Following an industry-wide consultation, DMOL, the organisation responsible for the allocation of channel numbers on Freeview, has published the findings of its review of Freeview channel numbering and plans to update the on-screen programme guide. DMOL said 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:
While some channel numbers will change, genres will retain their relative positions. DMOL said it had taken steps to enable 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 will 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 also holds an Ofcom EPG provider licence and has also updated its policy on managing future channel changes and the launch of new services.
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