Freeview Channel Updates: April 2015

VIVA downgraded by Spike's arrival
Spike, the new channel from Channel 5 owner Viacom, is making its debut on Freeview on the 15th April, with VIVA being shunted as a result.

VIVA has been shunted in order to create sufficient bandwidth for the arrival of Spike. This has resulted in the music channel going part-time on channel 74 as  part of a bigger reshuffle that complies with Freeview channel number allocation rules. Originally, VIVA was going to be removed altogether. Full details below.

Viewers may need to retune Freeview.
Viewers may need to retune if their TV or box hasn't automatically put Spike on channel 31. 
Spike has around 90% coverage on Freeview, for viewers who can already receive services such as 4Music and Yesterday.

More information about Spike here.

Freeview change updates
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. 


21st April 2015
Official launch of COM8: A new multiplex of channels has launched in some areas for viewers with Freeview HD devices and YouView boxes. Click here for more information.
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same

111

QVC+1 HD
COM8
Limited UK coverage.

112

QVC Beauty HD
COM8
Limited UK coverage.

17th April 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


8
That’s Oxford
Local / Comux
Launched at around 11pm following technical difficulties. Oxford area only.


15th April 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same
21
74
VIVA
COM6/ArqB
Reduced hours. 0900-1100.
31
21
5USA
COM4/SDN
New channel number
31
SPIKE
COM6/ArqB
New on Freeview
75
59

BT Showcase
COM7
Shuffle-up on new channel number
110
109
Channel 4+1 HD
COM7
Shuffle-up on new channel number
111
110
4seven HD
COM7
Shuffle-up on new channel number


1st April 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same

75

BT Showcase
COM7
Placeholder for new service. On air 0300-0400.

733

TWR
COM7
Radio station.
Last month's changes

COMING UP:
Local TV: 
  • That's Manchester and That's Lancashire due to launch by the summer.
  • Local TV services for Aberdeen, Ayr, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Dundee, Guildford, Maidstone, Mold (NE Wales), Reading, Salisbury, Scarborough, Swansea, York are licensed by Ofcom and due to launch within the next two years.

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, and was removed from the channel list in April 2015.
2016: BBC Three and BBC Three HD to be removed from Freeview channel 7 and 105, subject to BBC Trust approval.
Unknown: BBC One+1 to launch in standard definition on a Freeview HD multiplex, subject to BBC Trust approval.

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. 

FAQ: BBC Local Radio
Find out more about BBC Local Radio in England on Freeview - click here.

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:
    Services given a licence to broadcast on Freeview a year or more ago, but not launched
    • Sony Movie Channel, Sony Movie Channel +1 and More>Movies
    • Yesterday+1
    No longer licensed
    • More 4 HD




    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 currently unused following changes to the Community Channel on Freeview.
    • Most of COM8 is currently empty.


    Previous changes
    March 2015
    BBC Local Radio rolls out on Freeview; Horror launches

    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




    Last updated: 23/04/2015
    This page will be updated throughout April 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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