On 30 July 2012 DMOL published the findings of its review of Freeview channel numbering and plans to update the on-screen programme guide. The reorganisation is designed to create extra capacity for new services and make the guide easier to navigate. The changes will take place on 19 September 2012.
The September update includes:
- Provision for up to 100 General Entertainment channels
- Reserved channel numbers for new public service local TV channels. These will be carried at 8 (England and Northern Ireland) and 45 (Wales and Scotland)
- Twenty spaces for HD services, which will now start at 101
- A dedicated section for the development of internet delivered TV services
- An information page at channel 100 for viewers with Freeview HD
While some channel numbers will change, genres will retain their relative positions. DMOL has steered a middle course with these changes, allowing for the development of the Freeview channel listing over the next three to four years, while moderating any disruption to viewers and channel providers.
To benefit from the update, viewers simply need to retune their Freeview TVs and digital boxes where equipment does not pick up the changes automatically. On-screen messages will prompt viewers to retune on or after 19 September.
DMOL now holds an Ofcom EPG provider licence and has also updated its policy on managing future channel changes and the launch of new services.
The full statement on this and the reorganisation of DTT listings is available here:
- DMOL_LCN_Consultation_Statement_30Jul12_Final ( 1,003.07 kB )