Freeview Channel Updates: January 2015

A new year brings more changes to viewers who use the digital terrestrial TV platform, including Freeview, Freeview HD and YouView users.

The Community Channel on channel 63 is subject to changes in availability on Freeview in early January, with some changes to other services expected.

This page will be updated throughout the month with the latest developments.

What's changed so far?
This is where the changes to Freeview this month (so far) are listed - usually updated within 24 hours of the change being reported. Where there is more than one change, the most recent changes are listed first. Any services listed in a yellow background require a TV, PVR or set-top-box that supports DVB-T2/Freeview HD.



22nd January 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


245
Planet Knowledge
COM7
MHEG-IC portal is now live.


13th January 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same
64


Jewellery Maker
COM7
Completely removed. Had ceased broadcasting 6th Jan.


12th January 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


23
STV Edinburgh
Local/Comux
Launched. (Craigkelly transmitter area only)


59
BT Sport 2
COM6/ArqB
Closed.


63
Community
COM6/ArqB
Now available 24/7.
(A retune may be necessary if you don’t see a service on this channel. Also check the 800s range, in the event your TV has added the “new” version of the Community Channel at the bottom of the channel list.)

8th January 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same

246

JSTV
COM4/SDN
MHEG-IC streamed channel.

247
kykNET
COM4/SDN
MHEG-IC streamed channel.


7th January 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


126
Tiny POP
COM5/ArqA
Extended hours: 0300-0000


6th January 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same
63
790

Community
COM5/ArqA


63

Community
COM6/ArqB
Multiplex move. Programmes resume 12th January


64
Jewellery Maker
COM7
Closed. Slate advising of alternative ways to watch the channel.

73

Daystar
COM7



5th January 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same

8

That’s Oxford
Local/Comux
Configured ahead of launch. (Oxford transmitter area only)


65
TBN UK
COM5/ArqA
Started broadcasting




COMING UP
Winter 2015

That's Oxford - local TV service for Oxford expected to launch. Date to be confirmed.
February 2015
Birmingham’s local TV service “Big Centre TV” expected to launch on Freeview and YouView channel 8 from the Sutton Coldfield and Brierley Hill transmitters. 
2nd February: changes to ITV services in the former Central South TV region.
Spring 2015


Late update
Drama on channel 20 is currently broadcasting its full schedule on Freeview and YouView following the removal of its timeshare arrangement with Dave Ja Vu (channel 25).
December 2014 changes

Ireland
Viewers in Northern Ireland with a Freeview HD or Saorview approved TV living in an area where TV reception from south of the border is possible may be able to watch the new UTV Ireland channel, but a retune may be necessary. UTV Ireland is carried on the same TV multiplex as RTÉ Jr and RTÉ One+1; if you don't receive these services you won't receive UTV Ireland terrestrially. It is not available outside of the Republic of Ireland on satellite or cable.

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.

Services recently licensed to broadcast on Freeview, but not on-air:
Unlike the services listed in the coming soon section, there's no further news about these channels on Freeview:










Multiplex capacity
Available multiplex capacity provides an early indication of whether there is any bandwidth available for any new Freeview channels without closing others down.
  • There is currently unused capacity on the BBC-B multiplex, enough for one further HD channel. BBC-B carries channels including BBC One HD, Channel 4 HD and Film4+1.






Your Freeview channel list for:
Use YouView? YouView channel list
Local TV is carried on Freeview via a multiplex which carries a local TV service, plus two slots for commercial broadcasters.



Previous changes
December 2014:
Arise News launches; BBC Radio Bristol joins Freeview in BBC West TV region

November 2014:
Dave Ju Vu goes full time, Film4+1 only available on Freeview HD and YouView equipment

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

Last updated and closed: 03/02/2015
This page will be updated throughout January 2015 with the latest developments. If there's a major update it will be re-posted near the top of the homepage.


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