The first licence has been awarded on behalf of Propeller TV. The channel describes itself as "the premium channel for the UK-China community", showing business, culture and entertainment programmes. Propeller TV states its mission "is to build bridges that strengthen cultural exchange and economic development between the UK and China."
Propeller TV is currently broadcast on Sky. The channel was set up in 2005 with UK government investment. The channel is based on Great Titchfield Street in London, just down the road from Connect TV.
The licence paves the way for Propeller TV to launch as a streamed channel service via its own channel portal in the 225-299 channel range on Freeview.
Update: on 19th November, Propeller TV replaced Connect 2 on channel 229.
Meanwhile, a second licence has been awarded for Sonlife. The religious channel currently broadcasts in the Christian+ package on Freeview channel 228. The licence would allow Sonlife to broadcast on a standalone channel number, something that God TV did until September 2013.
Connect TV is owned by multiplex operator Arqiva and allows broadcasters to reach Freeview / digital terrestrial TV viewers with compatible devices connected to the internet. Connect TV offers a number of services including RT Documentary via the connected red button on channel 85 and Vision TV Network on channels 225 and 230.
Streamed Channels via Freeview