Freeview in Scotland

Last updated: January 12, 2017
Transmitter: Black Hill, Glasgow (Channels may vary in other regions)

Freeview UKEach Freeview multiplex is an error-protected bitstream of 24, 27 or 40 megabits per second, which can be used for almost any combination of digitally-encoded video, audio and data.
The DVB-T and DVB-T2 standards provides a multiplex service that can make trade-offs between the number of services and the picture and audio quality.
A number of services use the same bandwidth at different times. For example CBeebies and BBC Four currently use the same space in their multiplex, with CBeebies broadcasting from 6am until 7pm and BBC Four from 7pm.
some multiplexes allocate more bandwidth to services, providing a smaller number of higher-quality services.
Freeview currently uses DVB-T/MPEG-2 and DVB-T2/MPEG-4 systems for terrestrial transmissions.

The modulation of the multiplexes can be varied to squeeze higher digital bitrates out of the same portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, requiring a stronger signal for good reception.
The modulation schemes used in the UK are, in order of bandwidth efficiency, each with a progressively higher bitrate, at the cost of progressively higher likelihood of signal degradation:

QPSK – Quadrature Phase Shift Keying
Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (QPSK) is a form of Phase Shift Keying in which two bits are modulated at once, selecting one of four possible carrier phase shifts (0, 90, 180, or 270 degrees). QPSK allows the signal to carry twice as much information as ordinary PSK using the same bandwidth. QPSK is used for satellite transmission of MPEG2 video, cable modems, videoconferencing, cellular phone systems, and other forms of digital communication over an RF carrier.

16-QAM (no longer used as of digital switchover)
64-QAM (only used on the DVB-T multiplex)
256-QAM (only used on the DVB-T2 multiplex)
1024-QAM
2048-QAM (Currently in development)

For more information on UK multiplexes and bitrates see: http://en.digitalbitrate.com
For more information on UK multiplexes see:  http://www.terrestrialtv.uk
For Freeview channel listings see: www.digitaluk.co.uk/industry/Channels/channel_listings
For retuning information see: www.digitaluk.co.uk/howtoretune/retuning_instructions

Freeview Website: www.freeview.co.uk


Freeview Lite

Freeview LiteWhat is referred to as ‘Freeview Lite’, is actually the three PSB multiplexes, PSB 1 operated by the BBC, PSB2 operated by ITV plc and Channel 4 and PSB3 operated by the BBC.
PSB3 transmits in DVB-T2 and contains simulcasts of the PSB channels in HD.

These three Public Service multiplexes are obliged by their public service status to reach 98% of the UK population, this is in contrast to commercial multiplexes which have no such obligation and broadcast where it is considered commercially viable. It is up to the individual operators to decide whether or not their mux should be made available to rural areas via relay transmitters.
Most affected, are northern and central Wales, the Scottish Highland and islands, parts of England, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.

This could change in the future, as multiplexes migrate to DVB-t2 and PSB standard channels are replaced with a HD versions.
An aerial upgrade could also be an option in some areas, allowing reception of the commercial muxes.

Viewers with limited or poor Freeview reception, can receive most Freeview channels, though not all, on satellite, either through Freesat or Freesat from Sky.

 


COLOUR KEYS
TELEVISION
RADIO
IPTV
DATA

 

 

 

 

 

