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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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Saturday, 8 January 2011

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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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

7:19 PM

OK, I have confirmation now. STV and UTV are included, both on Freeview and satellite.

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10:01 PM

Will ITV+1 be HD?

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Alan's 11 posts GB flag
Sunday, 9 January 2011
Les Nicol

9:08 AM

Brian - "Freesat" as well as SKY ?

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Mark A.

1:08 PM
Haywards Heath

For Sky users press Services, 4 (System Setup), 4 (Add Chaqnnels) then;
Frequency 10.891 GHz
Polarisation H
Symbol rate 22 (Mbaud)
F.E.C. 5/6
10125 = ITV1+1 Ulster (Testcard only)
10145 = ITV1+1 Central West
10155 = ITV1+1 London

Frequency 10.906 GHz
Polarisation V
Symbol rate 22 (Mbaud)
F.E.C. 5/6
10225 = ITV1+1 STV West
10255 = ITV1+1 Granada
10265 = ITV1+1 Meridian South

Alol channels have DOGs except during the addverts
STV had DOGs also with the addverts.
Ulster, testcard only so may or may not have a DOG.

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6:54 PM

Alan: No, ITV1+1 won't be HD.

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6:55 PM

Les Nicol: Yes, this will be all systems: Freeview, cable, Sky, Freesat.

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6:55 PM

Mark A.: You don't usually see new channels on the Sky EPG until they actually launch.

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8:37 PM

I was told one of the reasons why some broadcasters launch "+1" duplicates of their channels is just to get more advertising revenue. Wouldn't they get the same advertising revenue by launching HD simulcasts of their channels?

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