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New channel coming to Freeview - Drama from 8 July

It's back-to-the-future time for UKTV. Once there was a channel called UKTV Drama, but it chanced its name to Alibi back in 2008. But from 8th July 2013, there will be a new Freeview channel called Drama.

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Freeview slot 20 25 (more than likely, replacing Dave Ja Vu) will be filled with a new channel from 8th July 2013, which will be a BBC version of the hugely popular ITV3.

With shows such as Tipping The Velvet, Cranford and Lark Rise To Candleford, Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice (and the odd programme from ITV, such as Catherine Cookson's The Cinder Path and Sean Bean-fronted Sharpe).

Lark Rise To Candleford

"There's a great deal of fantastic content that the Freeview audience hasn't been able to see for a long time," said UKTV controller Emma Tennant.

Drama channel controller Adrian Wills adds "You might think that with 10 channels there's a lot of space to showcase classic drama but, in fact, the channels we have are quite specific, so there was no real space to show the deeper archive. When you look at who else is doing classic drama, it's only ITV3, and it does fantastically well so there's room for more than one".

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Friday, 10 May 2013
3:49 PM

On freeview, one set of channels has a very weak signal (so are impossible to watch) or sometimes don't appear when I retune both my HD digi box and HD TV, this has been the case for a few weeks now I think. The channels involved are the set that includes Yesterday and ITV4. Is there anything I can do? I live in Sheffield city Centre S1 postcode. Thanks

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Sunday, 12 May 2013
Vin Richley
10:50 AM

Is there any chance of having ITV2/3/4 in HD on Freesat and possibly ITV3 in HD on Freeview?

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Vin Richley's 2 posts IN flag

1:01 PM

Vin Richley: The HD channels on satellite for the additional ITV services are subscription only. A similar arrangement exists for commercial channels in Germany, the standard definition services are free to air, the HD services are subscription only. It is a wait and see if ITV3HD is one of the services chosen for carriage on the proposed extra Freeview muxes planned to encourage take up of DVB-T2 equipment.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
7:58 PM

So, the new "Drama" channel is coming to Freeview, why not Freesat seeing as UK TV is part owned by the BBC which started up the Freesat service in the first place, and us 'Freesaters' are also Licence payers. Why did I waste my money on Freesat? Come on BBC be fair to ALL your 'customers !

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Dave Lindsay

8:04 PM

Deehcee: As stated on the UKTV "About" page:

Who We Are and What We Do | About UKTV | UKTV Corporate Site

UKTV is "an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI)."

BBC Worldwide is the commercial arm of the BBC and therefore not funded by the Licence Fee.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

8:06 PM

Deehcee: UKTV is part of the commercial arm of the BBC, so is run for profit, not as a public service which is what the licence fee pays for.The subscription revenue from Sky is greater than any potential increase in advertising revenue that might be expected by being free to air on satellite.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Monday, 24 June 2013
Sara brown
9:56 PM


I saw the advert for it tonight ( 14 july) & it was advertised as channel 20 & not 25

Channel 20 is GOLD

if you are updating dave ja vu why are u replacing it& why did you bring it back in the first place if it is indeed correct that drama is on channel25

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Sara brown's 1 post GB flag

10:10 PM

Sara brown: See UKTV's Drama to be on Freeview 20 | Freeview news | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice please.

UKTV needed to put something in their slot until they could get Drama ready.

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Briantist's 38,908 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 3 July 2013
rob newton
2:21 PM

reference the new drama channel 20

will this be free to view on freeview or will we have to pay as we have to do with GOLD!

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Dave Lindsay

2:35 PM

rob newton: Yes.

Gold is not on Freeview, but is on digital terrestrial television (DTT). It is encrypted and can only be viewed by subscribing to a service such as Top Up TV.

If Drama were to be a subscription channel then it couldn't be on "Freeview", as stated at the top of this page.

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