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Channel 4 abandons Freesat HD in TWO DAYS
Thursday 22 February 2018 9:34PM

We have a Panasonic TV (?950 in 2010) bought for it's Freesat HD; it only has Freesat HD and does NOT have a Freeview HD tuner.

We watched many hours of Channel 4 HD, many simply as able to watch something we like in HD rather than SD.

A year and a half ago we bought and installed Freesat HD for an elderly relative wanting HD, with a Panasonic HD-Ready television (?650 in 2008), as good as the day it was bought and with sound far better inbuilt sound than any that can be bought now!

Channel 4 HD is removed but left it in place for those who can/are wiling to afford Sky. Channel 4 pays millions for certain programmes yet kills this from Freesat, leaving it on the paid-for greed promoting Sky platform, ridding those less able to afford subscriptions of a quality programming source.

We are absolutely disgusted and as watching in HD is something we primarily look for, as long as the programming is of a required genre, we will now be disregarding Channel 4 in the Channel Guide, unless desperate.

I can not express any further how disgusted we are at this regressive action and shame on a service we had grown to respect.

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Channel 4 abandons Freesat HD in TWO DAYS
Thursday 22 February 2018 10:36PM

At present Channel 4 HD remains available in the OtherSat i.e. non-Freesat mode of your TV/box, suggesting it is their presence in the Freesat programme Guide that is what they are not willing to pay for.

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Channel 4 abandons Freesat HD in TWO DAYS
Thursday 22 February 2018 11:09PM

To MikeB: If there is something else equally favoured being transmitted at the same time on an HD channel then yes we would now abandon the Channel 4 programme in favour of it.

However, as my post at 1036PM. I have now discovered it is still available in OtherSat/non-Freesat mode so for ourselves that's fine for now.

Please consider though that any experience of elderly relatives will illustrate how the addition of another piece of equipment required to be added to their TV can confuse and distress to the point they just can't remember the simplest action to make it's use un-stressful; The Humax Freesat box for example makes changing from Freesat to non-Freesat mode a multi-staged menu-driven procedure that, for example, my late-eighties Mother just can not remember. Of course they want it that way to pander to the Freesat deal to stop people watching outside the Freesat menu platform.

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