It’s been announced that Channel 4 +1 HD and 4seven HD will launch on Freeview on the 1st July.
Arqiva say “the channels are available to over 70% of the UK population from our newly launched Freeview HD multiplex. These new channels are additional HD Freeview services on the new ‘COM7’ multiplex and will join the HD channels we already offer including BBC News HD and Al Jazeera English HD”.
It’s been confirmed Channel 4 +1 HD will be on Freeview channel 110 and 4seven HD on Freeview channel 111.
As per the other HD offerings on Freeview, you must have a Freeview HD box to receive these new channels.
It’s not yet known whether Channel 4 +1 HD and 4seven HD will be available on other platforms, but at the moment it seems these launches will be exclusive to Freeview.
It’s possible the two new HD channel launches are placeholders for forthcoming Freeview HD services from Channel 4, such as possible launches of E4 HD and Film4 HD on Freeview.
A brand new Sky Sports channel will launch on the 12th August. Sky Sports 5 is dubbed as “your new home of European football”.
“Sky Sports 5 launches August 12 and will screen over 600 live European football matches next season featuring some of the best players, the best teams and the best competitions. Sky Sports 5 will be the seventh channel from Sky Sports and will be the home of European Qualifiers, UEFA Champions League, La Liga and Copa del Rey for Sky Sports viewers, plus a host of other European football programming including Revista De La Liga and Champions League Weekly”
As a promotion to mark the launch of Sky Sports 5, Sky are giving customers free Sky Broadband Unlimited for two years when they register & activate the new channel.
A placeholder for Sky Sports 5 can currently be found on Sky channel 407.
ITV Encore launches tomorrow, Monday 9th June.
The new channel from ITV launches as a Sky exclusive channel.
ITV Encore will showcase the best of ITV drama.
123 – ITV Encore HD is on channel 123, ITV Encore +1 on 193 and the non-HD version of ITV Encore appears on channel 298.
There have also been a couple of other channel number changes to accommodate ITV Encore – Sky Living +1 is now on channel 122, Sky Living It is on channel 222 with its +1 variant on 223. The non-HD version of Sky Arts 2 can be found on channel 297.
It’s been announced that Turner Broadcasting are to launch a UK version of their popular American channel TruTV.
TruTV is Turner’s general entertainment channel in the US.
Broadcast Now reports “the 24-hour channel will air this summer in an unconfirmed slot on the Freeview, Freesat and YouView platforms. Distribution with pay-TV platforms Sky and Virgin Media is expected to be revealed shortly” and also say “the channel is expected to commission UK shows to bolster its existing output, as well as buy up shows from distributors including Endemol and Zodiak Rights”.
The US version of TruTV airs such shows as Storage Hunters, Lizard Lick Towing and Hardcore Pawn.
Turner Broadcasting already air several channels in the UK including CNN, Cartoon Network and TCM.