Dave+1, a timeshifted version of UKTV's popular channel Dave, has launched on Freeview channel 25. The channel is carried on multiplex D, and will broadcast daily between 08:00 and 04:00.
22 January 2009
The Channel Islands will switch to digital three years earlier than originally planned, thanks to the French authorities getting their act together. No official plans could be drawn up until the French had decided which frequencies they would use for digital television. The Channel Islands had been looking at a 2013 switchover date, but this has now been brough forward to November 2010.
15 January 2009
American news network CNN has launched on Freeview channel 84. The channel, which carries CNN's International feed, replaces Nuts TV and will broadcast between 21:00 and 01:00 daily.
Is it April the first already? You could be forgiven for thinking so, because it's been confirmed that Dave+1 and Russia Today will be launching on Freeview. Dave+1 will be launching on a brand new slot carried on multiplex C, and will broadcast between 08:00 and 04:00 daily. The Russian
propaganda news channel will share the slot, and will be on air for just two hours a day between 06:00 and 08:00. There's no news on what will fill the two hours between 4 and 6AM yet.
13 January 2009
CNN International will launch on Freeview on Thursday, 15 January, according to the Freeview website. Available on channel 84 between 21:00 and 01:00 daily, the channel will be on air in time to cover the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20. CNN International replaces Nuts TV on multiplex A.
08 January 2009
SuperCasino and Netplay TV have both launched on Freeview channels 48 and 49 today. The channels timeshare Price-Drop TV's old stream on multiplex A, from 21:00 to 06:00 to 06:00 and 21:00 respectively.
SuperCasino has commenced broadcasting on Freeview channel 48. Early indications suggest the channel will be on-air 24 hours a day.
06 January 2009
Placeholders for Disovery's new channel Quest and NetPlay's SuperCasino have appeared on Freeview channels 47 and 48 respectively. It would appear that the latter will broadcast video 24 hours a day, raising questions about the amount of capacity available on multiplex A: it has been expected that Quest would utilise the one advertised video stream, and that NetPlay would be a text service. SuperCasino is scheduled to launch on 8 January; a start date for Quest is unknown.
05 January 2009
Price Drop TV has ceased broadcasting on Freeview. The shopping channel launched back in December 2003, previously broadcast 24 hours a day on Freeview channel 24, but has been removed to make way for Discovery's new channel Quest.