Other changes this week

Babestation has launched on channel 42. You may need to rescan your Freeview box to pick it up. It’s on air 1am to 6am daily. Also, SmileTV3 has launched on channel 37, which airs midnight to 8am daily. Other changes from earlier this week include Big Deal moving to channel 32 (10pm to 5am daily), SmileTV1 closing, new Teletext text service Mobilizer launching on channel 109 and Virgin1 +1 reducing their hours to 6pm to 1am.

Teletext preparing for digital-only service

Digital Spy is reporting how Teletext is preparing to become a digital-only service once the analogue services are switched off. Digital Spy says “Teletext is to cut up to 16 jobs after turning over some editorial and administrative functions to the Press Association… Ofcom questioned the need for a public service teletext licence beyond 2014, and permitted Teletext to dramatically cut the number of national and regional news pages it publishes”. Read more at Digital Spy.

‘Rabbit’ has launched

The new interactive dating & chat service from Teletext – ‘Rabbit’ – has launched on Freeview channel 102. The channel used to be home to Teletext Cars but was renamed to ‘Rabbit’ on the EPG recently. The ‘Rabbit’ service has now launched. The service enables viewers to text in and get their messages put on-screen and also allows them to send in pictures of themselves & have them displayed on the channel. ‘Rabbit’ is very much like one of those Sky dating channels. It’s all done using MHEG technology so it’s quite impressive what features it has when you think it’s only an MHEG application.

‘Rabbit’ placeholder appears; Teletext Cars removed

Teletext Cars – the interactive service from Teletext – has been removed and replaced with a placeholder message for the new interactive dating service ‘Rabbit’ on channel 102. ‘Rabbit’ is thought to be launching this month. Teletext Cars had been dormant on Freeview for a while.