DTT & Freeview Updates
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DTT Changes 20 July 2022
Updated Freeview DTT Multiplex slide reflects changes made on 20 July 2022 as follows:
- Fail Army a new HBBTV streaming service has been added at LCN274 on the COM4/SDN mux. The service requires a Freeview Play compatible TV product or another capable of streaming HBBTV.
- CBS Justice has been delisted /removed from LCN69 on the COM6/Arq B mux.
- OD365.TV has been delisted /removed from LCN97 on the G_Man/Local mux serving Manchester only.
- CBS Drama has been delisted /removed from LCN794 on the COM6/Arq B mux and at LCN68 on products that viewers have not retuned.
DTT Changes 29 June - 01 July 2022
Updated Freeview DTT Multiplex slide reflects 22 changes made between 29 June & 01 July. This includes the final closure at 11am of the temporary HD Mux COM7 at UHF55 on 30 June 2022.
7 changes were made on 29 June, 14 on 30 June and 1 smaller one taking place on 01 July. Rather than issuing three slides over these days and to reflect most people retuning on 30 June alone, the single attached slide reflects all the following:
29th June 2022
- LCN 31 : 4Music is replaced by E4 Extra on the COM5/ArqA mux.
- LCN 71 : Quest Red+1 moved from COM7/Arq C to COM6/Arq B
- LCN 83 : Together moves from COM7/Arq C to COM5/ArqA. (It also became a hybrid (HBBTV) service. As a consequence, only viewers with a Freeview Play TV product or another compatible with hybrid broadcast broadband television (HBBTV standard) will be able to watch Together on a 24/7 basis.)
- LCN 91 : That’s TV UK moved from COM7/Arq C to COM6/Arq B
- LCN 95 : Craft Extra is removed the COM4/SDN mux. The service was not broadcasting anything and will be delisted.
- LCN 106 : DELAYED temporarily pending BBC technical changes: BBC Four HD moves from COM7/Arq C to PSB3/BBC-B. This will result in more homes with DVBT2-HD equipment receiving the service.
- LCN 205 : DELAYED temporarily pending BBC technical changes: CBeebies HD moves from COM7/Arq C to PSB3/BBC-B. This will result in more homes with DVBT2-HD equipment receiving the service.
30th June 2022
- LCN 41 : Horror is replaced by Legend on the COM4/SDN mux.
- LCN 65 : FreeSports closes on COM7/Arq C
- LCN 65 : Is taken over by That’s TV UK COM6/ArqB.
- LCN 68 : CBS Drama renamed as Reality Xtra and changes mux from COM6/ArqB to Local/COMUX. This will result in fewer homes receiving this service.
- LCN 69 : CBS Justice has closed on COM6/ArqB.
- LCN 77 : NOW 80s moves from COM7/Arq C to the G_MAN mux, limiting coverage to the Greater Manchester area only.
- LCN 87 : PBS America+1 closes on COM7/Arq C. The main PBS America channel continues at LCN84 on the COM6/ArqB mux.
- LCN 91 : Classic Hits (formerly That’s Music) adopts this LCN and moves from COM7/Arq C to the COM6/ArqB mux.
- LCN 92 : That’s Music closes on COM7/Arq C and as above moves to LCN 91, changes mux and rebrands.
- LCN 96 : Forces TV closes permanently on COM7/Arq C, as well as on all other platforms.
- LCN 107 : BBC News HD closes on COM7/Arq C. The service continues in SD only at LCN 231 on the BBCA/PSB1 mux.
- LCN 111 : QVC HD closes on COM7/Arq C]. The service continues in SD only at LCN 16 on the SDN/COM4 mux.
- LCN 112 : QVC Beauty HD closes on COM7/Arq C]. The service continues in SD only at LCN 37 on the COM6/ArqB mux.
- LCN 114 : Quest HD closes on COM7/Arq C]. The service continues in SD only at LCN 12 on the SDN/COM4 mux.
1st July 2022
- LCN 84 : PBS America adopts extended hours – 1300-0000 (rather than closing at 2300) on the Arq B/COM6 mux.
DTT Changes 25 May 2022
Updated Freeview DTT Multiplex slide includes changes made earlier today 25 May 2022 and as follows:
- Horror Channel moves to LCN41 SDN/COM4 Mux from LCN69 on Arqiva B /COM6 Mux.
- CBS Justice moves to LCN69 on Arqiva B /COM6 from LCN41 SDN/COM4 Mux.
- POP Max closed at LCN208 on the G_Man Mux serving Manchester only.
- POP Player launched at LCN208 as a broadband based streaming service, containing all the output previously broadcast in POP Max on SDN/COM4.
- Kiss Chat and Date at LCN 252 closed on SDN/COM4 Mux.
- Proud Dating at LCN 253 closed on SDN/COM4 Mux.
- Xpanded TV at LCN 694 closed on Arqiva A/COM5Mux.
- Retune Slate for Together TV at LCN 790 is removed (on LCN 83 on un-retuned devices)on Arqiva A/COM5Mux.
Viewers with older Freeview and other DTT products may need to retune to fully adopt the above changes. New equipment may adopt them automatically.
