New channels coming soon for Manchester Freeview viewers
Following the withdrawal of shopping channel High Street TV and the closure of the 24 hour version of Argos TV (which was available elsewhere in the UK on Freeview between 6pm and 11pm), there are now two vacant slots on the multiplex, which has six 24 hour slots in total.
The extra services available on Freeview in Manchester are a result of the now defunct local TV service, Channel M. After the channel closed down last year, the digital multiplex that had been launched to carry the service was taken over by Canis Media and subsequently relaunched as the Manchester TV Network. Although broadcast from the main Winter Hill transmitter, which covers North West England, the Manchester multiplex's coverage is restricted to parts of Greater Manchester.
The Manchester TV Network offers national broadcasters a chance to try out Freeview distribution and offers an affordable way to access a local audience via Freeview. Manchester is currently the only part of the UK able to offer this type of access to the Freeview platform, although the new Comux-operated local TV multiplexes launching later this year will offer broadcasters further opportunities to launch services targeted at some of the most populous parts of the UK.
Channels currently available in parts of Greater Manchester from channel 51 onward are: film channels Movies4Men, Movies4Men+1, South Asia's Sony SAB and Capital TV, the music channel from the makers of Capital FM.
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