London is Live with Test Transmissions
Monday, March 03, 2014 Archive , Freeview , Local TV , London , New Channels , Terrestrial , YouView Edit
The test transmissions, consisting of a preview loop, are being broadcast on Freeview channel 8 from the Crystal Palace transmitter via the Comux-operated local TV multiplex on UHF channel 29.
Temporary station Bonanza Bonanza, which shows vintage US drama and comedy on Freeview channel 64, also broadcasts via the local TV multiplex; viewers who have been able to tune into Bonanza Bonanza in London over the past few weeks will also receive London Live's tests.
London Live is part of the media group that includes the London Evening Standard, The Independent and the i Newspaper.
Last December, the channel announced that Gavin Ramjun, Claudia-Liza Armah, Louise Scodie and Marc Edwards will form the news presenting team on the channel.
For viewers who can already get Bonanza Bonanza and have a modern Freeview or Freeview HD device, tune into channel 64 for 10-20 seconds, and London Live's test signal will automatically be added to channel 8. This method works on many, but not all modern Freeview sets.
Otherwise, a manual tune of UHF channel 29 will fetch the local TV service.
It is not being broadcast from relay transmitters, and it does not have the same range outside of London as the national Freeview channels from Crystal Palace.
Satellite and cable
London Live will also be available in London via Sky channel 117 and Virgin Media channel 159; reports suggest that London Live has complained to Ofcom about Virgin Media's channel allocation, as it feels channel 159 is not prominent enough.
Update 16/03/2014: London Live's tests on Sky: via add other channels enter the following parameters:
symbol rate 22000,
Service name: "50892"
Currently available via the method to all Sky viewers in the UK. It is encrypted, so not available on Freesat.