ITV4 will broadcast 24 hours a day from the 6th February, according to recent TV listings on the Radio Times website. It’s unclear whether this will be on all platforms, or just Virgin Media and Sky. Due to bandwidth limitations on Freeview, it could mean the hours stay the same on that platform (CITV currently timeshares with the channel on Freeview). However, it is rumoured ITV4 might take the full 24 hour slot on Freeview so it no longer timeshares with CITV, and that CITV may move to the old ABC1 slot (6am to 6pm). Alternatively, ITV4 could take ITV2 +1’s 24 hour slot, and ITV2 +1 could move onto ITV4’s current slot, with CITV running for the remainder of the time. Lots of possibilites – watch this space for more updates.
MTV Flux is closing down on all platforms next week and will be replaced with MTV ONE +1 on Friday 1st February – a timeshifted version of the normal MTV ONE channel. MTV have decided to close MTV Flux in favour of this new +1 channel. Another possible launch next week, is a channel called Clubland TV. A website for All Around The World (the people behind Clubland music releases) has posted an article saying “And finally, be sure to check out the channel listing in the music section on your Sky & Cable boxes on Monday – something rather large is coming to your screens….”. Watch this space.
The current Top Up TV Anytime box can store 160GB’s worth of programming. Top Up TV have now launched a 250GB version, allowing for much more recording space. The 160GB DTR box remains available at £99.99 and the 250GB DTR box is priced at £149.99 (which also includes one month’s subscription to Setanta Sports on DTT). At the time of writing this, the official Top Up TV website doesn’t show the 250GB box, but it is available in Argos stores.
Radio station, Oneword, will cease broadcasting on Freeview this coming Monday. The station has already ceased broadcasting on DAB digital radio. There’s no news yet on as what will replace the station on the Freeview platform. Radio Music Shop closed down last year, and nothing has replaced this yet either.
14th January update – Oneword has now ceased broadcasting on Freeview.
Dmax has appeared on Virgin Media channel 197. Discovery Home & Health +1 (used to air on channel 276) has now ceased broadcasting on Virgin Media.
Virgin Media no longer carries specialist channel Leonardo. The channel has only ever been available in ex-Telewest areas, and has been removed as part of harmonising both ex-NTL and ex-Telewest areas. Leonardo is currently displaying an information slide informing customers the channel is no longer available (ex-Telewest only).