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Freeview Retune Day

Some channels will change numbers on Wednesday 3rd September 2014.

TruTV UK launches

On Freeview and YouView channel 68, Sky 565, Freesat 154.

Sky channel number changes in August

You'll need to remember some new channel numbers...

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Netherlands: Public Service channels rebranded


The main public service channels in the Netherlands have been rebranded today, with all services coming under the "NPO" brand.

For example, Dutch channel 1, "Nederland 1" is now "NPO1".

Update to make HD channel manual tuning easier on Sky

Sky HD boxes appear to be receiving an update that allows viewers to add other regional/national BBC and ITV HD channels.

Until now, services broadcast on a satellite transponder with a symbol rate of "23000" (or 23.0 Mbaud) - usually HD channels - have been unavailable on Sky HD boxes for manual tuning purposes.

TalkTalk adds A+E channels

A+E Networks and TalkTalk have struck a deal that will enable TalkTalk YouView viewers to access Lifetime, History,  H2 and Crime & Investigation from the end of August.

Euronews joins TVPlayer

Euronews has become the latest channel to join TVPlayer, Simplestream's online live TV streaming service, available on mobile, tablet and PC devices.

Covering world news and broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Euronews live currently reaches an impressive 415 million households in 156 countries.   The launch of Euronews on TVPlayer will bring around-the-clock coverage of the most up-to-date news, business and current affair stories, as well as lifestyle features, to a wider audience in the UK across multiple devices.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

TalkTalk adds two new sports channels

TalkTalk YouView viewers will have a greater selection of sports channels from the 22nd August, when Premier Sports and BoxNation join the service.

Britain's only dedicated boxing channel, BoxNation, will be available to TalkTalk YouView viewers via a £12 a month boost, with no ongoing commitment. Prices for Premier Sports will be revealed soon, according to TalkTalk.

Oxford and Solent Local TV set for October/November launch

Local TV is set to arrive in Oxford and around the Solent this autumn, as That's TV prepares to launch the first two of its network of local channels across southern England.

Nearly two years after confirming That's TV as the winner of the licences to operate local TV in the Southampton and Oxford areas, That's Oxford and That's Solent have received the necessary paperwork allowing them to launch on Freeview.

Friday, 15 August 2014

iPlayer Connected TV upgrade raises fear of obsolescence and complaints about sound problems

The roll-out of a new version of the BBC iPlayer on selected Freeview connected TVs and set-top-boxes has been completed, leaving some viewers complaining about problems with the new version, or concerned that their device will not be supported from September.

The new version of the catch-up TV service replaces the older Bigscreen iPlayer, which is being retired in September.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Sky Sports 5 to launch on BT TV

Sky Sports 5 is to be made available on non-YouView BT TV boxes from 6pm on the 12th August 2014.

In a surprise move, the channel will be made available at no extra cost to BT TV users who have the older black BT Vision box and who already subscribe to Sky Sports 1 and 2. BT YouView viewers will not get the channel.

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