Blaze, A+E Network's new free-to-air channel is now live on Freeview and Sky, providing the broadcaster with its first UK free TV outlet, ahead of an expected international launch of the new channel brand.
Targeted at a predominately male audience, Blaze is going to head-to-head on Freeview with the likes of Quest and ITV4 with back-to-back documentary / reality TV shows, including American Restoration, Pawn Stars, Mountain Men and Storage Hunters on a 24/7 basis*, starting 3pm on 20th September.
Effectively, Blaze provides Freeview viewers with access to programmes from its older pay TV siblings, History, H2 and CI, in the same way Quest offers output from its parent Discovery and Eurosport and how Viacom originally used VIVA to show programmes from MTV and Nickelodeon before it took over Channel 5.
How to watch
Blaze is available on the following platforms
- Freeview channel 83,
- Sky channel 565,
- Freesat channel 162 (from end of October 2016)
EE TV and YouView users (BT, TalkTalk and Plusnet TV) can also see Blaze via their receiver's in-built Freeview tuner on channel 83. The channel has 90% UK coverage via Freeview.
A placeholder for the channel first appeared on Freeview last month, and anyone who has recently retuned Freeview or has a device that automatically adds services should already see Blaze in the channel list.
Blaze is available free-to-air on satellite at the following parameters:
HD or SD?
Blaze is only available in standard definition, ensuring that on Sky at least, it doesn't steal the thunder of its sibling channels showing the same or similar content in HD for pay TV users.
(Updated) The channel will not be carried on Virgin Media at launch, but will offer viewers a comprehensive online service, allowing viewers to stream live and on-demand programmes from the channel via the Blaze TV website - www.Blaze.tv
A glitch at launch meant the Blaze website was showing a domain registration page earlier on.
(Updated) On Freeview, a +1 channel has been configured on channel 84, which is now confirmed as a placeholder channel, running between 04:00-05:00 to secure the neighbouring channel number to Blaze, for a potential future use. A proper +1 service isn't available. As a result, the main Blaze channel is only available for 23 hours a day on Freeview.
*24/7 on satellite.