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Freeview Frequency change: Community Channel moving slots

The Community Channel will once again be changing frequencies and broadcast hours, in the third change to the service since the beginning of August. Some viewers may lose the channel.

The channel, which has been recently registered as Community Benefit Society, following a major fund-raiser this summer, will move to a 24 hour slot on Freeview on 29th September 2016.

Although Community Channel will remain on channel 63 following a retune, only viewers with a DVB-T2 compatible device will still be able to watch the channel. DVB-T2 compatible devices include  Freeview HD, Freeview Play, EE TV and YouView boxes (BT, TalkTalk, Plusnet TV). Coverage will be limited to households already able to receive the full set of Freeview channels, including BBC Four HD (106) and The Craft Channel (88). Not all transmitters currently carry the full set of Freeview channels.

As a not-for-profit channel, Community Channel has benefited from donated capacity on Freeview, which has meant it has moved around and changed its broadcast hours very frequently in recent years. The end-of-month change frees up the channel's current slot for further channels to join Freeview in the coming days.

A relaunched Hochanda, which will become available on its own channel (85) after losing its slot on channel 39, is due to launch 1st October and Rishtey Cineplex has also announced that it will be launching on Freeview soon.