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New channel CCXTV launching 15th April

CCXTV launches on Wednesday 15th April, on Freeview.

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Interceptor
But the soap will be cheap to buy in and achieves the purpose of filling a channel that will be ditched the moment another broadcaster buys the channel and secures channel 23.

It definitely has the feel of a channel created for EPG switching purposes.

For the benefit of anyone who doesn't already understand how the move works. Imagine at the start you have...
No. 12: Channel a - owned by broadcaster x
No. 55: Channel b - owned by broadcaster y

Broadcaster x wants to sell their number 12 slot to y but can't due to rules. So x waits until a new slot becomes available (No. 42 in this example). They buy this slot and launch a new channel 'c'.

Then whilst following the rules they swap the positions of channels 'a' and 'c', resulting in...
No. 12: Channel c - owned by broadcaster x
No. 42: Channel a - owned by broadcaster x
No. 55: Channel b - owned by broadcaster y

With the first swap done channel 'c' is then sold off to broadcaster 'y'. This is then followed by broadcaster 'y' swapping the positions of their channels 'b' and 'c' to give.

No. 12: Channel b - owned by broadcaster y
No. 42: Channel a - owned by broadcaster x
No. 55: Channel c - owned by broadcaster y

With the EPG positions all switched channel 'c' has fulfilled its purpose. Chances are it'll be closed down and become a "channel 'a' +1" channel.

Similar past swaps have included the community channel, and more recently with the UKTV/Discovery split.

I think this is looking more likely to be going down the 'gradual transition' route, where the channel can be sold whole but the format of the channel can only change gradually.

In the case of The Big Deal, they went from having a 4 hour slot overnight to having an 18/24 hour stream (I have a feeling it was 12noon to 6am). The channel was renamed to MovieMix but was still categorised as Shopping/Participation, so most of the airtime was temporarily sold to Sit-up who used it to simulcast Speed Auction (the only time Speed Auction was on Freeview). Every night around Midnight a film would air, followed sometimes by a second one or some filler programming from Film24 (weirdly the only presentation was a 'The Big Deal' ident).

The channel could then change to showing films full time through the 'gradual change' rules, and was sold to Sony.

As I understand it b showing a massive chunk of Shopping programming Ideal World can claim that CCXTV is mostly shopping with some general entertainment, before in a few months changing to mostly/completely Entertainment. They can then sell CCXTV off to whichever company who can immediately use it either for a new entertainment channel, an existing entertainment channel not on Freeview or an existing Freeview customer can use it to cascade up the EPG, like you describe.
MI
TheMike Central (East) East Midlands Today
But the soap will be cheap to buy in and achieves the purpose of filling a channel that will be ditched the moment another broadcaster buys the channel and secures channel 23.

It definitely has the feel of a channel created for EPG switching purposes.

For the benefit of anyone who doesn't already understand how the move works. Imagine at the start you have...
No. 12: Channel a - owned by broadcaster x
No. 55: Channel b - owned by broadcaster y

Broadcaster x wants to sell their number 12 slot to y but can't due to rules. So x waits until a new slot becomes available (No. 42 in this example). They buy this slot and launch a new channel 'c'.

Then whilst following the rules they swap the positions of channels 'a' and 'c', resulting in...
No. 12: Channel c - owned by broadcaster x
No. 42: Channel a - owned by broadcaster x
No. 55: Channel b - owned by broadcaster y

With the first swap done channel 'c' is then sold off to broadcaster 'y'. This is then followed by broadcaster 'y' swapping the positions of their channels 'b' and 'c' to give.

No. 12: Channel b - owned by broadcaster y
No. 42: Channel a - owned by broadcaster x
No. 55: Channel c - owned by broadcaster y

With the EPG positions all switched channel 'c' has fulfilled its purpose. Chances are it'll be closed down and become a "channel 'a' +1" channel.

Similar past swaps have included the community channel, and more recently with the UKTV/Discovery split.

I think this is looking more likely to be going down the 'gradual transition' route, where the channel can be sold whole but the format of the channel can only change gradually.

In the case of The Big Deal, they went from having a 4 hour slot overnight to having an 18/24 hour stream (I have a feeling it was 12noon to 6am). The channel was renamed to MovieMix but was still categorised as Shopping/Participation, so most of the airtime was temporarily sold to Sit-up who used it to simulcast Speed Auction (the only time Speed Auction was on Freeview). Every night around Midnight a film would air, followed sometimes by a second one or some filler programming from Film24 (weirdly the only presentation was a 'The Big Deal' ident).

The channel could then change to showing films full time through the 'gradual change' rules, and was sold to Sony.

As I understand it b showing a massive chunk of Shopping programming Ideal World can claim that CCXTV is mostly shopping with some general entertainment, before in a few months changing to mostly/completely Entertainment. They can then sell CCXTV off to whichever company who can immediately use it either for a new entertainment channel, an existing entertainment channel not on Freeview or an existing Freeview customer can use it to cascade up the EPG, like you describe.

Since Big Deal morphed over several years into Sony Movies, the Freeview EPG rules are much looser.

The licence for CCX TV just needs to transfer to another broadcaster and it can straight away become something else.

