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Two new Freeview channels - almost everywhere

A nice match between the BBC and Arqiva will provide two full time Freeview channels.

A nice match between the BBC and Arqiva will provide two full t
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If you are using, or will use a Public Service (small relay) transmitter, please look away now.

For everyone else, the removal of the BBC News Interactive and one Interactive channel has an upside.

The BBC is selling the capacity used by these services to provide two more slots to the commercial market. This means two more channels in areas that have not switched over yet.

At the same time, Arqiva is adding two more full-time video streams (TV channels) over Multiplexes ARQA and ARQB, for those regions that HAVE switched over.

This means, in effect, that as soon as next month there could be two new full-time channels on Freeview.

No doubt it will be ITV3+1 or More4+1+1, but we can hope. Perhaps Yesterday will expand again?

(The most watched non-premium, non-Sky, non-plus-one channels are 0.6%: Living TV; 0.4%: Comedy Central, G.O.L.D., Hallmark, Sci-Fi Channel, Watch; 0.3%: Alibi, Nick Jr, Nicktoons; 0.2%: Boomerang, Bravo, Cartoon Network, Challenge TV, FX, Good Food, Nickelodeon.).

Which two channels would YOU like on Freeview next month?

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Sunday, 15 November 2015
5:44 PM

I would like to have Alibi and ITV3 on Freeview please I love crime dramas and that is what you get on Alibi.

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Lesley's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Lauretta Watson
7:11 AM

I would not need a TiVo box if I could watch alibi permanently on freeview

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Thursday, 21 January 2016
Mark A

7:18 PM

Can you please replace the end of the title
from " - almost everywhere"
with " - on 8 percent of the UK transmitters".

I'm hoping that they will replace BBC3 and BBC3 HD with some new channels, but there are rumours that it will be BBC1 +1.

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Mark A's 374 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 27 January 2016
steve p

11:07 AM

I would LOVE BBC1+1

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Saturday, 26 March 2016
john sigley
4:13 PM

i would like gold and albi on freeview please

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john sigley's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 10 April 2016
1:35 PM

I agree lets have Alibi as presently I can only watch it via Sky

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Graham's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 18 April 2016
Moira Clyne
6:31 PM

I would like Alibi and Gold on free view please

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Moira Clyne
6:36 PM

If I upgrade my free sat box for one with a hard drive can I record using my old dish which has one cable only coming into to my flat

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Moira Clyne's 1 post GB flag

10:43 PM

Moira Clyne : You can only record what your watching - you will need a twin LNB, and hence two cables to be able watch one channel and record another.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

11:37 PM

Moira Clyne : In addition to that said MikeB, which is perfectly correct for normal operation, but in answer to your question, you can actually still record using one input provided that the cable from the dish is connected into the Freesat recorders LNB1 input socket.

Of course the downside of a single input system is that your viewing, "whilst recording", is limited to programme channels on the same transponder as the programme you happen to be recording, any attempt to choose one that isn't triggering a "unable to view" or some similar meaning warning. The Freesat PVR (recorder) having (prior) been set up to operate on "single input mode".

The best policy would be to have the LNB (on the end of the dish arm) changed for a quad version and a second cable run into your flat, replacement LNB kits (minus coax) being available from a number of e-bay sources for around 10.00 or so, plus of course the charge for fitting same.

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