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Old 11-04-2019, 02:53   #376
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Re: One or two new channels coming to Freesat.

Coming soon:

Paramount Network



Currently allocated LCN 132.
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Old 11-04-2019, 08:44   #377
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Currently allocated LCN 132.
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Old 12-04-2019, 15:14   #378
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It's been a long time coming, I don't know why they didn't add it from launch. All I can think of is that Viacom started penny pinching with regards to Freesat as they removed one of their timeshift channels after Freesat restructured their charging structure last year (5* +1).

Maybe it's not doing as well as they had hoped and they need the extra viewers to appease advertisers??

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It's been a long time coming, I don't know why they didn't add it from launch. All I can think of is that Viacom started penny pinching with regards to Freesat as they removed one of their timeshift channels after Freesat restructured their charging structure last year (5* +1).

Maybe it's not doing as well as they had hoped and they need the extra viewers to appease advertisers??
Main channels often do 8x (rough guess based on memory) better than their +1s, so maybe they will replace another +1 on FreeSat.

I looked at comparative ratings a week or two ago and Paramount Network isn't doing awful, and it's early days. Here's March's Barb ratings summary list.
https://www.barb.co.uk/viewing-data/...ewing-summary/

Just looking at it 5Select (previously My5) is 0.26 and Paramount Network is 0.21 last month. The former channel has been around longer than the latter, so PN isn't doing badly, relatively speaking.

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Old 12-04-2019, 21:35   #380
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Thanks for the info. It doesn't look like Paramount is being added to boost eyeballs onto a failing new channel then, so let's hope that this means that Viacom have found new faith in the platform. Maybe 5* +1 will return??

AFAIK, there aren't any other FTA Viacom channels missing from Freesat.
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I think it's more likely if they removed 5STAR+1 for fees vs ratings ratio reasons, they are more likely to remove another +1 from FreeSat and use the money from that SD channel toward Paramount instead. That is probably why 5STAR+1 was removed. A quick search seems that people speculated it was directly to reduce fees, but I saw one comment that suggested they use the EPG space for 5Spike, and it's now on FreeSat, so it seems that's what they did (that post lists the other spin off C5 channels, so I can infer that was the missing one at the time).
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I just saw someone tweet that Paramount Network UK is now on 132 on FreeSat. Not been able to confirm myself yet.
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I just saw someone tweet that Paramount Network UK is now on 132 on FreeSat. Not been able to confirm myself yet.
And they didn't remove a +1 to add it, so good news all round for Freesatters
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