Sep 302014


ITVBe – a new mainly female-oriented channel from ITV

ITVBe will launch on 8 October 2014

It will be “free to air” and so will be available on both Freesat and Sky.

ITVBe will be available on the following channel numbers : :

– Freeview and YouView channel 26
– Sky channel 179
– Freesat channel 118

On freesat ITVBe replaces ITV4+1 on 118; ITV4+1 is now on 155


What will be on ITVBe?
– The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) – the new, exclusive home of the scripted reality show.
– Baby wears Prada – factual series showing extraordinary ways to spoil children and the families with deep enough pockets to pay for it all.
– Real Housewives Of… currently on ITV2, ITVBe will also show a UK version of the US franchise: Real Housewives Of Cheshire.
– Dinner Date – transfers from ITV to a peak-time ITVBe slot.
– Seven Days With… – following the lives of celebrity couples through the course of a week.

Test transmissions for ITVBe can be found on frequency 10758 V 22000 5/6 (10075) – but it is simply showing a promotional trailer on a loop.


ITVBe Promotional Advert.

Jul 232014

ITV has confirmed its new free-to-air channel ITVBe will launch on 8th October 2014.

ITVBe which will beavailable on Sky and Freesat, will be dedicated to lifestyle and entertainment programming.

ITVBe is to be the exclusive home of The Only Way Is Essex, which moves from ITV2.

What’s going to be on ITVBe?
The “female-skewing” channel has announced details about some of the programmes it will be showing:
•The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) – the new, exclusive home of the scripted reality show.
•Baby wears Prada – factual series showing extraordinary ways to spoil children and the families with deep enough pockets to pay for it all.
•Real Housewives Of… currently on ITV2, ITVBe will also show a UK version of the US franchise: Real Housewives Of Cheshire.
•Dinner Date – transfers from ITV to a peak-time ITVBe slot.
•Seven Days With… – following the lives of celebrity couples through the course of a week.

Feb 122014

ITV is to launch a new female-focused, free-to-air channel, called ITVBe, which will become the home of shows including The Only Way is Essex.

The new channel, which will focus on lifestyle and reality TV programming, will launch towards the end of this year and will be available on Freeview, Freesat,Sky and Virgin.

ITVBe will be targeted at a younger, female audience and will feature acquired programming such as the US Real Housewives.


Jan 292014

ITV is to launch a pay-TV channel on Sky showcasing the “best of British drama”.

ITV Encore, will be a home to some of the broadcaster’s recent successful dramas, such as Vera and Lucan.

From next year ITV will also populate the channel with original commissions.

ITV Encore will be made available on Sky for an undisclosed “period of exclusivity”.

ITV Encore will launch this summer and will be available to existing Sky customers at no extra cost.

ITV Encore will be available as part of Sky’s 35-strong entertainment channel package – which includes Sky1 and Sky Atlantic – which costs £21.50 a month.

ITV has also announced the launch of ITV catch-up and archive VOD and simulcast of ITV channels on Sky Go.

ITV has also announced a renewal of the carriage deal for ITV2, 3 and 4 HD and ITV catch up and archive VOD on the Sky+ HD platform.

Nov 042013

A brand new channel takes over the slot occupied by Bio on Monday.

Lifetime is a new channel replacing Bio (156) on your Sky TV planner.

Lifetime will be home to hit American shows including The Client List and Witches of East End, feature-length dramas featuring Hollywood’s finest in front of and behind the camera, factual entertainment and more.

A new name means new shows. Here’s a selection of what you can watch in the coming days, weeks and months…

A series of feature-length drama begins this week with Prosecuting Casey Anthony. Rob Lowe stars as Jeff Ashton, the Florida prosecutor in a true-life drama based on the infamous Casey Anthony murder trial that shocked and enraged the American public.

Other forthcoming dramas include: An Officer and a Murderer, starring Gary Cole; Steel Magnolias starring Queen Latifah; Talhotblond, directed by and starring Courteney Cox; Liz & Dick, starring Lindsay Lohan, and Betty & Coretta, starring Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett.

Emile Hirsch (Into The Wild) and Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) take the title roles of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, the Depression-era outlaw couple whose criminal exploits have assured them lasting fame for eight decades. The star-studded cast also includes Holly Hunter and William Hurt.

Starring Emmy® Award winner Julia Ormond and co-starring Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston and Mädchen Amick (Twin Peaks), Witches of East End follows the adventures of the mysterious Beauchamps. Freya (Dewan-Tatum) and Ingrid Beauchamp (Boston) live seemingly uneventful lives until their mother Joanna (Ormond) is forced to reveal an age-old family secret.

