Arqiva launches new Connect TV channels

Editor | 11-12-2013

Communications infrastructure and media services provider Arqiva has unveiled two new channels on Connect TV, the platform designed to enable broadcasters to combine DTT and IP-based services through a single channel number from the Freeview EPG.

Launching imminently, the new channels are The Jewellery Channel – an auction-style home-shopping channel and online retailer – and Propeller TV – a premium culture and entertainment channel for the UK’s Chinese community.

Based in UK and broadcasting on Sky 189 and on the CIBN online TV platform in China, Propeller is owned by the Xiking group and makes two hours of original programmes in the UK each week. It also has strategic partnerships with Chinese TV stations such as CCTV, CETV, and Beijing TV. Commented CEO Andy Ye: “We are delighted to be extending Propeller’s influence and broadcast footprint beyond the subscription distributors, and into digital TV with Connect TV. Not only will we be accessible to a wider UK audience but the use of Internet works well for our youthful business in the digital era.”

The Jewellery Channel broadcasts to over 30 million homes across the UK and Republic of Ireland and while its TV network features experienced presenters to showcase jewellery with beauty and affordability, TJC’s website also provides a substantial online presence.

Colin Wagstaffe, managing director of The Jewellery Channel added: “We are very excited to be launching on Connect TV. We are always looking at ways to increase audience engagement, improve access and enrich our content across multiple platforms. Connect TV affords us this opportunity and we very much look forward to working with them.”