LFC.tv channel testing ahead of launch

Liverpool FC’s new TV channel, LFC.tv, recently started test transmissions on digital satellite.

The new channel is set to launch on September 20th at 6.00pm, and will be available in the UK on satellite and cable, as part of various Setanta packages. It will also be available in Ireland to Setanta subscribers. Those fans who pay for the club’s e-season ticket will be able to watch streams of the channel online. Some of the programming from the channel will also be shown on Setanta 1, which is the only way that Freeview viewers will be able to see the channel.

Currently the testing consists of test cards and repeated re-runs of the Reds’ victory at the JJB over Wigan last season. The ‘search and scan banner’ gives an idea of the programmes that will be shown, for example the programme that is showing as scheduled for this Sunday morning is a repeat of the win over Aston Villa on the opening day of the season, followed by ‘Kop 10 Premiership Players’.

If you are a Setanta subscriber on Sky Digital you can add the channel yourself using the “Services” menu so that you can watch these test transmissions. You will not be able to view the tests if you do not subscribe to Setanta.

To add the channel:

  • Press services, and then press ‘4′ twice to take you to the ‘Add Channels’ menu.
  • Change the first box to 11.307, the remaining boxes can be left unchanged as ‘V’, ‘27.5’ and ‘2/3′
  • Scroll down to ‘Find Channels’ then press select.
  • Scroll down to 53310 and press your remote’s yellow button to ‘store channel’. A tick will appear at the side of the channel. Press select.
  • You will get a message saying ‘Channel line-up complete’. Press select.

To view the channel:

  • Press services.
  • Press 8.
  • Move down to the channel marked ‘53310′ and press select.

The club said when announcing the channel that it would feature delayed coverage of all Liverpool’s league and Champions League games, with at least six hours of original programming for five days of every week. There will be a daily news round-up – ‘LFC Now’ – updating fans on happenings at Anfield and Melwood and exclusive interviews with staff and players.

Another feature which will be well-loved by many supporters is classic matches from days gone by and the club are claiming they will show at least half of the team’s friendlies live and exclusive.

There’ll be a chance to see how the players of the future are faring with coverage of every reserve game, plus coverage of some academy matches.

A studio discussion programme – ‘This is Anfield’ – will allow debate between former players, football pundits, celebrities and fans.