Dave +1 – the one hour timeshift channel for UKTV’s very popular Dave channel – will launch on Freeview channel 25 on the 22nd January. The +1 channel will start broadcasting on Freeview at 2pm on the 22nd January. The broadcast hours for Dave +1 on Freeview will be 8am and 4am every day. It’s thought Dave +1 will just appear on Freeview for a short time before being replaced with another one of their channels in the near future.
The launch date for has been confirmed – CNN International will launch on Freeview this Thursday (15th January). The channel number has also been confirmed as channel 84, and it will be on air 9pm through to 1am every night. Nuts TV will close down for good on Wednesday (14th January).
The rumoured launch date for CNN International on Freeview is the 16th January, as it looks likely Nuts TV will close down on Sky and Freeview on the 15th January. CNN International looks set to air from 9pm-1am on Freeview as this will use the same timeslot Nuts TV currently uses. However, the channel called “GEMSTV1” could leave Freeview which would free up 7pm-9pm as well – meaning CNN could run from 7pm through to 1am every night. It’s rumoured CNN International might actually have a 24 hour slot on Freeview, but this hasn’t been clarified by anyone yet. More news on CNN’s Freeview launch as we get it.
Super Casino – the NetPlay TV channel – is now available on Freeview channel 48. The channel available 24 hours a day. Super Casino was originally restricted to only broadcasting on Nuts TV (channel 42). Nuts TV closes down later this month to be replaced with CNN International.
ITV’s catch up TV service ITV Player is launching on Virgin Media soon, it has been announced. Virgin Media has reached a deal with ITV to offer the service on its TV service. A press release on Virgin Media’s website today says “the agreement will give ITV its largest ever potential on demand audience, with Virgin Media’s 3.5 million TV customers able to view over 40 hours of top quality programming from ITV1, 2, 3 and 4 each week”. Programmes will be available on Virgin Media’s Catch Up TV On Demand service for seven days after they’re broadcast.
There’ll also be a catalogue of old programmes available in Virgin Media’s TV Choice On Demand section – Virgin Media says “viewers will also be able to choose from 500 hours of award-winning ITV comedies, documentaries and dramas, all ready to watch at any time on demand”. The press release says a selection of high definition programmes will also be available On Demand.
The new channel from Discovery called Quest now has a placeholder on the Freeview EPG at channel 47. It’s not known yet what date Quest will start broadcasting from as the programme information just says “coming soon”. The channel may not stay at channel 47 but this is to be confirmed at a later date.
Also, Price-Drop TV (which used to be on channel 24) has been removed from Freeview. Price-Drop TV’s owners Sit-Up were outbid on one of its channel slots earlier this year and decided to remove Price-Drop TV from the Freeview platform (it continues to broadcast on cable and Sky).