ITV1+1 11 January 2011 (at last)
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 oneIt 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 oneBack at channel 3, the ITV1 channel has many advert regions. STV, which runs the channel in Scotland, divides into four:
- STV Dundee: Dundee, Perth, St Andrews
- STV Aberdeen: Aberdeen, Inverness, Wick
- STV Edinburgh: Edinburgh, Livingstone, Dunfermline
- STV Glasgow: Glasgow, Stirling, Ayr, Fort William
UTV operates only a single service in Northern Ireland (covering Belfast, Londonderry, Ballycastle, Castlederg). ITV plc has the following advertising regions:
- Border: Carlisle, Dumfries, Kendal
- TTTV Pontop Pike: Sunderland, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Gateshead, Berwick-upon-Tweed
- TTTV Bilsdale: Whitby, Darlington, Hartlepool
- Granada: Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool, Lancaster
- YTV Emley Moor: Bradford, Leeds, York, Doncaster
- YTV Belmont: Grimsby, Lincoln, Scarborough, Skegness
- Wales: Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Llandudno
- West: Bristol, Bath, Yeovil, Bridgewater, Taunton
- WestCountry: Plymouth, Exeter, Torquay, Truro, Penzance
- Central West: Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Shrewsbury, Coventry
- Central East: Nottingham, Leicester, Derby
- Central South: Oxford, Swindon, Cheltenham, Gloucester
- Anglia North: Kings Lynn, Norwich, Great Yarmouth
- Anglia South: Ipswich, Felixstowe
- Anglia West: Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Peterborough
- London: Guildford, Woking, High Wycombe, Dartford
- Meridian Kent: Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone
- Meridian Sussex: Brighton, Eastbourne, Worthing
- Meridian Thames Valley: Basingstoke, Andover
- Meridian Hampshire: Southampton, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Poole, Bournemouth
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 allocationsThe 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 transmittersAs 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 satelliteFreesat 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 informationAny further questions, please contact ITV on 0844 881 4150.
On Virgin Media ITV1+1 is 114.
Gordon: You should be able to get multiplex D as much as any other. I would have a look at Single frequency interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .
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Hopefully YouView will kill off all of the +1 channels eventually (although I'm sure it will take a depressingly long time). If that does happen, it would be lovely if the space reclaimed could be used for more HD channels. One can only hope.
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Braintist wrote: "No matter how many +1 channels are "removed", it won't create space for a single additional HD channel."
OK then, what about having some new channels albeit in SD from companies like CBS like Horror Channel and CBS Drama etc? Do you think that would be a good idea if CBS was willing to have the channels on Freeview if there was the space to?
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Josh: the problem is down to the law surrounding digital terrestrial broadcasting. Mux 2 (also known as PSB2, D3+4 after switchover) is required to be licensed to a consortium of Channel 3 companies and Channel 4 Television Corporation, and it may only be used by them to host channels run by Channel 3 companies (ITV plc, STV, Ulster TV, Channel TV) or Channel 4. They are required to host Five (main channel only) and, in Wales, S4C.
ITV plc runs multiplex A/COM4/SDN (bought from S4C in 2005). Arqiva run multiplexes C and D. For competition reasons - since ITV is a broadcaster and Arqiva owns the masts - they are not supposed to discriminate against channel operators, operating free auctions when a slot becomes available. They're certainly not supposed to force out existing channels. The regulator plays no part in deciding what channels are available on the commercial multiplexes.
Freeview Limited is just a marketing company, co-owned by the BBC, ITV plc, Channel 4 Corporation, BSkyB and Arqiva.
ITV plc *could* move ITV4 to D3+4 in place of ITV1+1. Channel 4 could move Film4 or 4Music in place of C4+1. This would free space on Mux D (COM6/ArqB) for more channels, but they would then be auctioned to the highest bidder.
Looking at the BARB statistics, ITV1+1 had already managed a 0.4% share for the launch week, ending 16 January. In comparison, on satellite and cable, the CBS channels you mention only achieved 0.1% each, so you'd think they'd struggle to pay as much for the slot as ITV do - ITV4 got 1.0%. C4+1 achieved 0.9%, Film4 got 1.0% and 4Music 0.3%, so C4+1 is worth nearly as much as Film4 and a lot more than 4Music, and costs fractions of the amount to run.
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