Digital UK, the organisation responsible for managing the digital terrestrial television platform has today announced the signing of major contracts to build and test a new Freeview-branded connected TV service.
Following a competitive selection process, Arqiva has been awarded the contract to provide the metadata system at the heart of the new service. It will enable viewers to move seamlessly between live programmes and on-demand shows using Freeview’s new "backwards EPG". This will include material from the catch-up services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD with further content providers to be confirmed in due course.
The UK's local TV network celebrates the first anniversary of the
first of the fledgling network of local TV stations to go on air on
Estuary TV, the local TV channel serving
Northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, born out of a local cable TV
station, was first to launch a local TV service on Freeview channel 8 on
26th November 2013.
Three local TV stations have been added to Sky today, bringing the current total of local TV stations on Sky to five.
Made in Bristol, Made in Cardiff and Made in Leeds have been added to Sky's EPG. Bristol and Leeds local stations can be found on channel 117; Made in Cardiff is on channel 134. Until now, London Live and STV Glasgow were the only local TV stations carried on Sky.
Local DAB is set to launch in North Yorkshire on the 17th December 2014 with three local radio stations on the launch line-up.
Broadcasting initially from transmitters at Bilsdale, Acklam Wold and Hildebrand Barracks, the multiplex will carry BBC Radio York and two new DAB offshoot stations from UKRD's local stations Minster FM and Stray FM.