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4Music completes satellite move; no longer free-to-air


4Music has ended its free-to-air stint on satellite, following a satellite transponder change which completed earlier today.

The channel, along with sister channels The Box, Box Upfront, Box Hits, Kerrang and Kiss, have moved to new satellite capacity, which covers the whole of Europe.

Due to rights restrictions, entertainment content on 4Music cannot be broadcast on a widebeam across Europe. It means that Freesat viewers who manually tuned in 4Music following its departure from Freesat earlier this year will no longer have access to the channel via satellite.

Previously, 4Music was broadcast via satellite on the UK spotbeam, which restricted the signal from leaking in to territories where other broadcasters may hold the rights to some of the programming shown by 4Music. However, the former satellite capacity is currently being cleared by Channel 4.

Sky viewers
4Music continues to be available on a free-to-view basis on Sky. The difference between free-to-air and free-to-view is that viewers need a valid Sky viewing card to receive the channel. Sky viewers shouldn't need to take any action - the receiver will make the necessary changes automatically, although a small minority may need rebooting if channels are lost.

The other channels that have moved remain available on a free-to-air (unencrypted) basis across the UK, Ireland and many parts of Europe via the Astra 2G satellite.

The move to a new satellite transponder follows the announcement of a deal between channel operators The Box Plus Network (a joint venture between Bauer Media and Channel 4) and Globecast.