Freesat viewers have unlocked a brand new FREE channel identified to everybody with Freeview or Sky
When Freesat and Freeview completed their merger earlier this year, the free-to-watch television platforms said that by merging a single company, they could share technology and knowledge. However, the first element shared between the two platforms is actually a channel.
This is TV Gold, which is already available to Freeview users on Channel 91, is now coming to Freesat. As the name suggests, this channel is dedicated to delivering the entertainment, music, and movies that you thought were lost in dusty archives. From the 1960s until today, That’s TV Gold has broadcast greats like The Tommy Cooper Show, The Kenny Everett Show and The Mike Yarwood Show. In addition to these proven comedies, That’s TV Gold also broadcasts live concerts, films and extensive documentaries from all over the world about showbiz personalities.
Aside from Freeview and now Freesat, the only other viewers who can see this nostalgic schedule are Sky Q and Sky + HD viewers who can tune into Channel 187.
Kristiina Vaiksalu, Head of Programming at That’s TV Gold, said of the launch of the free-to-view channel at Freesat: “In the past few months, That’s TV Gold has been inundated with requests to start on Freesat. We are excited to do so now and bring our brand of classic entertainment to Freesat viewers. Our schedule will reflect the popular culture we all grew up with and feature some of the biggest names in British television over the past five decades. “
Angie Mee, Director of Content Partnerships at Freesat, added: “We are very excited to welcome That’s TV Gold to the ever-expanding Freesat service. Not only do we provide our customers with the latest content, we understand their love of shows from their past, and That’s TV Gold brings some of the best with it. “
Freeview parent company Digital UK, a joint venture between BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and broadcaster Arqiva – until it left the project last year – has now confirmed that it will take over Freesat on July 8, 2021. Freesat had two shareholders, BBC and ITV, which meant the merger had to be approved by the relevant authorities and regulators.
For those who don’t know, Freesat offers access to a number of the same channels as Freeview but relies on a satellite dish to connect viewers to their favorite shows. So, if you’ve decided to leave Sky Q but still have a bowl strapped to your roof and aren’t in the mood for a DIY weekend – you can plug in a Freesat-compatible set-top box to access free-to-air channels with your existing receiver. This is a different approach to Freeview that uses your antenna.
Freesat has some advantages over Freeview, most notably that the service takes advantage of the additional capacity of satellite transmission to offer a choice of 24 high definition channels including those from BBC, ITV, Channel 5, Discovery Networks, France 24, Paramount Network , Bloomberg, RT UK and TRT World.
However, Freeview Play – which requires an internet connection to bring catch-up services to the TV Guide – contains more content than Freesat. If you are using a Freeview Play TV or set-top box, you can “travel back in time” by scrolling to the left in the TV guide and jump to previously broadcast programs that are still being played by BBC iPlayer, My5, ITV Hub, All4 and others are available.
In total, content is now being retrieved from 10 on-demand catch-up services. Even if a lot of this is also possible with Freesat, the service does not currently include shows from All4.
This is similar to Sky Glass, which was announced earlier this month and will be available to customers on October 18, and will stream the entire Sky Q experience over a Wi-Fi connection – a satellite dish will become obsolete for the first time in the US. However, this bespoke 4K TV also includes a Freeview tuner that is used as a backup when your internet connection goes offline so you can continue to watch live TV.