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Freeview Channel Updates: May 2015

An additional multiplex of Freeview channels continues to be rolled out during May.

Initially only carrying two QVC shopping channels, the multiplex provides additional capacity for future Freeview channels. Further information can be found below under the heading "COM8: New Freeview Multiplex".

During the month, this page will be updated to show any updates or changes to the channels available on Freeview. 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.

28th May 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name


That’s Manchester
Manchester area only

Redirection slate - removed

Community HD
Redirection slate - removed

20th May 2015
Channel Number
Channel Name

The Jewellery Channel
Renamed TJC

Changes to Freeview during April 2015 (including changes to VIVA and the addition of Spike)

June 2015: BT Sport 1 to be removed from channel 58. BT Sport 2 closed in January 2015, and was removed from the channel list in April 2015.
Summer 2015: Full launch of BT Showcase; expected to be the home of selected live Champions League matches broadcast free-to-air, as part of BT's acquistion of rights for the League.
January 2016: BBC Three and BBC Three HD to be removed from Freeview channel 7 and 105, subject to BBC Trust approval. CBBC to be extended by 2 hours a night, according to the same proposal.
Unknown: BBC One+1 to launch in standard definition on a Freeview HD multiplex, subject to BBC Trust approval. In January, BBC Executive documents indicated that BBC One+1 would now not be taking BBC Three's former capacity, because they wanted BBC One+1 to be a 24 hour channel. BBC Three is only a part-time service.
2017-2018: roll-out of BBC One English regions and BBC Two Nations in HD.

In May, an additional commercial multiplex of channels for viewers with a Freeview HD device, EE TV or YouView box is being rolled out in further locations. Multiplex COM8 currently only carries QVC+1 HD and QVC Beauty HD on channels 111 and 112. There is sufficient capacity for further HD and SD channels.

COM8 became available during April 2015 in parts of London (Crystal Palace transmitter), the North West (Winter Hill), West Midlands (Sutton Coldfield), Yorkshire (Emley Moor), Central Scotland (Black Hill), Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire (Sandy Heath) and Somerset (Mendip).

Go-live date
Transmitter and primary coverage area*

14th May
Oxford (most of Oxfordshire)
Tacolneston (Central, southern and eastern Norfolk, north Suffolk)
Wenvoe (Cardiff, Newport and surrounding areas)
21st May
Bluebell Hill (Maidstone/Medway)
Durris (Aberdeen)
Rowridge HP (Southampton and Portsmouth)

Source: Digital UK 
*services not broadcast on relay transmitters; some viewers in these areas may be receiving Freeview from alternative transmitters and some viewers outside of the listed areas may be able to receive the channels due to local terrain. a516digital recommends the Digital UK coverage checker at to see which channels should be available in your area.

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

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. 

  • 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.

Ahead of expected frequency changes later this decade, The Digital TV Group (DTG) reports it has received a request from Ofcom that guidance to installers should be updated to promote the use of 'wideband' aerials that would not need replacing should a change of use of 700MHz occur. More (external link):

The Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) project has announced it will be demonstrating the broadcast of 7 HEVC HD channels on one 8 MHz DVB-T2 multiplex, using a robust broadcast standard suitable for indoor and portable reception at the upcoming BroadcastAsia Conference and Exhibition in Singapore, June 2-5.

DVB-T2 is the standard used for Freeview HD in the UK, currently in use with MPEG4 video encoding. Although there are currently no plans to migrate Freeview HD from MPEG4 to HEVC, HEVC is in the specs for new "Freeview Play" equipment, with the transfer to HEVC a possible way to efficiently deliver more channels on fewer frequencies.

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: 29/05/2015
This page will be updated throughout May 2015 with the latest developments. If there's a major update it will be re-posted near the top of the homepage.