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Old 14-12-2020, 11:31   #106
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Re: Freeview changes

​@ukdtt on Twitter has noticed an OFCOM license that suggests GOLD is coming to Freeview, and therefore probably FTA on other platforms.

https://twitter.com/ukdtt/status/1338359321256718337​​

Now that UKTV has got 24 hour streams for Dave Ja Vu and CCXTV maybe UKTV are making two channels FTA? Until this license got reported I thought speculation about this unlikely. Less so now.

Dave Ja Vu is at too prominent an EPG number (23) for a +1 so I still feel it's a placeholder. I know I'm a stuck record on this, but I can still see Eden going FTA as it's ratings are much worse than the rest of UKTV's channels, except for CCXTV which they just bought.
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Old 15-12-2020, 20:31   #107
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Re: Freeview changes

Apparently the GOLD Freeview license was an administrative mistake.

RAM on Digital Spy has posted that they emailed UKTV and got the following reply.

"Dear Viewer,

Thank you for your email.

Thanks for your message and to confirm, Gold is not moving into Free to Air. Unfortunately Ofcom inadvertently published Daveís license on its website. As Dave is a free to air channel this made it look like Gold was moving into Free. This is not the case and Ofcom have now corrected their website. We hope this clarifies the situation and thank you very much for your interest in UKTVís channels.
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Old 25-01-2021, 19:20   #108
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Re: Freeview changes

​CCXTV has no EPG information from next Monday according to @Page_888 on Twitter.

This was then confirmed by @budgie on Twitter who posted a photo showing an on-screen message saying it's closing on 1st February to be replaced by Drama+1.
https://mobile.twitter.com/budgie/st...39139200536578

---------- Post added at 19:20 ---------- Previous post was at 19:14 ----------

​Also @ukdtt on Twitter says PBS America and +1 are moving to 84 and 87 respectively from 1st February.

There are obviously going to be more moves as these numbers are currently occupied.

I can't find a source for those to confirm yet. But there are some gaps needing filled so I can see more shuffling happening.
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Old 27-01-2021, 15:52   #109
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Re: Freeview changes

Official update post now on Freeview website.

https://www.freeview.co.uk/help/chan...number-changes

It worked out the way I thought when I saw the new PBS numbers the other day.

Service changes
CCXTV --> Drama +1 Ch73

Channel number changes

Now 70s 78--> 75
Now 80s 83--> 76
Now 90s 84--> 78
Clubland TV 82--> 79
Together TV 87--> 82
Together TV +1 88--> 83
PBS America 91--> 84
PBS America +1 93--> 87
Forces TV 96--> 88
Country Music Entertainment 98--> 89
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Old 01-02-2021, 10:02   #110
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Re: Freeview changes

​Forces TV is no longer moving number today on Freeview. Country Music Entertainment is now moving to Ch88 instead.

Heads-up from a516digital today on Twitter. Confirmed on the updated Freeview page (link in above post).
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Old 13-02-2021, 19:46   #111
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Re: Freeview changes

​According to @ukdtt Together+1 is closing on Freeview. @a516digital has posted a photo of confirmation from EPG data.

There has been speculation from others that their stream is being used for Court TV, which is launching on Freeview on Monday.

Given they only just moved up the EPG, there would have been no reason to bother unless they knew something was taking the slot.

If true, I assume the recent consultation has been given the go-ahead as Together TV has nothing to do with Court TV, so the new LCN trading rules would need to be in effect.
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Old 15-02-2021, 13:22   #112
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Re: Freeview changes

​Court TV now on Ch 89 on COM7.

Together TV +1 Ch 83 (COM7) has closed.
Midnight to 3am on Together TV Ch82 is vacant so I can see them parking the LCN there in the weeks to come.
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Old 23-04-2021, 13:21   #113
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Re: Freeview changes

An ad on NOW 80s has revealed that NOW 80s will become NOW 70s on Freeview Channel 76 from April 28th.

Source: NOW 80s.

No news on what will happen to Freeview Channel 75 or if NOW 80s has got an new slot on Freeview has been seen by Media Boy HQ at time of posting.
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Old 23-04-2021, 15:17   #114
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An ad on NOW 80s has revealed that NOW 80s will become NOW 70s on Freeview Channel 76 from April 28th.

Source: NOW 80s.

No news on what will happen to Freeview Channel 75 or if NOW 80s has got an new slot on Freeview has been seen by Media Boy HQ at time of posting.
Odd. Thanks Media Boy.

Maybe it's going to be the first to use the new EPG trading rules? Some maybe wanted 75 and Now 70s parent company was willing? Forces TV put off a change to advance in the last mini reshuffle, maybe they wanted a more meaningful move before inconveniencing their viewers? Could be Together, PBS or Talking Pictures too.

