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MetalGearRex930 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
I think 4Seven is probably the furthest down the main section of the EPG I've ever got. And I'm skipping a dozen or so shopping channels and overnight +1 channels to get there.


Bar the main channels (1-5 and BBC Four) and the NC/Sky News/RT/AJE, It's only Vintage TV and Dave that I've paid that much attention out of these Freeview multichannels. I'm also watching 5STAR for Wentworth Prison, but wouldn't watch it at all otherwise.

I don't think there's been a decent multichannel launch since the days of Virgin 1/Channel One and ABC1.

ABC1 was decent as far as it was concerned, but towards the end, it kept on repeating the same programming over. It never helped that it was limited to a 6pm closing time - made worse by the disjointed use of SDN bandwidth (TUTV, S4C2 and Tele-G were to blame). Eventually that was enough to kill off ABC1.

Out of the recent Freeview channel launches I believe that Spike has been the only one that has appealed to me. TruTV and YourTV have metamorphised into nothing but crime tat over and over.

However, Sky are stepping up their efforts (they now claim that they see value in FTA since 1993) by increasing the budget of Pick, and UKTV plan to get more channels out on Freeview in the future. I feel that, as much as pay TV companies realise the benefits of broadcasting on Freeview, the content should be decent enough. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be the case here. At least Sky has learnt from this - Sky3 used to be awful until it was restructured to add in some aspects of the V1 schedule (namely sci-fi) and reduce the amount of tat that was in full supply back then. And renaming it to Pick in the process to keep the perception of Sky as a pay TV company.

There was a time when new Freeview channels at the time actually had decent content to boot. Out of all of the Freeview channels I tend to watch ITV2, E4, Dave and the BBC News Channel regularly. I'd add in BBC Three had it never been moved online.
Last edited by MetalGearRex on 20 August 2016 4:40pm - 3 times in total
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MetalGearRex930 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
Excellent promo - sadly made technically well in excess of the 576i (544*576) standard that'll end up on air.

Not only that, SDN is completely full, so we'll have to see in two weeks time, whether Blaze will take up already available capacity on COM4, or if ITV will create new space through encoding efficiency.

ITV have problems of their own regarding their Freeview capacity (especially on COM4) - The Store might have had a stay of execution thanks to the Hochanda contract, but it is at the expense of other ITV channels including CITV.
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'Mars.'
MetalGearRex930 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
I thought Hochanda had spun off into its own channel now. a516digital said a 16th stream was being added to I think two of the three SD commercial muxes, though not sure if these have been allocated yet.

The Community Channel has been allocated the 16th COM5 stream, albeit from 10am to midnight.

Hochanda is allocated LCN85, but with COM4 full, it looks like something will have to give, or ITV creating new capacity on the mux. The Hochanda contract on LCN39 has prevented the CITV 9pm extension on Freeview, but if ITV are willing to finally put The Store to rest, we could see an extension of hours across ITV3 and 4 timeshifts and CITV.

November will give us an answer to these potential changes.
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JasonB4,154 posts since 20 Sep 2003
London London
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The new free-to-air channel will offer some of the most popular shows from its channel portfolio, including Pawn Stars, Mountain Men and American Restoration . Programmes start at 3pm on the 20th September.


Sounds riveting.

Haven't these shows turned up on travel channel, quest and spike before?
MetalGearRex930 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
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The new free-to-air channel will offer some of the most popular shows from its channel portfolio, including Pawn Stars, Mountain Men and American Restoration . Programmes start at 3pm on the 20th September.


Sounds riveting.

Haven't these shows turned up on travel channel, quest and spike before?

ITV4 has shown Duck Dynasty, Pawn Stars, Ax Men and Storage Wars, whereas Dave has shown Storage Hunters and American Pickers, all of which came from History.
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'Mars.'
MetalGearRex930 posts since 11 May 2016
London London
Testing FTA on Astra 2G 11082 H 22000 5/6 labelled as 50350.

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Currently no +1 service testing on satellite - indicating that the Blaze+1 placeholder may squat on the EPG in hopes of gaining new capacity on Freeview.
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