Freeview Channels

Freeview InformationLast updated on September 3, 2017
Freeview is an operator of free digital terrestrial television in the United Kingdom, using the DVB-T and DVB-T2 standards. The Freeview brand name, owned by DTV Services, is used to promote free digital terrestrial television services as a whole and those services operated by companies who rent capacity from Freeview Consortium shareholders.


Re-tuning

Common Freeview problems such as missing channels and incorrect channel numbers are due to the frequent multiplex changes implemented by Freeview. Freeview viewers need to re-tune their TVs or boxes from time to time to receive the latest channel line-up.

Some set top boxes will automatically advise when re-tuning is necessary and an on-screen retuning menu appears. Delete the current EPG Channel List on your set top box or IDTV and then carry out a full channel re-installation using your Freeview boxes “automatic” or “manual” channel installation mode. Automatic tuning is often referred to as ‘Auto Set Up’, or ”Factory Reset’ or full ‘Auto Tune’, depending on the make or model of the TV or set top box.

Manual channel tuning mode allows channel search and installation by UHF channel number and is recommended in areas where Freeview signals from more than one transmitter can be received.

Freeview Lite

Com4, Com5 & Com6 Com7 and Com8 are not available in Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands & the Isle of Man. Only PSB multiplexes are available in these areas.
Viewers should consider supplementing Freeview with a satellite option (Freesat or Sky).

Website: www.freeview.co.uk

Freeview ScanFor more information on Freeview (DTT) see:

Complete table of DTT UK London (digitalbitrate.com)

Freeview Channels and Channel Numbers (KSL Technical)

List of DTT channels in the United Kingdom (Wikipedia)

Bitrates on Freeview HD (Nigel Whitfield’s digital TV & technology blog)

How signal stregth, quality and bitrate relate (UK Free TV)

For frequencies & multiplexes, see www.terrestrialtv.uk


 

Freeview Bitrates

PSB1 Freeview Bitrates
PSB1 from Crystal Palace

TV bitrates are variable (Variable Bitrate – VBR), as services are carried in a multiplex and are usually statistically multiplexed within that. The various platforms, satellite and Freeview have different channels and data capacities per mux, so this adds another variable.
The total bitrate available for all the HD channels on Freeview is around 40 Mbits/second. HD Multiplexes are set up so that each channel has a variable amount of capacity, of between 3 and 17Mbits/second.

Bitrates change depending on the complexities of the pictures of all the channels on that individual multiplex. DVB-T2 multiplexes make more efficient use of available bandwidth than DVB-T multiplexes, though High Definition (HD) channels require more bandwidth than Standard Definition (SD) channels.
Fast moving complex pictures require a higher bitrates in order to give good picture quality, whereas slow moving, more static, less complex pictures need a lower bitrate.

Computer controlled algorithms determine the bitrate for each channel on the multiplex and therefore the bitrate is constantly changing for each channel depending on the complexity of that channel’s picture as well as the pictures on all the other channels on that multiplex.
Listed in the table are the average and maximum bitrates for the listed broadcasters, only Free-To-Air channels are listed.

