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Planet Knowledge expands coverage

Factual video-on-demand service Planet Knowledge has boosted its reach on Freeview.

Following a carriage deal with multiplex operator SDN, the service has changed frequency on Freeview and is now broadcast to around 90% of UK households, up from around 75% previously.

To access the service via Freeview channel 245, a compatible connected Freeview HD device is required. Alternatively, some smart TVs also offer access to Planet Knowledge via an app.

Planet Knowledge offers up to 1,400 hours of factual content, covering genres including nature, history, travel and science. It has been streaming on Freeview since January 2015.

Viewers who could previously receive Planet Knowledge on channel 245 are being asked to retune to continue watching, while viewers in the expanded coverage area - covering anyone who can receive QVC on Freeview - will see channel 245 appear for the first time following a retune.

On 2nd August 2017, Planet Knowledge and the rest of Freeview's streaming channels will move to a new channel range, starting from channel 260.

  • Bollywood HD, a new streaming service devoted to the Indian film genre has now been allocated a slot on Freeview channel 272. Around 75% of households live within range of the signal carrying the service.
  • BritAsia TV has joined the international Vision TV streamed service on channel 244. Like Planet Knowledge, Vision TV will be allocated a new channel number on 2nd August 2017, expected to be channel 264.
  • On the Chinese streamed service on Freeview 226, the services CCTV News and CCTV Documentary have been relabeled with the CGTN name, following the rebrand of China's international channels at the beginning of the year. The portal on channel 226 (channel 260 from 2nd August) is at the present time still labelled CCTV.