PSB 1
Channel
LCN
Encryption
Information
BBC One Scotland
1
Clear
National & Regional variation.
BBC Two Scotland
2
Clear
National
BBC Alba
7
Clear
Mon-Fri 17:00-00:00 Sat 16:00-01:00 Sun 16:00-00:00.
BBC FOUR
9
Clear
19:00 – 05;30.
CBBC
70
Clear
07:00 – 19:00.
CBeebies
71
Clear
05:30 – 19:00.
BBC News
80
Clear
24 hours.
BBC Parliament
81
Clear
24 hours.
BBC Red Button 1 601 Clear
24 hours.
BBC Red Button
200
Clear
24 hours.
BBC Radio 1
700
Clear
Mon-Fri 00:00 – 1700 Sat 00:00 – 16:00 Sun 01:00-16:00
BBC 1Xtra
701
Clear
24 hours.
BBC Radio 2
702
Clear
Mon-Fri 00:00 – 1700 Sat 00:00 – 16:00 Sun 01:00 – 16:00
BBC Radio 3
703
Clear
Mon-Fri 00:00 – 1700 Sat 00:00 – 16:00 Sun 01:00 – 16:00
BBC Radio 4
704
Clear
24 hours.
BBC Radio 5 Live
705
Clear
24 hours.
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
706
Clear
Various broadcasting hours.
BBC 6 Music
707
Clear
24 hours.
BBC Radio 4 Extra
708
Clear
24 hours.
BBC Asian Network
709
Clear
24 hours.
BBC World Service
710
Clear
Mon-Fri 00:00 – 1700 Sat 00:00 – 16:00 Sun 01:00 – 16:00
BBC Radio Scotland
719
Clear
24 hours.
BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal 720 Clear Mon-Fri 00:00 – 1700 Sat 00:00 – 16:00 Sun 01:00 – 16:00
Technical Information
Operated by: The BBC
Transmission Standard: DVB-T (MPEG-2)
Guard: 1/32 guard = 24.1Mbps
FEC: 2/3
Modulation: 64 QAM (24,000 kbps)
Carrier type: 8K
Operational band: UHF
When BBC Alba is on air, Scottish Freeview viewers lose some of the BBC radio stations on the platform. these are switched off when BBC Alba is on air during the evening.
Six of the other radio stations are still available to listeners on FM radio. The other four remain available on DAB digital radio, via free-to-air digital satellite on both the Sky and Freesat platforms, and at www.bbc.co.uk/radio.
When BBC ALBA is on the air. BBC News reduces its bitrate from 192 kBit/s to 128 kBit/s.

Between 17:00 – 00:00 on weekdays, 16:00 – 01:00 on Saturdays, and 16:00 – 00:00 on Sundays, Freeview viewers in Scotland can no longer listen to the following stations:BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio nan Gaidhael
BBC World ServiceWhen BBC Alba is on air, the following BBC radio stations have to reduce their bitrates:
BBC Radio Scotland (mono in the evenings)
BBC Radio 1Xtra (stereo)
BBC Radio 4 (mono in the evenings)
BBC Radio 4 Extra (mono in the evenings)
BBC Radio 5 live (stereo)
BBC Radio 5 live sports extra (mono in the evenings)
BBC Radio 6 Music (stereo)
BBC Asian Network (mono in the evenings)

 

PSB 2
Channel
LCN
Encryption
Information
STV
3
Clear
Regional variations.
Channel 4
4
Clear
24 hours.
Channel 5
5
Clear
24 hours.
ITV2
6
Clear
24 hours.
Channel 4+1
13
Clear
Timeshift version of Channel 4.
More4
14
Clear
Entertainment.
Film4
15
Clear
Films.
E4
28
Clear
Entertainment.
STV+1
33
Clear
24 hours.
Freeview Information 100 Clear
24 hours.
Technical Information
Operated by: ITV/Channel 5
Transmission Standard: DVB-T (MPEG-2)
Guard: 1/32 guard = 24.1Mbps FEC: 2/3
Modulation: 64 QAM (24,100 kbps)
Carrier type: 8K
Operational band: UHF

 

PSB 3
Channel
LCN
Encryption
Information
Film4 +1
45 Clear
24 hours.
BBC One Scotland HD
101
Clear
HD simulcast of BBC One.
BBC Two Scotland HD
102
Clear
HD simulcast of BBC Two.
STV HD
103
Clear
HD simulcast of ITV.
Channel 4HD
104
Clear
HD simulcast of Channel 4.
Channel 5 HD
105
Clear
HD simulcast of Channel 5.
CBBC HD
123
Clear
HD simulcast of CBBC.
Technical Information
Operated by: The BBC
Transmission Standard: DVB-T2 (MPEG-4)
Guard: 1/128
FEC: 2/3
Modulation: 256 QAM
Carrier type: 32KE
Operational band: UHF
Note on Video & Audio bitrates
Video for each channel can range between 3 Mb/s and 17 Mb/s.
AAC or Dolby Digital Plus audio is transmitted at 320 kb/s for 5.1 surround sound, with stereo audio at 128 kb/s.
Audio description takes up 64 kb/s, subtitles 200 kb/s and the data stream.
Interactive applications, just 50 kb/s.

