The High Definition version of Channel 4 has returned to Freesat more than 3 years after it was pulled in a row about carriage fees.
In February 2018 the broadcaster pulled both the HD version of its main channel and the All4 catch-up app, blaming the decision on “a very significant” increase in the fees levied by Freesat for inclusion in its programme guide.
Earlier this year Freesat owners ITV and the BBC reached an agreement with Channel 4 to merge the service with Digital UK, the company which facilitates the provision of Freeview services and which is jointly owned by all three broadcasters.
That agreement paved the way for Channel 4 HD’s return, as well as the arrival of Channel 4’s music channels, Box Hits, Box Christmas, Kiss, Magic and Kerrang.
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, added: “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.”