Freeview growth prompts channel reshuffle

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Freeview, the UK's digital terrestrial platform, is today reshuffling its channel line-up in order to accommodate a string of recent channel launches. The reshuffle will result in channels being organised by genre, and some channels will have three digits for the first time.

Owners of Freeview's set-top boxes or integrated digital televisions with a Freeview tuner will either receive an automatic channel update, or will need to re-scan.

Changes to the electronic programme guide (EPG), the biggest since Freeview launched in October, 2002, will see Teletext's main information service move from channel 9 to the new channel 100, next to its TV guide on 101 and holidays service on 102.

The channel 9 slot goes to BBC Four, while ITV3 takes the old BBC Four slot at channel 10.

Children's channels move to 70-79, and news channels to 80-89. Radio stations are in the 700s, while interactive services are in the 300s.

The Freeview reshuffle takes place a week before Sky is set to introduce its new EPG line-up. According to Digital Spy, the broadcast industry news site, Sky will begin to roll out its new Sky Guide next Monday.

The new EPG will re-group Sky's 480 channels over 16 categories, with new categories for lifestyle, religion, shopping, gaming and adult channels. Digital Spy said further changes, including a reshuffle of channel numbers would follow on November 29.

Lovelace Consulting  |  18.10.2005

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