In Brief: Olympic satellite channels are in place, DMOL confirms local TV policy

Olympic channels are in place on satellite

All transponders carrying the BBC Olympic channels are now active. From week commencing 23rd July for three weeks, the 24 HD channel and 24 SD simulcast channels will provide both Sky and Freesat viewers with extra coverage of the London 2012 Olympics. Currently test transmissions are being observed on the various placeholders. 

The Olympic channels are on the Astra 28.2 E satellite position, available on the following frequencies: 10876 V, 10921 H, 11469 H, 11914H, 12129 V, 12305H, 12402 V, 12422 H and 12441 V.

DMOL confirms local TV policy

DMOL, the gatekeeper to the Freeview EPG, has stuck to its plans (reported here in the spring) to use channel 8 for local TV in England and Northern Ireland and channel 45 in Scotland and Wales, where BBC Alba and S4C already occupy channel 8. DMOL confirmed its local TV policy today, dismissing a campaign in Northern Ireland to get TG4 on channel 8. As it stands RTE1, 2 and TG4 will launch in Northern Ireland at the end of the main Entertainment (&Factual&Shopping) genre, likely to be in the 50s once a channel reshuffle has taken place. 

DMOL is expected to rubber stamp its original channel reshuffle proposals later this month, unless there has been an legally convincing argument from Ofcom or any other authority during the recent consultation... Any channel reshuffle would happen in the autumn.

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