Freeview Channel Updates: June 2014

The information slate on Freeview channel 68.
Your monthly update following changes to the Freeview digital terrestrial television service.

This month sees extra BBC Red Button coverage of Wimbledon and Glastonbury from the 23rd June. An extra stream is now available on channel 302.

Preparing for an August launch, truTV has been assigned Freeview channel 68, which you may find after a retune. Some TVs will automatically find and add the channel.

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.



18th June 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
-
242
Vintage TV
COM5/ArqA
Streamed channel for connected Freeview HD devices. (Went live 19/06/14)


17th June 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
40
40
Rocks&Co
COM6/ArqB
Revised broadcast hours. Now 1300-2300. (Was 0800-2300)


16th June 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
35
35
QVC Beauty
COM6/ArqB
Revised broadcast hours. 0500-1300. (Was 0800-2200) Transmits via internet for Connected Freeview TVs remainder of the day.
302
302
BBC RB302
COM6/ArqB
Now live. Will carry extra coverage of Wimbledon and Glastonbury followed by the Commonwealth Games at the end of July.
 

12th June 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes

68
truTV
COM5/ArqA
Placeholder / Slate. Launches in August.

4th June 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
192
192
Xpanded TV
COM4/SDN
Extended hours: 0000-0600
Not available in Wales.
49
49
The Jewellery Channel
COM4/SDN
New broadcast hours: 0300-0000 (Not applicable in Wales)


2nd June 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes

23
STV Glasgow
Local/Comux
Launched for viewers in the Glasgow area. More info


Coming soon

Channel changes
3rd September 2014: Freeview channel reshuffle More info

New services:

Streamed channels for connected Freeview HD devices:
Planet Knowledge - streamed channel portal from Synapse TV/VOD365.
TVPlayer - a new streamed channel service featuring a range of free-to-view channels.
Connect 4 - new, as yet unnamed service due to launch on channel 234. Currently showing testcard.

Linear (normal) channels:
Channel 4+1 HD - 1st July, Freeview HD channel 110.
4 seven HD  - 1st July, Freeview HD channel 111. 
ITVBe - a new channel featuring scripted reality shows. Launch date: to be confirmed.
TruTV - launches 4th August - but already appears on the Freeview channel list at 68.


Services licensed to broadcast on Freeview, but not on-air:
There's no further news about the following channels:

ABC Shopping - Freeview (Local)
QVC Style (Shopping)
TBN UK (Religious)
POP+1 (Children's)
Sony Movie Channel, Sony Movie Channel +1 and More>Movies (Entertainment)


Services licensed for Freeview distribution a year or more ago:
There's no further news about the following licensed channels:

Yesterday+1


Freeview HD COM7 roll-out
This month concludes the roll-out of extra Freeview HD channels, including BBC Four HD, to 70% of the UK population.

On 17th June, the remaining transmitter sites due to carry the extra channels went live.

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
18/06/2014 update.


Previous changes
May 2014:
Chart Show TV launches in local TV coverage areas; Bonanza Bonanza ends and Notts TV launches

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
 

Last updated: 26/06/2014
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