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    E4 on FreeSat

    This is a discussion on E4 on FreeSat within the Freesat forums, part of the Sky & Sky+ TV category; Anyone know why E4 isn't available on FreeSat when it's available on FreeView? I can't get FreeView here and have ...

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      E4 on FreeSat

      Anyone know why E4 isn't available on FreeSat when it's available on FreeView? I can't get FreeView here and have been using FreeSat from Sky which I've found to be excellent. However I'm a bit annoyed that E4 is available free to everyone except FreeSat users. Seems a bit unfair to penalise people in this way just because they can't receive FreeView! I can't see any reason for it.


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      Re: E4 on FreeSat

      It something to do with the contractual arrangements between Sky and Channel 4, read this article (still clear as mud to me though)

      BBC NEWS | Entertainment | TV and Radio | C4 and Sky deny More4 confusion


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      Re: E4 on FreeSat

      Even more odd...
      Sky Sports News is on Freeview
      but not on
      Freesat from Sky.

      I recall reading on SkyUser that Sky were
      threatening to drop Sky Sports News from Freeview.

      Anyone interested in starting a new Sports News channel
      on Freeview?
      We can buy in most feeds we need from existing
      news media.


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      Re: E4 on FreeSat

      We can name the channel
      NSN
      NoSky Sports News.

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      Re: E4 on FreeSat

      Okay, having read the news article I'm even more annoyed. Basically the only ones making any money from E4 being a subscription channel are Sky!

      Here is the relevant part:

      Quote Originally Posted by BBC News
      A Channel 4 spokesman said that under the contract it had with Sky to broadcast its channels on digital satellite, Sky had the right to choose whether or not to make More4 a subscription service.

      "More4 is positioned as a public service channel which we are providing for free and for which we are receiving no subscription income," he said.

      "We would obviously like it to be made available to the widest possible audience. However, contractually the decision to place More4 in a basic subscription package rather than on their Freesat service is one that lies in Sky's hands."
      So who at Channel 4 made the **** up in the first place to give Sky the ability to make these decisions? Only 18 complaints to Ofcom apparently, think I'll write one myself. After all Channel 4 is subsided with license payers money to provide the service and I can't watch it, but it's okay for Sky to profit from it. Disgraceful!

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      Re: E4 on FreeSat

      Quote:
      "After all Channel 4 is subsided with license payers money (sic)
      to provide the service and I can't watch it, but it's okay for Sky
      to profit from it. Disgraceful!"-Luffer

      I sympathise with you and can see why you are annoyed.
      However, if you write to Ofcom check your facts first.
      Do not give them the opportunity to bat your legitimate complaint
      away because of an inaccuracy.

      I think Channel 4 and E4 get all their income from advertising.
      They have a licence from the Government and one of the
      objectives is to supply programmes for “minorities”.
      Last edited by murdock; 11-09-07 at 01:19 PM. Reason: revised

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      Re: E4 on FreeSat

      Thanks, I thought they did receive a subsidy, but it would appear I am mistaken. However, the station is publicly owned and I see no reason why Sky should be allowed to profit from this.

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      Re: E4 on FreeSat

      Quote Originally Posted by Luffer View Post
      Thanks, I thought they did receive a subsidy, but it would appear I am mistaken. However, the station is publicly owned and I see no reason why Sky should be allowed to profit from this.
      I agree.
      Next year BBC and ITV launch their own Freesat.
      Presumably Sky will not be able to bully them.

      Consider using the argument that Ofcom should ensure
      E4 should be on Freesat - a brand name BBC own.
      I will write about a Sports News Channel And E4 on Freesat once
      I check out the facts.
      Last edited by murdock; 11-09-07 at 01:33 PM.

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