Freeview Channel Updates: May 2014

Track all the changes to Freeview during the month of May 2014 on this page.

Freeview gained an extra music channel for night owls in local TV coverage areas on the 8th May, when CSC Media's Chart Show TV went live on channel 67, where it will air between 10pm and 6am, using overnight hours from children's channel POP. 

Local TV stations preparing to launch in Scotland and Wales were promoted to channel 23 following bid tv's demise.

What's changed so far?
Where there is more than one channel update, the most recent will be listed first. Channel updates will usually appear here within 24 hours of the change.Any services listed in yellow require a TV, PVR or set-top-box that supports DVB-T2/Freeview HD.


27th May 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes

23
STV Glasgow
Mux L/Comux
NEW for viewers in the Glasgow area. The channel launches on 2nd June. More details
38
37
Quest
COM4/SDN

57
38
Quest+1
COM5/ArqA

302
302
BBC RB302
Moved from PSB1/BBC-A to COM6/ArqB
Not available from relay transmitters. In preparation for extended coverage of Wimbledon, Glastonbury and Commonwealth Games. To start broadcasting 16th June.

20th May 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes

8
Notts TV
Mux L/Comux
Nottingham / Fens area. Programmes start 4pm 27th May 2014.
54
26
itv4+1
COM4 / SDN
Placeholder service. 0400-0600.

241
TV Player
COM4 / SDN
For Connected Freeview devices.


8th May 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes

67
Chart Show TV
Mux L/Comux
On air 2200-0600. Local TV coverage areas only.
More information


1st May 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
64

Bonanza Bonanza
Mux L/Comux
End of service.
225
225
Connect 1
COM6 / ArqB
Renamed from VISION
227
227
Connect 2
COM6 / ArqB
Renamed from Sports



Coming soon: 
  • BBC Red Button - additional streams available during the summer.
  • Planet Knowledge - streamed channel portal from Synapse TV/VOD365.
  • STV Glasgow launches in Glasgow on Freeview channel 23, 02/06/2014.
  • TruTV - launching this summer (August according to reports)

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

Services licensed for Freeview distribution a year or more ago:
  • Channel 4+1 HD
  • 4seven HD
  • Yesterday+1

Freeview HD COM7 roll-out
At the beginning of May, coverage of the new COM7 multiplex reached 68% of UK households. By mid-June, coverage will have been expanded to 70% of UK households, bringing BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD, BBC News HD, Al Jazeera English HD and Community HD to viewers with "Freeview HD" certified devices.

20th May: Durris (Aberdeen)
28th May: Moel Y Parc (NE Wales)
28th May: Sheffield/Crosspool (Sheffield)
 
Full roll-out schedule  

Coverage checker information from www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker



 


Local TV multiplex roll-out 
Oxford: To be launched on UHF channel 29 instead of UHF channel 51 later this year.
More information (Ofcom website)  


Reference guide:
Freeview multiplex capacity guide

 
Previous changes:
April 2014:

CBS Reality launches on Freeview, Bid and price drop cease transmission

March 2014:
Mustard, London Live & POP launch via local TV multiplex; bid and price drop change

February 2014:
Motors TV, Bonanza Bonanza and Channel 5+24 launch

January 2014:
Al Jazeera Arabic launches, Community Channel moves to channel 63
 


Amendment Log: 
Updated 14/05/2014 - coming soon section. 20/05/2014: logging further changes. 27/05/2014: various minor changes.
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2 comments:

  1. It's strange Chart Show TV is 24/7 in Manchester now but everywhere else it was 2200 - 0600

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  2. See September 2014's update page for details of the changes that saw Chart Show TV go Manchester only, undoing what happened in May 2014.

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