Freeview TV Channels
Only national Free-To-Air channels are listed
EPG
Channel
Genre Information Resolution Audio Bitrate MUX
1
BBC One (Regional)
Entertainment 24 hours 704 x 576 256 kbps PSB1
2
BBC Two (Nations)
Entertainment 24 hours 704 x 576 256 kbps PSB1
3
ITV (Regional)
Entertainment 24 hours 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB2
3
STV (Scotland)
Entertainment 24 hours 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB2
3
UTV (Northern Ireland)
Entertainment 24 hours 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB2
4
Channel 4
Entertainment 24 hours 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB2
4
S4C (Wales)
Entertainment 24 hours 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB2
5
Channel 5
Entertainment 24 hours 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB2
6
ITV2
Entertainment 24 hours 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB2
7
Local TV in England
Various  24 hours 720 x 576 192 kbps Local Mux
8
Local TV in England
Various 24 hours 720 x 576 192 kbps Local Mux
8
Channel 4 (Wales)
Entertainment 24 hours 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB2
8
BBC Alba (Scotland)
Gaelic language Limited hours 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB1
9
BBC Four
Culture 7pm to 4am 704 x 576 192 kbps PSB1
10
ITV3
Entertainment 24 hours 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4 (PSB2 C.I.)
11
Pick TV
Entertainment 24 hours 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
12
Dave
Entertainment 24 hours 544 x 576  128 kbps COM5
13
Channel 4+1
Entertainment 24 hours 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB2
14
More 4
Entertainment 9am to 3am 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB2
15
Film4
Films 11am to 8:45 am 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB2
16
QVC
Shopping 24 hours 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
17
Really (0800-0400)
Entertainment Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
18
4Music
Music 24 hours 720 x 576 128 kbps COM6
19
Yesterday
Entertainment  Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
20
Drama
Lifestyle Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
21
5USA
Entertainment 12pm to 1am 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
22
Ideal World
Shopping 24 hours 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
23
Create & Craft
Shopping Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
24
ITV4
Entertainment 24 hours 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB2
25
Home
Entertainment 24 hours 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
26
ITVBe
Entertainment Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
27
ITV2+1
Entertainment 19:00-04:00 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
28
E4
Entertainment Various 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB2 (COM4 in Wales)
29
E4 + 1
Entertainment Various 720 x 576 128 kbps COM5
30
5STAR
Entertainment 6am to 11pm 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
31
Spike
Entertainment 24 hours 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
32
Sony Movie Channel Films 24 hours 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
33
ITV+1
Entertainment 24 hours 720 x 576 192 kbps PSB2
34
ITV3+1
Timeshift of ITV3 1800 – 0000 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
 35
 QVC Beauty
Shopping Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
37
QUEST
Shopping 24 hours 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
38
QUEST +1
Entertainment 10am to 12am 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
39
CBS Action Entertainment Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
40
Rocks & Co 1
Shopping Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
41
Food Network
Food Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
42
Travel Channel
Entertainment Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
43
Gems TV
Shopping 1am to 11am 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
44
Channel 5+1
Entertainment 24 hours 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
45
Film4+1
Entertainment 24 hours 544 x 576 96 – 112 kbps AC3 PSB3
46
Challenge TV
Entertainment Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
47
4seven
Entertainment Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
48
Movies4Men
Films Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
49
TJC Shopping 6:00pm – 10:00pm 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
54
My5 Entertainment Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
55 5STAR +1 Entertainment Various 544 x 576 96 – 112 kbps AC3 COM8
56 5USA +1 Entertainment Various 544 x 576 96 – 112 kbps AC3 COM7
57
