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Bid and Price Drop owner ceases trading

Channels abruptly taken off air. Hundreds of redundant staff.

STV announces Glasgow local TV launch date

A June launch for STV Glasgow on Freeview channel 26.

Movies4Men goes nationwide

Now available on Freeview channel 48.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Opportunies for Freeview channel operators as shopping channels cease?

Positions on the Freeview channel list could be up for grabs very soon
The closure of Bid and Price Drop TV now that owner sit-up Ltd has gone into administration looks set to offer new possibilities for capacity constrained Freeview service.

No channel changes are expected immediately, as the cessation of broadcasts comes just ahead of Easter. And Freeview channel number rules do allow channels to stop broadcasting and keep their channel numbers for a limited period of time under certain circumstances, in the event that the administrators KPMG think they can revive the shopping channels in some form or other.

In the interim, forthcoming local TV services in Scotland and Wales, such as STV Glasgow - launching in June - could benefit by being promoted from channel 26 to Bid's channel 23, in line with current policy promoting local TV channels up the Freeview channel list as "local public service broadcasters".

Administrators called in as Bid and Price Drop TV's owner ceases trading

Going, going, gone. Bid and price drop TV are no more.
Sit-up Limited, owner of shopping channels bid and price drop TV has today gone into administration. All 229 employees of the business have been made redundant. Customers who have recently purchased goods from either channels are to be informed about what happens next shortly.

Q&A: Bid and Price Drop cease broadcasting

Following the abrupt end of shopping channels Bid and Price Drop TV after owner sit-up Limited called in the administrators, how did the channels end up in this situation? And what happens next?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Ofcom to start review of Sky Sports 'wholesale must offer' obligation

Ofcom has today outlined plans to review the ‘wholesale must-offer’ obligation placed on BSkyB in relation to its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Starz TV added to Freesat

Music channel Starz has extended its reach this week by launching on Freesat channel 505. Until now, the channel had only been available on Sky's Electronic Programme Guide.

Friday, 11 April 2014

DAB+ could be introduced on Digital 2 multiplex

bandscan:uk  ► the week on the radio airwaves
  • DAB+ in the UK
  • XFM returns to Scotland
  • Changes to the stations on the dial in North Wales
  • DAB expansion: gone quiet?
  • BBC LW transmitter mast work continues

DAB+ in the UK becomes more likely as Ofcom consults over Code changes
Ofcom is consulting over a revised Digital Radio Technical Code, which could pave the way for DAB+ to be implemented in the UK. The proposed new Digital 2 multiplex could contain a mix of original DAB and DAB+ services.

"Original BT Vision service" to close this summer

BT has confirmed that it is closing its 'original BT Vision service' and migrating viewers to YouView.

It appears to be a further signal indicating the end of BT Sport on the digital terrestrial TV platform, where BT broadcasts BT Sport 1 and 2 solely for the benefit of BT Vision - and not YouView- users. The removal of the original BT Vision (silver box) platform now leaves only a small minority of viewers relying on the terrestrial service, now that Vision+ (black box) requires viewers in Infinity coverage areas to switch to broadband delivery of BT Sport.

S4C gets a makeover

Welsh channel S4C has given itself a spring makeover, with a whole new look to the channel and its website, including on-demand service Clic.

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