I guess then no fee at all it paid for the EPG
slot (unlike Sky I think), leading to these ridiculous middle of the night 1 hour +1 channels which are just holding slots for channels which may never launch. Really time Freeview put an end to the practice either by having a minimal number of broadcast hours (as Sky do) or a fee for EPG slots (as I'm sure Sky do).
It's strategic for broadcasters waiting for capacity to become available to get these channels on air at appropriate hours. UKTV have done it before, using Dave ja vu as a placeholder for Really and Drama, and ITV had been waiting to get sufficient capacity for ITV3+1. But it's of no benefit for the viewer, particularly if these channels only broadcast for an hour.
Tend to agree, but we might just as well wait for the 700mhz clearance detail first. Freeview will by then have an effective max number of channels that wont change much and can plan accordingly.
Freeview is almost at full capacity, and the only way SDN and Arqiva can squeeze more capacity on COM4, 5 and 6 is through encoding efficiency, though not by much.
Blaze's launch has demonstrated how constrained the current bandwidth system is on DTT
By the time the switch to DVBT2 is complete we can see more channels appear on Freeview, particularly those available on Freesat.