- Freesat from Sky
Freesat from Sky is a British
satellite televisionservice from BSkyB which gives viewers access to over 200 free-to-airchannels [http://www.lyngsat.com/freetv/United-Kingdom.html List of Free To Air channels broadcast from the UK] ] , some free-to-viewencrypted channels, an electronic programme guide (EPG) and Sky Activeinteractive data services. It is competitor to Freesatas well as Sky's own pay-TV satellite service Sky Digital, which are also available on Astra 2D.
This service requires use of the proprietary Sky Digibox and the
Sky+system of digital video recorderdecoders which use Sky's proprietary OpenTVEPG for interactive television services. The boxes are limited in some regards, such as digital audio, video outputs, the lack of ability to use a dish motor and scanning for channels not carried on the EPG.
Included in the over 200 Free-to-air channels (which do not require either a viewing card or a Sky receiver to watch) that are not available on Freeview
digital terrestrial televisionare CNN International, EuroNews, Al Jazeera English, Travel Channel (UK), Men & Motors, all the regional services of the BBCand ITVand S4C Digidol outside of Wales.
As of December 2007, the number of households with free-to-view satellite television is estimated by
Ofcomto be 1,055,000, or 4.1% of households with television. [cite web
url = http://www.ofcom.org.uk/research/tv/reports/dtv/dtv_2007_q4/dtvq407.pdf
title = Digital TV, Q4 2007
accessdate = 2008-06-06
work = The Communications Market: Digital Progress Report
pages= p14] (This figure includes households with Freesat from Sky and 'churned' Sky Digital subscribers who kept their Sky Digiboxes to access free-to-view channels.)
List of free-to-view channels for which a Sky box is required
Channel 4HD (Sky HD box is required)
* Fiver +1
* Five US +1
Setanta Sports News
As of June 2008 some
ITV1regions have been encrypted again due to one of their narrow bean transponder agreements ending.Fact|date=June 2008
Five's group of channels will become free-to-air once their contract ends in July 2008 so they can launch on Freesat.
The Five channels and
Sky3are also available on Freeview television, so a Sky box is NOT required.
* [http://www.freesatfromsky.co.uk/ Freesat from Sky home page]
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