EPG brokerage company Canis Media is offering several opportunities for broadcasters wishing to join Freeview.
It is offering a slot for broadcasters wanting to try out Freeview carriage in the Manchester area, following the move of Movies4Men from a Manchester only slot to a nationwide slot last month. The slot is on the Manchester Television Network, Manchester's second local multiplex - originally used for now-defunct Channel M.
Another slot is available nationwide from January 2015 through to 2018/19. However, the slot (but not the channel number) will be shared by another broadcaster between 6pm and 11pm for two weeknights every other week.
Finally, for anyone wanting to buy Sit-up Ltd, the owner of bid and price drop - now in administration, Canis Media is offering channels 23 and 37, which have been vacant since 25th April 2014, but need to be occupied soon in order to comply with channel number allocation rules.
Channel number allocations on Freeview are the responsibility of Digital UK, who do permit a company to "cease to make a channel available on an [channel number] for a limited period of time without that channel being considered to have been removed from the platform and its [channel number] withdrawn provided that the channel provider:
(i) Notifies Digital UK in writing, prior to the temporary withdrawal, of its intentions to make that channel available again within a period of 12 weeks from the point of temporary withdrawal of audio-visual content, and
(ii) Ensures that the channel is available again within such period. "
Should any new service be deemed as a "new channel", it is liable to be demoted down the channel list.
Interested broadcasters are being invited to contact Canis Media.