Channel 4 pull 4HD and All4 from Freesat in dispute over fees
Channel 4 are pulling their main HD channel, 4HD and their catch up service All4 from Freesat from 22nd February. The broadcaster blames a 'very significant' increase in fees being charged by the free-to-air satellite programme.
Freesat sent out an email to their customers earlier today, copied below:
We’re sorry to announce that All 4 and 4HD will be leaving Freesat on Thursday 22nd February, 2018.
Channel 4 is still available in standard definition, but any recordings you have scheduled for 4HD will need to be re-set in SD (via channel 104).
E4, More 4, 4seven and Film4 remain unaffected and can be accessed via the TV guide as usual, but the rollback guide and catch-up TV for all of the Channel 4 channels will no longer be available via your Freesat box.
If you have any questions about these changes please read our Q&A here, and to find out where else you can watch All 4 please visit all4.com/how-to-watch
Thanks, The Freesat Team
The All4 catch-up service is available on many other devices but the loss of one of the UK's major HD channels on one of the two major free-to-air platforms is disappointing.
While there is a requirement that all UK Public Service Broadcasters make their SD content available on all major platforms, this doesn't apply to HD or catch up services.
In a statement to the website SEENIT, Channel 4 said "We’re disappointed Freesat is changing its charging structure, leading to a very significant cost increase for Channel 4, which ultimately takes funding away from our content investment budget."
“To reduce the overall burden of our Freesat costs and make internal savings we have regrettably given notice to withdraw All 4 and C4 HD while we consider our long term relationship with Freesat.”