Technical changes on satellite in the ITV Meridian region as micro regions merge

Meridian TV logo, before being absorbed into ITV plc.

Two of ITV's micro regions serving Kent and Sussex are merging into one. Technical changes are scheduled for 1st March 2012. Satellite recordings of ITV in the affected region will need to be reset, as one video stream will be removed.

There have been no recent variations in the schedules apart from some local advertising. The news bulletin for Kent and Sussex was merged into a single Meridian Tonight edition at 6pm, with an opt-out remaining for news from the South East of England during this edition.

On Freeview, and legacy analogue TV services in this region, the micro regions will also merge. Whilst terrestrial viewers will be unaffected, some satellite viewers with recordings on ITV1 will have to reset recordings if they are receiving Meridian SE or East (Kent / Sussex) on channel 103. This is due to technical changes to ITV's satellite services to accomodate additional ITV1+1 regions, which will result in the timeshift service having a version representing most of the ITV1 regions and one of the Meridian region video streams being removed.

Apart from that, ITV Meridian Kent & Sussex satellite viewers on Sky and Freesat will have their receivers automatically pointed to the merged micro region, with no user intervention required.

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