Freeview Channel Updates: June 2015

In June, the BBC is offering additional coverage of Glastonbury and Wimbledon through their Red Button service.

Freeview HD and YouView users are able to view three streams of coverage from Glastonbury and Wimbledon on channels 601-603.

UPDATES
Here you'll find details of any updates or changes to the channels available on Freeview during the month. Updates will usually appear within 24 hours of any change. Any channels highlighted in yellow in the updates are only available on Freeview HD, EE TV or YouView devices, subject to local coverage.


30th June 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same
58


BT Sport 1
ArqB (COM6)
Removed


25th June 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same

42

Travel Channel
ArqB (COM6)
Now 24 hours a day.
42
792

Travel Channel
ArqA (COM5)
Old slot. You’ll see this on channel 42 if you haven’t retuned.

(Viewers who have Freeview HD receivers that have prompted them to retune on 23rd June should receive BBC RB2 and BBC RB3 on channels 602 and 603, which were officially added 22nd June.)

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

602

BBC RB2
BBC-B (PSB3)
New for Glastonbury and Wimbledon.

603

BBC RB3
BBC-B (PSB3)
New for Glastonbury and Wimbledon.


4th June 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same
248


Kingdom Europe
SDN(COM4)
Removed

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


40
Rocks & Co
ArqB (COM6)
Available between 11pm and 1pm the following day via the red button on compatible connected Freeview HD devices.

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


58
BT Sport 1
ArqB (COM6)
Ceased terrestrial transmission.


59
BT Showcase
ArqB (COM6)
Transfer from COM7

790

BT Showcase
COM7
Redirection slate


246
JSTV
SDN
(COM4)
Streamed/hybrid service has now launched. JSTV 1 and 2.


247
Kyknet
SDN (COM4)
Streamed/hybrid service has now launched. Entertainment/Musiek (Afrikaans)

Date unknown
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


244
Vision TV
SDN(COM4)
Believe, Best Direct, Equal World, OHTV, News 18 India, Psychic Today, Vox Africa removed.


COMING UP
1 July 2015: Create & Craft extends Freeview hours.
August 2015: Full launch of BT Sport Showcase: home of at least 26 Champions and Europa League matches, broadcast free-to-air in standard definition
2016: BBC Three and BBC Three HD to be removed from Freeview channel 7 and 105, subject to the outcome of the second BBC Trust consultation which will take place in August.
2016: CBBC to be extended by 2 hours a night, according to the same proposal.
2017-2018: roll-out of BBC One English regions and BBC Two Nations in HD.

Proposals to launch BBC One+1 by the BBC Executive have been rejected by the BBC Trust. The channel will now not launch.

Recently licensed to join Freeview:
Africa Free TV (DTAS licence; Internet delivered service)
Sin TV (DTAS licence; Internet delivered service)
Synapse 1, 2, 3 (DTAS licence;  Internet delivered services)


THE TECHNOLOGY OF FREEVIEW
  • An increasing number of commercial standard definition channels on Freeview are now being broadcast with audio bitrates down to 112kbps. Originally a permanent setting of 128kbps was the norm. A distinct lack of complaints from viewers suggests nobody has noticed. The main public service channels use higher audio and video bitrates and video resolutions.
  • A 'hidden' tenth video stream is being tested on the digital multiplex that carries ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 - officially called "D3&4". Improvements in encoder technology mean that it is possible to add additional videostreams to multiplexes. But services like ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 need to ensure that picture quality does not fall, in order to meet current technical guidelines applicable to the main public service broadcasters. Once testing is complete, it appears likely that an additional TV service will become available via the multiplex. This is good news for viewers who only receive limited channels because they receive Freeview from a relay, as the D3&4 multiplex is carried at all Freeview transmitter sites. 
  • Analogue terrestrial TV finished in the UK in 2012, but the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has set the 17th June 2015 as the deadline for the cessation of all analogue terrestrial broadcasts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Some countries, including South Africa will miss the deadline.

COM8: NEW FREEVIEW MULTIPLEX
Since April 2015, multiplex operator Arqiva has been carrying out a network upgrade, adding an extra commercial multiplex of channels for viewers with a Freeview HD device, EE TV or YouView box.

More information about COM8, including UHF channels for manual tuning here.

FREEVIEW COVERAGE
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. 


LOCAL TV
  • That's Manchester launched 31st May 2015 at 9pm. Read more.
  • That's Lancashire due to launch by the summer.
  • Local TV services for Aberdeen, Ayr, Basingstoke, Cambridge, Carlisle, Dundee, Guildford, Maidstone, Mold (NE Wales), Reading, Salisbury, Scarborough, Swansea, York are licensed by Ofcom and due to launch within the next two years.


FREEVIEW HISTORY: TEN YEARS AGO
On the 27th May 2005, E4 joined Freeview, alongside timeshift channel E4+1, just in time for that year's series of Big Brother. On the 10th October 2005, parent broadcaster Channel 4 launched More4 and gave us controversial game show channel Quizcall, which launched on 30th August 2005.


PREVIOUS MONTHLY UPDATES
May 2015
Multiplex COM8 rolls out to more areas; That's Manchester launches

April 2015
Spike launches on Freeview

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 and archived: 30/06/2015

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