Freeview Channel Updates: March 2015

March began with the roll-out of BBC Local Radio in most parts of England, with one station per BBC TV region, except E Yorkshire and Humberside.

Further stations are to be added later in the year.

And the other major development for March is the addition of the Horror Channel, which launches on the 13th March on channel 70. A preview loop is already available between 9pm and midnight.

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. Come back to follow updates through this month.


25th March 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same
109
793

Community HD
COM7
Closed service. The Community Channel is now on channel 63 via COM7 multiplex.
13th March 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


70
Horror
COM6/ArqB
Launches and goes full time.

12th March 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same
63
790

Community
COM6/ArqB
Bandwidth to be reused by Horror Channel.
109


Community HD
COM7
Redirection slate

63

Community
COM7
Community Channel new slot.

9th March 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same

70

Horror Channel
COM6/ArqB
Starts 13th March.
Preview loop on air 2100-0000.


63
Community Channel
COM6/ArqB
New hours: 0000-2100

3rd March 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same

719

BBC Radio Kent
PSB1/BBCA
BBC South East TV region

719

BBC Radio Leeds
PSB1/BBCA
BBC Yorkshire TV region

719

BBC Radio Manchester
PSB1/BBCA
BBC North West TV region

719

BBC Radio Newcastle
PSB1/BBCA
BBC NE and Cumbria TV region

719

BBC Radio Norfolk
PSB1/BBCA
BBC East TV region

719

BBC Radio Solent
PSB1/BBCA
BBC South TV region

720

BBC Radio Nottingham
PSB1/BBCA
BBC East Midlands TV region

720

BBC Radio Devon
PSB1/BBCA
BBC South West TV region

722

BBC Radio Cambridge
PSB1/BBCA
BBC East TV region

2nd March 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same

183

ADULT XXX
COM4/SDN


Last month's changes...


COMING UP:
15 April 2015: Spike launches. See here for more
Summer 2015: BT Sport 1 scheduled to be removed from channel 58. An exact date hasn't been announced. BT Sport 2 closed in January 2015.
By end of June 2015: That's Manchester and That's Lancashire (Preston/Blackpool) launching on Freeview channel 8.

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. The BBC's proposals for BBC Three indicate that some of this capacity will be used for BBC One+1.
  • COM7 capacity available following changes to the Community Channel on Freeview.


Previous changes

February 2015:
Classic FM and LBC launch on Freeview

January 2015:
BT Sport 2 closes on DTT; TinyPOP extends hours to 21 hours a day; Community Channel 24/7

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


Last updated and archived: 01/04/2015


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