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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Freeview Channel Updates: August 2013

August 2013 has heralded a number of changes to the Freeview platform, also affecting viewers with YouView.

In total, there have been four sets of changes, with the latest being the launch of Film4+1 and the move of Food Network to channel 41. Earlier in the month, a placeholder and caption for 5 Later was added to channel 55. Film4 has changed multiplexes and is now available everywhere on Freeview channel 15 following a retune.

Here's a summary of this month's changes to Freeview, with the latest changes listed first:



WHAT’S CHANGED?
27th August 2013
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
48
41
Food Network
ArqA/COM5
Moved next to sister channel Travel Channel under the associated channel rule.

45
Film4+1
ArqB/COM6
This channel started broadcasting at 11:00am

237
Peace TV
SDN/COM4
Placeholder for a forthcoming streamed channel (delivered via broadband to compatible devices).

238
VuTV
SDN/COM4
Placeholder for a forthcoming streamed channel (delivered via broadband to compatible devices).






For viewers with the reduced "basic" Freeview line up from relay transmitters and in the Channel Islands, there are no changes.



WHAT’S CHANGED?
12th August 2013
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
--
55
5 Later NEW
SDN/COM4
Placeholder & Caption. New service from Channel 5 launching soon.
For viewers with the reduced "basic" Freeview line up from relay transmitters and in the Channel Islands, there are no changes.


WHAT’S CHANGED?
5th August 2013
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
34
-
ESPN
SDN/COM4
Removed

34
Made in Cardiff / GTV / ETV
Comux
Local TV services in Scotland and Wales promoted for the second time this month.
Was 45, then 41, now 34.
41
-


Now unallocated.
-
61
True Entertainment NEW
SDN/COM4
Not via Welsh transmitters.
712
-
Smash Hits Radio 
ArqB/COM6
Closed
-
712
KISS FRESH NEW
ArqB/COM6


For viewers with the reduced "basic" Freeview line up from relay transmitters and in the Channel Islands, there are no changes.



WHAT’S CHANGED?
1st August 2013
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes

15
Film4 ^
D3&4/PSB2
New multiplex slot for Film4.
Existing Film4 viewers need to retune before 27/08/2013 or lose Film4.
Old version moves to 791 on retuning.
Available for the first time for everyone with Freeview.
34
-
ESPN
SDN/COM4
Closed at midnight
41
-
Sky Sports 1*
ArqB/COM6
Withdrawn. Future home for local TV in Scotland and Wales (Made in Cardiff, GTV, ETV).
42
-
Sky Sports 2*
ArqB/COM6
Withdrawn.
-
42
Travel Channel*  NEW
ArqA/COM5
Available daily from 6-10pm
45
-
Made in Cardiff, GTV, ETV (not yet launched)
Comux
Previously reserved for Scottish and Welsh local TV channels (not yet launched).
-
45
Film4+1  NEW
ArqB/COM6
Placeholder. Goes live 27/08/2013
57


57


BT Sport


ArqB/COM6
SDN/COM4

Multiplex move
Ex-promo channel now in ex ESPN slot. Showing BT Sport launch free-to-air.
15
791
Film4
ArqB/COM6
The “old” version of Film4

* Viewers with the BT Vision+ box are still seeing Sky Sports 1 and 2 on channels 41 and 42 - delivered via the internet, with the Travel Channel not yet available. BT Vision+ is a hybrid service, with the regular Freeview channel and numbers, plus BT’s online delivered service, with additional channels  in the line-up. Does not affect BT TV YouView viewers.
^ For viewers with the reduced "basic" Freeview line up from relay transmitters and in the Channel Islands, the only change is the introduction of Film4 on channel 15.




7 comments:

Media Boy said...

Freeview web site has confirmed that Film4 +1 will launch on Freeview Channel 45 on August 27th.

Jamie Ellis said...

Speculative Post: Made in Cardiff etc now going to be on Freeview 34 but could still go lower (at least to 26 under expectant conditions).

The way it is going in Wales anyway they might get get as low as Freeview 8 after all if CoMax and Channel 4 could come to agreement!
S4C has LCN 4 but those on LCN 8 Channel 4 perhaps could just swap if a slot deemed high enough.

It is Scotland where "8" is filled by localised commitments already so the most demand for local tv channels need to be on the first available slot (Currently 34)!

Depending on how TUTV pans out - LCN 26 maybe come available - they got to decide will them revamp themselves for the humpteenth time!

LCN26 would see whatever placed there with the EPG as it now will be ahead of the queue of Channel 5's channels along with a bunch of PSB+1s so there could be calls from Channel 5 could its channels get a promotion - they more deserving than "+1"s. C4 and ITV may just want to promote "+1"s.

Also Channel 4 (they have Welsh LCN 8) could be given an condition of use for "26" for one of its lower channels to be made free for local use in Scotland and Wales!

This way the Scottish and Welsh local channel like its English and Northern Irish siblings get the most EPG exposure as possible which would been as low as possible!

Sky seems to have decided when it comes to local TV to use 117 and Virgin 159 - many a local TV also want higher up Virgin EPG!

Wary Consumer said...

It's really confusing - why is the caption reminding me to retune now appearing on both 15 and 791? I cannot understand why it needs to be on my new channel 791- it really messes up my viewing pleasure.

a516digital said...

You should only have the caption on 791 after retuning. The "new" Film4 stream does not contain the retune caption. If both 15 and 791 show the retune caption, then your receiver is still pointing to the old version of Film4. Try a complete first time installation if the problem persists.

Mike Dimmick said...

Channel 4 is a Public Service Broadcaster and EPG providers are required to place *it* as high up the list as possible.

The highest-numbered PSB channel in the General Entertainment section (rather than a specialized section) is BBC Four on 9. The imposter in the group is ITV2 on 6 - while it's another channel from a PSB, in fact it has no PSB commitments and it should be moved to make room for the local TV service.

If ITV want to keep the lower-numbered services on lower channel numbers, I would expect:

ITV2 to move to 10 (replacing ITV3)
ITV3 to move to 24 (replacing ITV4)
ITV+1 to stay on 33 (meaningful number, and slot is also shared with STV+1 and UTV+1)
ITV4 to move to 27 (replacing ITV2+1)
ITV2+1 to move to 34, replacing the local TV service, which moves to 6.

That's the best we can do without a total revamp of the Freeview EPG.

tompayne10 said...

The move of Food Network to 41 has resulted in it not being available to BT Vision viewers.

AlisonK said...

Having only just had to retune due to the Film4 +1 business,(& do 2 TVs for my Mum) I am less than pleased to find I'm expected to do another just for the bloomin' Food Network. In fact, I won't bother, until something else happens.

I do wish "they" would get their act together & a) group as many changes as possible into one event & b) above all STOP making changes. The idea that the Food Network has to move to be "near" its related channel, Travel, is idiotic & of no interest to anyone except the obsessives at the companies themselves. In fact, I deleted the Travel channel last time I updated - as I do with all the channels I think are of no interest - so moving the Food Network for me is simply pointless.

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