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What happened to BBC3 capacity on Freeview?
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Old 12-10-2017, 21:59   #1
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What happened to BBC3 capacity on Freeview?

Apparently, nationwide capacity on Freeview is now full, bar a few hours in the night.

I know that the BBC3 HD capacity was used to launch Channel 5 HD, but does anyone know what happened to that of BBC3 SD?
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Old 12-10-2017, 23:15   #2
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Re: What happened to BBC3 capacity on Freeview?

It just shows an animated slate (if that makes sense!) Saying words to the effect of 'Cbbc returns at 7.00am'
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Old 13-10-2017, 10:37   #3
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Re: What happened to BBC3 capacity on Freeview?

Not much spare space there:

http://www.digitalbitrate.com/dtv.ph...ng=fr&mux=BBCA

Don't forget in most regions BBC A now carries 5 BBC local radio stations.
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Re: What happened to BBC3 capacity on Freeview?

If it timeshared with CBBC, then surely the capacity would be there for the off shift - why didn't they launch a part time BBC1+1?
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Old 16-10-2017, 00:08   #5
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Re: What happened to BBC3 capacity on Freeview?

I would have found BBC1 +1 useful, but the BBC Trust blocked it as it was said that it might impact the commercial channels.

All that happens now in the event of a recording clash is that I prioritise BBC1 & 2 simply because there aren't any BBC timeshift channels and the commercial channels take second place because they do!
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Re: What happened to BBC3 capacity on Freeview?

I think the BBC Trust consider the widespread availability of the iPlayer on most TV's & devices negates the reason for any additional (& expensive) time-shifted services
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Re: What happened to BBC3 capacity on Freeview?

Timeshift channels can't cost very much, especially if there's spare capacity doing nothing.

I wonder if Ofcom will take a different view? I doubt it as they're more used to dealing with the interests of the commercial channels.
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