Digital UK has confirmed that children's channels may be split across two parts of the Freeview channel list following the launch of Kix.
Children's channels on the UK's terrestrial TV platform are allocated Freeview channel numbers in the range 120-129. A significant number of children's channels have launched with restricted coverage, with POP and Kix currently only showing in local TV coverage areas, and timeshift channels POP+1 and Tiny POP+1 available in Greater Manchester only. With Kix being allocated channel 127, POP+1 and Tiny POP+1 have moved to channels 128 and 129. This means all slots in the 120-129 range are now full, although some Freeview viewers only have access to an handful of these services.
As a result, any children's channels that want to launch on Freeview in the next few months will allocated an overflow slot between channel 96 and 99, with a bookend (slate) appearing on channel 95.
The move may not be required if no further children's channels are launched before proposals on reuniting the children's section, due to be put to broadcasters and consulted on soon, are implemented. Once the genre is reunited, Digital UK would tag any channels that have launched between 96 and 99 on to the end of the current group of children's channels.