London Live sets March launch date - but no Freesat launch

London's new local TV channel, London Live, has confirmed its launch date on Freeview, Sky and Virgin. But the new channel is not going to join the Freesat platform.

The channel, operated by the publishers of the London Evening Standard, will launch on Monday, 31st March 2014, a few weeks later than originally indicated by the company.

London Live will broadcast 5 1/2 hours of a news every day, supported by numerous acquisitions from the BBC and Channel 4.

Misfits, Peep Show, Spaced, Smack the Pony and White Teeth from Channel 4 will sit alongside the BBC's Twenty Twelve and The Shadow Line in the schedules.

As revealed earlier this month on Twitter, London Live is not planning to offer its channel via Freesat, stating: "We are only 'allowed' to be viewed within the UK as part of our operating regulations. As Freesat can't encrypt content for UK transmission only, you won't be able to watch London Live on their platform."

London Live will air on Freeview channel 8, available to Freeview and YouView viewers within range of transmitters at Crystal Palace and Croydon. Sky subscribers in the London region will see the channel on 117, while Virgin Media viewers in the capital will be able to watch on channel 159.

Test transmissions from local TV multiplex operator Comux are already on air in London, with two test channels on Freeview channel 791 and 792.

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