DTT Multiplex Operators Ltd (DMOL), the organisation set up by the operators of the six DTT multiplexes, is consulting on plans to add numbering for IP channels. It follows a request from YouView and would see the inclusion of channels delivered via internet protocol rather than DVB-T listed in the ‘Freeview’ numbering system for the first time.
Under the proposal numbers between 400-499 would be used to carry linear IP channels, but not those offering on demand services or virtual channels.
A new category for shopping channels, promised as part of an earlier review, and a change in the category for local channels is also included. However a move to the 60s may not entirely meet the must carry obligations proposed for the UK’s new local TV services.
DMOL is putting forward a variety of options for Adult Channels, including the Bookend placeholders required by Ofcom, which have now spilled out into two sections. One proposal is to extend one of the two current sections or to list them at the end of either the broadcast TV or new IPTV sections.