Two new Freeview channels - almost everywhere
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?
I think as old non-internet connected TV/receivers die off it would be useful to have ALL +1 channels removed from OTA DVB-T/T2 and placed as a red button option on each channel supporting it to stream the +1 channel content and free up OTA Freeview multiplexes for unique channels with the original OTA channel still being available for delayed viewing using PVR facility that is quite common via dedicated devices or external USB storage. Similar to how 4Music provides other streaming channels via the MHEG controlled buttons or some programs offer a HD internet stream of their normally SD content. (I wish more broadcasters would do that while freeview HD is such a patchwork for coverage of the full 15 HD channel service)
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Not all can be pleased all of the time... Not all can afford a smart TV. Not all have a 3G or 4G mobile-phone signal. Not all have internet; not all have sufficient download speed for streaming TV, not all have access to Freesat. The BBC relegated BBC3 to the internet, but with limited success, so is now repeating some BBC3 programmes on its main channels. All viewers would never agree on which channels to prioritise on Freeview.. Not a few channels might seem to have limited appeal. Viewing statistics determine which channels are commercially viable. A standalone TV recorder is a good alternative to the +1 option, but not cheap and demand is evidently fading. In short : life ain't fair...
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