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VIVA continues as a reduced hours service on Freeview and has moved to channel 74.
The Viacom owned channel, which from today operates a new music-based schedule will be available from 9am to 11am. It is no longer available 24 hours a day because of changes Viacom / Channel 5 have made to their Freeview services in order to make way for new channel Spike.
VIVA was originally due to disappear from Freeview altogether; its slot on channel 21 is being taken by 5USA. The changes also affect viewers accessing Freeview channels via YouView or EE TV boxes. Meanwhile, on cable and satellite, VIVA is due to continue as a full-time service.
Changes are being made to comply with Freeview's channel numbering system, which is administered by Digital UK. Broadcasters may swap their channels around once a year, but there are restrictions on where new channels can join on the channel list in order to meet fair, reasonable and non discriminatory (FRND) rules. The swap rule can't be used to launch a completely new channel in place of an old one.
Viacom channel reshuffle:
5 USA - now on channel 21
Spike - now on channel 31
VIVA - now on channel 74
Viewers may need to retune in order for the channels to appear in the right place.
A full overview of the changes on Freeview is available on this page.
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