
Challenge +1     245 147
CBS Reality +1   67 (76%) 246 136
Quest Red +1 live_tv   78 (76%) 249 170
5Spike +1     250  
Pick +1   92 (76%) 252 145
Sony Crime Channel +1     england flag 257  
DMAX +1     272 151
Travel Channel +1     278watch_later  
True Entertainment +1     279 152
Film4 +1   45 314 301
Horror Channel   70 (90%) 317 138
Horror Channel +1     318 139
True Movies +1   62 england flag 320 304
Sony Movie Channel   32 (90%) 321 302
Movies4Men   40 (90%) england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag 323 305
Movies4Men +1     324  
Retro Movies     327  
Talking Pictures TV   81 (90%) 328 306
Rok Sky     329  
Box Upfront live_tv     358  
The Box live_tv     359  
Box Hits live_tv     360  
Kiss (TV) live_tv     361  
Magic (TV) live_tv     362  
Chart Show TV     364  
The Vault     365 501
Chart Show Hits     366  
Now 90s   84 (76%) 368  
Starz     369  
NOW 80s   83 (76%) 371  
Clubland TV   88 england flag 372  
Total Country     373  
Spotlight TV     england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag 376 516
Freesports   64 (76%) 422 252
Front Runner TV     431 250
Fame TV     452  
YANGA!     453 171
BBC Parliamentaccount_box live_tv   232 504 201
CNBC     505 210
EuroNews English     508  
CGTN live_tv     509 211
SBN International     593  
CITV live_tv   203 (90%)wb_sunny 621wb_sunny 602wb_sunny
Tiny Pop +1     england flag 624  
Pop +1   209 england flag 625 606
POP MAX   208 england flag 626 604
CBBC SDaccount_box live_tv   201wb_sunny 646wb_sunny 607wb_sunny
CBeebiesaccount_box live_tv   202wb_sunny 647wb_sunny 608wb_sunny
Primal Living     670  
SmartShop     686  
Sewing Quarter   73 (90%) 687  
ITV (SD) live_tv   3 england flag 803 103
STV (SD)   3 scotland flag 803 103
UTV (SD)   3 northernireland flag 803 103
Channel 4 (SD) live_tv   4 england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag 804 104
Channel 5 (SD) live_tv   5 805  
Dave   19 (90%) 811 157
BBC Fouraccount_box live_tv   9 england flagnorthernireland flagwales flagwatch_later 815watch_later 173watch_later
ITV 2 live_tv   6 816 113
Quest live_tv   12 (90%) 866 172
Sky News live_tv   233 (90%) 875 202
BBC Scotland SD live_tv   9 scotland flag 876 174
BBC Newsaccount_box live_tv   231 877 212
AlJazeera English (SD)   235 (90%) 880  
BBC Red Buttonaccount_box live_tv   250 981 981
Heart 80s     0112  
Local TV channels
Channel name web radio Freeview Skyarrow_drop_down Freesat
True Entertainment   48 (54%) 179 142
True Movies   50 (54%) 319 303
Sony Movie Channel +1   61 (54%) 322  
Tiny Pop   207 (54%) 617 605
POP MAX +1     627  
Radio stations
Channel name web radio Freeview Skyarrow_drop_down Freesat
Kerrang! DAB 717 (90%) 363  
Sky News Radio live_tv     0000  
BBC Radio 1account_box live_tv DAB FM/AM flag700 0101 700
BBC Radio 2account_box live_tv DAB FM/AM flag702 0102 702
BBC Radio 3account_box live_tv DAB FM/AM flag703 0103 703
BBC Radio 4 (FM)account_box live_tv DAB FM/AM 704 0104 704
BBC Radio 5 Liveaccount_box live_tv DAB FM/AM 705 0105 705
Classic FM live_tv DAB FM/AM 731 (90%) 0106 721
Absolute Radio live_tv DAB FM/AM 727 (90%) 0107 724
talkSPORT live_tv DAB FM/AM 723 (90%) 0108 731
Capital FM London live_tv DAB FM/AM 724 (90%) 0109 719
PlanetRock DAB   0110 730
Heart live_tv DAB FM/AM 728 (90%) 0111 733
Radio X live_tv DAB FM/AM   0113 723
Capital Xtra live_tv DAB FM/AM   0114 720
BBC World Serviceaccount_box live_tv DAB FM/AM flag710 0115 711
BBC Radio Scotlandaccount_box live_tv DAB FM/AM 719 0116 712
BBC Radio Walesaccount_box live_tv DAB FM/AM 719 wales flag 0117 714
BBC Radio Ulsteraccount_box live_tv DAB FM/AM 719 northernireland flag 0118 716
BBC Asian Networkaccount_box live_tv DAB FM/AM 709 0119 709
BBC Radio 6 Musicaccount_box live_tv DAB 707 0120 707
Gold live_tv DAB FM/AM   0121 722
WRN English     0122  
LBC London News live_tv DAB FM/AM   0124  
Smooth RadioUK live_tv DAB FM/AM 718 (90%) 0128 732
Solar Radio     0129  
Panjab Radio     0130  
BBC Radio 4 Extraaccount_box live_tv DAB 708 0131 708
BBC Radio 1Xtraaccount_box live_tv DAB 701 0137 701
