Sony Crime Channel replaces True Crime

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Feb 072018
 

Sony Crime Channel replaces Sony Channel

Sony Crime Channel is a new channel dedicated to crime drama, available free-to-air across all major TV platforms.

Sony Crime Channel replaces the former Sony Channel feed on Sky, and former True Crime channel on Freeview.

Schedule highlights include the free-to-air premiere of Orange is the New Black as well as old favourites Hustle and CSI.

Sony Crime Channel is available free to air (ie no subscription or viewing card required) on Sky channel 157 (+1 on channel 181)

Sony Crime Channel launches on Freesat on 13th February on channel 143.

Sony Crime Channel is currently standard definition only.

Freesat drops a load of music channels

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Feb 042018
 

Freesat drops a load of music channels

Early this week, free to air music channel VIVA was dropped on Freesat, to be replaced by MTV Love, a pay TV offering.

Then at the end of January, The Box Plus Network withdrew its presence from Freesat, causing viewers to lose access to channels including 4Music.

Other music channels dropped include The Box, Box Hits, Box Upfront, Kerrang, Kiss, Magic, Clubland, Now 90s and Now 80s.

The changes leave Freesat users with a third fewer music channels than a week ago,

However, the channels may have been dropped by Freesat, but they are still able to be accessed, apart from VIVA, should you still want to watch these channels. You simply have to add them to your Freesat box via “non Freesat Mode” / “STB Mode” using the frequencies below:

4Music
Frequency: 10714
Polarisation: Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 22000
FEC: 5/6
Mode: DVB-S, QPSK

The Box, Box Hits, Box Upfront, Kerrang, Kiss, Magic
Frequency: 12304
Polarisation: Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 27500
FEC: 5/6
Mode: DVB-S, QPSK

Clubland, Now 90s
Frequency: 11553
Polarisation: Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 22000
FEC: 5/6
Mode: DVB-S, QPSK

Now 80s
Frequency: 11597
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate: 22000
FEC: 5/6
Mode: DVB-S, QPSK

All frequency information correct as of 02/02/2018. Manually tuned channels will not be automatically updated if frequencies change.

VIVA music channel closes

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Jan 312018
 

VIVA music channel closes

The UK version of music channel VIVA has closed.

VIVA had been available free-to-air on Freesat 511 and Freeview 57 as well as on Sky 353 and Virgin Media 317.

The channel has been replaced with “pop-up pay” TV channel MTV Love.

The VIVA UK website now redirects to MTV.

Originally launched in 2009 as a replacement for music channel TMF, the format of the channel changed in April 2015 when VIVA became an all-music channel, ditching evening entertainment programmes.

Viva owner Viacom never made any official announcement about the future of VIVA

BBC retains Premier League TV highlights

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Jan 302018
 

The BBC has retained the right to show Premier League TV highlights as part of a new deal until the end of the 2021/22 season.

As well as securing content for Match Of The Day, the new deal will allow the BBC to continue to repeat highlights on Sunday mornings as well as show Premier League highlights and footage on MOTD2, Football Focus and The Premier League Show.

Barbara Slater, Director, BBC Sport, says:
“To keep Premier League highlights on the BBC is testament to the continued success and popularity of Match Of The Day. Our longstanding partnership with the Premier League continues to flourish and evolve as seen with the recently launched Super Movers initiative. The new deal strengthens that relationship even further and ensures the nation’s favourite sport will continue to be seen by the widest possible audience.”

Charlotte Moore, Director BBC Content, added:
“To secure the Premier League highlights for another three years is fantastic news for football fans all over the UK and ensures the BBC remains the free to air home with the iconic Match of the Day at the heart of all the action.”

The BBC has held on to Premier League highlights since August 2004

Live Premier League coverage rights for the seasons between 2019 and 2022 is to be determined in the next few weeks, with BT and Sky expected to face potential competition from online services.

Channel 4 live F1 races in 2018

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Jan 292018
 

Channel 4 live F1 races in 2018

Channel 4 have announced which of the 2018 race weekends they will be showing live.

Channel 4 live coverage starts with the second Grand Prix, the Bahrain Grand Prix on the weekend of 6-8th April.

This is the last year of regular free-to-air coverage in the UK, as Channel 4’s deal to cover F1 expires at the end of the year, and from 2019, Sky has the exclusive UK rights to broadcast F1.

F1 2018 UK Pay/Free TV schedule
Australian Grand Prix, 23-25 March – Sky Sports F1

Bahrain Grand Prix, 6-8 April – Sky F1 and C4

Chinese Grand Prix, 13-15 April – Sky Sports F1

Azerbaijan Grand Prix, 27-29 April – Sky F1 and C4

Spanish Grand Prix, 11-13 May – Sky Sports F1

Monaco Grand Prix, 25-27 May – Sky F1 and C4

Canadian Grand Prix, 8-10 June – Sky Sports F1

French Grand Prix, 22-24 June – Sky Sports F1

Austrian Grand Prix, 29 June – 1 July – Sky F1 and C4

British Grand Prix, 6-8 July – Sky F1 and C4

German Grand Prix, 20-22 July – Sky Sports F1

Hungarian Grand Prix, 27-29 July – Sky Sports F1

Belgian Grand Prix, 24-26 August – Sky F1 and C4

Italian Grand Prix, 31 August – 2 September –Sky Sports F1

Singapore Grand Prix, 14-16 September – Sky F1 and C4

Russian Grand Prix, 28-30 September – Sky Sports F1

Japanese Grand Prix, 5-7 October – Sky F1 and C4

United States Grand Prix, 19-21 October – Sky F1 and C4

Mexican Grand Prix, 26-28 October – Sky Sports F1

Brazilian Grand Prix, 9-11 November – Sky Sports F1

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, 23-25 November – Sky F1 and C4

