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RECEIVING INFORMATION TV

Via your television set

Some 16 million viewers, in over 8 million homes can receive Information TV in the UK. There are no charges, nor is any registration required. No internet connection is required.

Information TV is a Digital Television Service. Initially, it is broadcast by satellite, and available throughout the UK as a “free-to-air” channel, accessible by all who have access to the Sky digital satellite platform. The channel is accessible regardless of which Sky subscription is taken by the viewer. It is also accessible by those who have terminated their Sky subscriptions, retaining only the “Free to air” channels. The channel can also be received in Western Europe, within the “shadow” of the Eurobird satellite.

It can be found on channel 181, in the "Entertainment" category.

The Information TV programme schedule is listed on the SkyTM Electronic Programme Guide, and all the normal Digibox  facilities are available -  programme synopses, reminder setting, recording (with SkyPlusTM), adding to “my favourite channels” and so on. Some programmes may carry subtitles or non-English language audio.

Throughout most of Europe, our programmes can be received via any satellite equipment pointing at the Astra/Eurobird complex at 28.2E, on Frequency 12.523H, FEC 2/3, Symbol Rate 27500.

Via the internet

For broadband users, Information TV can also be viewed live via a web simulcast.  See the 'Watch Live' link on our home page. Please note you must have Windows Media Player (free) installed to view the programmes. To receive our simulcasts, you must have a broadband connection capable of supporting > 400KBps. If the broadcasts "stutter" and are interrupted, it is likely that your connection is not fast enough to keep up!  In this case, you should close all other web-connected programmes, which might "steal" bandwidth, while watching our programmes.

For further info, please see also our FAQ section on this service

Future plans

It is planned to extend Information TV’s distribution to the major cable networks (Virgin Media, formerly NTL and Telewest) in the near future. Again, viewer access will be totally free.

Freeview – the Digital Terrestrial service – has exhausted its channel capacity, so there is no Information TV channel available on Freeview at present. We do, however, soon hope to arrange capacity on Freeview alongside an existing channel, but which does not broadcast 24 hours.

In the coming months, we plan to make available on the website “on demand” replays of programmes already transmitted on Information TV, and also other related programmes, even if they have not been transmitted.

Help us to help you

We invite you to register your interests here on the website, and we will then alert you by email to forthcoming programmes which match your selected fields of interest.

Most Information TV programmes will be repeated at several times of the day, to allow viewers a choice of viewing time. Some programmes will be regularly repeated over weeks or months, providing important information to a changing audience.

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