Synapse, a joint venture between SimpleStream, S&T and Vision21 was originally announced in September. It offers broadcasters and content providers the opportunity to deliver interactive services via the internet through a portal accessed on the Freeview EPG.
Usually services that initially appear on channel 790 on Freeview are moved to their correct channel allocation once they are ready to go. It is expected that Synapse will move to the 225+ channel range alongside other portal based channels which stream services from the internet.
Synapse allows broadcasters and content owners to reach viewers via internet connected Freeview and Freesat receivers, in a similar way to Arqiva's Connect TV platform. One of the companies involved in Synapse - S&T - has already delivered internet-delivered interactive content via the Arts Council/BBC joint production The Space, which is available via certain receivers on both the Freesat and Freeview platforms.
According to the Synapse website, the platform can support single live channels to complex video on demand portals, with Synapse supporting ad-supported free services as well as subscription and pay per view broadcast models.
Exactly what content will initially appear on Synapse remains to be seen.