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Discussion in 'Freeview & YouView' started by paulcollins14, Jul 4, 2003.

  1. paulcollins14

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    This is my first post to this forum, I have a very basic question before deciding to buy a freeview box.

    Is it possible to access the pay per view channels, sky box office etc ?

    Or are you limited to what ever is broadcast on freeview ?

    Thanks
     
  2. Mr.D

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    You get whatever they broadcast. No pay per view at the moment. They did have a ppv channel under ondigital so it is a possibility. Best to think of it as normal terrestrial but supplied digitally with a few extra channels that you may or may not have a use for.
     
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    The terrestrial digital platform provides the facility for subscription TV (including ppv). No such channels are broadcast at present, and I've not seen any announcements. Not all digiboxes have a smartcard slot and any such box will never therefore support any kind of pay-tv.

    So: you could choose a box that does have a smartcard slot just in case payTV ever finds its way back onto this platform. But such a feature will be meaningless at present - and may remain that way.

    For details of the channel lineup - see www.freeview.co.uk
     
  4. Tenex

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    I've been using Freeview for about 14 days with a Netgem. I'd have to say there's been nothing worth watching on any of the Freeview channels except the repeats of progs missed on BBC / ITV. :boring:

    So why keep it? Because when it works the picture is better than terrestrial. I've never had Sky or cable so the absence of content may be the norm (obviously excepting ppv movies etc). YMMV



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    on reflection it's ironic that I've watched less TV in the past 14 days than at any time this year. There really has been a vacuum in the schedules. :boring:
     
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    Digital Terrestrial use to offer around 50 pay channels including SkyOne and Sky Movies, sports ect.. around 1998 to early 2002, when the service when bankrupt the ITC had to find a new broadcaster bids included virgin and others. The BBC/BSKYB and CrownCastle came out the strongest offering all viewers a completely free-to-air service. Ex Ondigital boxes have a pay-card slots and so do many new boxes, this is if a 'pay-lite' service comes into play at some point in the coming years but no plans have yet been outlined. If you are looking for pay channels i can recommend satellite or cable. I would not recommend www.freeview.co.uk as a reliable as they do not provide EPG Numbers and some other new channels like CBM. I have a full channel list here (up-to-date!):

    1. BBC One

    2. BBC Two

    3. ITV 1

    4. Channel 4 / S4C in Wales

    5. Five

    6. ITV2

    7. BBC Three

    8. Channel 4 in Wales / TeleG in Scotland

    9. Teletext Digital

    10. BBC Four

    11. Sky Travel

    12. UK History

    13. S4C2 in Wales

    14. Channel 14 (reserved for Channel 4 LTD)

    15. Channel 15 (reserved for Setanta Sports)

    16. QVC

    17. TV Travel Shop

    18. The Hits

    19. UK BrightIdeas

    20. FTN

    21. The Music Factory

    22. CBM

    23. Bidup.tv

    30. CBBC channel

    31. Cbeebies

    40. BBC News 24

    41.ITV News Channel

    42. Sky News

    43. Sky Sports News

    45. BBC Parliament

    46. The Community Channel

    50. Four Text

    51. BBCi

    52. NTL

    53. Free2Play

    70. BBC Radio 1

    71. 1xtra

    72. BBC Radio 2

    73. BBC Radio 3

    74. BBC Radio 4

    75. BBC Radio Five Live

    76. BBC Radio Five Live Extra

    77. BBC 6 Music

    78. Asian Network

    79. BBC 7

    80. BBC World Service

    81. Smash Hits!

    82. Kiss 100

    83. Kerrang!

    84. The Hits Radio

    85. Magic 105.4

    86. Q

    84. Jazz FM

    85. Oneword

    701. BBCi 701

    702. BBCi 702

    702. BBCi 703 (data service)


    For all the latest Freeview news you may want to visit my site: http://www.free2view.co.nr i hope that helps :)
     

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