BBC Parliament will be going full screen on Freeview from the 13th November – as previously rumoured. This will be a good step up for the BBC on Freeview – as the channel is only quarter-screen with an MHEG overlay at the moment – owing to bandwidth restrictions. You will need to rescan your box on the 13th November in order to receive full screen BBC Parliament. More news as we get it.
Channel 4 have sold of the part of their business that runs quiz channel Quiz Call – available on cable, Sky and Freeview. This means they have sold the channel, the cable and Sky EPG positions, but not their valuable Freeview space. Channel 4 have stated they will be keeping the channel space and will not be selling it to the new buyers of Quiz Call – meaning the channel space currently being used by Quiz Call on Freeview will be freed up and used for a new channel. Quiz Call will be removed from Freeview and Channel 4 said they will now use the space on Freeview for another channel – which will be a non-quiz channel. This could mean Film4 +1 could be launched in the short term, or More 4 +1 could make a comeback on Freeview. In the long term, they could launch a new channel like E4 Music (speculated) or an American-acquisitions channel, which was talked about briefly in the past – a channel showing all of Channel 4’s US programming (similar to Five US). It’s not known when Quiz Call will be removed from Freeview, but we would imagine that – when it is – it is replaced by either Film4 +1 or More 4 +1 very quickly. More news as we get it.