I think though, all UK 'platform' satellite receivers still have to be able to be manually tuned, so that non EPG channels can be viewed ?
This is why buried deep in the menus of Sky and Freesat boxes, the facility still exists ?
However, yes, you're right, to all intents and purposes, take a channel off the EPG, and no one will be left watching it.
It can definitely still be manually tuned in by those who know how to do it.
Sky will let you add it to the 'other channels' menu on legacy boxes and the 'manual tuning' menu on Sky Q boxes. Freesat boxes can be switched in to 'non-Freesat' mode in their settings menu, which turns them in to standard FTA boxes that can tune any channel.
Knowledge of manual tuning has been more widely spread and used for viewers trying to watch high profile channels. For example its often used by Irish viewers trying to watch the UK channels (e.g. ITV/UTV), and I believe it became somewhat popular in Scotland at one point when STV were opting out of many ITV network shows.
In CGTN's case, I doubt many people will go to the effort of adding the channel back, so once it's off the EPG
it's effectively unavailable.
Last edited by Orry Verducci on 4 February 2021 12:30pm