VIVA Music Various 544 x 576 96 – 112 kbps AC3 COM7
58 ITVBe +1 Entertainment Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
59 ITV4 +1   Limited hours 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
60
True Crime Entertainment 24 hours 720 x 576 128 kbps Local Mux
61
True Entertainment
Entertainment 24 hours 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
62
True Movies
Films 2100 – 0500 720 x 576 128 kbps Local Mux
63
Blaze Entertainment 0400 – 0300 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
64 CBS Action +1  Entertainment  24 hours 544 x 576 96 – 112 kbps COM7
65 TBN UK Religion Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
66 CBS Reality Entertainment Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
67 CBS Reality +1 Entertainment Various 544 x 576 96 – 112 kbps AC3 COM7
68 tru TV Entertainment Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
69 tru TV +1 Entertainment Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
70
Horror Channel Entertainment Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
71
CBS Drama Entertainment Various 544 x 576 96 – 112 kbps AC3 COM7
72
YourTV
Entertainment Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
73
YourTV +1
Entertainment 0900 – 1100 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
76
Jewellery Maker
Jewellery Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
77
Community Channel Various Various 544 x 576 96 – 112 kbps AC3 COM8
78
Sewing Quarter Shopping 0800 – 1200 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
79
Dave ja vu
Entertainment Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
80
Blaze +1
Entertainment 0400 – 0300 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
81
Talking Pictures TV
Films Various 544 x 576 96 – 112 kbps AC3 COM7
82
Vintage TV
Music Various 544 x 576 96 – 112 kbps AC3 COM7
85
Hochanda
Crafts, Hobbies Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
86
More +1
Entertainment Various 720 x 576 192 kbps COM8
87
Keep It Country
Country Music Various 544 x 576  96 – 112 kbps AC3 COM7
88
Quest Red +1
Entertainment 1900 – 0400 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
92 QUEST +1 Entertainment 1300 – 2300 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
93 TJC Choice Shopping 1300 – 2300 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
95 Freesports (From August 31 2017) Sport 24 hours N/A N/A COM8
100
Freeview Information
Information 24 hours  N/A N/A PSB2
101
BBC One HD (England)
HD Simulcast 24 hours 1920 x 1080 128 – 160 kbps AC3 PSB3
101
BBC One Scotland HD
HD Simulcast 24 hours 1920 x 1080 128 – 160 kbps AC3 PSB3
101 BBC One Wales HD HD Simulcast 24 hours 1920 x 1080 128 – 160 kbps AC3 PSB3
101 BBC One N.I.  HD HD Simulcast 24 hours 1920 x 1080 128 – 160 kbps AC3 PSB3
102
BBC Two HD
HD Simulcast 24 hours 1920 x 1080 128 – 160 kbps AC3 PSB3
103
ITV HD
HD Simulcast 24 hours 1920 x 1080 160 kbps PSB3
103
STV HD (Scotland)
Entertainment 24 hours 1920 x 1080 160 kbps PSB3
103 UTV HD (Northern Ireland) Entertainment 24 hours 1920 x 1080 160 kbps PSB3
104
Channel 4 HD
HD Simulcast 24 hours 1920 x 1080 128 – 160 kbps AC3 PSB3
105
Channel 5HD
HD Simulcast 7pm to 4am 1920 x 1080 128 – 160 kbps AC3 PSB3
106
BBC Four HD
HD Simulcast 7pm to 4am 1920 x 1080 128 – 160 kbps AC3 PSB3
107
BBC News HD
HD Simulcast 24 hours 1920 x 1080 128 – 160 kbps AC3 COM7
108
Al Jazeera English HD
HD Simulcast 24 hours 1920 x 1080 128 – 160 kbps AC3 COM7
109
Channel 4 +1 HD
HD Simulcast 24 hours 1920 x 1080 128 – 160 kbps AC3 COM7
110
4Seven HD
HD Simulcast Various 1920 x 1080 128 – 160 kbps AC3 COM7
111
QVC +1 HD HD Simulcast Various 1920 x 1080 96 – 112 kbps AC3 COM8
112 QVC Beauty HD HD Simulcast Various 1920 x 1080 96 – 112 kbps AC3 COM8
113 RT HD News 24 hours 1920 x 1080 128 kbps COM7
114 Colors HD Asian 24 hours 1920 x 1080  128 – 160 kbps AC3 COM8
115 BT Showcase HD BT 24 hours 1920 x 1080  128 – 160 kbps AC3 COM8
201 CBBC Children’s TV Various 704 x 576 192 kbps PSB1
202 CBeebies Children’s TV Various 704 x 576 192 kbps PSB1
203 CITV Children’s TV Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM4
204 CBBBC HD Children’s TV Various 1920 x 1080 96 – 112 kbps AC3 PSB3
205 CBeebies HD Children’s TV Various 1920 x 1080 96 – 112 kbps AC3 PSB3
206 POP Children’s TV Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
207 Tiny Pop Children’s TV Various 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
208 KIX Children’s TV 0500 – 2100  544 x 576  128 kbps Local Mux
231
BBC News
News 24 hours 704 x 576 128 kbps PSB1
232 BBC Parliament News 24 hours 544 x 576 128 kbps PSB1
233 Sky News News 24 hours 544 x 576 128 kbps COM5
234 RT (RTД via red button) News 24 hours 544 x 576 128 kbps COM6
   

