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International streamed channels close on DTT

Two streamed portals providing access to international television to subscribers have been removed from terrestrial platform Freeview.

JSTV, which provided users with compatible connected Freeview devices to two channels of Japanese television and Kyknet, which offered two channels containing programmes from South Africa have been withdrawn from channels 246 and 247 after nearly two years of service.

Subscribers have had their subscriptions terminated automatically.

JSTV continues to be available in the UK and Europe via Eutelsat Hotbird or through the JSTVi online streaming service.

It's the latest failure of a streamed channel service based on the Freeview digital terrestrial platform. Since the introduction of the first streamed channels five years ago, numerous services have launched and then been axed, with great variations among devices as to whether they can receive the streamed channels. Increasingly, operators are moving towards making additional content from the internet available to smart TVs and connected TV boxes via apps and HbbTV. Additionally, BT, TalkTalk, Plusnet and EE TV use different technology to assign internet-delivered TV services to channels in the 300-599 range, piggybacking internet channels on to the main Freeview service.