According to reports, Five Life and the CBBC Channel will both be extending their hours. Five Life will be running until midnight (instead of 11pm) and the CBBC Channel will probably extend to 9pm (instead of 7pm). It’s not known if these changes will occur on Freeview or just on the other platforms they’re on – as it would have knock-on effects on Freeview. For example, the CBBC Channel timeshares with BBC THREE’s bandwidth on DTT, so it would mean either BBC THREE would have to change its hours to start at 9pm instead of 7pm, or they would have to do some changes to their channel space on the DTT platform. Five Life has a similiar issue – whereby Television X shares with Five Life on DTT (Television X starts at 11pm when Five Life ends at the moment). More info is available at Broadcast Now.
Channel 4 +1 will launch on the 20th August, it has been confirmed. The channel is likely to replace either Film4 +1 or E4 +1 on Freeview.
Virgin Media have confirmed rumours of receiving a takeover bid – of which is thought to be from a private equity firm. Virgin Media said – in a press statement – “Virgin Media Inc. announced today that it has received a proposal to acquire 100% of the common stock of the Company. The Company has not engaged in negotiations with the offeror”. More news on this as it develops.
A couple of new channels were added to Virgin Media a few days ago – Animal Planet +1 and Discovery Home & Health +1 – on channels 216 and 276. Also, the Performance channel has been closed down where it was available in ex-Telewest areas.