 


 

Freeview Radio

BBC Radio 2 on FreeviewThere are currently 29 stations available nationally on Freeview, these include both BBC and commercial radio stations.
Channel numbers are liable to change without notice and bitrates can also change from time to time.

Freeview radio quality on most BBC national radio stations is 192 kbps, though this is an acceptable quality, it is still not as good as FM.
Voice quality is almost identical between Freeview and FM, speech does not make great demands on bandwidth.

However, when music becomes more demanding, with more background instruments playing at the same time, FM still provides a much more enjoyable listening experience.
It is not that FM is better than Freeview, it is more to do with bandwidth limitations and the bitrates broadcasters use on the platform.
Currently all radio stations are on DVB-T multiplexes using older less efficient MPEG 2 encoding.

As is the case with DAB, Freeview is a space constricted platform with a limited number of multiplexes. Freeview will never be able to offer the same range of stations available on other UK platforms.

Freeview Radio
Station Multiplex EPG No. Bitrate Audio Description
BBC Radio 1 PSB1 700 192 kbps Joint Stereo Current hit music, dance and rock.
BBC 1 Xtra PSB1 701 160 kbps Joint Stereo Urban music, hip-hop, grime and dancehall.
BBC Radio 2 PSB1 702 192 kbps Joint Stereo Adult contemporary, oldies, country, jazz, soul and funk.
BBC Radio 3 PSB1 703 192 kbps Joint Stereo Classical, jazz, world music, arts, culture and drama.
BBC Radio 4 PSB1 704 192 kbps Joint Stereo Spoken-word programming, drama and philosophy.
BBC Radio 5 Live PSB1 705 96 kbp/s Mono News, current affairs, discussion and sport.
BBC Radio 5 SX PSB1 706 96 kbps Mono Additional sports coverage.
BBC 6 Music PSB1 707 160 kbps Joint Stereo Alternative music, rock, reggae and other minor genres.
BBC Radio 4 Extra PSB1 708 160 kbps Joint Stereo Archive programming, including drama, plays and comedy.
BBC Asian Network PSB1 709 128 kbps Joint Stereo Station for the British-Asian community.
BBC World Service PSB1 710 96 kbps Mono International radio station for current affairs.
BBC Local Radio PSB1 719 96 kbps Mono Local radio in England.
BBC Radio Scotland (Scotland only) PSB1 719 128 kbps Joint Stereo BBC Radio Scotland is Scotland’s national radio station.
BBC Radio Nan Gàidheal (Scotland only) PSB1 720 128 kbps Joint Stereo BBC radio station, broadcasting in Scottish Gaelic.
BBC Radio Wales (Wales only) PSB1 719 128 kbps Joint Stereo BBC Radio Wales is Wales’s national English language radio station.
BBC Radio Cymru (Wales only) PSB1 720 128 kbps Joint Stereo BBC Radio Cymru is Wales’s national Welsh-language radio station.
BBC Radio Ulster (NI only) PSB1 719 128 kbps Joint Stereo BBC Radio Ulster is one of two national stations in NI.
BBC Radio Foyle (NI only) PSB1 720 128 kbps Joint Stereo BBC Radio Foyle is one of two national stations in NI.
BBC Radio London (London) PSB1 721 96 kbps Mono Local BBC radio for London.
The Hits Radio Com6 711 64 kbps Mono Contemporary pop music.
KISS FRESH Com5 712 64 kbps Mono Hip-hop, R&B, EDM, House and Garage.
Kiss Com5 713 64 kbps Mono Dance, hip-hop, R&B.
KISSTORY Com5 714 64 kbps Mono Electronica, dance, R&B, trip hop, acid house, alternative dance.
Magic Com5 715 64 kbps Mono Hot Adult Contemporary.
heat Com6 716 64 kbps Mono Contemporary music.
Smooth Radio Com6 718  64 kbps Mono Adult contemporary.
Kerrang! Com5 722 64 kbps Mono Rock music.
Talksport Com5 723  64 kbps Mono Sports commentary, discussion and news.
Capital FM Com4 724 128 kbps Joint Stereo Contemporary hit radio, news, entertainment, speech, showbiz.
Premier Radio Com6 725 64 kbps Mono Christian programming.
U105 (NI only) PSB2 726 160 kbps Joint Stereo Soft AC/Oldies/Easy listening.
Absolute Radio Com4 727 128 kbps Joint Stereo Modern adult contemporary.
Heart Com4 728 128 kbps Joint Stereo Rhythmic AC & Hot AC.
RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta (NI only) NIMUX 729 Not known Not known Irish-language radio service from RTÉ.
RNIB Connect Com5 730 64 kbps Mono Radio for the Blind and partially sighted (RNIB).
Classic FM Com5 731 128 kbps Stereo Classical music.
LBC Com5 732 64 kbps Mono Rolling news and discussions.
Trans World Radio (TWR) Com7 733 64 kbps Mono Christian programming.

 

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