Freeview Channel Updates: September 2014

September began with changes to Freeview channel numbers and frequency changes for some channels. At the time of the retune, placeholders for several new services were added so that viewers would have the channels in their channel list in time for their launch during the Autumn.

New channels include TruTV+1, CBS Action, POP+1 and an as yet undisclosed service on channel 136 for Freeview HD owners in range of the signal that carries BBC Four in HD. Community Channel on channel 63 once again had its broadcast hours extended.

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.

30th September 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same

69
TruTV+1
COM5/ArqA
On air 0500-0800


17th September 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


4
S4/C
PSB2/D3&4
Wales only.
‘S4/C’ relabeled ‘S4C’



16th September 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


63
Community Channel
COM5/ArqA
New broadcasting hours: 0300-1500 and 1900-0000.


126
POP+1
COM5/ArqA
Now live 1500-1900
Technical Notes: Dual transmission of Quest+1 on channel 38 and 791 finished, plus the Bauer Media radio stations on 712-717, completing the multiplex change.
Viewers who did not retune on the 3rd September will see the retune messages on channel 38, 712, 713, 714 and 717.
Multiple monitoring of Freeview transmissions failed to log Ch.174 on 16/09/2014, it has been confirmed that the service was on air 17/09/2014.
COM6/ArqB now has around 2Mbps of empty capacity to allow a new channel to launch. CBS Action is due to launch on the multiplex on 1 October.


12th September 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same

8

Sheffield Live! TV
Local/Comux
NEW – Sheffield area. Official launch 23 Sept
(channels 57 and 125 also now available in parts of Sheffield).


11th September 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


241
TVPlayer
COM4/SDN
Streamed channel service now launched.


8th September 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


67
Chart Show TV
G_MAN
Moved to Manchester multiplex.
 
A simplified version of the 3rd September changes can be found at FAQ: Freeview Channel Changes.
3rd September 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same
70


CBBC
PSB1/BBCA
Information message for viewers who have retuned.

120

CBBC
PSB1/BBCA
New channel number.
71


CBeebies
PSB1/BBCA
Information message for viewers who have retuned.

121

CBeebies
PSB1/BBCA
New channel number.
72


CITV
COM4/SDN
Information message for viewers who have retuned.

122

CITV
COM4/SDN
New channel number.
73


CBBC HD
PSB3/BBCB
Information message for viewers who have retuned.

123

CBBC HD
PSB3/BBCB
New channel number.
74


CBeebies HD
COM7
Information message for viewers who have retuned.

124

CBeebies HD
COM7
New channel number.
75


POP
Local/Comux
Information message for viewers who have retuned.

125

POP
Local/Comux
New channel number.
76
126

POP+1
COM5/ArqB
New channel number.
80


BBC News
PSB1/BBCA
Information message for viewers who have retuned.

130

BBC News
PSB1/BBCA
New channel number.
81


BBC Parliament
PSB1/BBCA
Information message for viewers who have retuned.

131

BBC Parliament
PSB1/BBCA
New channel number.
82


Sky News
COM5/ArqA
Information message for viewers who have retuned.

132

Sky News
COM5/ArqA
New channel number.
83


Al Jazeera English
COM6/ArqB
Information message for viewers who have retuned.

133

Al Jazeera English
COM6/ArqB
New channel number.
84


Al Jazeera Arabic
COM7
Information message for viewers who have retuned.

134

Al Jazeera Arabic
COM7
New channel number.
85


RT
COM6/ArqB
Information message for viewers who have retuned.

135

RT
COM6/ArqB
Information message for viewers who have retuned.
301


BBC RB 1
(was BBC RB 301)
PSB1/BBCA
Information message for viewers who have retuned.

601

BBC RB1
PSB1/BBCA
New channel number.


1st September 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same
26
62

ITV4+1
COM4/SDN


26

ITVBe
COM4/SDN
Launching 8th October
38
791

QUEST+1
COM5/ArqA


38

QUEST+1
COM6/ArqB
Multiplex move.

76

POP+1
COM5/ArqA
Coming soon.
712
792

KISS FRESH
COM6/ArqB


712

KISS FRESH
COM5/ArqA
Multiplex move.
713
793

KISS
COM6/ArqB


713

KISS
COM5/ArqA
Multiplex move.
714
794

KISSTORY
COM6/ArqB


714

KISSTORY
COM5/ArqA
Multiplex move.
715
795

Magic
COM6/ArqB


715

Magic
COM5/ArqA
Multiplex move.
717
796

Kerrang!
COM6/ArqB


717

Kerrang!
COM5/ArqA
Multiplex move.

Coming soon
By 3pm on Wednesday 1st October, channels 71, 72, HD 73, HD 74, 80, 81, 82, 83, HD 84, 85 will be empty. Empty channels will be removed the next time you retune. CBS Action moves from channel 90 to 70 on the same day and launches.

New services
Linear (regular) channels:
  • ITVBe - a new channel featuring scripted reality shows. Launch date: 8th October 2014.
  • CBS Action placeholder for new service launching 1st October now on channel 90, to move to channel 70 at launch.
  • TruTV+1 - placeholder for new service launching 1st October 2014 on channel 69.



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
23 Sep 2014
Sheffield
Sheffield Live! TV
Also via Virgin Media 159
29 Sep 2014
Belfast
NvTV – The Belfast Channel
Also via Virgin Media 159
No earlier than Oct 2014*
Leeds
Made in Leeds
Also via Sky channel 117 and Virgin Media 159
8 Oct 2014
Bristol
Made in Bristol
Also via Sky channel 117 and Virgin Media 159
15 Oct 2014
Cardiff
Made in Cardiff
Also via Sky channel 134 and Virgin Media 159
After
15 Oct 2014*
Newcastle upon Tyne
Made in Tyne and Wear
Also via Sky channel 117
And Virgin Media 159
On or after 22 Oct 2014*
Solent
That’s Solent
Also via Virgin Media 159
On or after
5 Nov 2014*
Oxford
That’s Oxford
Also via Virgin Media 159
November 2014*
Liverpool
Bay TV Liverpool
Also via Virgin Media 159
January 2015*
Edinburgh
STV Edinburgh
Also via Sky channel 117 and Virgin Media 159




* Launch date to be announced.

About “on/after” or “no earlier than” dates: This is the earliest date or timeframe that a local TV channel can launch regular programming once Ofcom has officially granted a licence. The local TV operator will usually announce a go-live date once a licence is granted. In some cases, local TV operators have had their Ofcom licence reissued with a new commencement date, where there has been a valid business or operational reason. Local TV channels may broadcast tests or barkers in advance of their licence commencement date.

Last updated 17/09/2014.


Streamed channels for connected Freeview HD devices:

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: The local TV multiplex containing Sheffield Live! TV on channel 8, POP on channel 125 and QVC Extra on channel 57 is now live for viewers within range of the Sheffield TV transmitter at Tapton Hill (also known as Crosspool).

LIVERPOOL: Local TV multiplex transmissions have now commenced from the Storeton transmitter. This means that the Liverpool local TV service has the following official coverage area, although reception is being reported along the North Wales coast to Rhyl.



Previous changes
August 2014:
Local TV channel tests/barkers start in numerous cities; BBC RB302 closes

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  



Last updated: 30/09/2014
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