to launch on 30 October
The Hits, UK Homestyle, F tn and The Music Factory join channel
the new digital terrestrial television service, will launch on Wednesday
30 October it was announced today (Thursday 3 October) by the BBC,
Crown Castle International and BSkyB.
is a fresh start for digital terrestrial television in the UK.
a one-off cost of around £99 for an adapter, viewers will
be able to enjoy more quality programmes and channels on their television
new television channels and five new radio stations have been added
to the previously announced Freeview line-up.
television channels are two new music channels - EMAP's The Hits
and MTV's The Music Factory - and two general entertainment channels,
UK TV's UK HomeStyle and Flextech's F tn (Flextech Television Network),
bringing viewers up to 30 digital television channels, plus interactivity
and digital radio, through their rooftop aerial.
well as these four new television channels, commercial radio services
Kerrang!, Smash Hits, Kiss, oneword and jazz fm are added to the
existing BBC digital radio networks on the new service.
Duncan, Director, Marketing and Communications, BBC said: "Freeview
is a fresh start for digital terrestrial television - providing
a simple way for people way to see all eight of the BBC's digital
television channels, including the soon to launch BBC THREE, and
to listen to BBC digital radio stations.
will also offer interactive services, linked to a wide range of
BBC programmes from sport to children's and documentaries."
Roberts, Sales and Business Development Director, Crown Castle,
added: "Freeview offers something new to viewers who want more
quality TV channels but haven't yet been attracted by pay digital
believe we're offering a great range of channels with a broad appeal
to viewers covering entertainment, music, kids' programmes, documentaries
and 24-hour news."
Freudenstein, Chief Operating Officer, BSkyB said: "Freeview
is a distinctive addition to Europe's most advanced digital television
looks forward to bringing three of our basic-tier channels to digital
terrestrial television for the first time and extending the benefits
of increased choice to still more UK viewers."
will launch after significant improvements have been made to the
quality and reliability of the digital terrestrial television signal.
changes, including the doubling of power at many transmitters and
changing the transmission mode of the digital terrestrial signal,
will increase the number of households able to receive digital terrestrial
television and reduce the number of households affected by interference.
BBC, Crown Castle and BSkyB are equal partners in DTV Services Ltd,
the company formed to provide consumer and retailer support for
Freeview is a new, simple way of bringing people a wider choice
of tv channels through their exisiting TVs. It is delivered through
rooftop aerials, via digital terrestrial television (DTT).
channel line up
The current channel line-up for Freeview is as follows. Channels
new to the platform (i.e. not previously available on digital terrestrial)
are shown in bold.
BBC CHOICE (to be replaced by BBC THREE)
S4C (available in Wales only)
BBC PARLIAMENT (previously on DTT as audio only)
The Community Channel
S4C2 (available in Wales only)
and Sports News
BBC NEWS 24
Sky Sports News
The Music Factory
Radio Five Live
Five Live Sports Extra
BBC 7 (to be launched in the next few months)
BBCi (interactive tv and text)
Other interactive services tbc
and Crown Castle name "Freeview" (19.08.02)
BBC and Crown Castle
to champion digital for everyone (04.07.02)
and Crown Castle submit complementary applications for digital terrestrial