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5* and 5USA coming to Freesat by Christmas

The extra capacity provided by the new Astra satellite is going to allow Channel 5 to provide their two extra channels on Freesat by the end of 2011.

The extra capacity provided by the new Astra satellite is going
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Good news for Freesat viewers, two popular Freeview channels will be launching on the free-to-air satellite platform.

Channel 5 have confirmed to UK FREE TV that "work is already under way to introduce unencrypted versions of both 5* and 5 USA to the (BBC and ITV) Freesat service, following the creation of extra narrowbeam capacity".

With regard to the dates for the start of these two services, Channel 5 says that they "anticipate that these will be broadcasting before the end of the year, but are unable to confirm specific dates at present."





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Saturday, 15 October 2011
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wayne
8:55 PM

thank you Nottsuk :-)

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Sunday, 16 October 2011
Dave
12:10 AM Brighton

Does this new sat mean more HD on freesat ?

I think quality should prevail more than quantity !

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Briantist
8:44 AM

Dave: It is down to the broadcasters, but I think ITV will probably move ITV 2 HD, ITV 3 HD and ITV 4 HD to the new satellite.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Ash
9:31 AM

Great news!

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Bill Kocher
10:53 AM Newhaven

I live in Newhaven where the Freeview (when we get it in May) will be the cut down service, not the full one. The only way to get a full Digital TV service here is satellite. It would be good to see all 'free-to-air' broadcasts on Freesat, without us having to give our hard earned cash to the Murdochs!
I was facinated by your other post showing most people using Sky are mostly paying to watch free-to-air broadcasts!

P.S. I am not much of a sports fan, so can live without Sky!

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Mike Dimmick
3:05 PM

Dave: Yes, for Freesat. The assumption is that they're only currently encrypted due to rights issues, that they can't broadcast free-to-air across the whole of Europe without paying a lot more money. If that assumption is true, it follows that if they move to a British Isles footprint, it's because they want to go free-to-air.

ITV2, 3, and 4 HD are currently on Astra 2A's north beam - the footprint is at <img src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAABAAAAAQCAYAAAAf8/9hAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAlwSFlzAAAOwwAADsMBx2+oZAAAABh0RVh0U29mdHdhcmUAcGFpbnQubmV0IDQuMC4zjOaXUAAAARtJREFUOE+Vk9tywiAURf3/f6wPdWpCuEMgd3cPpLUaiZk6s/CBrHUIMzkBONEvLYekZ7esC/0ty7Rhxu2HtF9VX8VIIbBKyzxhnsZM2m+9w/n88RLZBP6m/srj0GepiwHOGlwun0+Rl0DiUR76LgtbioF5HjGRmBhI7knuuggpBYTgGcaq/cA0DZlh6EiOJAfE2CIEj7Z18N7CWl0OrNPfy84ZGKPKgSx2EemyYiCxJdE7eEeiNbBGw2gFJQWKgTQ1HshayXwPxUA6cjiQ03TOm3Ig3t91XxYkc87KgZBlky/KvpEZu5YDPouKRAVjJLQWUIpDyiTWGVZfUdfP38RDgGQr77ImWUkKiIamU6Cp8vSm2TnBf1kDOH0DW6wE8p+GJ5YAAAAASUVORK5CYII=" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt="sat.ses.com link icon"> link iconhttps://sat.ses.com/webse…5753 . The current Freesat channels are on Astra 2D, which only covers the British Isles - see <img src="data:image/png;base64,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" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt="sat.ses.com link icon"> link iconhttps://sat.ses.com/webse…5243 . Astra 1N's expected UK footprint is <img src="data:image/png;base64,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" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt="sat.ses.com link icon"> link iconhttps://sat.ses.com/webse…5209 .

The new satellite has 52 transponders which could mean capacity for up to 200 new (or moved) HD channels, though a lot of the frequencies overlap with those already in use on one of the other satellites already in the cluster. We don't know how flexible it is, how many of the transponders can use the UK spot beam and how many can only use the pan-European beams.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011
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Adam
11:55 AM

Mike: The ITV HD channels are encrypted because ITV signed a pay TV deal with Sky so they receive some of the money people pay to watch HD channels on Sky. ITV clearly said at launch these were pay TV channels, so I doubt they will go FTA any time soon:

<img src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAABAAAAAQCAYAAAAf8/9hAAABNUlEQVQ4y+2Tv0sCcRiHn9MjQ244JLAziihaw6GoJc9qKkKSwKGhOhqaCqE/IPwLor8gctMlarcLp4KgaIhoSY5A6RcnBIVo1/IGkkSBQ0sfeKf3+z687wNfxfM82omPNvP3ADVin+4BUcAsT427QByYBGzg+EeADDcnA8QEZP4GsPVNTxdICSjlsOKREed54qxwCeDl6Qd0H7Av9XWTYTnDymGlAbv+2pFr6u8A560SVVUFUP3KtbjYfZq+HXzvrNOo+TUvT8bLowMJ4LAFEJxJdAEMDQTfRGLJHbsrVBauHntGHQ1IiyeAbcU4OjkQWhG4aFTKG/eLSdZXezHCgaw4WAH61sIPLyGjqslwUUlhfkp0gXkg6u82snObszUjcJMCluSxAyRDRlWX211gGUD5/wt8AEbLVs+C0ga3AAAAAElFTkSuQmCC" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt="www.itv.com link icon"> link iconPress releases | Programme press releases | ITV plc 2010 Interim Results - ITV Press Centre

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Saturday, 5 November 2011
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Julian
4:21 PM Bury St. Edmunds

Will 5, 5* and 5USA be available on old Sky boxes without a viewing card as well as Freesat?

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Briantist
4:27 PM

Julian: Yes, the channels will be free-to-air.

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