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Freeview Text services come off the air

A number of long-running text services have closed on Freeview, including holiday teletext service Holidays TV.

Licences for Holidays TV, Rabbit, Gay Rabbit and 1-2-1 Dating were removed from Ofcom's licence database this week signalling their demise. Currently all four services are still listed on Freeview's programme guide, but are inactive.

Holidays TV was a holiday sales service from the Daily Mail group and appeared on Freeview in 2012 replacing the famous Teletext Holidays service, which began in 1993 on Teletext page 200 and subsequently became an online-only service.

The remaining channels operated a text based dating service. The removal of these services reflects a shift by audiences seeking similar content online.

Holidays TV, Rabbit, Gay Rabbit and 1-2-1 Dating were found on Freeview channels 201-204 via the SDN/COM4 digital multiplex and available to around 90% of UK homes.


  1. Amazed the rabbit channels lasted so long.

  2. Rabbit Chat & Date was like BBM

  3. I found me a partner on rabbit we are still together and have 2 kids i thought it was a great channel

  4. I never joined Rabbit but some of the TJs on there were quite patronising. I won't mention any names. It was also an expensive service and there were a lot of technical problems with the photo loop. I'm also amazed it lasted as long as it did..


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