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That’s TV Gold on Freesat

Freesat, the UK’s free to view satellite TV service, has announced that the home of classic TV, That’s TV Gold, is now available on channel 178. That’s TV Gold showcases entertainment, music and films from the 60s to today. The channel’s line-up features iconic programming of yesteryear with legendary comedy heroes such as The Tommy […]

October 12, 2021

CNN ending Freesat, BT, Virgin carriage

CNN International has confirmed that it will cease broadcasting on the Freesat, BT TV and Virgin Media platforms from September 1st. The news channel will continue to air on Sky, and via its own live stream offering. The company confirmed the news on Twitter, saying: “As of 1 September, CNN International will be available to […]

August 26, 2021

BBC, ITV, C4 complete Digital UK and Freesat integration

The BBC, ITV and Channel 4  have brought together Digital UK , which facilitates the provision of Freeview, and Freesat, which offers access to the UK’s subscription-free satellite television service. The coming together of Digital UK and Freesat aims to help ensure viewers continue to have access to a range of free-to-view TV services in […]

July 9, 2021

GB News to launch June 13th

GB News, the news channel which includes Discovery among its backers, has confirmed it is to launch on June 13th. A tweet from the service says: ‘GB News will launch on Sunday 13th June at 8pm with a special programme “Welcome to GB News”’. The channel, positioned as an alternative to BBC News and Sky […]

May 26, 2021By Colin Mann

Sony UK channels sold to Narrative

Sony Pictures Television’s portfolio of UK channels have been sold to Narrative Capital, a US financing and investment firm. The deal includes Sony Movies, Sony Movies Classic, Sony Movies Action, Sony Channel, POP, Tiny POP and POP Max, as well as various digital assets. The channels will be rebranded as GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, […]

May 17, 2021

PSBs to integrate Digital UK and Freesat

UK public service broadcasters the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 plan to integrate Digital UK – the joint venture which facilitates the provision of Freeview TV services and Freesat – which offers access to the UK’s subscription-free satellite television service. They say the integration of Digital UK and Freesat will help ensure viewers continue to […]

February 10, 2021By Colin Mann

Arqiva to deliver GB News

Arqiva has been selected by GB News to deliver its new channel, which will deliver 6,500 hours a year of unique British news content. The provider of broadcast transmissions and infrastructure will distribute GB News to all major UK platforms including Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, YouView and Freesat, reaching more than 96 per cent of […]

January 29, 2021

Amazon Prime Video on Freesat

Enhancing the platform’s hybrid offering, UK free to air satellite TV service Freesat has confirmed that Amazon Prime Video is joining its portfolio of content on its latest set-top boxes. Existing Prime Video customers will be able to open the app through Freesat to access movies and TV shows, including Amazon Original Series such as […]

December 17, 2020By Colin Mann

Court TV launches on Freesat

Court TV has grown its UK presence via a new carriage agreement with Freesat, the free-to-air satellite platform. The deal adds an additional two million homes to Court TV’s viewing base in the UK via Freesat channel 177 effective immediately. The channel offers audiences access to, and analysis of, real-life courtroom dramas taking place in […]

November 30, 2020

Ex-Freesat CEO: FTA rebrand needed

Seasoned broadcast executive Emma Scott, former CEO of UK free-to-air digital satellite platform Freesat and previously responsible for the launch of DTT service Freeview, has suggested that there is an opportunity for a rebrand of such services in the era of multiple streaming services. The UK has connected platforms Freeview Play and YouView in addition […]

November 11, 2020By Colin Mann