DMOL, the industry backed organisation for the management of the UK DTT platform, has published the findings of its review into the Freeview numbering system.
In changes slated to be introduced on September 19, DMOL plans to create additional capacity for new services and make the guide easier to navigate.
As part of the update new channel numbers will be reserved for public service local TV channels. These are 8 in England and Northern Ireland and 45 in Wales and Scotland. Such a scheme as long been favoured by government as part of its plans to create a nationwide chain of local TV services.
Twenty spaces have also been created for HD services, starting at 101. There will also be a new Freeview information service at 100 and a dedicated section for Internet-delivered services.
“DMOL has steered a middle course with these changes, allowing for the development of the Freeview channel listing over the next three to four years, while moderating any disruption to viewers and channel providers,” said DMOL.
Although several channel numbers will change, broadcasters will keep their relative positions.
Full details of the consultation are available on the DMOL website.