ITVBe – the new entertainment, reality and lifestyle channel from ITV – has launched on Freeview (channel 26), Freesat (channel 118), Sky (channel 179) and Virgin Media (channel 119).
The channel is now home to the likes of The Only Way Is Essex, The Real Housewives of Orange County and Dinner Date.
The new channel is aimed predominantly towards young females.
On the 3rd September several channels moved to new channel numbers on Freeview.
The changes affected children’s and news channels, and have been necessary to allow future entertainment services to launch.
You’ll need to retune your Freeview box for the new channel positions to take effect. If you don’t retune the channels will still appear on their old numbers.
See below for full details of where to find your favourite channels after the retune:
CBS Action will be available on Freeview for the first time from the 1st October. It will launch on Freeview channel 90.
Chief Business Development Officer Tanya Gugenheim said “following the successful launch of CBS Reality on DTT in April, we are excited that CBS Action is now also going to be available to Freeview homes. CBS Action showcases the best in action dramas and sci-fi, so a really great fit with the Freeview audience”.
CBS Action launched on Sky and Virgin Media back in 2009.
ITV’s new free-to-air channel ITVBe will launch in October, it has been announced.
ITVBe launches on the 8th October on Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin Media.
“The new channel will be dedicated to lifestyle and entertainment programming, celebrating real life and real people. ITVBe will be the exclusive home of The Only Way Is Essex as well as other UK original commissions and a range of American acquired shows as previously announced”.
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.
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.
Bid Shopping (sit-up TV) have gone into administration.
Their two shopping channels Shop At Bid and Price Drop have ceased broadcasting as of yesterday, Thursday 17th April.
Bid was rebranded as Shop At Bid last month but this wasn’t enough to save the company.
Retail Week reports “KPMG has been appointed administrator to the company… it will cease to trade with immediate effect, making 229 redundancies” and that KPMG says the collapse is due to “a significant and unexpected” fall in sales over the last month.
It’s not yet clear what will happen with the two Freeview slots the channels used to occupy, but they will likely be put back up for public sale.
CBS Reality is now available on Freeview.
The channel launched on the platform on the 2nd April.
It can be found on Freeview channel 66.
The new local TV channel for London launches tonight, from 6.30pm.
London Live is available on Freeview channel 8, Sky channel 117 and Virgin Media channel 159.
The channel will only be available in London and the surrounding areas, and will show local news, current affairs, sports, arts, events and entertainment.
However, if you’re not in or around London (or just can’t get to a TV) you can watch a live stream of the channel at www.londonlive.co.uk.
As well as original programming, London Live will also air repeats of shows from other broadcasters including the BBC’s popular Twenty Twelve series.
London Live is owned and run by ESTV (London Evening Standard) who won the London franchise bid from Ofcom in February 2013.
Click here to read the London Evening Standard’s article on the channel launch.
Click here to visit the official website for London Live.
Pop is launching on Freeview tomorrow, Thursday 20th March.
The channel, owned by the CSC Media Group, has been available since 2003 on Sky.
You’ll need to retune your Freeview box to receive Pop – it will be on Freeview channel 75.