Freesat have confirmed the launch of three new channels. 24th March 2009 will see CNN International, Rural TV and JML Home & DIY join the EPG. Viewers with Freesat Receivers and Freesat integrated TVs will automatically see the channels appear on the Electronic Programme Guide. Viewers with other Satellite Receivers will need to manually add the new channels.
CCN International is part of the worldwide CNN News Network and will provide news, business, sport, political and weather updates 24 Hours a day.
On 25 March 2009, as part of the changes required during the switch over to Digital Television, viewers receiving their signals from the Rowridge Transmitter will see changes to their TV reception.
Analogue Viewers will loose Channel 5
Digital Viewers will need to do a retune of their Digital TVs and Set Top Boxes. If Digital receivers are not returned viewers will loose services. BBC, ITV and other Digital services will be affected.
This is the first time viewers in Sussex will be affected by the switchover process. Estimates say over 500,000 homes, in West Sussex and surrounding areas will be affected by the Rowridge Frequency change.
If you need help retuning your Digital Receivers, we can offer a retune service.
OFCOM has agreed to adopt MPEG4 AVC 4.0 (DVB-T2) for Terrestrial High Definition (HD) Broadcast Television in the UK. This is a new version of the current system in use for Digital Television in the UK. The system will allow – after Digital Switch Over – for a maximum of FOUR HD channels, in 1080i to be carried on the Freeview Service. This new system is NOT compatible with any Freeview TVs or Set Top Boxes currently on the market. This service will not be available in the Horsham area until at least 2012!!
Our advice – If you want HD now, go for Freesat or Sky+ HD. More channels, robust reception, and the ‘newer’ satellite system – DVB-S2 – is already applied to all HD Satellite Boxes.
The Radio Industry is looking to the Government to commit to a Switch Off Date for Analogue FM Radio.
The date being suggested as ‘viable’ by the industry in 2017.
The Radio Industry is looking to the Car Manufactures to fit DAB Radio to new cars to increase the take of Digital Radio, this is seen as key to the migration of Digital Radio