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Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Roll-out of extra Freeview HD channels: information and schedule

Additional channels are being made available to some viewers with "Freeview HD" equipment.

70% of UK households are being covered by the extra service, using frequencies that have been dormant since digital switchover.

Extra channels are available via a new multiplex (or bundle of channels) called "COM7". New channels include Al Jazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD and CBeebies HD, plus Al Jazeera Arabic in standard definition.

Read more about what's available on Freeview HD here

Subject to location, these extra HD channels are also available via YouView receivers.


List: Final update 18/06/2014.

Urban area
Transmitter
Roll out status:
Launch date:
Aberdeen
Durris
Complete
20/05/2014
Basingstoke
Hannington
18/03/2014
Crystal Palace
26/11/2013
Birmingham
Sutton Coldfield
10/12/2013
Bedford
Sandy Heath
10/12/2013
Belfast
Divis
26/11/2013
Bristol
Mendip^
01/04/2014
Cardiff
Wenvoe
10/12/2013
Carlisle
Caldbeck
10/06/2014
Coventry
Sutton Coldfield
10/12/2013
Derby
Waltham
25/03/2014
Sutton Coldfield
10/12/2013
Edinburgh
Craigkelly
10/12/2013
Black Hill
26/11/2013
Grimsby
Belmont
26/11/2013
Glasgow
Black Hill
26/11/2013
Gloucester
Ridge Hill
08/04/2014
Hereford
Ridge Hill
08/04/2014
Hull
Belmont
26/11/2013
Kilmarnock
Darvel
17/06/2014
Leeds
Emley Moor
10/12/2013
Leicester
Waltham
25/03/2014
Sutton Coldfield
10/12/2013
Liverpool
Moel Y Parc
28/05/2014
Winter Hill
26/11/2013
London
Crystal Palace
26/11/2013
Maidstone
Bluebell Hill
08/04/2014
Manchester
Winter Hill
26/11/2013
Norwich
Tacolneston
01/04/2014
Nottingham
Waltham^
25/03/2014
Oxford
Oxford
01/04/2014
Perth
Angus^
17/06/2014
Craigkelly^
10/12/2013
Portsmouth
Rowridge HP
04/03/2014
Plymouth
Caradon Hill
10/06/2014
Sheffield
Emley Moor
10/12/2013
Sheffield/Crosspool
28/05/2014
Southampton
Rowridge HP
04/03/2014
Stoke on Trent
Fenton
03/06/2014
Sutton Coldfield
10/12/2013
Taunton
Mendip
01/04/2014
Teesside
Bilsdale
04/03/2014
Torbay
Beacon Hill
17/06/2014
Tyneside
Pontop Pike
25/03/2014
Fenham
17/06/2014

^ This transmitter only serves part of the location listed. Local alternative transmitters will not carry the extra HD channels. Check local coverage at www.digitaluk.co.uk

Notes:
  • Viewers with Freeview HD receivers or YouView boxes will need to retune on or after the roll-out date listed above to gain access to additional channels on Freeview HD channels 74, 106-108, plus standard definition Al Jazeera Arabic on channel 84.
  • Please check with Digital UK for a local reception prediction to confirm if you're in a coverage area. Where more than one transmitter is listed for a location above, Digital UK will identify which transmitter serves your street best. The above list is not exhaustive.  
  • Check our full Freeview HD frequency listings for further details. Some viewers in some of the locations above may be able to get a signal from an alternative transmitter site.
  • Extra Freeview HD services will operate at a lower power than other services, therefore viewers in fringe reception areas may not be able receive the extra multiplexes, even though the other services from the transmitter are fine.
  • You may require a high gain aerial, a wideband aerial or just an adjustment to your current aerial. The Digital UK coverage checker will indicate if this is necessary.
  • Beware of buying any aerial just because it states it is "HD Ready". 
  • Some viewers in North West England in particular may require a wideband aerial due to the new services using frequencies away from existing services.


 
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