BBC iPlayer for Radio app to close this month – RadioToday
The BBC will withdraw the iPlayer for Radio app this month in a bid to move users over to the newer BBC Sounds platform. The latest app update for BBC Sounds means it now matches the major features and functionality of iPlayer Radio, and with nearly 1.9 million weekly signed in users, BBC Sounds is used by more people than the old iPlayer Radio app.Source- radiotoday.co.uk (6th Sept)
BBC to switch off Red Button information service in 2020
The BBC is to switch off its Red Button teletext service from the start of next year, the broadcaster has confirmed. Ceefax, the BBC's analogue teletext service, finished in October 2012 with the switchover to digital. Source- www.theguardian.com
Source: Digital UK: Retuning Events
17th July - Also changes to Bronwydd Arms relay near Carmarthen plus Erwood relay near Brecon and Greenhill relay.
Source: Digital UK: 700MHz Clearance Events
Following a decision by Ofcom, spectrum in the 700MHz UHF band currently used for digital terrestrial television (DTT) is being reallocated for the development of future mobile services. Some DTT multiplexes will be moving to new broadcast frequencies as a result of this change.
12th June 2018; Broadcasters collaborate to secure future of free-to-view TV
The collaboration between BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and network operator Arqiva – the four shareholders of Digital UK - will see an investment of £125 million over the next five years to build on the success of Freeview Play, the UK market leader in free-to-view connected TV. Alongside the ongoing support for the Freeview platform, new developments will include a mobile app and improvements in content discoverability and navigation. Since launch in 2015, more than three-and-a-half million Freeview Play products have been sold in the UK from brands including Panasonic, LG, Sony, and Toshiba, accounting for 60% of smart TV sales. The service gives UK viewers a seamless combination of live and on-demand content all in one place with no monthly subscription.
Digital UK will lead on implementing the new strategy, focusing on product development and working closely with sister organisation, Freeview, on a refreshed marketing approach and brand positioning. The new investment will help Freeview exploit the trend towards ‘cord cutting’ as viewers build their own ‘skinny bundles’ combining free-to-view TV with low-cost streaming services. Since 2016 Freeview has grown its base of main sets by over a million homes to 11.4m cementing its position as the UK’s largest TV platform. Around 19 million homes watch Freeview on either the main or a secondary set.
Key areas of development will include:
May 1st 2018: Sky Channel Number Changes: (source: SKY)
• Documentary channels will be moved up the TV Guide to sit alongside Entertainment channels
• +1 channels will be listed in a new menu on the TV Guide
• +1s from Entertainment & Documentaries move to new linked channel numbers (e.g, Sky One - 106, Sky One+1 - 206)
Currently most HD channels in the TV Guide are listed alongside a standard definition version. Our HD Channel Swap feature ensures you always receive the best quality version of a channel at the higher position in the TV Guide - if you have access to the HD version, we give you the HD version first by default.
On 1 May, we'll be moving the second listing of the HD/SD channels to a new section of the TV Guide in the 800s.
for futher info.: www.sky.com/channelchanges
April 2018: 700MHz Channel Clearance (Wales) (source: DigitalUK)
Following a decision by Ofcom, spectrum in the 700MHz UHF TV band currently used for Freeview (digital terrestrial television DTT) is being reallocated for the development of future mobile services. Some DTT multiplex channels will be moving to new broadcast frequencies as a result of this change.
Details of the changes to transmitters will also be reflected on our coverage checker at: www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker.
Llandonna: Q4 2018
Blaenplwyf: Q4 2018
Preseli: Q4 2018
Moel y Parc: Q1 2019
Wenvoe: Q2 2019
Carmel: Q3 2019
20th February 2018:
Channel 4 HD will no longer be provided on FreesatHD from Thursday 22nd February but will continue in HD on SKY and Freeview platforms!
The channel has been on air for over a decade, but it seems that they no longer need to broadcast to the whole of the UK public in HD. Channel 4 is a public service broadcasting channel that pays for the programs it broadcasts using the iad-breaks.
However, it seems that it can fork out £75 million to steal The Great British Bake Off from the BBC but can’t afford to show the channel in HD to Freesat users! The High Definition channel has always been part of the Freesat HD line up.(source;ukfreeTV)
12th July 2017: Source DigitalUK
The Freeview TV guide will be updated and expanded on Wednesday, 2 August. The change is designed to increase capacity for the launch of new channels in the future and to help minimise risks around minors viewing inappropriate adult content. Some channels will be moving to new numbers and viewers may need to retune to ensure they have the latest channel line-up, where equipment doesn’t do this automatically. A list of the specific channels changing numbers will be on the Freeview and Digital UK websites .
7th June 2017: Source: www.a516digital.com
Various Freeview channel changes this summer necessary to fill empty channel slots, culminating in a major reshuffle of children's, news and adult channels on 2nd August 2017
"Blaze" has moved on Freeview.
April 24th 2017: Source: www.a516digital.com
Extra Freeview TV channels could soon be launched in South East Wales with a new digital multiplex planned for the Cardiff area.
The group is also planning a brand new Welsh TV channel to sit alongside its regional 100% Radio brands already on DAB, as well as extra national TV stations not yet on Freeview in the area.
1st March 2016:
Watch Home on freeview LCN channel 25
Home is the UK's only TV channel dedicated to inspirational home and gardens programming. It's packed with some of the best lifestyle programmes from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 such as DIY SOS, Escape To The Country, Homes Under The Hammer, A Place In The Sun: Home or Away, Restoration Man, and The Hotel Inspector. It also features fantastic content from America, Ireland and Australia as well as our own commissions made for channel such as My Dream Derelict Home, Make My Home Bigger, Fantasy Homes By The Sea, and My Flat-pack Home.
With programmes featuring a wealth of talent and expertise including Nick Knowles, George Clarke, Kirstie Allsopp, Amanda Lamb, Alan Titchmarsh, Simon O'Brien, Jonnie Irwin, Gordon Whistance, Jenni Falconer and Sarah Beeny, there is always a programme on which will inspire you, entertain you and give you some great ideas to decorate or makeover your home.
Please note 'Dave Ja Vu' previously on LCN channel 25 now moves to LCN channel 84.
You may need to carry out a retune of your Television or Digital freeview box.
15th February 2016:
BBC Three is now only available on-line via the internet
3rd December 2015:
UKTV, which is a commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc and who provide 11 branded channels have announced today 3rd December 2015, that three of their channels will be on Freesat "later this month".UKTV’s CEO Darren Childs said, "We work hard to secure platform deals that give more people our channels, and ultimately grow UKTV’s footprint. Freesat viewers will be able to watch gripping history shows on Yesterday channel 163, some of Britain’s finest, critically-acclaimed drama channel 162. content on Drama, and unbelievable real life stories on Really channel 164. As UKTV continues to invest heavily in new shows, there’s never been a better time to have access to our channels.".....but strangely not DAVE. Source: UK Free TV
1st October 2015:
Your TV (LCN channel 78) and Your TV+1 (LCN channel 79) Mon-Fri. 0700 - 0300
Rupert Murdoch’s Fox UK is to launch its first ever free-to-air channel, YourTV, in the increasingly crowded market aimed at female viewers. Visit www.yourtv-uk.com
The channel will air programming including the UK premiere of Corrupt Crimes, Snapped, US legal drama Shark, Don’t Tell the Bride and Baking Good Baking Bad. (Sources: Freeview and theGuardian.com)
Any problems please call Out of thin Air Aerial and satellite services on the telephone number above.