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Travel Channel and Film4+1 comes to Freeview, Film4 to Freeview Light

Two welcome developments for Freeview today. The popular Travel Channel (already on Freesat 405 and Sky 251) starts an evening service, and Film4 moves to all UK transmitters, bringing more choice to homes with the limited Freeview service.

Two welcome developments for Freeview today.   The popular Trav
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42 isn't just the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything, it is where you will now find the Travel Channel on Freeview, from 6pm-10pm.

Scripps Networks (who half own UKTV with the BBC) also broadcast the Food Network on Freeview.

Scripps Networks Jon Sichel told Broadcast "The launch on Freeview represents another milestone in the expansion strategy for Travel Channel as a world-class brand. We want to continue to build awareness of our award-winning content and global brands, and this trial block with Freeview is a great partnership that helps us fulfil that goal" (Travel Channel heads to Freeview Broadcast).

Scripps sister-channel Food Network is currently available via Freeview.

Film4 - Great news for Freeview Light

Homes with Freeview Light will be very pleased indeed to hear that they now have Film4 to watch, as the channel has moved to multiplex PSB2.

Freeview Slot 45 is now allocated to Film4+1, which is on the Full-Service-only multiplex of COM6.

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Thursday, 1 August 2013
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Charles Stuart
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7:36 PM
Bristol

How are they fitting all these channels into the system? Are other channels closing down, is signal compression becoming more efficient or are they compressing channels more (at the same efficiency of compression)?

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Charles Stuart's 152 posts GB
Briantist
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7:41 PM

Charles Stuart: It's Moore's Law in action.

Today the computing power they use can fit nine streams into the PSB2 multiplex - all at full resolution.

As it makes no odds to the decoder, the viewer gets a better picture and more channels.

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Tim
9:13 PM
Weston-super-mare

It does make a difference to the noise performance. A given size chunk of noise will expand more if the original signal is compressed more. If you have marginal reception you can expect interference to be bigger or last longer.

I have a MythTV system and have noticed while editing some recordings that keyframes are getting very far apart, up to 30 seconds during film titles. Not good if you have a splat or if you've just tuned to that channel

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mazbar
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9:17 PM

Briantist: so does this change to film 4 mean that every home will have to retune to keep receiving it ?

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PJH
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10:51 PM

That would indeed be the case mazbar.

Good news for those inflicted with Freeview Light though.

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Mark A.
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10:53 PM
Haywards Heath

It took years to get Channel 4, decades to get Channel 5 and with no warning or wait we now have Film4
with more HD channels to follow.
Done the retune and can't see any reduction in picture quality.
Now all they need to do is squeese in ITV3, ITV4, cITV etc.



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Mark A.
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11:04 PM
Haywards Heath

P.S.
I still have The Spice but no Travel Channel.
Could never watch The Spice, as my receiver was not compatible.

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Friday, 2 August 2013
Ian
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2:23 PM
Hinckley

Not another retune................

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Mick_Dawn
4:19 PM

Brian
Is Film 4 an extra channel on PSB2 or has it replaced one of the +1 channels?

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Briantist
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4:30 PM

Mick_Dawn: it's an extra stream. ITV+1 and c4+1 have better resolution too

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