Freeview Channel Updates: August 2014

New US channel TruTV landed on Freeview channel 68 on the 4th August, as more space was created for more services on Freeview.

Behind the scenes, digital multiplex operator Arqiva has for the first time enabled 14 standard definition TV channels to fit on the available bandwidth of one single Freeview multiplex.

TruTV is the fourteenth channel on the multiplex known as "COM5", with religious channel TBN UK taking over Community Channel's daytime bandwidth. TBN is broadcasting a loop on channel 65 advising its service will launch in January 2015.

BBC Red Button ended its summer of extra coverage, with its service reducing to one stream on the 4th August.
  • This page will be updated through August 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.

TruTV isn't listed here, as a placeholder for the channel appeared on channel 68 in June. See June's changes page.

28th August 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same
69

TruTV+1
COM5/ArqA
Placeholder

90

CBS Action
COM6/ArqB
Placeholder

243

Dating
COM6/ArqB
Streamed channel.

Additionally a service has been reserved on channel 136. It's only visible on Freeview HD receivers via multiplex COM7, so only areas where Al Jazeera HD is available on channel 108.


26th August 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same

8

Bay TV Liverpool
Local/Comux
Liverpool (Winter Hill petal 2)

8

Made in Bristol
Local/Comux
Bristol (Mendip, Ilchester Crescent and King’s Weston)

23

Made in Cardiff
Local/Comux
Cardiff (Wenvoe)

8

Made in Leeds
Local/Comux
Leeds (Emley Moor)

8

Made in Tyne and Wear
Local/Comux
Tyneside (Pontop Pike)

8

NVTV
Local/Comux
Belfast (Divis)

8

That’s Solent
Local/Comux
Southampton and Portsmouth (Rowridge HP)
 

21st August 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same

8

Latest TV
Local/Comux
Service configured. For viewers in Brighton, Hove and Worthing area (Whitehawk Hill transmitter).
181


ADULT PlayboyTVChat
COM4/SDN
Removed
302


BBC RB302
COM6/ArqB
Removed


7th August 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


302
BBC RB302
COM6/ArqB
End of service.


5th August 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


7
BBC Three
PSB1/BBC-A
Back to original hours: 18:58-05:30


73
CBBC HD
PSB3/BBC-B
Back on air after Commonwealth Games


105
BBC Three HD
PSB3/BBC-B
Back to original hours: 18:58-05:30


301
BBC RB301
PSB1/BBC-A
Back to 24/7

SCOTLAND ONLY

704
BBC Radio 4
PSB1/BBC-A
These services are now available in the evenings on Freeview in Scotland. They were temporarily made part time during the Commonwealth Games

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

Coming soon

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


New services
Linear (regular) channels:
ITVBe - a new channel featuring scripted reality shows. Launch date: 8th October 2014.
CBS Action placeholder for new service now on channel 90.


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
17 Sep 2014
Cardiff
Made in Cardiff
Also via Sky channel 134
29 Sep 2014
Belfast
NVTV
Also via Virgin Media 159.
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
22 Oct 2014
Solent
That’s Solent
Also via Virgin Media 159
On or after
3 Nov 2014
Birmingham
City8
Gone into administration
5 Nov 2014
Oxford
That’s Oxford
Also via Virgin Media 159
January 2015
Edinburgh
STV Edinburgh
Also via Sky channel 117 and Virgin Media 159.




Last updated 27/08/2014. 
NOTE:  If local TV channels fail to launch, the local TV licence is liable to be revoked. The "on or after" dates refer to the earliest dates that the channel is licensed to operate on Freeview, although test transmissions may start beforehand.


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 



Local TV multiplex roll-out
Sheffield: Extra transmitter to improve coverage in the Steel City given the green light.
More information  ►


Reference guide
Freeview multiplex capacity guide
03/07/2014 update. (update to follow in September)


Previous changes
July 2014:
4seven HD and Channel 4+1 HD launch on Freeview

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: 28/8/2014
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