Freeview Channel Updates: December 2013

On this page a516digital charts changes to the Freeview / digital terrestrial TV service during the month of December:

Coverage of a second multiplex of extra Freeview HD channels has now reached 50% of UK households, in time for the launch of five new HD channels from the BBC.

Viewers in the coverage area of the extra multiplex (called COM7) also gain access to Al Jazeera English HD on Freeview HD channel 108.

Find out more about where and when these new HD channels will be available  >

In Scotland, the BBC has restored access to five radio stations on Freeview during the evening. BBC Radio 4, 4extra, 5 Live Sports Extra and the Asian Network were previously knocked off air when BBC Alba was broadcasting, due to limited capacity. Read more >

Ahead of the roll-out of local TV across the UK, viewers in parts of Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol and London can now find test transmissions on channels 791 and 792. These two test services already appeared in North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire last month.

Here are the changes so far this month - the most recent first:


WHAT’S CHANGED?
Week commencing 9th December 2013
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Official launch of COM7 from Craigkelly, Divis, Emley Moor, Sandy Heath, Sutton Coldfield, Wenvoe transmitters.
Available on Freeview HD receivers only.
For more information about the roll-out of COM7 with extra Freeview channels, please click here.

108
Al Jazeera English HD
COM7
Now added to Freeview HD in parts of the Midlands, West and South Yorkshire and the areas in and around Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge.

74
CBeebies HD
COM7
Launched 10/12/2013
Now added to Freeview HD in parts of the Midlands, West and South Yorkshire and the areas in and around Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge.

106
BBC FOUR HD
COM7
Launched 10/12/2013
Now added to Freeview HD in parts of the Midlands, West and South Yorkshire and the areas in and around Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge.

107
BBC NEWS HD
COM7
Launched 10/12/2013
Now added to Freeview HD in parts of the Midlands, West and South Yorkshire and the areas in and around Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge.
ALL AREAS

73
CBBC HD
BBC-B/PSB3
Launched 10/12/2013

105
BBC THREE HD
BBC-B/PSB3
Launched 10/12/2013
236

Sony SAB
SDN/COM4
REMOVED 11/12/2013
LONDON AND BELFAST

791
Local TV Test 1
MUX L
Test transmissions associated with the forthcoming roll-out of local TV. This channel has already been observed in Birmingham, Bristol and Grimsby.

792
Local TV Test 2
MUX L
Test transmissions associated with the forthcoming roll-out of local TV. This channel has already been observed in Birmingham, Bristol and Grimsby.



WHAT’S CHANGED?
Week commencing 2nd December 2013
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
ALL AREAS
206

Sky Text
ArqA/COM5
Removed

239
Sonlife
ArqB/COM6
Streamed channel.
Appeared 05/12/2013
303

BBC RB 303 HD
BBCB/PSB3
All traces of service, which ended 25/11/2013 now removed.
BIRMINGHAM AND BRISTOL

791
Local TV Test 1
MUX L
Test transmissions from the new local TV multiplex. (Added last month in N Lincs/E Yorks)

792
Local TV Test 2
MUX L
Test transmissions from the new local TV multiplex. (Added last month in N Lincs/E Yorks)
MANCHESTER

53
Lamhe
G_MAN/MTN
From 05/12/2013.
SCOTLAND
704
704
BBC Radio 4
BBCA/PSB1
Now available full time in Scotland. Mono in the evenings.
706
706
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
BBCA/PSB1
Now available full time in Scotland. Mono in the evenings.
708
708
BBC Radio 4 extra
BBCA/PSB1
Now available full time in Scotland. Mono in the evenings.
709
709
BBC Asian Network
BBCA/PSB1
Now available full time in Scotland. Mono in the evenings.
719
719
BBC Radio Scotland
BBCA/PSB1
Now available full time in Scotland. Mono in the evenings.

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Further updates to this page will be made if there are any more changes this month.

Services licensed to broadcast on Freeview, but not yet on-air:
Lamhe
TBN

Coming soon:
5 Later 

November 2013 changes:
First local TV station launches, new Freeview HD multiplex goes live, VuTV launches on channel 238. >

October 2013 changes:
Placeholders for BBC Three HD and CBBC HD, Top Up TV and Sky Text close, The Store and itv3+1 launch. >

September 2013 changes:
Heart TV launches in Manchester, God TV departs from its own channel >

August 2013 changes:
Film4+1, Travel Channel, True Entertainment and KISS FRESH launch on Freeview  > 




Revision Log:
This page will be updated throughout December 2013 with the latest developments. If there's a major update it will be re-posted near the top of the homepage.
Revised 04/12/2013 with addition of Lamhe in Manchester, 05/12/2013 with addition of Sonlife/239, 09/12/2013 due to the addition of BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD and Al Jazeera English HD in further parts of the UK, 11/12/2013 following the removal of Sony SAB.
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