Vision TV Network

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Vision TV Network
Launched 8 February 2012
Owned by Vision247
Country United Kingdom
Broadcast area National
Headquarters London, England
Website vision247.com/visiontv/
Availability
Terrestrial
Freeview Channel 244 (Vision TV)

Vision TV Network is a TV network in the United Kingdom that allows access to a network of foreign TV channels from within the UK.[1] Viewers have to subscribe online in order to watch the pay TV channels on Vision TV Network, which are delivered to compatible Freeview HD receivers via an internet connection,[2] online, or through Roku.[3] As an IPTV service, Vision TV Network also allows two-way interactivity to enable functionality such as voting, commerce and targeted advertising.[4] The service initially broadcast French, Greek, Polish and Turkish channels.

On 15 August 2012, Connect 3 began broadcasting Muslim and Arabic-language channels as part of the Vision TV Network.[5] On 22 August 2012, Connect 3 was renamed as Vision2 on the Freeview EPG. On 30 November 2012, Vision2 was required to cease broadcasting its streamed content on Freeview as Ofcom considered that the channels were not properly licensed.[6]

On 19 November 2013, Connect 2 which up to then was not used, became Propeller TV. This coincided with the launch of Sonlife. [7]

On 21 March 2014, it was reported that Vision TV Network was to be shutdown on 3 April 2014. An announcement by Vision TV Network states "Our current contract with the broadcast provider (Arqiva) is coming to an end and unfortunately, we have not been able to agree new terms which are commercially viable."[8]

Placeholders from the former service still remain on channels 225, 227 and a test card on channel 234 as of 5 November 2014, having the EPG names of Connect 1, Connect 2 and Connect 4 respectively. On 1 May 2014, Connect 1 and Connect 2 returned from the now defunct Vision TV Networks names "VISION" and "Sports". Connect 4 having launched on 22 August 2012 has not broadcast a IPTV stream since launch. Connect 3 has not returned to the EPG, since the Vision 2 licence revocation in November 2012, and channel 230 remains vacant on 5 November 2014.

Connect TV is owned by Arqiva, having taking over these vacant slots on 1 May 2014, following the launch of Connect TV on 28 May 2013.[9]

Under new ownership of Synapse TV, trading as Vision247, Vision TV was brought back to Freeview on channel 244. A placeholder appeared on 20 October 2014, with an announcement made on 5 November 2014, that it would initially deliver 20 FTA channels are to be available through the portal; with the service launching on 11 November 2014.[10]

On 11 November 2014, the service launched and through this portal are the following 12 services:[11]

  • Sports Tonight
  • CCTV News
  • Blue Ocean Network (BON)
  • PTV Prime
  • BEN TV
  • Information TV
  • Peace TV
  • Peace Urdu TV
  • Islam Channel
  • Glory TV
  • Psychic Today
  • OHTV

With the following 6 services due to launch in the forthcoming weeks:

  • TVC News
  • Vox Africa
  • GEM TV
  • God TV
  • Best Direct
  • Showcase TV

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vision TV Network for FreeviewHD". Advanced Television. 14 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Freeview HD will deliver new IPTV channels this month". The Register. 6 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Vision TV network comes to UK Roku". Broadband TV News. 19 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Vision TV puts foreign channels on Freeview". Broadcast. 17 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Vision TV Network adds Arabic and Muslim channels". Broadband TV News. 15 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Licencing Issues force Vision 2 channels off Freeview". a516digital. 30 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "More streamed channels licenced by Ofcom for Connect TV service". a516digital. 15 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Vision TV Network moves service off Connected Freeview". a516digital. 21 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Arqiva redefines IPTV for Freeview". Arqiva. 28 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Vision TV announces launch date of connected Freeview service". a516digital. 5 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Vision TV service goes live on connected Freeview devices". a516digital. 11 November 2014. 

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