UKTV takes Freeview bandwidth from Al Jazeera English
Channel 133 now advises viewers to switch to the HD version of Al Jazeera on channel 108. However the multiplex carrying Al Jazeera HD is only available to around 70% of the UK population via compatible Freeview HD devices and YouView boxes.
Coinciding with the removal of Al Jazeera English in standard definition at midday today, Home from UKTV has launched on channel 25 and sister channel Dave Ja Vu has moved to channel 84, filling the ex-Al Jazeera capacity.
The changes follow an advertisement by multiplex operator Arqiva late last year, which advised of a rarely available Freeview slot becoming available. Al Jazeera had been available in standard definition on the platform since 1st July 2010, at first as an evening-only service.
Dave Ja Vu's continued existence on Freeview gives UKTV a slot for any future expansion of its channel portfolio on Freeview. Dave Ja Vu was previously used as a stop-gap to secure Freeview bandwidth before the launch of Really, Drama and now Home on the platform. It's widely reported that UKTV are looking at their options for future free-to-air services.
YouView & Home
For YouView viewers, the launch of Home on Freeview has a number of consequences. Home on channel 25 replaces the previously available service on the YouView service operated by BT, Plusnet and TalkTalk on channel 314. TalkTalk has advised its customers that as a result of the changes, Home will no longer be available in the TalkTalk Player, and viewers will have lost any recordings.
TVPlayer & Home
With Home having gone free-to-air, the channel is now available for free online and on mobile at TVPlayer.com.