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?
Jean Folks: Nobody is forcing you to pay for any subscription channels. If subscription TV channels didn't exist then the dramas you are talking about would probably never exist either, as most of the free channels would never be able to generate enough advertising revenue to pay for expensive drama productions. The only free to air broadcasters who can afford to make lots of big budget dramas are the BBC and ITV. Even Channel 4 & Channel 5 only make a few big drama series each year. If you wait a few years, many drama series originally shown on pay channels will eventually appear on free channels once the initial rights deals expire and repeat run rights become available that the free channels can afford.
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