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How can I watch S4C?

S4C is the fourth TV channel in Wales. Within Wales, it appears on channel 4 or 104 on all major TV platforms (except cable).

But if you're outside of Wales, and want access to the channel, perhaps because of its sports coverage (which is sometimes offered with an English language soundtrack), here's how....

Via traditional digital TV platforms
  • Sky UK - channel 134 (HD)
  • Freesat - channel 120 (HD)
  • Virgin Media - channel 166

  • Satellite manual tuning (e.g. for viewers in the Republic of Ireland or mainland Europe): 
Satellite:    Astra 2F 
Frequency:    11344 
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate   27500 (27.5 Mbaud) 
FEC:          5/6.
Service ID:   S4C Digidol / 55295

  • HD channel: 
Satellite:    Astra 2F 
Frequency:    11307 
Polarisation: Horizontal, 
Symbol Rate:  27500 (27.5 Mbaud) 
FEC:          5/6
Service ID:   S4C HD  / 52296

How to manually tune in a channel on Sky...

Via the internet/smart TVs
You can also stream S4C to your mobile, tablet and some smart TVs via the BBC iPlayer or TVPlayer Apps. Geoblocked to the UK.

What if I use Freeview?
S4C is only available on Freeview if you receive the service from a Welsh transmitter. Signals from terrestrial TV transmitters are limited in range so that if your rooftop aerial isn't line-of-sight or near line-of-sight to a Welsh transmitter, then you won't be able to receive it via Freeview.

The welsh signal overlaps in to parts of England: if you are west of Manchester, you may be able to receive the channel from the Moel-Y-Parc transmitter in North East Wales. Viewers in parts of the Bristol and Somerset area may be able to receive S4C from the Wenvoe transmitter overlooking the Bristol Channel. You should contact a local aerial specialist to see if it is possible.

An increasing number of Freeview TVs and boxes are internet enabled, through which you may receive the S4C stream via BBC iPlayer or TVPlayer apps. Available apps vary from device to device.

Information last reviewed: 13/08/2018