31 January 2005

Teachers' TV, Red Hot appear on Freeview

Two new channels have appeared on Freeview: Teachers' TV (channel 47) and Red Hot (channel 61), both from multiplex A. Teachers' TV launches on Freeview at midnight on February 9 (broadcasting from 00:00 to 06:00 daily).
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28 January 2005

Competition for Freeview slot hots up

A bidding war has broken out over the new Freeview channel slot, according to MediaGuardian. There is expected to be a flurry of bids on Monday afternoon and it's likely that bidding could reach as high as £4.5 million per year for the 18-hour slot. When Freeview first launched new channels on the service were available for as little as £1 million. The slot is available on a 12-month contract with the winner having first refusal when this expires. The deadline for (sealed) bids is Monday evening.

20 January 2005

New Freeview slot up for grabs

Freeview multiplex operator Crown Castle have announced that improvements in compression technology means a new channel slot is available on DTT. According to reports, any new service could launch as soon as April 1. Channel 4, Five and Disney are amongst those thought to be interested in bidding for the new channel, which will broadcast for 18 hours a day.
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UKTV Gold to extend hours

Top Up TV have announced that UKTV Gold will extend their broadcast hours on the service from tonight. The channel currently ceases broadcasting at 00:50 at the latest- the channel will now close at 05:00.
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17 January 2005

5 million homes have Freeview

Freeview is now available in over 5 million households, according to the BBC. In September last year, Ofcom estimated just under 4 million homes had the service. An estimated 190,000 DTT receivers a week were being sold in the two weeks before Christmas.

12 January 2005

Teachers' TV to launch on Freeview

Teachers' TV have announced on their website that they will launch on Freeview on February 8, broadcasting overnight. The channel will be 24-hours on satellite and cable.
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10 January 2005

Teletext coming to ITV Freeview channels

Teletext has signed a 10-year deal with ITV to provide a digital text service on all of the broadcaster's digital channels. The new service, "Teletext on ITV", will launch on Freeview and digital satellite and will be available via the "text" button.
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