TWR live_tv  FM/AM   0138 790
BBC Radio nan Gaidhealaccount_box live_tv DAB FM/AM flag720 scotland flag 0139 713
BBC Radio 4 LWaccount_box live_tv     0143 710
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extraaccount_box live_tv DAB 706 0144 706
Smooth Extra DAB   0146  
EWTN Radio Britain and Ireland     0147  
Sukh Sagar Radio     0150  
Radio Khush Khabri     0151  
BBC Radio Cymruaccount_box live_tv DAB FM/AM 720 wales flag 0152 715
BBC Radio Foyleaccount_box live_tv DAB FM/AM 720 northernireland flag 0152 717
BBC Radio Londonaccount_box live_tv DAB FM/AM 719 0152 718
BBC Radio Cymru 2account_box live_tv DAB FM/AM   0154 735
RTE Radio 1     0160 750
RTE 2FM     0164 751
RTE Lyric FM     0165 752
RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta     0166 753
Desi Radio  FM/AM   0169  
Kiss FM DAB FM/AM 713 (90%) 0178  
Magic live_tv DAB 715 (90%) 0180  
Hits Radio live_tv   711 (90%) 0188  
Absolute Radio 80s live_tv DAB   0200 726
Absolute Radio 90s live_tv DAB   0201  
Jazz FM     0202  
Absolute Radio Classic Rock live_tv DAB   0203  
NewsTalk     0210  
Forces Radio BFBS Digital live_tv DAB FM/AM   0211 786
UCB Ireland     0214  
Virgin Radio     0215 736
Scala Radio     0216  
High definition shopping
Channel name web radio Freeview Skyarrow_drop_down Freesat
Daystar TV HD     583 691
Record TV Reino Unido HD     792  
Iran International HD     793  
Other TV channels
Channel name web radio Freeview Skyarrow_drop_down Freesat
AIT International     454  
ABN TV     456  
NDTV 24x7     510  
TVC News Nigeria     515  
Channels 24     518  
Arise News   269 (90%) 519  
News 18     520  
God TV     580 694
Revelation TV     581 692
TBN UK   65 (90%) 582  
Inspiration TV     584 690
Loveworld   270 (90%) 585  
Gospel Channel     586  
The Word Network     587  
EWTN     588  
Faith World TV     589  
KICC TV     590  
Faith     594  
Hillsong Channel     595  
Pop   206 (90%) 616 603
QVC live_tv   16 (90%) 660 800
JML Direct     661 806
TJC   49 (90%) 662 809
QVC Style live_tv   36 (90%) 663 803
Ideal World   22 (90%) 664 812
Gems TV live_tv   43 (90%) 665 805
High Street TV 1     666  
High Street TV 2     667  
High Street TV 3     668  
Best Direct     669  
Ideal Extra live_tv     671  
High Street TV 4     672  
Hochanda   85 (90%) 673 817
Jewellery Maker live_tv   74 (76%) 674 807
High Street TV 5     675  
TV Warehouse   90 england flag 676  
QVC Beauty live_tv   35 (90%) 677 801
Pavers Shoes TV     678  
Thane     679  
Psychic Today     680  
QVC Extra live_tv     682 802
Create & Craft   23 (90%)wb_sunny 683 813
Craft Extra     684  
Cruise 1st TV     688  
Aaj Tak     710  
MATV Channel     711  
Venus TV     716  
ABP News     719  
Aastha     724  
Sanskar TV     725  
MTA 1     731  
Hum Masala     732  
Hidayat TV     733  
Geo News International     734  
PTV Global     735  
ARY World     736  
Islam Channel     737  
Geo     738  
Noor TV     739  
Peace TV English     740  
Geo Kahani     741  
Iqra TV     742  
Islam TV     744  
Ahlebait TV     745  
Madani Channel English     746  
Peace TV Urdu     747  
Samaa TV     748  
Takbeer TV     749  
Hum TV     751  
British Muslim TV     752  
Safeer TV     753  
Dunya News     754  
Islam Channel Urdu     755  
UK 44     756  
Eman Channel     757  
ARY Family     758  
A1 TV     759  
Hum News     760  
Prime TV     762  
PTC Punjabi     766  
Brit Asia TV     767  
Sikh Channel Global     768  
Sangat TV     769  
Akaal Channel     770  
Khalsa TV     771  
Kanshi TV     772  
Channel S     777  
Iqra Bangla     778  
ATN Bangla     779  
NTV     780  
TV One     781  
Ion TV     782  
Abu Dhabi TV     786  
Ahlulbayt TV     787  
Sky News Arabia     788  
Phoenix CNE     791  
Chat Box     940  
GN Radio     0185  
Adult channels
Channel name web radio Freeview Skyarrow_drop_down Freesat
92 News     743  
ADULT Xpanded TV   678 (90%) 902  
ADULT Babestn2     908  
Babecall     909  
Studio 66 TV 1     912  
Xpanded TV 2     914  
Studio 66 TV 2     923  
Studio 66 TV 3     924  