3 of the 4 channels from that broadcaster are on G-Man and 1 is on COM7. And at least 1 of them is available via one of the IP channel portals.
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Re: Freeview changes

Update

NOW 70s moves to NOW 80s old slot on COM7
NOW 80s moves to NOW 70s old slot on G-Man
GB News has appeared on Freeview Channel 236 using COM6.
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Old 28-04-2021, 15:28   #116
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Update

NOW 70s moves to NOW 80s old slot on COM7
NOW 80s moves to NOW 70s old slot on G-Man

GB News has appeared on Freeview Channel 236 using COM6.
Apparently this Now Music change is only until some time in the Summer.

Source: Now Music on Twitter. https://twitter.com/NOWMusic/status/1387403404943794179
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Re: Freeview changes

​The Sony to Great! rebrands have all happened today.

GREAT! TV Ch 49 was Sony Channel

GREAT! Movies Classic Ch 51 was Sony Movies Classic

GREAT! Movies Ch 33 was Sony Movies

GREAT! Movies Action Ch 41 was Sony Movies Action​



And the +1s

GREAT! TV +1 Ch 61

GREAT! Movies+1 ​Ch 60

GREAT! Movies Classic +1
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Re: Freeview changes

​Court TV (Ch 89) has closed.

Heads-up from @ukdtt on Twitter. Confirmed on Freeview website.

https://www.freeview.co.uk/help/serv...urt-tv-closure

First of many imminent COM7 closures? Or just poor performance not justifying continued expenditure?

Not sure about status on other platforms at time of typing.
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Re: Freeview changes

That's TV Gold - Channel 91 on COM7.
Shopping Quarter (Channel 72) has moved from BBCB (aka PSB3) to COM6.

So it looks like Local TV operator That's TV is launching a nationwide music TV station.

No confirmation of content, just a guess it's music based on their current "local" output. The slogan on their new Twitter account says "The Home of Nostalgia", while the slate on Freeview says "Celebrating The Decades"

The Shopping Quarter multiplex move is interesting. Not because of the channel itself, but because it has moved from the highest geographic coverage coverage of PSB3 to COM6 which has lower coverage. Of course the chanfe from approx 98% population coverage to appox 90% also comes with a change from being DVB-T2 which only newer HD-capable Freeview tuners can decode, to DVB-T which all Freeview tuners can show.

The electronic programme guide seems to indicate that Shopping Quarter has a 24hr schedule so maybe it's taken the remaining COM6 stream that's been empty for a while. It's still broadcasting as I type so it's not taken sister channel Jewellery Maker's 8am-1pm timeshare slot. JM timeshares with PBS America, which is still broadcasting on Freeview so it's not that stream. SQ was broadcasting its content until 1pm then switched to JM content, so maybe SQ is sharing with JM on a full stream? And as I've just noticed whilst typing this, it is indeed sharing, there a notice on the Channel 71 off-air slate that says it is on Channel 72 from 1pm to 5pm.

Now SQ has vacated PSB3 maybe the other SD channel there will be following suit soon? TBN UK now has nowhere to go (if SQ took stream 16 on COM6) unless it Arqiva ups the total number of video streams on its two multiplexes from 16 to 18 to match SDN (COM4).

If both SD channels are leaving BBCB (PSB3) then that's the first indication, in my opinion, that (at least) another HD stream is to be fitted onto it. Though with new encoders it could be more, and needs to be if the BBC is going to fit BBC News HD and BBC4 HD/CBeebies HD in time for (temporary multiplex) COM7's closure due June 2022, or earlier if EE wants its spectrum sooner.

With the commitment to have BBC1 English regions HD by end of 2022 then BBCB(PSB3) needs changes/upgraded equipment anyway, so there's the opportunity to do more at the same time.
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That's TV Gold - Channel 91 on COM7.
Shopping Quarter (Channel 72) has moved from BBCB (aka PSB3) to COM6.

The Shopping Quarter multiplex move is interesting. Not because of the channel itself, but because it has moved from the highest geographic coverage coverage of PSB3 to COM6 which has lower coverage. Of course the chanfe from approx 98% population coverage to appox 90% also comes with a change from being DVB-T2 which only newer HD-capable Freeview tuners can decode, to DVB-T which all Freeview tuners can show.
I think Sewing Street will be moving soon to Jewellery Maker's part time slot on Freeview so that Shopping Quarter aka Jewellery Maker can air like it do on both Sky and Virgin Media UK.

By the way Sewing Street posted on Facebook something is set to happen on Thursday to the PSB3 stream on Freeview.

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Retune your TV on Tuesday 22nd June - Thursday 24th June to get us.
An other channel to move streams on Thursday?
An new to Freeview channel to launch on PBS3 stream on Thursday?
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