Two new Freeview channels - almost everywhere
If you are using, or will use a Public Service (small relay) transmitter, please look away now.
For everyone else, the removal of the BBC News Interactive and one Interactive channel has an upside.
The BBC is selling the capacity used by these services to provide two more slots to the commercial market. This means two more channels in areas that have not switched over yet.
At the same time, Arqiva is adding two more full-time video streams (TV channels) over Multiplexes ARQA and ARQB, for those regions that HAVE switched over.
This means, in effect, that as soon as next month there could be two new full-time channels on Freeview.
No doubt it will be ITV3+1 or More4+1+1, but we can hope. Perhaps Yesterday will expand again?
(The most watched non-premium, non-Sky, non-plus-one channels are 0.6%: Living TV; 0.4%: Comedy Central, G.O.L.D., Hallmark, Sci-Fi Channel, Watch; 0.3%: Alibi, Nick Jr, Nicktoons; 0.2%: Boomerang, Bravo, Cartoon Network, Challenge TV, FX, Good Food, Nickelodeon.).
Which two channels would YOU like on Freeview next month?
Moira Clyne : In addition to that said MikeB, which is perfectly correct for normal operation, but in answer to your question, you can actually still record using one input provided that the cable from the dish is connected into the Freesat recorders LNB1 input socket.
Of course the downside of a single input system is that your viewing, "whilst recording", is limited to programme channels on the same transponder as the programme you happen to be recording, any attempt to choose one that isn't triggering a "unable to view" or some similar meaning warning. The Freesat PVR (recorder) having (prior) been set up to operate on "single input mode".
The best policy would be to have the LNB (on the end of the dish arm) changed for a quad version and a second cable run into your flat, replacement LNB kits (minus coax) being available from a number of e-bay sources for around ?10.00 or so, plus of course the charge for fitting same.
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