DTT Changes 13 April 2022
Updated Freeview DTT Multiplex Slide with two changes made today 13 April as below:
- LCN237 TalkTV on SDN/COM4 added to Channel list and EPG in readiness for launch of service on 25 April 2022
- LCN92 That’s Music launched on Arq/C /COM7 temporary HD mux as pop-up service in vacated Russian RT capacity until the end of June 2022.
DTT Changes 28 March 2022
28 March 2022
- LCN 25 on the COM6/Arq B mux Dave Ja Vu is replaced by UKTV’s new service ‘W’.
- LCN 60 Drama+1 launches on the COM5/Arq A mux.
- LCN 74 Drama+1 on the COM4/SDN mux is replaced by Dave Ja Vu.
- LCN 83 Together moves from the COM5/Arq A mux to the COM7/Arq C temporary HD mux. As a result, coverage will be reduced for this service. This is a temporary step pending later changes to the network.
- LCN 89 ITV4+1 moves from LCN 60 on the same COM4/SDN mux.
- LCN 94 Ideal Extra closes on the COMUX/LOCAL mux
- LCN 104 in Wales only S4C HD moves from LCN 110 on the same [PSB3/BBCB] mux.
- LCN 110 in Wales only 4 HD moves from LCN 104 on the same [PSB3/BBCB] mux.
- LCN 272 Asharq News a new Arabic broadband streamed channel launches on COM4/SDN mux.
- LCN 273 Al Arabiya a new Arabic broadband streamed channel launches on COM4/SDN mux
- LCN 678 Adult Xpanded TV moves from the COM5/Arq A mux to COM6/Arq B mux .
18th March 2022
- LCN 113 on the COM7/Arq C temporary HD mux RT HD was removed following licence revocation.
- LCN 234 on the COM6/Arq B mux RT SD was removed following licence revocation.
2nd March 2022
- LCN 113 on the COM7/Arq C temporary HD mux the RT HD distribution chain feed was terminated.
- LCN 234 on the COM6/Arq B mux the RT SD distribution chain feed was terminated.
DTT Changes 16th February 2022
This covers changes made to the service line up on 16 February and follows the recent takeover of Create & Craft by Hochanda Global :
- The Craft Store at LCN85 on the COM5/Arqiva A mux is now Create & Craft.
- Create & Craft at LCN95 on the COM4/SDN mux is now Craft Extra.
Gemporia, the owner of another shopping channel has also taken the opportunity to rebrand its service as follows:
- Shopping Quarter at LCN73 on the COM6/Arqiva B mux is now HobbyMaker.
In summary, there are only name changes and no moves of LCNs or muxes for these services. The broadcast hours remain the same too.
Freeview advises that viewers need to retune their TV equipment to keep their service lists and EPGs up to date. However, many newer products will adopt the above changes automatically.
DTT Changes 4th January 2022
Freeview DTT multiplex slide that reflects removal of Christmas services and restoration of original service names, plus some other changes and closures made in December as below:
4th January 2022
- LCN51 on COMUX/Local Mux: GREAT! Movies Christmas reverts to GREAT! Movies Classic
- LCN62 on G_MAN Mux serving Manchester only: GREAT! Movies Xmas+1 goes back to GREAT! Movies Classic+1.
31st December 2021
- LCN7 and LCN8 (depending on region) on COMUX/Local Mux: reverted to That's TV from That's TV Xmas
- LCN91 on COM7 /Arqiva C (temporary HD mux): That’s TV Xmas UK returned to That’s TV Gold
28th December 2021
- LCN 76 on COM7 /Arqiva C (temporary HD mux): NOW XMAS became NOW 80s
- LCN78 on G_MAN Mux serving Manchester only: NOW 80s became NOW 90s.
15th December 2021
- LCN97 on G_MAN Mux serving Manchester only: OD365TV added to EPG.
- LCN99 on G_MAN Mux serving Manchester only: Manchester TV removed. The service has closed and is no longer available.
- LCN679 on COM6/Arqiva B mux: Adult Studio 66 removed after broadcasts ceased on 30/11/21
- LCN680 on COM4/SDN mux Not Wales:Adult Xpanded 2 removed. Follows service previously promoting a move to a streaming service via compatible SMART devices earlier in the month.
DTT Changes 18th November 2021
18th November 2021
Latest updated Freeview DTT mux slide to reflect the following seasonal changes that came into play from 18th November 2021 until further notice:
- Now 80s at LCN 76 on the COM7 /Arqiva C temporary HD mux changed to Now Christmas
- Now 90s at LCN 78 on the G Man local mux serving Greater Manchester only changed to Now 80’s
- That’s TV local TV services at LCN 7 and LCN 8 on the COMUX /Local mux became That’s Xmas
- That’s TV Gold at LCN 91 on the COM7 /Arqiva C temporary HD mux has changed to That’s TV Xmas UK
There are no multiplex moves and no changes to broadcast hours.
Freeview advise viewers to retune their TV equipment to ensure their service listings and electronic programme guides (EPGs), however some more recent models will update automatically.