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Broadcasters announce mid-March Freeview changes

CBS Action will launch a timeshift version on Freeview this Wednesday 15th March, as part of a day of changes for the digital terrestrial TV platform.

To be available to around 3/4 of UK households, CBS Action+1 will be added to channel 90 during Wednesday and will only be available to viewers with newer, DVB-T2/Freeview HD compatible equipment - effectively only available to households who can already receive CBS Drama on channel 71. The main CBS Action channel will continue to be available on its current Freeview channel number.

On the same day, new channel Quest Red will be launching on Freeview channel 38, and children's channel Tiny POP will be moving frequencies and reducing Freeview coverage. Tiny POP will continue to be available on Freeview in and around the following locations: Basingstoke, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Grimsby & Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Norwich, Oxford, Preston, Reading, parts of the Solent area, Sheffield. Swansea, Teesside, Tyne and Wear, with coverage coming soon to Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee.

Further changes are expected, but haven't yet been confirmed by broadcasters.

Most modern HD equipment should auto-retune for most of the changes taking place. Digital UK, the company responsible for allocating Freeview channel numbers, says that "viewers in coverage [areas] will need to retune their TV or set-top box ... where equipment does not do this automatically."

The changes also affect viewers who have a YouView box for the reception of TV services from BT, TalkTalk or Plusnet and those with EE TV boxes or NOW TV Smart Boxes - all of which piggyback on the Freeview signal for part of their service.

More details on our Freeview updates page...