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Court TV ends Freeview service

by RXTV-newsdesk
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The channel has ended its brief stint on Freeview following the end of a short-term carriage agreement.

Court TV is no longer available on channel 89. The channel will be completely deleted from the Freeview channel list on 22nd June .

However, viewers can continue to access Court TV on satellite. An online live stream of the channel continues to be available.

Court TV was set up to provide televised coverage of US court room proceedings, arriving only recently on UK television screens.

The short-term Freeview carriage deal was designed to showcase the channel’s coverage of the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin. He faced court over the death of George Floyd and was subsequently convicted of George Floyd’s murder. The death triggered mass protests around the world, shining a light on the actions of US law enforcement towards black Americans.

Court TV used temporary capacity on Freeview multiplex COM7. NOW Music utilised a similar short-term deal last year. Short-term deals are being used a way to encourage broadcasters to try Freeview using multiplex COM7, before COM7 is turned off to make way for 5G mobile services. The COM7 switch-off will mark the end of wider scheme to clear television frequencies for 5G. The COM7 frequency was awarded to mobile network operator EE earlier this spring. Television services will need to cease on the frequency by no later than mid 2022.

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