Comments
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:51 PM

Barbara: GL4 covers a wide area. We need a full postcode in order to see which transmitter you're receiving, where you are in relation to it and your predicted coverage etc.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019
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Alastair Richardson
6:12 PM

I will not be renewing my TV licence because I don't wish to bankroll the BBC's political agenda. Without a licence I can't watch any BBC content ever and can't watch any other live broadcasts but can watch non-BBC catch-up. What I want is a non-licence subscription option so that I can only see what is legal.
Essentially non-BBC on demand for which I expect to pay.
Can I get this somewhere?

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Chris.SE
sentiment_satisfiedGold

6:31 PM

Alastair Richardson:

Try looking at NowTV, Britbox, RakutenTV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, AppleTV to name just a few. If you have a smart TV, have a look through the Apps to see what else you may find.

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Thursday, 28 November 2019
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js
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3:34 PM

Freesat Diffs:

5Star+1 has been added to the Freesat test region:

Comparing files List Freesat 27-11-2019 18 01.txt and List Freesat 28-11-2019 14 49.txt

************************ NEW ************************

SERVICE NAME TYPE EPGID SID TSID ONID FREQ.P ENC EIT PROVIDER BOUQUETS LCN
5Star+1 1 28006 7717 2057 2 10964H 0 1 Freesat 1EEE1EEE1EEE 143



Note: 5Star+1 was taken off Freesat 132 on 04-04-2018 and deleted from Freesat on 24-10-2018.

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Saturday, 30 November 2019
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GeordieLad
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

11:10 PM

Alastair Richardson:

I support your views wholeheartedly but, unfortunately, although the licence fee goes to the BBC it is legally enforceable on anyone who has equipment capable of receiving ANY live TV signals.

What we need is a change to the BBC charter whereby they are prohibited from levying this tax (for it is indeed a tax) and a return to Lord Reith's principles on which the BBC was founded nearly a century ago. It is high time that the BBC ceased its inane competition with commercial TV and returns to being a Public Service Broadcasting organisation, informing and educating the public rather than spending vast amounts of money on absolute drivel and overpaid staff and "celebrity" presenters. Either that or becoming an arm of Government with consequent accountability to Parliament and the electorate.

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Monday, 2 December 2019
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js
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2:10 AM

Extended Event Descriptors offer an opportunity to describe a programme in greater detail.

Freesat has had these descriptors for at least eight years but I've never heard mention of them. They are probably only available on G2 devices.

Here is an example event that has an Extended Event Descriptor:

Channel 4, Wed 04 Dec 00:10 - 01:05: Our Guy in Japan
Guy Martin visits a slum in Yokohama; pays his respects at Hiroshima, and takes a dip in the mildly radioactive waters; and joins in one of the country's oldest fireworks festivals. (Ep2/2) [AD,S]

<extended_event_descriptor lang = eng>
EpisodeNumber = 2
SeriesNumber = 1
AlphaSortIndexEventName = Our Guy in Japan
TEXT:
Travel series in which truck mechanic and motorcycle racer Guy Martin goes on a 2,500-mile journey around Japan. Guy continues his journey by visiting a corner of Japan that is rarely spoken about: a slum in Yokohama where he sneaks in to love hotels, illegal gambling dens and the yakuza-organised crime gang headquarters. Unlike any other slum in the world, it is clean, orderly and equipped with free Wi-Fi. The rest of his off-beat itinerary includes working with the maintenance team on the world's longest, strongest and most expensive suspension bridge, and training under the mystical guidance of one of Japan's last remaining swordsmiths. Guy also makes a special detour to pay his respects at Hiroshima, where he finds the tram that was up and running just three days after a nuclear bomb destroyed the city in August 1945. Guy also spends leisure time in the mildly radioactive waters of a hot spring. Finally, he participates in one of the country's oldest fireworks festivals [AD]
</extended_event_descriptor>

Does anyone see this level of detail on their Freesat device?

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Wednesday, 4 December 2019
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js
sentiment_satisfiedGold

1:14 AM

Here's another hefty tome from the Freesat 4seven EPG. The TEXT here is 1532 characters long.

