When Freesat and Freeview accomplished their merger earlier this yr, the free-to-watch telly platforms stated that changing into a single firm would enable them to share applied sciences and data. Nevertheless, the primary merchandise shared between the 2 platforms is definitely a channel.
That is TV Gold, which is already obtainable to Freeview customers on Channel 91, is now coming to Freesat. Because the title suggests, this channel is devoted to bringing leisure, music and movies that you simply thought had been misplaced in dusty archives. From the 60s to as we speak, That is TV Gold airs the likes of The Tommy Cooper Present, The Kenny Everett Present and The Mike Yarwood Present. In addition to these time-tested comedies, That’s TV Gold additionally airs reside concert events, movies, and in-depth documentaries from all over the world round showbiz personalities.
Except for Freeview and now Freesat, the one different viewers who can watch this nostalgia-drenched schedule is Sky Q and Sky+ HD viewers, who can tune-in on Channel 187.
Discussing the arrival of the free-to-view channel on Freesat, That’s TV Gold Head of Programming Kristiina Vaiksalu stated: “In latest months That’s TV Gold has been inundated with requests to launch on Freesat. We’re delighted to be able to now do that and convey our model of basic leisure to Freesat viewers. Our schedule will mirror the favored tradition all of us grew up with and have a number of the greatest names in UK tv over the previous 5 a long time.”
Angie Mee, Director of Content material Partnerships at Freesat, added: “We’re thrilled to welcome That’s TV Gold to the ever-expanding Freesat service. In addition to bringing our clients the most recent content material, we additionally perceive their love of reveals from their previous and That’s TV Gold brings with it a number of the very most interesting.”
Freeview mum or dad firm Digital UK, which was a three way partnership between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and transmitter operator Arqiva – till the latter left the undertaking final yr, has now confirmed that it acquired Freesat on July 8, 2021. Freesat had two shareholders, BBC and ITV, which meant the merger needed to be cleared by the related authorities and regulators.
For many who don’t know, Freesat presents entry to a variety of the identical channels as Freeview, however depends on a satellite tv for pc dish to attach viewers to their favorite reveals. So, in case you’ve determined to go away Sky Q, however nonetheless have a dish strapped to your roof and don’t fancy a weekend of DIY – you may plug in a Freesat suitable set-top field to entry free-to-air channels utilizing your current receiver. That is a distinct method to Freeview, which leverages your aerial.
There are just a few benefits to Freesat over Freeview, most notably, that the service makes use of the extra capability afforded when broadcasting through satellite tv for pc to supply a collection of 24 high-definition channels, together with these from BBC, ITV, Channel 5, Discovery Networks, France 24, Paramount Community, Bloomberg, RT UK and TRT World.
That stated, Freeview Play – which requires an web connection to deliver catch-up companies into the TV Information – contains extra content material than Freesat. When utilizing a Freeview Play tv or set-top field, scrolling to the left on the TV Information will enable viewers “journey again in time” and leap into previously-aired reveals nonetheless obtainable from BBC iPlayer, My5, ITV Hub, All4 and others.
In complete, it pulls content material from 10 on-demand catch-up companies now. Whereas a lot of that is additionally doable with Freesat, the service does not at the moment embrace any reveals from All4.
That is just like Sky Glass, which was introduced earlier this month and can develop into obtainable to clients on October 18, and streams the whole Sky Q expertise over a Wi-Fi connection – dropping the necessity for a satellite tv for pc dish for the primary time within the firm’s historical past. Nevertheless, this custom-designed 4K TV additionally features a Freeview tuner inside, which is used as a back-up in case your web connection goes offline so that you simply’re in a position to proceed to look at reside tv.