Sky will have exclusive Formula 1 rights from 2019 until the deal ends in 2024, in a recently announced deal.

This includes live and highlights, but where as the live races will be shown on Sky Sports pay TV service, highlights will be shown on a free to air channel, either on one of Skys free to air channels like Pick, or on another channel altogether.

Only the British Grand Prix escapes the pay system, and will be shown on a free to air channel.

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A new channel, True Crime has gone live on Freeview, Sky and Freesat today.

This new channel, owned by Sony, has meant some channel number changes and replacements.

On Sky and Freesat, True Crime and True Crime+1 have replaced More>Movies and More>Movies+1 on both services.

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In September 2016, the BBC will stop supporting an old version of BBC iPlayer.

This will mean that a number of Freesat set top boxes, and some Smart TVs, will no longer be able to view content on iPlayer.

The old “V2″ iPlayer has low bit rates, meaning low image quality on fast images (eg sporting events), compared to the newer iPlayer.

The models affected are those that do not currently support the “Freesat Freetime” roll back programme guide.

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With the closure of BBC Three, the BBC have made a few channel number changes, affecting Sky and Freesat users.

The channel number changes took place during the course of Thursday 31st March.

The changes mainly affect BBC One HD,BBC Four and BBC Alba

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Sky are to launch a new sports channel in the next few months.
Sky Sports Mix will be made available to all Sky subscribers.
This will allow customers who do not subscribe to their main Sports package to watch some of the Sky Sports content with no additional charge.
Sky Sports Mix will show a selection of live sports, including some Premier League football matches.
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Currently, in the UK, you require a TV licence to watch live TV.
Even if you record live TV to watch later.
However, if you want “on demand” and catch up TV from the likes of BBC iPlayer, then you currently do not require a license.
But this loophole is about to be closed.
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Today Channel 5 HD moved satellites and frequencies.

Channel 5 HD moved from a Sky operated transponder on the European beam, to the Channel 5 operated transponder on the UK beam.

Channel 5HD can now be found on the same transponder as Channel 5′s other channels, including 5STAR and Spike.
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So this weekend sees the start of the 2016 Six Nations championship.

Since it beginning, the Six Nations has always been shown on BBC TV in the UK.

However, with the recent budget cuts being forced onto the BBC, as a result of their Licence Fee agreement with the UK government, BBC Sport has had to make some cuts.

These include F1, Golf coverage and the Six Nations.
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In the last few weeks some people trying to watch ITV1HD on their Panasonic Freesat HD TV may have been experiencing what they may think is reception problems.

It appears that the problems started following changes the Forward Error Correction (FEC) on ITV1HD satellite transponders.

One reports suggest that this issue affects a range of Panasonic Freesat HD TVs including Panasonic TVs from their 2009 – 2012 range.
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There have been growing rumours that Channel Five HD, currently behind the Sky pay wall, may be going free to air on satellite in the near future.
Nothing concrete, but the rumour mill has been working furiously on this one.
Late in 2015, Channel Five closed its regional advertising variations on satellite, and started to operate a single version of its channel.
In the free space on that UK beam transponder, up popped a test channel, in HD (it is currently encrypted, so you cannot access it!).
And that is when people started to suggest that C5HD could soon become free to air, and available on Freesat.
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