Could HD-only channels get a move up the EPG on Freeview?

HD-only channels could appear in more prominent positions on Freeview's channel list in the future, according to Digital UK, in an another consultation launched by the digital terrestrial TV platform manager.

Entertainment and news channels that are HD-only on Freeview - currently only QVC+1 HD - would be assigned a channel number in the relevant genre instead of being inserted within the current HD zone of the EPG (channels 101-119). Digital UK says it could move QVC+1 HD to channel 75, which is the highest ranking available channel number in the EPG at the time of the consultation launch. Digital UK indicates that it expects further HD-only channels to launch on Freeview in the future, given current spare capacity on the COM8 digital multiplex.

Channel operators are being invited to have their say on the issue by 22nd January 2016.

Adult and children's channels have separate rules, and any HD-only adult or children's channels that might occur would be assigned a channel number within the current adult or children's sections of the Freeview EPG, alongside current HD simulcasts, as currently takes place in the children's section.

Channels that operate an HD simulcast, such as BBC One HD or ITV HD are not involved in this consultation. Most of the major channels don't offer the same level of regionality on HD as they do on SD, although this will be changing in the coming years. There's also the technical issue of how different HD receivers would deal with an SD/HD swap - the technical complexity of the issue is why Digital UK isn't making any recommendations to remove the current arrangement for these channels just yet.

However that's likely to change in around three years or so, when changes start to be made to the Freeview platform that are likely to see a move to more HD and usage of the DVB-T2 broadcast standard across more multiplexes.



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9 comments:

  1. It's pretty crazy that BBC News HD and AlJazera HD are not in the news section. It doesn't need a consultation to tell you that they clearly should be.

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  2. I swapped the SD channels for their HD equivalents manually on my stb. But does anyone really care about a +1 HD shopping channel? It's a waste of space on the multiplex.

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    1. I bet you my bottom piece of currency that they are using that channel to keep their space on that multiplex

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  3. So they'Lloyd consider this but still won't put the shopping channels in their own genre despite there being more of them than any other genre. Enough channels now for a movie section IMO too.

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    1. *So they'll - damn predictive text auto uncorrecting!

      Also why on earth is there a QVC+1 - don't they run live sales where stock supposedly sells out during the broadcast?

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    2. I agree that they should have a Shopping genre by now it's crazy! A film section wouldn't be bad either and as for HD channels beyond channels with direct simulcasts yes they definitely should be in the relevant sections. HD channels that simulcast should also be tagged onto the back of the current entertainment (or relevant section) and swapped if hardware can actually cope with it.
      The next Dbook should include swapping exact SD/HD simulcasts so manufacturers have to include it to get the Freeview branding.

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  4. Looking at the current EPG listing, QVC +1 HD would be reserved to LCN 72, as this is vacant. If it is to be reserved to LCN 75, what could be reserved/due to be allocated to 72? True Entertainment +1?

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  5. According to Digital UK, Ch.72 is not available. I suspect we could see Your TV/Your TV+1 bunch up in due course.

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  6. The Freeview EPG should be reserved for channels showing REAL programmes with some credible effort made to group stations by type...

    Frankly all the porn, shopping and religious tripe (amateur-made and otherwise) needs moved to the 'backwaters' of the EPG regardless of what standard it's transmitted in! Personally, thess things get DELETED from my systems wherever possible.

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