Further details for 30th Sept retune

It was confirmed earlier this month where channels will be moving to when the national retune takes place on the 30th September, but some channels were absent from the announcement – the Top Up TV download channels.

It’s been confirmed Top Up TV Anytime 1-4 will be moving from channel 38-41 to channel 307-310. Read the official retune briefing from Digital UK.

It’s also now been confirmed any HD channels when they launch on Freeview will appear from channel 50 upwards.

National retune coming 30th September

There will be a national Freeview retune on the 30th September – your set top box will need to be fully rescanned in order to keep all your channels. The retune is necessary because of upgrades to the Freeview platform.

You will need to rescan at midday on the 30th September to ensure your viewing is not interrupted. The upgrades will allow HD channels to broadcast on Freeview in the future.

An on-screen overlay is currently appearing on the BBC channels, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five giving details of the retune. Freeview+ receivers should rescan automatically.

The following changes will take place;

– Five will be more widely available across the country (the official Freeview website says “more than 500,000 Freeview homes will be able to receive Five for the first time; and these improvements will ensure that Five will be available to all Freeview homes at the point of switchover”).

– Coverage of BBC1, BBC2, ITV1 and Channel 4 will be further improved.

– Quest (the new channel from Discovery) will launch on channel 38 after having been postponed earlier this year – the official Freeview site says “it will be available to the majority of Freeview homes”.

There will be some losses after the retune though;

– Some viewers won’t be able to receive ITV3 and ITV4 (the official Freeview website says “a small percentage of homes will find they lose these services after retuning”).

– Community Channel will no longer be available in areas that have already gone through digital switchover.

– Viewers in England and Wales will lose ITV2+1.

The retune is even more essential for BBC Radio listeners in Border, Westcountry and parts of Wales – you will lose BBC Radio services until you retune.

Several channels will change their channel numbers;

– Price-Drop TV will move from channel 43 to 37
– Quest will move from channel 47 to 38
– Super Casino will move from channel 48 to 39
– Rocks & Co will move from channel 49 to 40
– Smile TV 2 will move from channel 33 to 94
– Smile TV 3 will move from channel 37 to 95
– Babestation will move from channel 42 to 96
– Partyland will move from channel 50 to 97
– Television X will move from channel 97 to 98

ITV1 +1 launch delayed until further notice

Digital Spy reports ITV1’s timeshift channel +1 will not launch on the 1st October as previously announced. They say it’s been delayed “until further notice” probably because of “concerns over the Contract Rights Renewal mechanism”. Click here for more details from Digital Spy. ITV1 +1 was rumoured to launching on Freeview as well as Virgin Media and Sky.

CBS to launch UK channels

American broadcaster CBS will be launching six channels in the UK. This will be the first time it has ever had channels in the UK – it usually just licenses programmes out to other channels. In a deal with Chellomedia, the six new CBS channels should launch on Sky, Virgin Media and Freesat before the end of the year. The new channels will replace the existing Chellomedia-owned Zone channels – Zone Romantica, Zone Thriller, Zone Horror (and the +1 channel) and Zone Reality (and the +1 channel).

The CBS channels will all be CBS branded, but it’s not been confirmed what the channel names will be yet. The new channels will have access to the CBS Studio International back catalogue (Broadcast Now reports this includes “content from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming to more than 200 markets”) which includes Star Trek, Dynasty and possibly such shows as the Late Show With David Letterman and the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.

ITV1 +1 to launch 1st October

ITV1 +1 – a one hour timeshifted version of ITV1 – will be launching on Virgin TV and Sky on the 1st October. The new channel will be on air 10.25am-7am daily – it will not air a timeshifted version of GMTV.

With regards to what region ITV1 +1 will be – Digital Spy reports “six regional variants will be transmitted: London; “South East Macro” encompassing Meridian and Anglia; “West Macro” encompassing Wales, West and West Country; Central; a single region for Yorkshire and Tyne Tees; and a further single region for Granada and Border”. ITV1 +1 will not be available in Scotland, Northern Ireland or the Channel Islands.

No Freeview launch has been confirmed.