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Channel 5 +1 to launch early December on Freeview and Freesat

The one-hour timeshift of Channel 5 will start shortly on Freeview, Freesat and Sky and via Virgin Media next year.

The one-hour timeshift of Channel 5 will start shortly on Freev
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According to Richard Desmond to launch Channel 5+1 - Media - guardian.co.uk and Channel 5+1 to launch next month - News - Broadcast, Channel 5 +1 will launch within weeks.

"We are extremely proud of where Channel 5 currently sits in terms of its viewers, its commercial opportunities and the spread of its content across a variety of platforms," says Jeff Ford, director of programming for C5.



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Thursday, 3 November 2011
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Steve P
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8:40 PM

I wish BBC did +1

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Ian
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9:13 PM
Hinckley

They do come in handy at times, but on a restricted platform such as Freeview???

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Briantist
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11:40 PM

Steve P: Again, the problem for the BBC is the many regions on BBC One and BBC Two.

It does seem odd that the BBC has never even tried it.

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Briantist
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11:42 PM

Ian: It is probably more worth it for a channel with a large number of viewers (like Channel 5) than for the smaller channels like Dave or PICKTV.

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Friday, 4 November 2011
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fab
11:22 AM
Aberdeen

Agree with Ian. With reasonably cheap freeview recorders available that can record two other channels, do we really need the +1 channels? Id rather have different channels.

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Steve P
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12:05 PM

Brian - (any relation to Lord Butterworth btw?) - I'm sure we could settle on London for the +1s - or the regions in turn!

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Briantist
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12:59 PM

fab: It is true that people can easily create their own +1 channel, but when it comes down to it most of the +1 channels pick up about 10% of the original audience, and for the larger channels this is worth it from the advertisers point of view.

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Briantist
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1:04 PM

Steve P: (No). As I say, it odd that the BBC run whole satellites full of "red button" streams, and yet don't run +1 channels.

I guess it might just be too costly on the rights front?

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Mike Dimmick
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3:23 PM

Perhaps this is the reason for the increase in capacity on ArqB. Or it could be on ArqA, as I believe the last switched-over transmitter still running Mux C is Sandy Heath, and that will change over to 64QAM 2/3 on 23 November, on its final channel and power level, according to Digital UK's postcode checker.

Either of those options would require a sub-lease from the BBC's pre-DSO Mux B capacity for the regions yet to switch (no chance they launch without London!)

Another alternative is that G.O.L.D. will get kicked off Mux A, as Top-Up TV is ulimately only borrowing Channel 5's capacity, as I understand it. TUTV aren't currently promoting G.O.L.D. as part of their subscriptions.

Channel 5 +1 is very unlikely to join the main channel on Mux 2/D3&4. The precedent is that timeshifts are not treated as qualifying services. Channel 4 +1 and all the regional ITV1 +1s are licenced under Digital Television Programme Service licences. That means that even if ITV and Channel 4 had capacity, they would have to ask Ofcom's permission to carry C5+1. ITV plc lost a slot to allow Channel 5 on in the first place; there is about one slot of spare capacity if Ofcom would get their backsides in gear and kick the remnants of Teletext off the mux, but you'd have to assume that would revert to ITV.

Of course C5 do have a regional advertising structure, which could complicate things.

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Mark A.
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4:28 PM
Haywards Heath

Channel 5+1 = Channel 6
but
5* = 5 x 0 = Channel zero
5*+1 = 5 x +1 = 5x1 = Channel 5

5 USA = 5 US + A

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