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Freesat adds a plethora of new channels in time for Christmas, including Channel 4HD

London 8th December, 2021 – In time for the festive period, Freesat is pleased to offer customers a host of new Channel 4 channels from Wednesday 8th December. Leading the line-up is the anticipated and welcome return of Channel 4 HD (126), along with a host of music channels with Box Hits (501), Box Christmas (The Box) (502), Kiss (503), Magic (504) and Kerrang! (505) all joining the platform.


Angie Mee, Director of Content Partnerships at Freesat, commented, "It's a delight to relaunch these popular channels on Freesat and we’re sure it will please our customers. Channel 4 has always been a great partner with its bouquet of channels, including Film4, E4 and More4, and we look forward to these additional channels joining the line-up at a time of year when families and friends are together.”

 

Jonathan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer at Digital UK, commented, "The return of Channel 4 HD and the launch of new music channels on Freesat is a shining example of what we are now able to provide viewers as a joint entity – more and better content.  This early festive gift means Freesat customers will be able to enjoy all the world class programming that Channel 4 produces, as they sit around the TV with their family and friends.”

 

Karla Berry, Distribution and Platform Partnerships Leader, Channel 4 said: “Maximising Channel 4’s reach and impact with viewers through strategic partnerships is key to Channel 4’s Future4 strategy. With Digital UK and Freesat now one organisation we are excited about the future innovations and offerings we will be able to bring to all UK audiences.”

 

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For further information, please visit: www.freesat.co.uk

 

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About Freesat

Freesat is the UK’s subscription-free satellite television platform, offering brilliant free recordable TV, together with the latest streaming services, including catch-up and pay-as-you-go. First and foremost, we’re about giving our viewers content, choice and amazing value. But we’re also innovative, ambitious and agile, whether that’s adding new services on our platform, finding new ways to help the channels that work with us, or exporting our technology to broadcasters in new territories. We invest our profits back into the business, helping to maintain a great user experience for all our customers.

Established in 2007 by the BBC and ITV, Freesat was acquired by Digital UK in 2021 and reaches 2 million homes each week via TV and set-top boxes. Our customers have access to a wide range of channels providing entertainment, news, and children’s programming and on-demand and catch-up favourites such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, BritBox, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

Our user interface and management platform, Metaphor, provides international TV companies with connected TV solutions. We are a founding member of the Free TV Alliance in Europe and in 2016 we launched an audience analytics and insight service in association with TVbeat.

 

www.freesat.co.uk

 

About Channel 4

Channel 4 is a publicly-owned yet commercially-funded public service broadcaster and has a remit to be innovative, experimental and distinctive. Its public ownership and not-for-profit status ensure all profit generated by its commercial activity is directly reinvested back into the delivery of its public service remit.

As a publisher-broadcaster, Channel 4 is also required to commission UK content from the independent production sector and currently works with around 300 creative companies across the UK every year.

In addition to the main Channel 4 service, its portfolio includes: E4, More4, Film4, 4seven, Channel4.com, streaming service All 4 and The Box Plus Network, including 4Music.

 

- Thomas Reed