Freeview Channel Updates: July 2014

Now in HD.
Channel 4, one of the three organisations that was behind a 2012 proposal to bring more HD channels to Freeview, finally launched two new HD simulcast services on the digital terrestrial platform. At the moment its two HD slots are used for Channel 4+1 HD and 4seven HD.

New Freeview HD multiplex COM7 has now been filled with six HD channels and 2 standard definition channels, thanks to the use of new encoder technology.

COM7 covers has just over 70% population coverage, but uses newer DVB-T2 technology that  generally requires a Freeview HD certified device or YouView box to receive.
  • This page will be updated throughout July 2014 logging the latest changes.

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.



31st July 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
63

Community
COM5/ArqA

Hours cut. Available 0300-0800.

65
TBN UK
COM5/ArqA
New channel launch.


21st July 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
7
7
BBC Three
PSB1/BBC-A
24 hour stream
301
301
BBC RB301
PSB1/BBC-A
New hours: 1858-0530


SCOTLAND ONLY

704
BBC Radio 4
PSB1/BBC-A
Not available during BBC Alba’s broadcast hours from today until shortly after the Commonwealth Games finish. This is in addition to stations including BBC R1,2,3 that are permanently not available in the evenings.

706
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
PSB1/BBC-A

708
BBC Radio 4 extra
PSB1/BBC-A

709
BBC Asian Network
PSB1/BBC-A

719
BBC Radio Scotland
PSB1/BBC-A


16th July 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
73
-
CBBC HD
PSB3/BBC-B
Off air until shortly after the Commonwealth Games. Allows BBC Three HD to extend its broadcast hours.
105
105
BBC Three HD
PSB3/BBC-B
24 hour stream (until the start of the Commonwealth Games, the channel continues to broadcast from just before 7pm daily).


14th July 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
62
54
Heart TV
G_MAN
Manchester Only.
-
76
POP+1
G_MAN
Manchester Only.

3rd July 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
-
57
QVC Extra
Local/Comux
Added in Local TV coverage areas (also via red button on channel 35 on QVC Beauty for compatible connected Freeview HD devices).
237
-
Peace TV
COM4/SDN
Removed. Was a streamed channel service.
 

1st July 2014
Old
New
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
-
64
Jewellery Maker (SD)
COM7
Available to viewers who can already receive Al Jazeera Arabic on channel 84.
-
110
Channel 4+1 HD
COM7
Available to viewers who can already receive BBC Four HD on Freeview HD.
-
111
4seven HD
COM7
Available to viewers who can already receive BBC Four HD on Freeview HD.


Coming soon

Channel changes
4th August 2014: BBC RB 302 ceases broadcasting. BBC Three SD/HD reverting to normal broadcast hours. CBBC HD expected to return by 5th August.

3rd September 2014: Freeview channel reshuffle More info
Date to be confirmed: Red Button/Interactive services to move from channel 300-320 to channel range 600-620.

New services
Linear (regular) channels:
TruTV - launches 4th August on Freeview channel 68.
ITVBe - a new channel featuring scripted reality shows. Launch date: 8th October 2014.


LOCAL TV ROLLOUT
In England and Northern Ireland on Freeview channel 8,
in Scotland and Wales on Freeview channel 23
Date
Location
Channel Name
Notes
28 Aug 2014
Brighton
Latest TV
Also via Virgin Media 159
On or after
 10 Sep 2014
Bristol
Made in Bristol
Also via Sky channel 117
On or after
17 Sep 2014
Cardiff
Made in Cardiff
Also via Sky channel 134
On or after
29 Sep 2014
Belfast
NvTV – The Belfast Channel

On or after
1 Oct 2014
Leeds
Made in Leeds
Also via Sky channel 117
On or after 
15 Oct 2014
Newcastle upon Tyne
Made in Tyne and Wear
Also via Sky channel 117
On or after
3 Nov 2014
Birmingham
City8

January 2015
Edinburgh
STV Edinburgh
Also via Sky channel 117 and Virgin Media 159.




Last updated 31/07/2014. Visit the latest Freeview monthly update page for ongoing updates beyond July 2014.

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.



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


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
On 17th June 2014, the remaining transmitter sites due to carry the extra HD channels (including BBC Four HD) went live.

Full roll-out schedule

Can you receive the extra HD channels in your area? Check your coverage at: 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
03/07/2014 update.


Previous changes
June 2014:
Vintage TV launches on compatible connected Freeview HD sets, temporary BBC RB302 is live for the summer

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: 31/07/2014




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