Wednesday’s loss of nine channels is a sign of major changes ahead at Freesat, mirroring big changes to the way broadcasters plan to make their content available to viewers in the future.
Freesat users have suddenly lost access to nine channels with content spanning classic entertainment, movies and children’s programmes.
Children’s channel Tiny POP will be solely available via online & streaming platforms from Wednesday 20th March
New TV channel , which made its debut on Freeview, Freesat and Sky less than two weeks ago, disappoints soap and sci-fi fans as channel axes launch line-up.
Viewers in the Tayside area of Scotland can no longer receive their local STV service on Freesat, as SD services close without HD replacement.
The BBC has now terminated broadcasts of its channels in standard definition on satellite and is currently migrating its radio stations across to new capacity.
STV joins a growing number of broadcasters to start turning off its standard definition (SD) channels on satellite, but before its HD service becomes universally available free-to-air.
That’s TV is launching a new spin-off channel on Wednesday 3rd January, which will provide a further free-to-air outlet for the broadcaster’s recent archive content acquisitions.
BBC tells viewers not to wait until channels are closed in the new year to upgrade to HD-capable satellite receiver.
Freesat has adjusted its channel list to cater for the launch of the last remaining ITV HD channels, plus the closure of Bauer Media’s UK radio stations on satellite.