ITV3 officially moves to new Freeview frequency

UPDATE | A frequency change which has resulted in more Freeview users being able to access ITV3 has been completed.

ITV3 is now broadcast alongside the signal of the main ITV channel (STV in Central and Northern Scotland). This frequency change means its Freeview coverage has increased to around 98.5% of the population.

Previously, ITV3's Freeview service was bundled with lower coverage commercial channels, reaching 90% of the UK population.

During February and March, two copies of ITV3 - on both the old and new frequencies - were broadcast, appearing on channel 10 and 788.

Then two technical changes took place:

  • On 28th March 2018, after nearly two months of dual-running, ITV swapped the old copy of ITV3 with the new copy.
  • On 3rd April 2018, the old copy was turned off. A retune message now appears in its place.

This has resulted in some households needing to retune to continue watching ITV3 on Freeview channel 10. Those who see the retune message on channel 10 have the old copy of ITV3.

Viewers have been advised they may need to do a full retune, or first time installation to reinstate the channel, rather than a 'new channel scan' or 'add channels scan' that some devices offer, otherwise channel 10 will continue to contain the old, "dead" version of ITV3.

The changes are separate to the national programme to change Freeview frequencies in preparation for 5G mobile services, which has resulted in some users having had to retune their TVs already in recent weeks.

Also on relays
With the change, ITV3 is now universally available from all Freeview relay transmitters.

Viewers who receive a reduced channel line-up from a relay transmitter (i.e. without access to commercial channels such as Dave, Sky News and 4Music) should check to see if they have ITV3 on channel 10 - if not, they should retune.

Article updated on 04/04/2018: the old copy of ITV3 has now fallen silent.

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