Film4’s broadcasting hours will be extended so the channel will now start at 11am daily. This will give them two extra hours a day. The change will happen in March. As Film4 currently timeshares with Gems TV on Freeview it’s not known what effect this will have on Gems TV’s broadcast hours. It’s thought Channel 4’s decision to add 2 hours to Film4’s hours is has been made to boost their submission for one of the HD slots on Freeview to show they are committed to the channel. Film4’s hours will be extended on Virgin Media as well.