A tantalising thought: this looks like something that has been set up to run for a few months, rather than a few weeks or to just squat for a few hours overnight like "TCC" - which was a ruse to get Blaze up the EPG.

As CCX is on ArqA/COM5, what if this is holding a place for Sky Arts, pending Ofcom consideration of the current rule restricting Sky to just three streams on that multiplex (formerly known as MuxC)?
TT
TellyTime
The website is up:

https://www.ccxtv.co.uk/

CCX TV brings a mix of timeless comedy, original and classic drama, award-winning documentaries and brand-new content to the UK. Daytime will give you a glimpse into the lives of celebrities, while in the evening you can share your time with brand new episodes of the Bold & the Beautiful and acclaimed dramas, including Ray Winston in Fox, Nick Berry in Harbour Lights and James Nesbitt in Murphy’s Law.

Documentaries include True Crime strands, commemorations of the world wars and some of the greatest moments in history of the last hundred years. Timeless comedies have a home in peak with Sid James in Bless this house, the original series of Men Behaving Badly, the late Bruce Forsyth in Trippers Day, Windsor Davis and Donald Synden in Never the Twain and Maureen Lipman and Anne Reid in Ladies of Letters. Plus, a new series featuring top American stand Up Dave Hill and his unique brand of humour.

Join us every day, from 7am, for a fun, informative and exciting schedule of new and classic content, on Freeview channel 23!
CW
Charlie Wells Moderator Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
The website is up:

https://www.ccxtv.co.uk/

[[SNIP]]

Join us every day, from 7am, for a fun, informative and exciting schedule of new and classic content, on Freeview channel 23![/i]

I think the last line is probably the most telling, or to quote the big text at the top (complete with typo)...
" ON FREVIEW CHANNEL 23 "

I'm not entirely certain whether this website is completely genuine given the typo and current lack of company registered business details. There's also no update on Freeview's service updates web page to confirm whether this means Ideal World will be moving to channel 95 as a result of the apparent swap.
"Listen, we've all got something to bring to this conversation, but from now on what I think you should bring is silence." - Rimmer
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TellyTime
The website is up:

https://www.ccxtv.co.uk/

[[SNIP]]

Join us every day, from 7am, for a fun, informative and exciting schedule of new and classic content, on Freeview channel 23![/i]

I think the last line is probably the most telling, or to quote the big text at the top (complete with typo)...
" ON FREVIEW CHANNEL 23 "

I'm not entirely certain whether this website is completely genuine given the typo and current lack of company registered business details. There's also no update on Freeview's service updates web page to confirm whether this means Ideal World will be moving to channel 95 as a result of the apparent swap.


Why would you think that?

Create & Craft is already confirmed to be moving to channel 95:

https://www.createandcraft.com/gb/freeview
AG
AxG Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
The website is up:

https://www.ccxtv.co.uk/

[[SNIP]]

Join us every day, from 7am, for a fun, informative and exciting schedule of new and classic content, on Freeview channel 23![/i]

I think the last line is probably the most telling, or to quote the big text at the top (complete with typo)...
" ON FREVIEW CHANNEL 23 "

I'm not entirely certain whether this website is completely genuine given the typo and current lack of company registered business details. There's also no update on Freeview's service updates web page to confirm whether this means Ideal World will be moving to channel 95 as a result of the apparent swap.

Honestly the FAQ page is informative. https://www.ccxtv.co.uk/faq
ethanjbrady89, Josh and TheMike gave kudos
LL
London Lite Founding member London London
No expense spared using a Wix template.
AN
all new Phil Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
In all honesty it looks better than 50% of the rest of Freeview...
ZE
zeebre12
Why go to the rounds of setting up website/Twitter if this is just a 'placeholder' type channel?
TT
TellyTime
Logo design by Bella & George, idents and OSP by Xrayvision.

https://twitter.com/Xrayvision_TV/status/1250348136347742215
Last edited by TellyTime on 15 April 2020 10:31am
CW
Charlie Wells Moderator Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Why go to the rounds of setting up website/Twitter if this is just a 'placeholder' type channel?

Because the costs of having an 'out of the box' website and twitter are fairly minimal, and prevents someone else from registering them and spoofing their brand. The website is still pretty dire, and whilst they've fixed the "freview" typo the page titles still include " | Mysite" on the browser tabs.
"Listen, we've all got something to bring to this conversation, but from now on what I think you should bring is silence." - Rimmer
TT
TellyTime
Our latest project is the launch of CCX TV, for Ideal Shopping Direct. Expanding from traditional TV shopping, into running a dedicated entertainment channel on Freeview, CCX TV has been a brilliant project for MPB. Not only are we running the channel operations but we have also acquired all the content for the channel, working with our old friend Andrew Burns, created all the branding (working with the brilliant Andy Wright from Bella & George). CCX is the new home of entertainment on Freeview and sees the return of 'The Bold & The Beautiful" to UK televisions for the first time in 10 years. CCX TV launches tomorrow, 15th April 2020.

https://www.mediapaediabroadcast.com/single-post/2020/04/14/Happy-Birthday-MPB

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