Freeview Channel Updates: November 2014

Local TV reaches the screens of viewers in and around Leeds and Newcastle this month. A new portal of mostly niche channels from around the world via Vision TV launched on channel 244. 

Movie buffs who like timeshifting via Film 4+1 now need a Freeview HD device or YouView box to watch the channel beyond 20th November 2014.

During November 2014, this page will be updated to list the changes to the Freeview service, keeping you up-to-date with channel changes and new developments.

What's changed so far?
This is where the changes to Freeview this month are listed. Where there is more than one change, the most recent changes are listed first. Any services listed in yellow require a TV, PVR or set-top-box that supports DVB-T2/Freeview HD.


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


8
That’s Solent
Local/Comux
Launched (Southampton and Portsmouth)
 
20th November 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


25
Dave Ja Vu
COM6/ArqB
24 hours on new frequency. (Dave Ja Vu's information slate had originally said the service would return 1st December.)

13th November 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


25
Dave Ju Vu
COM4/SDN moves to
COM6/ArqB
The timeshift of Dave Ju Vu moves to a new frequency. Currently inactive.
-
-
45
Film4+1
PSB3/BBC-B
Previously test stream 20352. Following a retune, only Freeview HD devices or YouView boxes can now get channel 45. The old version of Film4+1 moves to 790 and closes 20th November.

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


8
Made in Tyne and Wear 
Local/Comux
Launched. (Pontop Pike transmitter)

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


244
Vision TV
COM4/SDN
A portal of streamed channels has launched. See Streamed Channel Listings for content.
-
-
-
20352 (SD)
PSB3/BBC-B
Test stream carrying Film4+1. Is not visible on most receivers, does not have a channel number.

6th November 2014
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


8
Made in Leeds
Local/Comux
Launched. (West Yorkshire / Emley Moor and Beecroft Hill transmitters)  More info...


Coming soon
National channels
Spike - to use VIVA's Freeview bandwidth when it launches in Spring 2015.

Local TV
Bay TV Liverpool (Liverpool) - Freeview/YouView channel 8 - 4th December 2014. (Winter Hill petal 2 and Storeton transmitters)
Further information about local TV, see below.

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

Help and advice
You can check which Freeview channels should be available in your area on the official Digital UK postcode checker. The channels that you will be able to receive is also dependent on the state of your aerial, cabling and the type of receiver you use.

If you need assistance with an aerial installation, the Get Me Digital website contains a directory of tradespeople across the UK.

These are unaffiliated links, provided as a service to readers. a516digital is not responsible for the content of external sites.


Multiplex capacity
Available multiplex capacity provides an early indication of whether there is any bandwidth available for any new Freeview channels, without having to replace existing services.

In August, Multiplex operator Arqiva offered further standard definition TV slots on Freeview, reportedly available from mid-November. Interested parties were invited to partake in a competitive bidding process. UKTV appear to have taken one slot, to be used for Dave Ja Vu from 1st December. Film 4+1 moves off Arqiva's COM6 multiplex and onto PSB3/BBC-B (see changes above).

On the PSB3/BBC-B multiplex, there is sufficient capacity for multiple standard definition services or one further HD channel.

Capacity sufficient for one further standard definition channel is currently unused on the COM7 multiplex, based on the current configuration (13/11/2014).






Local TV













Local TV stations coming soon on Freeview and YouView channel 8 in England and Northern Ireland, or channel 23 in Scotland and Wales

Local TV is carried on Freeview via a multiplex which carries a local TV service, plus two slots for commercial broadcasters.




Previous changes
October 2014:
CBS Action, ITVBe and Motors TV launch new services on Freeview

September 2014:
Freeview channel changes move children's and news channels, TruTV+1 takes early morning slot

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 and archived: 03/12/2014

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