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New connected Kids service lands Freeview slot

Ketchup TV has become the latest streamed channel to join the Freeview channel line-up, triggering off the launch of an overspill section for children's channels on the platform.

Operated by VOD365. the company that's behind Planet Knowledge, Ketchup TV offers a library of popular children's programmes, available on-demand via compatible devices.

Programme highlights include Thomas The Tank Engine, Fifi and the Flowertots, Pingu and Teletubbies. 

Aimed primarily at pre-school audiences, the service is available through a monthly subscription with an additional option to buy and download content for viewing when not connected to the internet. Ketchup TV is already available on Samsung Smart TVs and via mobile/tablet apps on the Android and iOS platforms. On Freeview, only compatible connected devices able to process streamed channels (such as those found between channels 225-299 on Freeview) will be able to access the service.

As a consequence of launching on Freeview after the last of the children's channel slots (channel 129) was filled last year, a new overspill section between channel 95 and 99 has been activated. Digital UK, the organisation responsible for allocating Freeview channel numbers, has indicated it's been looking at options to reunite the children's section at a later date.

The children's section was filled up by Sony / CSC Media channels POP, Tiny POP, Kix and +1 variants of POP and Tiny POP during the past year. Many of these services have limited coverage on Freeview, but mean many of the apparently empty channel numbers between channel 120 and 130 can't be used by another broadcaster.