Gallery: the new VuTV service

VuTV is the latest connected digital terrestrial TV service to officially launch in the "streamed channels" section of the digital terrestrial (Freeview) TV guide.

It's found on channel 238 and provides viewers with a TV connected with Freeview and a broadband connection of at least 2Mbps or more access to additional channels for £6.99 a month. Channels include Lifetime, Comedy Central, MTV, CNN International, History, H2, CI, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Nickelodeon.

a516digital has a closer look at how the service works.

Compatible devices with Freeview and an internet connection will see this screen when visiting channel 238. In the top left hand corner, there's a "barker" with promotions of forthcoming programmes on the VuTV service.

Peppa Pig on Nick Jr will be a draw for younger viewers. VuTV provides access to five children's channels, a genre under-represented on the main Freeview service.

Viewers who want to subscribe are invited to sign up via the website ( and then Press Red to enter their Activation Code and PIN

Pressing Red produces this screen. The Activation Code and PIN is entered using your remote control.

If you make a mistake entering in the number, use the left arrow key on the remote to delete a digit.

The subscription, Activation Code and PIN is only for one device - the one you are entering the code on.

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Once in, Lifetime is the default channel that appears. Within VuTV, a special EPG banner, not dissimilar to the type used on other digital pay TV platforms appears at the bottom of the screen.

Viewers navigate through the channel list using the arrow keys on their remote control.

To change channels press up/down and then press OK when you've arrived at the channel you want to watch.

Pressing yellow gives you access to more information as to what's on the selected channel now. VuTV is backed by S&T, who were behind Freeview Australia's EPG system.

Press yellow to close the screen and return to the programme.

Pressing green produces the VuTV guide, which at the moment is just now and next.

Pressing green again returns you back to the previous screen.


Read more about the streamed channels, which start from Freeview channel 225.

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