Is anyone seeing this stuff on their Freesat EPG?

4seven, Thu 05 Dec 01:15 - 02:20: The Royal House of Windsor
In 1947, as Britain suffers from post-war austerity and the worst winter on record, a lovesick Princess Elizabeth and an ailing George VI visit South Africa on a fraught royal tour. (Ep2/6) [AD,S]

<extended_event_descriptor lang = eng>
EpisodeNumber = 2
SeriesNumber = 1
AlphaSortIndexEventName = Royal House of Windsor, The
TEXT:
Six-part series telling the story of one of the great dynasties of the last 100 years, with the help of family insiders, fresh research and unique access to the royal archives at Windsor Castle. The series combines never-before-seen film archive and new interviews with key members of the Queen's extended family. This second episode reveals how a lovesick Elizabeth and her ailing father, George VI, kept up appearances while crises loomed on every front. In 1947, the royal family are on a tour of South Africa. Britain is suffering from crippling post-war austerity and the worst winter on record. Behind the smiles, the King is suffering from the strains of the war, the smoking that would eventually kill him and anxiety about his eldest daughter. Elizabeth has told him that she is secretly engaged to her cousin, Prince Philip, but the King asks his daughter to wait until after South Africa before announcing her news. The royal tour is billed as a way of thanking the South Africans for their war effort, but in reality the mission is to shore up the crumbling British Empire. The king is frustrated at the attempts by the racist Afrikaners to try to stop him even shaking hands with black people, referring to his police minders as 'the Gestapo'. The fraught tour reaches its climax when Princess Elizabeth turns 21 and she famously broadcasts around the world promising to devote her whole life to 'service'. Within four years, the King is dead and a young, newly married Elizabeth is suddenly thrust onto the throne [AD]
</extended_event_descriptor>

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js
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2:24 AM

Freesat Diffs:

Freesat4 was renamed to Freesat Info and added to the test region with LCN 901 on SD, HD and G2 devices.

Freesat Info is not the same as freesat info, which appears on SD and HD devices on LCN 999 but confined to the test region on G2 devices:

SERVICE NAME TYPE EPGID SID TSID ONID FREQ.P ENC EIT PROVIDER BOUQUETS LCN
freesat info 12 07007 10530 2315 59 11427H 0 0 Freesat 111111111000 999


Comparing files List Freesat 02-12-2019 18 01.txt and List Freesat 03-12-2019 11 01.txt


************************ CHANGED ************************

SERVICE NAME TYPE EPGID SID TSID ONID FREQ.P ENC EIT PROVIDER BOUQUETS LCN

Renamed, Bouquet Change, LCN Change
Freesat4 12 00105 10528 2315 59 11427H 0 0 Freesat EEEE1EEE1111 1979
Freesat Info 12 00105 10528 2315 59 11427H 0 0 Freesat 1EEE1EEE1EEE 901

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js
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9:28 PM

ASTRA/BSkyB Diffs:

An encrypted HD test named 52586 was added to the BSkyB service tables:

Comparing files List ASTRA 03-12-2019 18 01.txt and List ASTRA 04-12-2019 11 01.txt

************************ NEW ************************

SERVICE NAME TYPE EPGID SID TSID ONID FREQ.P ENC EIT PROVIDER BOUQUETS LCN
52586 25 1203 52586 2116 2 11427V 1 1 BSkyB 000000000000010 1031

At present, only the PMT and ECM streams belonging to 52586 are present. The video and audio streams advertised in the PMT are absent.

What makes 52586 of interest is the transponder it's on: 11427V.

11427V currently has four HD services on it, all of which are on Freesat:

S4C HD
FRANCE 24(ENG)
FreeSports HD
QUEST HD

Whilst looking at 11427V I noticed FreeSports HD had lots of missing packets.

Further investigation showed that the video and audio streams were dropping out for a few seconds every minute or so.

This is reflected in the bitrate measurement for 11427V:

Video Bitrate (Mbps) sampled at 32 <= dPCR <= 43 ms intervals over 17 seconds for 11426.50 V 29500 8/9 DVB-S2 QPSK (04/12/2019 16:46:51)
maximum | minimum | average | service_name
09.728 | 08.609 | 09.200 | QUEST HD
09.134 | 00.000 | 08.166 | FreeSports HD
08.185 | 08.067 | 08.126 | FRANCE 24 HD
10.325 | 10.195 | 10.272 | S4C HD
21.567 | 10.954 | 12.603 | Null Packets
04.660 | 02.924 | 03.743 | All Other Streams
52.110 | 52.110 | 52.110 | TS Bitrate

That was at 16:46 and it's still dropping out now at 21:20.

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Paul.
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:58 PM
Darlington

js:

Thanks, it's good to know it's a transmission problem and not a problem at my end.

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