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.
The future of Birmingham's Local TV service has been handed a lifeline by Ofcom, with the regulator's Broadcast Licensing Committee agreeing to a transfer of the local TV licence from BLTV which went bust earlier this year to new local TV provider Kaleidoscope TV Limited.
The number of connected TV channels on terrestrial TV looks set to increase further after Ofcom issued two new licences to Arqiva's Connect TV allowing it to launch new services from South Africa and Japan.
South Africa's kykNET and JSTV from Japan are now licensed to become services that can be streamed via broadband internet to connected Freeview HD devices, accessed via a gateway using a Freeview channel number between 225 and 299.