Viewers of Freesat have accessed a new FREE channel that is recognizable to those who have watched Freeview or Sky. » Brinkwire

October 14, 2021 at 00:09

FREESAT has added a new channel to its line-up that has already been bringing smiles to Freeview and Sky customers.

When Freesat and Freeview completed their merger earlier this year, the free-to-watch telly platforms said that becoming a single company would allow them to share technologies and knowledge. However, the first item shared between the two platforms is actually a channel.

That’s TV Gold, which is already available to Freeview users on Channel 91, is now coming to Freesat. As the name suggests, this channel is dedicated to bringing entertainment, music and films that you thought had been lost in dusty archives. From the 60s to today, That’s TV Gold airs the likes of The Tommy Cooper Show, The Kenny Everett Show and The Mike Yarwood Show. As well as these time-tested comedies, That’s TV Gold also airs live concerts, films, and in-depth documentaries from around the world around showbiz personalities.

Aside from Freeview and now Freesat, the only other viewers who can watch this nostalgia-drenched schedule is Sky Q and Sky+ HD viewers, who can tune-in on Channel 187.

Discussing the arrival of the free-to-view channel on Freesat, That’s TV Gold Head of Programming Kristiina Vaiksalu said: “In recent months That’s TV Gold has been inundated with requests to launch on Freesat. We are delighted to be in a position to now do this and bring our brand of classic entertainment to Freesat viewers. Our schedule will reflect the popular culture we all grew up with and feature some of the biggest names in UK television over the past five decades.”

Angie Mee, Director of Content Partnerships at Freesat, added: “We are thrilled to welcome That’s TV Gold to the ever-expanding Freesat service. As well as bringing our customers the newest content, we also understand their love of shows from their past and That’s TV Gold brings with it some of the very finest.”

Freeview parent company Digital UK, which was a joint venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and transmitter operator Arqiva – until the latter left the project last year, has now confirmed that it acquired Freesat on July 8, 2021. Freesat had two shareholders, BBC and ITV, which meant the merger had to be cleared by the relevant authorities and regulators.

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