COM7 and COM8

Two new multiplexes provide viewers with Freeview HD or YouView equipment or an EE TV box with access to additional channels through their aerial.

COM7 and 8 broadcast to just over 70% of UK households*, using frequencies which have been dormant since digital switchover. Coverage is broadly similar, although there are a few locations where one and not the other is available.

What's available on the extra multplexes?
COM7 and 8 broadcast the following groups of channels:


COM7 channels
5USA+1 (SD) (1800-0500)
Al Jazeera English HD
BBC Four HD (1858-0530)
BBC News HD
Bollywood HD (Streamed Service)
CBeebies HD (0530-1857)
CBS Action+1 (SD)
CBS Reality+1 (SD)  
Keep It Country (SD)
Talking Pictures (SD)
TWR (Radio)
RT HD 
Vintage TV (SD)
VIVA UK (SD) (0500-1800)


COM8 channels
5 STAR+1
BT Showcase HD 
Community Channel
FreeSports
More4+1
Quest+2 (launch cancelled)
QVC HD
QVC Beauty HD


Are these channels available to all viewers?
No. Only viewers with Freeview HD equipment or YouView/EE TV boxes, who live in the coverage area of the transmitters listed below.

Am I in the coverage area for these channels?
Viewers can check local Freeview coverage and available channels, based on the transmitters that should be receivable at any given location at www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker

Look out for the "Channels available at your address" header on the coverage checker results page, and look to see if "BBC Four HD" appears in the list, for example.

Transmitter sites and frequencies
On the 2nd July 2015, roll-out of COM8 was completed. The two multiplexes are available from the following transmitter sites on the following frequencies:


Transmitter Site
Region / Area
COM7
(BBC Four HD, Talking Pictures [SD], 4seven HD)
COM8
(QVC HD channels, Craft Channel, Front Runner TV)
UHF ch.
ERP (kW)
UHF ch.
ERP (kW)
Angus
Perth
31
3.3
37
4.91
Beacon Hill
Torbay
33
7.1
34
1.0
Belmont
Lincolnshire & E Yorks
33
37.14
35
40.89
Bilsdale
Teesside & N Yorks
31
18.48
37
18.06
Black Hill
Central Scotland
32
42.89
35
39.21
Bluebell Hill
South East
32
4
34
5
Caldbeck
Cumbria, Dumfries
32
31.91
35
35.8
Caradon Hill
W Devon / E Cornwall
31
11.57
37
1.9
Craigkelly
Central Scotland
33
10.84
34
10.82
Crystal Palace
London
33
43.09
35
39.83
Darvel
Ayrshire
31
6.8
37
8.19
Divis
Belfast
33
12.4
34
12.66
Durris
Aberdeen
32
14.46
35
14.46
Emley Moor
Yorkshire
32
54.82
34
51.16
Fenham
Newcastle upon Tyne
31
0.372
37
0.4
Fenton
The Potteries (Stoke)
32
0.268
34
0.28
Hannington
N Hampshire and Berkshire
32
36.7
34
26.9
Mendip
West
33
72.35
35
69.1
Moel-y-Parc
North East Wales
32
14.32
34
14
Oxford
Oxfordshire
31
16.38
37
17.11
Pontop Pike
North East England
33
33.84
34
34.63
Ridge Hill
Herefordshire, N Gloucs
32
10.45
34
9.78
Rowridge HP
Solent
31
24.41
37
18.36
Sandy Heath
Anglia (West)
32
49.59
34
49.14
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
31
1.01
37
1.10
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
33
89.22
35
85.99
Tacolneston
Anglia (East)
31
27.42
37
23.99
Waltham
East Midlands
31
10.16
37
13.35
Wenvoe
South East Wales
31
46.99
37
52.23
Winter Hill
North West England
31
25.70
37
22.6
via Digital UK

Information last reviewed 17/08/2017


* Technically, the multiplexes have a reach of around 75% of the UK, however of these a number of households would have to change their aerial or point it in another direction. Realistically, coverage is therefore closer to 70%.