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Monday, 19 August, 2002, 17:34 GMT 18:34 UK
BBC names digital service
Crystal Palace transmitter
The service will run alongside regular analogue TV
The BBC is to call its new digital TV service, which launches in the autumn, Freeview.

A joint venture with transmission company Crown Castle and BSkyB, Freeview replaces the now-defunct ITV Digital operation, which went out of business in May.

Channels include:
BBC One
BBC Two
BBC Choice
ITV1
ITV2
Channel 4
Channel 5
BBC News 24
Sky News
CNN
CBBC

Freeview will provide a range of 24 channels on digital terrestrial TV, which will not require a subscription.

Viewers will be able to receive them with a set top box costing around 99, an old ITV Digital box or an integrated digital TV set.

BBC director of marketing and communications Andy Duncan said: "Freeview will be a fresh start for many consumers. As well as former ITV Digital customers, people who make a one-off equipment cost of around 99 willl be able to enjoy this simple, compelling proposition - more high quality channels, entirely free to view.

"Freeview will also make the BBC's digital channels available to many more licence payers.

"And the name tells people exactly what's on offer - more TV channels free-to-view."

As well as existing free digital channels like BBC Choice, BBC Four and ITV2, the new service will also feature channels like Sky Travel, Sky News, Sky Sports News and Turner Classic Movies.

The BBC said the new service would launch in the autumn as soon as changes to digital terrestrial signals had been made, to improve reception and to ensure fewer homes need to upgrade their aerials to get the service.



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