We’re getting a number of enquiries about the mysterious appearance of three new channels on Freeview:
- Channel 110 – Vision
- Channel 111 – Connect
- Channel 112 – Stream
The on-screen caption reports that these are new channels coming soon to Freeview HD. At first glance, the idea of three new HD channels coming to Freeview seems too good to be true, and required some further investigation.
We’d like to thank Steve, one of our contributors for pulling together various facts (and rumours) on what these three channels may be about.
Vision (Freeview Channel 110)
This channel has a website, and at the time of writing, this states that Vision is coming to Freeview soon, and that it’s “not just a channel… a world of channels”. By clever use of the Red, Yellow, Green and Blue buttons, it’s possible to get to a screen that asks for a six digit code. Some users have also reported that their Freeview receiver attempts to make an Internet connection when tuned to this channel.
Accordingly, it seems likely that Vision will offer access to various overseas foreign language TV channels (perhaps like the old Jump TV web-based service). Access will presumably use an Internet connection, and some kind of PIN-based subscription. The Vision website makes reference to subscription and free-to-view channels.
Connect (Channel 111)
Not much info on this one, other than that the OfCom licence states “Lifestyle, Health, Cook and Travel”. Operated by the same company, Internet-based subscription makes sense.
Stream (Channel 112)
Not a lot here either yet, although the OfCom licence lists this as “Sport”. Could this channel offer some kind of Internet-based sports content on a subscription basis? We’ll have to wait and see…
Are these new HD channels?
Well, we think not. These channels are not on the HD Multiplex with the other HD channels, they’re on a Standard Definition Multiplex. It’s believed that these services will require an Internet connection and something known as MHEG technology.
As part of the specification for all Freeview HD TV sets and set-top boxes, the hardware is required to support MHEG and have Internet capability, so it’s a fair bet that these new Internet-based services may only work on Freeview HD equipment.
Who’s behind these channels?
The provider is Reach TV. Little is known about this company. Their address shows them based on HMS President, a Royal Navel vessel moored in the Thames off Victoria Embankment. The Vision channel appears to be operated by Vision IPTV Ltd.
Tell me more?
No news as yet on any proposed launch date, costs, or content. We’ll be keeping an eye on developments, and let you know as soon as we have any more information on what the expect from Vision, Connect and Stream.
Any speculation? Please add a comment below…