Freesat withdrawal: how to get Heat, Kerrang and Smash Hits back

Following the withdrawal of Heat, Kerrang and Smash Hits from Freesat, how can Freesat users continue to watch the channels, without having to move to a pay TV provider?

Via satellite:
The channels are still free-to-air and can be manually tuned in. Most Freesat receivers have a menu option for manual tuning, sometimes referred to as 'non-Freesat mode' or 'non-Freesat channels'. In this menu, you can enter the parameters for the channels:

Heat *updated*
Satellite
Eutelsat 28A
Broadcast standard
DVB-S
Frequency
11389 (from April 2015)
Polarisation
Horizontal
Symbol Rate
27500
FEC
2/3
Kerrang and Smash Hits
Satellite
Astra 2E
Broadcast standard
DVB-S
Frequency
12480
Polarisation
Vertical
Symbol Rate
27500
FEC
2/3

The disadvantage of manual tuning is that recording facilities may be limited, there will only be a now and next programme guide and if these channels move satellite transponders, viewers will need to obtain the latest frequencies and retune again.

Should any or all of the channels join Sky's subscription package in the future, then these channels would cease to be available on a Freesat receiver.

[This information is likely to fall out of date in time. Check websites such as LyngSat or Kingofsat for current frequencies beyond 2015.]

Via your computer:
The channels are streamed via TVPlayer at www.tvplayer.com

Mobile and tablet:
Either via the TVPlayer or the Box+ app available from all major App stores.

Connected Freeview red button (Kerrang only)
If you have Freeview as well as Freesat, Kerrang TV is available as a streamed service via the red button on Channel 18 (4Music) on compatible Freeview devices connected to the internet - you'll see an on-screen prompt if your device is compatible. 



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4 comments:

  1. So why are they no longer part of Freeview?

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  2. As published in an earlier article, the channel's operator decided to withdraw them from FreeSAT.

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  3. Now I can find Kerrang manually but I cant find it when i want to watch.

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