UKTV Documentary has been rebranded as Eden. It’s available on Virgin channel 208. Other UKTV channels rebranding soon are UKTV People which becomes Blighty on the 17th February, and UKTV History will rebrand as Yesterday in March.
Directgov – the text information service from the government – has launched on Freeview channel 106. You will need to rescan your set top box to pick up this service.
Dave +1 launched on Freeview channel 25 yesterday. The channel is a one-hour timeshift version of Dave. You need to rescan your set top box to pick up the channel. You may need to carry out a full rescan instead of just an Add Channels if you have trouble picking up Dave +1. It will be on air from 8am through to 4am every day.
NetPlay TV – owners of Super Casino that was recently launched on Freeview – have added another channel to the Freeview EPG on channel 49. The channel is simply called NetPlay TV. It’s not 100% known what will broadcast on it, but it has been spotted at certain times of the day it has been showing infomercials (Teleshopping). More news as we get it. Rocks & Co was expected to launch on this channel number on the 22nd January, so perhaps Rocks & Co will just air on this NetPlay TV channel sharing it with other things.
A blank channel for Directgov has appeared on Freeview channel 106. It’s thought this will be a text service. The channel has programme information – it says “‘Public Service all in one place”. More news as we get it.
A date for Rocks & Co’s Freeview launch has been announced. The channel will start broadcasting on Freeview on the 22nd January. It’s also been announced Rocks & Co will air from 4pm to 9pm daily, and it will be on channel 49.
Setanta’s catchup service known as Setanta Replay has been added to Virgin TV’s On Demand service from today. The press release on the official Virgin Media website says “the launch of Setanta Replay on Virgin Media offers a range of sports content, including the latest Barclays Premier League games, FA Cup matches, England home friendlies and World Cup qualifiers and means Virgin Media customers will never have to miss the big match again”. Content will be available for up to 7 days after the live broadcasts.
With regards to costs, the press release states “all customers on ‘XL’ TV package will have access to Setanta Replay at no additional cost. Customers on ‘M’ or ‘L’ TV packages can subscribe to TV Choice and get a whole range of on demand content, including Setanta Replay, for just £7 per month”.
CNN International started broadcasting on Freeview for the first time tonight. It’s available on channel 84, 9pm to 1am every night. Also, Nuts TV has been removed.
News channel Russia Today has secured a Freeview slot and will be added soon. The channel’s timeslot on Freeview will be very restricted – just a few hours – but there’s no more information on this at the moment. More news on Russia Today’s Freeview launch when we get it.