Freeview Channel Updates: July 2015

A summer of sport is underway with live coverage of Wimbledon, the British Grand Prix and the Tour De France among the events available on Freeview. 

But viewers can now prepare for changes to the way Champions and Europa League football will be shown free-to-air from next month: BT Sport Showcase is now live on channel 59; check now to see if you can get it. A retune may be required if you haven't retuned recently.

Here's a round-up of this month's Freeview-related news:

UPDATES
This section will be updated through the course of the month with the latest updates, usually added within 24 hours. Any updates highlighted in yellow are for viewers with Freeview HD/YouView devices only.
30th July 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


31
SPIKE
Arq B (COM6)
New broadcast hours: now available from 09:00.
74
794

VIVA
Arq B (COM6)
Old slot; redirection slate

58

VIVA
COM7
New Freeview slot.
792


Travel Channel
Arq A (COM5)
Redirection slate removed. Travel Channel continues on new frequency via channel 42.


27th July 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same

76

Jewellery Maker
Arq B (COM6)
0800-1200


21st July 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same
63
790

Community
COM7
Old frequency

63

Community
Arq A (COM5)
New frequency, new broadcast hours: 1100-0100
 

20th July 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


244
Vision TV
SDN (COM4)
New service added: Hellenic TV
 

16th July 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same

252

ABN TV
SDN (COM4)
Streaming channel.
Afro-Caribbean service.
 

14th July 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name
Multiplex
Notes
Old
New
Same


602
BBC RB2
BBC-B (PSB3)
Service ended. Placeholder slate keeping the slot open for future use.


603
BBC RB3
BBC-B (PSB3)
Service ended. Placeholder slate keeping the slot open for future use.


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

184

ADULT Sin
SDN (COM4)
Adult streaming channel.

248

Africa Free TV
SDN (COM4)
Streaming channel

249

Synapse 1
SDN (COM4)
Streaming channel

250

Synapse 2
SDN (COM4)
Streaming channel

251

Synapse 3
SDN (COM4)
Streaming channel
 

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


30
5*
SDN (COM4)
No longer timeshares with TVX, available 24/7.


36
Create & Craft
ArqA (COM5)
Revised broadcast hours: 0600-2200.


49
TJC
SDN
(COM4)
Revised broadcast hours: 0600-0000.


59
BT Showcase
ArqB (COM6)
Went live at 12noon.


171
TVX
SDN
(COM4)
New broadcast hours: 0000-0530


182
Adult Xpanded TV
SDN (COM4)
New broadcast hours: 0300-0600. Not Wales.
790


BT Showcase
COM7
Old placeholder removed

In addition, a new red button portal has been observed on channel 11 (Pick), which promotes Sky's streaming service Now TV.

COM8: NEW FREEVIEW MULTIPLEX
Between April and July 2015, multiplex operator Arqiva carried out a network upgrade, adding an extra commercial multiplex of channels for viewers with a Freeview HD device, EE TV or YouView box. It is now available from transmitter sites that also carry "COM7", the home of BBC Four HD, Al Jazeera English HD and 4seven HD. COM8 currently carries two QVC HD channels on Freeview HD channel 111 and 112, although a retune may be required. Details...

COMING UP
Dates may be provisional and subject to change.
August 2015: BT Sport Showcase: new home of free-to-air Champions League coverage on channel 59.
18th August: Cambridge TV to launch on Freeview channel 8 in Cambridge and surrounding areas.
September 2015:  Shopping channel Hochanda TV is planning to launch on Freeview in September 2015, according to specialist website ShoppingTelly. It is being set up by the original founders of Create & Craft.
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.

Channels recently given an Ofcom licence for Freeview transmission, 
no further information currently available:
  • CBS Drama (Linear service)
  • Huda TV (DTAS licence; Internet delivered service) 
  • Passion TV (DTAS licence; Internet delivered service) 
  • Rishtey Europe (Linear service)

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. 

FREEVIEW AND THE WEATHER
During hot spells of weather with high pressure, Freeview reception in some parts of the country and particularly southern and eastern England is prone to co-channel interference. Atmospheric conditions allow signals from distant transmitters to travel further, disrupting reception of services from local transmitters.

Viewers who often suffer from prolonged interference during hot weather should consult a local TV aerial specialist to see if there is a local solution to the problem. For example, since digital switchover, there are a number of additional transmitters serving the south coast which may provide a more consistent signal. Ultimately, reception problems should clear when the weather changes.


LOCAL TV
  • Cambridge TV (originally Cambridge Presents) is licensed to launch 18th August.
  • That's Lancashire due to launch later this summer. A go-live date hasn't been made public, but its licence comes into force on the 24th August 2015.
  • Local TV services for Aberdeen, Ayr, Basingstoke, 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.

THE TECHNOLOGY OF FREEVIEW
  • There's soon going to be more channel choice for viewers who only receive a limited line-up of Freeview channels in their location. Tests are underway with a 'hidden' video stream being broadcast alongside ITV and Channel 4 on digital multiplex D3&4. The stream is currently carrying ITV4. Multiplex D3&4 is broadcast from every Freeview transmitter site giving around 98.5% population coverage.

TIMELINE: FREEVIEW HISTORY
On the 4th July 2012, Channel 4's "linear catch-up" TV channel 4seven launched, which offers a selection of Channel 4 programmes from the last seven days, including the chance to watch yesterday's prime-time TV a day later. Evidently inspired by 4seven, Channel 5 launched Channel 5+24 in early 2014. 4seven launched in HD exclusively on Freeview this time last year.

Also that month, Freeview viewers were gearing up for the 2012 Olympics. BBC Three went 24 hours for the event with the BBC broadcasting two standard definition Red Button streams and one HD stream. With more bandwidth available, cable and satellite viewers got 24 streams of content, something that is likely to be technically possible for Freeview users with the new Freeview Play connected TV service in the future.


PREVIOUS MONTHLY UPDATES
June 2015
BBC launches extra Red Button streams for Glastonbury and Wimbledon, Travel Channel goes 24/7  

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   


Sources
a516digital derives information from a number of different sources, including individual service providers, platform operators and regulatory organisations. In the absence of official information, a516digital uses broadcast monitoring resources to check for service changes as well as direct observation and reception reports from readers. Information is usually updated within 24 hours, but may take longer to appear if verification is required and is subject to revision. Older pages, including archived items on this website may not reflect the current situation.




 
Last updated: 30/07/2015
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