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ITV1+1 11 January 2011 (at last)

After a number of false starts, ITV1+1 is expected to come on air 8pm, 11 January 2011.

After a number of false starts, ITV1+1 is expected to come on a
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It was first expect that ITV1+1 would come to Freeview during the 30 September 2009 Freeview retune, but this did not happen due to last minute rights issues.

When ITV plc, which runs the official channel 3 services in England and Wales, was created from the merger of two companies, Carlton and Granada, the Competition Commission imposed conditions, which are called the Contract Contracts Rights Renewal (CRR) remedy.

Almost all the other channels that have "+1" time shift channels are single national broadcasts. It is straightforward to create ITV2+1, for example. The output of the channel is fed into a "black box" that re-outputs the content an hour later, and used for a national broadcast.

As the streams for UTV+1, and STV+1 are now on satellite, we can be confident that the ITV+1 service will run throughout the UK.

Channel 4 plus one

It was a little more complicated for Channel 4. This commercial channel has no local or regional editorial content, but does have six regions for advertising: London, Southern England+Wales, Midlands, North England, Scotland, Northern Ireland.

To create Channel 4+1, the corporation needed to use six "black box" devices, to ensure the correct advertisements are seen.

Channel 3 plus one

Back at channel 3, the ITV1 channel has many advert regions. STV, which runs the channel in Scotland, divides into four:

UTV operates only a single service in Northern Ireland (covering Belfast, Londonderry, Ballycastle, Castlederg). ITV plc has the following advertising regions:

This requires, for each region, a separate "black box". These "black box" devices must feed the hour-delay signal back into Multiplex 2 (also known as multiplex PSB2) as only this multiplex has the correct regions.

ITV1+1 on screen graphic.

Latest ITV multiplex allocations

The slot on PSB2 currently used for the ITV2+1 will be used for ITV1+1. ITV2+1 will move to the slot on multiplex A (aka COM4 or SDN) currently used for the "ITV Preview". As this slot timeshares with the CITV children's channel, ITV2+1 will only operate during peak hours.

Public service transmitters

As the public service transmitters carry only the PSB1, PSB2 and PSB3 (HD) multiplexes, this means that ITV1+1 will be carried to all UK homes, and ITV2+1 will only be available to those with the full Freeview service.

Free to air satellite

Freesat users will see ITV1+1 (or STV+1 or UTV+1) on channel number 112. For ITV1+1 fSfS and Sky use channel number 131, ITV2+1 moves to 179.

On satellite transponder 53 (10.891 H) has UTV+1, ITV1 Central West+1, ITV1 London+1; transponder 54 (10.906 V) has STV West+1, ITV Granada+1, ITV 1 Merdian South+1.

Channel 5 plus one?

So, what of FIVE+1? The channel has four advert regions: Scotland, Northern England, London and "Network". However, there is no space on multiplex 2 (PSB2) for such a channel, and no other multiplex has the correct divisions.

Contact information

Any further questions, please contact ITV on 0844 881 4150.

On Virgin Media ITV1+1 is 114.

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Friday, 7 January 2011

1:13 PM

er, yes; but I must admit I like them, as it is handy when you turn on part way through a programme to be able to see it from the beginning!

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steve's 1,173 posts GB flag
Mark A.

2:50 PM
Haywards Heath

Good idea with satellite or if your get your TV from one of the lucky 81 transmitters.
But a waist of space for the other thousand relays.
If we had a vote on this it would be 8% for and 92% against on freeview.

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Mark A.'s 374 posts GB flag
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Saturday, 8 January 2011

8:28 AM

Josh: There will be six "+1" on Freeview: ITV1+1, Channel 4+1, ITV2+1 (part time), Dave Ja Vu, E4+1, and Sky3+1.

Leaving aside that each channel has paid for the slot, and they are all on different multiplexes, it is hard to see how closing these could harvest a whole multiplex necessary for conversion to DVB-T2.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

8:30 AM

steve: The +1 channels are particularly popular in places where people have much longer commutes home (London and the South East) and people miss the main schedueld broadcast.

The channels would not be on air if people didn't watch them, and they require almost no promotion.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

8:32 AM

Andrew Thomas: But you can't have the choice between Film4 and ITV1+1. Film4 is provided by the Channel 4 corporation on a for-profit basis, and can't therefore go on Multiplex 2/PSB2 space gifted to the Channel 3 licensee.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

8:34 AM

Mark A.: Freeview isn't a democracy, however, it is a commercial operation where the content providers do whatever it takes to maximize their profits.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
10:25 AM

Does this mean Wales also loses ITV2+1 like it lost CITV, now that they will share the same slot?

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Gruff's 1 post GB flag

10:27 AM

Gruff: I suspect the closure of S4C2 will actually provide a space for both CITV and ITV2+1, but this has not yet been confirmed by anyone.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
3:50 PM

Explain to me how UTV covers Belfast, Londonderry, Ballycastle & Castlederg. When it's broadcast on 3 main transmitter stations and 44 relays.

Answer me a straight question - Will ITV+1 start broadcasting in Scotland and Northern Ireland next Tuesday?

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Sam's 9 posts GB flag

4:26 PM

Sam: Sorry, the "area text" was taken from the ITV blurb I linked to.

UTV is a single region when it comes to the BBC, UTV news and advertising and Channel 4 ad sales, and part of the "network" bit for FIVE.

This was just to explain the complications for ITV1+1 compared with, say, Dave Ja Vu.

I'm expecting there to be UTV+1 and STV+1 from next week, given all the time that has been spent getting this right.

I would expect their complaints departments would be very busy next week otherwise.

But, I've not had an official confirmation.

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