Sony Channels get licences for DTT distribution

The Sony Movie Channel has became the latest channel to receive a licence from Ofcom to broadcast on the digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform, the home of Freeview.

Ofcom has issued a licence to operator Entertainment Networks (UK) Ltd for a standard linear TV channel and a +1 timeshift service.

Sony Movies currently broadcasts on Sky channel 323. It's current portfolio of films include Seven Years in Tibet, Daddy Day Care, Four Weddings and a Funeral and The English Patient.

So far, the broadcaster has not provided any information nor any confirmation about DTT carriage.

Space to broadcast on Freeview is at a premium. There is currently limited capacity on Arqiva's national standard definition multiplexes, and two slots reserved for non-local TV services on the quasi-national local TV multiplex, one of which is currently being used by temporary channel Bonanza Bonanza. The new COM7 multiplex, which is being rolled out across parts of the UK also has unused capacity.

Sister channel More Than Movies (More>Movies) has also received its own licence for broadcasting on digital terrestrial television. All of its programmes have been shown on Freeview under the MovieMix brand on channel 32 since early 2013. The licence paves the way for the programmes to be shown under the same channel branding as on satellite and cable services.

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