Sunday, 4 August 2013
Could these channels be coming soon to Freeview?
According to the revised list of digital terrestrial licences - known officially as DTPS and DTAS licences - there are new services from Channel 4, Channel 5 and CSC Media planning to launch soon.
One of the additions to the list is CSC Media's True Entertainment. The free-to-air satellite channel is home to classic US family drama series including The Waltons and Little House on the Prairie alongside made-for-TV movies.
Following last month's announcement that the BBC would be launching additional channels on Freeview HD next year, further clues as to who's next in HD appear on the list: Channel 4's catch up channel 4seven HD has been awarded a licence, alongside Channel 4+1 HD, which could become the first timeshift channel in HD.
Channel 5 has been issued with a licence for a new service, called 5Later. No further information about this service is currently available.
There are also new licences for adult services KissMe TV and Proud Dating. Peace TV is also on the list, but some services now listed by Ofcom may launch as streamed services via the Connect TV platform. Such services require a digital terrestrial TV licence as they need a channel number on the Freeview channel line-up linked to an online portal.
'Connected Red Button' services attached to 4Music (channel 18) and QVC Beauty (channel 35) have been licenced. The 4Music red button service, already live, connects viewers with compatible TV sets to three extra music channels. QVC's red button service could be used to give viewers 24 hour access to QVC Beauty when it goes off air on Freeview - the channel currently only broadcasts on channel 35 between 0800-1300. Any red button service could also be used to connect viewers to QVC's forthcoming new channels QVC Style and QVC Extra via the internet.
The award of digital terrestrial service licences does not necessarily mean the channels will launch on Freeview anytime soon. Ofcom has listed timeshift channel "Yesterday+1" for over a year, without the channel appearing in the Freeview line-up.