26 April 2005

E4, E4+1 to launch on Freeview in May

Channel 4's entertainment channel E4 and its timeshifted sister channel E4+1 will launch on Freeview next month to coincide with the start of Big Brother, a traditional ratings-winner for the channel. E4 is currently available on Top Up TV: it is not clear if any channel will replace it in the subscription package.
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Men & Motors begins video testing

A video preview for Men & Motors has now started on Freeview channel 38. The channel will start broadcasting at 18:00 on May 2.
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21 April 2005

ITV News Channel returns to the North

The ITV News Channel has now returned to the Granada, Tyne Tees and Yorkshire ITV regions after being taken off-air to allow engineering work to take place. It is also available in the London and Central regions on Freeview.
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Men & Motors appears on Freeview

A placeholder for Men & Motors has appeared on Freeview channel 38. The channel launches "soon".
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18 April 2005

ITV News Channel returns to Central region

The ITV News Channel has returned to the Central ITV region following the completion of engineering work. The channel is also available on Freeview in London.
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07 April 2005

Channel 4 win new Freeview slot

All-but confirming one of the worst-kept secrets in DTT, Digital Spy report that Channel 4 have successfully bid for the Freeview slot recently made available by Crown Castle on multiplex C. Rumours suggest they may launch E4 on Freeview, a new film channel in association with the BBC, or a gaming channel.

Men & Motors to launch in May

ITV's Men & Motors will launch on Freeview next month on the Freeview slot recently made available on multiplex D. The channel is a temporary measure until ITV4 launches later in the year, although the new channel will no longer replace Men & Motors: the two channels will co-exist following changes to the planned format of ITV4.
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04 April 2005

Xtraview - Top Up TV for £1 a day

Top Up TV have launched a website for a forthcoming new service Xtraview (channel 36). For £1 per day, viewers will be able to watch a sample of channels broadcast on the Top Up TV service. A viewing card is not required as the system will use the same MHEG encryption techniques as Red Hot. The channel will broadcast between 06:00 and 23:00.
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01 April 2005

Men & Motors to launch on Freeview

MediaGuardian has confirmed that ITV have won the latest Freeview channel slot, and that they will launch Men & Motors on Freeview as a temporary measure until the launch of ITV4 later this year. In other news, a Teletext on ITV placeholder now appears on all ITV channels when you press the "text" button.

ABC1 broadcasting widescreen adverts

Just over six months after launching on Freeview, ABC1 has begun broadcasting advertisements. The commercials are broadcast in widescreen, even though all the channel's programmes are filmed in 4:3.
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