How to receive STV and STV2

STV is the licence holder for the Channel 3 service in central and northern Scotland. Available on channel 3 or 103 on all main TV platforms within its broadcast area, the broadcaster is also available in other parts of the UK (see below).

STV2 is the new channel from STV, available in central and northern Scotland on the following platforms:
  • Freeview channel 8 (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee areas only - see coverage maps at the foot of this page)
  • Virgin Media channel 159 (Glasgow and Edinburgh only)
  • Sky channel 117 (all of central and northern Scotland)  

Receiving STV and STV2 across the UK

You can watch STV and STV2 programmes online via the STV Player app, which is now available on all major connected TVs and devices or through

Tip: where required, use a Central or Northern Scottish postcode, such as G51 1PQ to be able to access the full range of STV content. STV content is restricted in postcodes outside of its broadcast area.

Satellite viewers throughout the British Isles can manually add STV to their other channels list using the parameters listed below via the Astra 2 satellite system used for Sky (UK/RoI) and Freesat.

STV HD (Central West)
Frequency:        11068
Polarisation: Vertical
Mode:         DVB-S2, 8PSK
Symbol Rate:  23000 (23.0 Mbaud)
FEC:          3/4
Only the Glasgow news region is carried in HD.

STV standard definition
Frequency:    10906
Polarisation: Vertical
Mode:         DVB-S, QPSK
Symbol Rate:  22000
FEC:          5/6

Channel/Region    Service ID
STV North (Aberdeen)   10210
STV Central West (Glas)10220
STV Central East (Edin)10221
STV North (Dundee)     10225
Please note: STV+1 is not available on satellite.

Sky receivers only. Not free-to-air, so not available on Freesat receivers.

Frequency:    11479
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate:  22000(22.0 Mbaud)
FEC:          5/6
Mode:         DVB-S, QPSK
Service ID:   50894

How to manually add channels on Sky...

STV2 Freeview coverage
The channel is currently only available on Freeview and YouView channel 8 in the following areas, and may be subject to the direction and quality of your aerial. The channel should appear following a retune.

Maps from Ofcom.

Aberdeen coverage area

Ayr coverage area

Dundee coverage area

Edinburgh coverage area

Glasgow coverage area