F1 changes for Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia

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Jan 272018
 

F1 changes for Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia

Whereas for this coming season UK viewers still have the F! coverage from Channel 4 and Sky SPorts F1, Sky subscribers in Germany and F1 fans inItaly will have some changes.

In Germany, Sky Deutschland will no longer cover F1.

Reports suggest that the pay-TV broadcaster wants to concentrate in future on sports events that can be broadcast exclusively, at least in part, according to a spokesperson. This would not be the case with the Formula One as this was shown 100% on free-to-air TV in Germany on RTL, who recently extended its contract with the Formula One World Championship by three years until 2020 and will continue to screen the races free-to-air.

In Italy, a new deal means that Sky Italia will become the exclusive home of F1, with only 3 or 4 of the races being shown free to air onm Skys free to air channel.

From the 2019 season, Sky UK will become the exclusive home of live F1 races in the UK, with only the British Grand Prix to be made available free to air. No details have been released as to if this will be free to air on a Sky channel like Pick, or be sub leased to a main channel like BBC or Channel 4.

F1 changes for Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia

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Jan 272018
 

F1 changes for Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia

Whereas for this coming season UK viewers still have the F! coverage from Channel 4 and Sky SPorts F1, Sky subscribers in Germany and F1 fans inItaly will have some changes.

In Germany, Sky Deutschland will no longer cover F1.

Reports suggest that the pay-TV broadcaster wants to concentrate in future on sports events that can be broadcast exclusively, at least in part, according to a spokesperson. This would not be the case with the Formula One as this was shown 100% on free-to-air TV in Germany on RTL, who recently extended its contract with the Formula One World Championship by three years until 2020 and will continue to screen the races free-to-air.

In Italy, a new deal means that Sky Italia will become the exclusive home of F1, with only 3 or 4 of the races being shown free to air onm Skys free to air channel.

From the 2019 season, Sky UK will become the exclusive home of live F1 races in the UK, with only the British Grand Prix to be made available free to air. No details have been released as to if this will be free to air on a Sky channel like Pick, or be sub leased to a main channel like BBC or Channel 4.

Sony Channel changes soon

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Jan 272018
 

Sony Channel changes soon

Sony will soon be making some changes to their TV channels.

Currently the Sony channel is encrypted, but requires no subscription – only a “Freesat From Sky” viewing card.
It is also currently on the European beam, with easy reception over Spain.

Sony Channel will become the free-to-air Sony Crime Channel on the 6th February 2018. “Free to air” meaning not encrypted, so no viewing card required.

It will also be making a transponder change, moving to the harder to receive in Spain UK beam. If you can currently receive other Sony owned channels True Entertainment and POP, then you should be able to receive the Sony Crime channel, as they will all be on the same transponder

Sony Crime Channel is due to take over the Sky slot of the Sony Channel (ch.157) on the 6th February 2018. Latest information is that Freesat will get the channel a week later.

The new Sony Crime channel s currently testing free to air, and is available to manually tune into Sky and Freesat receivers ahead of their inclusions onto the channel guides in February

Satellite receivers can be manually tuned to the following:
Satellite: Astra 2F (28.2E) UK Spotbeam
Frequency: 11306
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate: 27500
FEC: 5/6
Mode: DVB-S, QPSK
Service ID: 53385 (Sony Channel)
53390 (Sony Ch.+1)

Sony Channel changes soon

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Jan 272018
 

Sony Channel changes soon

Sony will soon be making some changes to their TV channels.

Currently the Sony channel is encrypted, but requires no subscription – only a “Freesat From Sky” viewing card.
It is also currently on the European beam, with easy reception over Spain.

Sony Channel will become the free-to-air Sony Crime Channel on the 6th February 2018. “Free to air” meaning not encrypted, so no viewing card required.

It will also be making a transponder change, moving to the harder to receive in Spain UK beam. If you can currently receive other Sony owned channels True Entertainment and POP, then you should be able to receive the Sony Crime channel, as they will all be on the same transponder

Sony Crime Channel is due to take over the Sky slot of the Sony Channel (ch.157) on the 6th February 2018. Latest information is that Freesat will get the channel a week later.

The new Sony Crime channel s currently testing free to air, and is available to manually tune into Sky and Freesat receivers ahead of their inclusions onto the channel guides in February

Satellite receivers can be manually tuned to the following:
Satellite: Astra 2F (28.2E) UK Spotbeam
Frequency: 11306
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate: 27500
FEC: 5/6
Mode: DVB-S, QPSK
Service ID: 53385 (Sony Channel)
53390 (Sony Ch.+1)

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