Jennifer Love Hewitt (I Know What You Did Last Summer, Ghost Whisperer) stars as Texan housewife Riley Parks, whose husband unexpectedly walks out on her. Riley tries to keep her family afloat by accepting a job at a seemingly ordinary local spa. However, she quickly learns that all is not as it seems. The Client List also stars Cybill Shepherd (Moonlighting, Cybill, The L Word) and Colin Egglesfield (Rizzoli & Isles).

Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Silverman, and Alicia Keys are just some of the A-list stars to open up about subjects close to their hearts, in The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet.

Lifetime Frequency:
Astra 2A 12285 V 27500 2/3

Lifetime +1 Frequency:
Astra 2F 12580 V 22000 5/6

Lifetime HD Frequency:
Astra 2A 11720 H 29500 3/4

Sky Channel Guide Numbers:
Lifetime – Sky Channel 156
Lifetime +1 – Sky Channel 197
Lifetime HD – Sky Channel 291

Oct 082013

BBC Director General Tony Hall has announced plans launch a “+1” timeshift channel of BBC1, Britain’s most-watched channel.

“Any plan for channels starts with BBC One,” said Hall. “Above all, BBC One needs to be on top form. It has to be the nation’s favourite channel, but also its bravest.

“We’ll also look to launch a BBC One +1 channel, too – it’s what audiences expect, especially younger ones, and it means people can get more of what they’ve already paid for.”

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore described the announcement as “brilliant news for BBC One viewers”.

All the BBC’s commercial rivals – including ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – already have +1 services for all their networks.

Full details on when BBC One +1 will launch and how it will be made available will be confirmed in due course.

Aug 132013

Channel 5 is about to launch a new channel on the Freeview platform.
Today a placeholder for “5 Later” appeared on Freeview channel 55.
This new channel will join Channel 5+1, 5* and 5 USA in the Channel 5 family.
What programming 5 Later will show and when it will launch has not yes been announced by Channel 5, but it is thought that it will be similar to 4seven, showing “the best of all Channel Five channels”.
It is not known if the channel will appear on the Freesat and Sky satellite platforms.

Jul 312013

Reports are that Film 4 HD is testing on the following frequency:

12324 V 29500 3/4 DVB-S2 QPSK.

The channel is “tagged” as 3844.

And is encrypted, as it is expected to be available with a Sky HD subscription, similar to E4HD and More 4 HD.

Film 4 HD is expected join the Sky platform in September 2013

However, you cannot manually add this channel to a Sky HD digibox due to the symbol rate of 29500 not available to manually select.

Jul 012013



Adam Crozier, ITV chief, has said that ITV does have the potential for other channels.

He said that a new ITV channel could work and be either free-to-watch or a subscription service.

Last year, it was rumoured that ITV had been investigating potential pay-TV channel launches.

The ideas discussed were a channel to air its archive back catalogue and one that would carry premium US acquisitions.

A source said at the time that the strong ratings enjoyed by free-to-air service ITV3 are evidence of the potential offered by a channel focusing on historic content.

May 252013

A new BBC “channel” is presently testing on Astra 2F at 28.2.

It is using the same BBC frequency as some of their other HD channels (BBC1 Wales HD and BBC 1 HD Scotland), of 11023 H, 23000, FEC 2/3 frequency.

It is not available to manually add on SkyHD boxes.

At the moment it is showing BBC2HD content, but the EPG (programme guide) data is showing BBC Red Button data from the Freeview BBC Red Button channel.

Does this mean that the BBC are going to have a BBC Red Button HD service soon?
Perhaps in time for Wimbledon in a few weeks time?

May 052013

UKTV, who operate channels like Dave and Watch, has announced new Freeview channel Drama.

The station will launch on July 8 and feature shows including Pride and Prejudice, Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path, Sharpe, Tipping The Velvet, Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Cranford and Lark Rise to Candleford.

The channel is UKTV’s first new station since the launch of Really in May 2009.

It has been announced that the UKTV Drama channel will be available on Freeview. No confirmation of if this channel will be available on Freesat or Sky, but going with the fact that UKTVs other channels are on the Sky subscription service, it does look like it will not be available on Freesat.

But wil UKTV Drama be a new channel in addition to the current portfolio of channels, or will it replace an existing channel?

Dec 092012

RT HD (Russia Today HD), the Russia-based news channel, is set to launch 16th December 2012.

A looped trailer has been playing to state that the service is “starting 16th December”.

It is currently unknown if the service will appear on both Sky and Freesat EPGs replacing the current standard definition version for owners of HD receivers.

RT originally launched under the brand “Russia Today” in 2005. The channel reportedly has an annual budget of around $300 million.

Satellite: Manual tuning details:

RT HD Eutelsat 28A Frequency: 11223.67, Vertical polarisation, FEC:  2/3 Symbol Rate:  27500