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Sony Crime Channel climbs up the Freeview EPG

Columbia Pictures Corp (aka Sony) has taken use of relaxed Freeview EPG rules to get a better slot for Sony Crime Channel.

Following changes made to the rules governing how Freeview channel numbers are allocated, Sony Crime Channel has been moved to Freeview channel 40, taking the slot of teleshopping service Rocks & Co, aka Juwelo.

Sony Crime first launched in February offering viewers a diet of UK and US crime-based drama, first launching on channel 60 before today's move to 40.

Sony Crime+1, available in local TV coverage areas, has moved from channel 69 to 60.

Sister channel TruTV+1, only currently available in the Manchester area on Freeview, has moved from channel 92 to channel 69.

Rocks & Co has moved from 40 to 92, but only has limited coverage on Freeview.

These changes also affect users with YouView (BT, TalkTalk, Plusnet) or EE TV, as they share the same channel number system as Freeview for channels in the ranges between 1-299 and 600-799.

Freeview viewers with older devices may need to retune or even do a factory reset to get the channels in the new order.

Rocks and Co: background
The teleshopping channel ceased UK-based broadcasts late 2017 and subsequently became known as Juwelo across all other platforms and outlets, except Freeview 40.

A streamed version of Juwelo UK is carried on compatible connected Freeview devices on channel 271.

The service on Freeview channel 40 was reduced to an overnight holding slot in spring and the licence for that service was spun-off to a subsidary, Rocks and Co Television Ltd - a company formed in February 2018, a move apparently designed to replicate a similar ownership change that took place last year over the former Community Channel's licence, where the licence was spun off to a sibsidary that was later taken over by A+E Networks, who operate Blaze on Freeview.

Under new Freeview EPG rules, once such a change is made, the affected licensed channel becomes part of the incoming owner's "family" of channels. At this point, the new owner can request a reshuffle of its channels on Freeview. As has happened today, Rocks and Co is demoted to 92 and Sony Crime promoted to 40.

Update: Documents filed to Companies House on the 10th July 2018 confirm that the company previously known as Sony Pictures TV, now Columbia Pictures Corp, took over control of Rocks & Co Television Ltd on 22nd June.