 

COM 4
Channel
EPG
Encryption
Information
ITV3
10
Clear
Entertainment.
QVC
16
Clear
24 hours.
Drama
20
Clear
05:00 – 02:00.
5USA
21 Clear
24 hours.
ITVBe
26
Clear
24 hours.
ITV 2+1
27
Clear
07:00 – 18:00.
5STAR
30
Clear
06:00 – 23:00.
ITV3+1
34
Clear
18:0 0- 00:00
QUEST
38
Clear
11:00 – 01:00.
The Store
39
Clear
18:00 – 06:00.
Channel 5+1
44
Clear
24 hours.
My5
54
Clear
24 hours.
ITV Be+1 58 Clear
Various
True Entertainment
61
Clear
24 hours.
ITV4+1
62
Clear
04:00 – 06:00.
CBS Reality
 66
Clear
24 hours.
Horror Channel
70
Clear
24 hours.
Blaze 83 Clear 04:00-03:00.
Blaze +1 84 Clear 03:00-04:00.
Hochanda 85 Clear 0300-0400.
CITV
122
Clear
06:00 – 18:00.
Xpanded TV
182
Mediaguard
00:00 – 04:00.
Studio 66
185
Mediaguard
00:00-06:00
Ketchup TV 96 Subscription VOD Service for children.
CCTV 226 IPTV 24 hours.
Racing UK 231 IPTV (Subscription) 24 hours.
Sonlife 239 IPTV 24 hours.
Vision TV 244 IPTV 24 hours.
JSTV 246 IPTV (Subscription) 24 hours.
kykeNET 247 IPTV (Subscription) 24 hours.
Huda TV 249 IPTV 24 hours.
Revelation TV 250 IPTV 24 hours.
Showcase TV 254 IPTV 24 hours.
Box Nation 255 IPTV 24 hours.
Arise News 257 IPTV 24 hours.
Loveworld 258 IPTV 24 hours.
Adult Section Caption
170
Clear
Information message only
Travel
300
Clear
24 hours.
Capital FM
724
Clear
24 hours.
Absolute Radio
727
Clear
24 hours.
Heart
728
Clear
24 hours.
Technical Information
Operated by: SDN
Transmission Standard: DVB-T (MPEG-2)
Guard: 1/32 guard = 27.1Mbps
FEC: 3/4
Modulation: 64 QAM (24,100 kbps)
Carrier type: 8K
Operational band: UHF

 

COM 5
Channel
EPG
Encryption
Information
Pick TV
11
Clear
24 hours.
Dave
12
Clear
07:00 – 03:00.
Really
17
Clear
08:00 – 04:00.
Create & Craft
23 Clear
06:00 – 18:00.
E4+1
29
Clear
24 hours.
Movie Mix
32
Clear
24 hours.
Food Network
41
Clear
General Entertainment.
Gems TV
43
Clear
24 hours.
Challenge
46
Clear
24 hours.
movies4men
48
Clear
24 hours.
TJC 49 Clear 08:00-04:00 & via Red Button when off air.
TBN UK
65
Clear
24 hours.
truTV 68 Clear 24 hours.
truTV +1 69 Clear 05:00 – 08:00.
YourTV 72 Clear Various
Tiny Pop
126
Clear
15:00 – 19:00.
Sky News
132
Clear
24 hours.
smileTV3
173
Mediaguard
22:00 – 05:00.
PARTY
175
Mediaguard
00:00 – 07:00.
Blue
176
Mediaguard
04:00 – 05:00.
Babestation 2
177
Mediaguard
05:00 – 06:00.
Kiss Me TV
207
Clear
24 hours.
Proud Dating
208
Clear
24 hours.
talkSPORT
723
Clear
24 hours.
RNIB Connect
730
Clear
24 hours.
Technical Information
Operated by: Arqiva
Transmission Standard: DVB-T (MPEG-2)
Guard: 1/32 guard = 27.1Mbps
FEC: 3/4
Modulation: 64 QAM (24,100 kbps)
Carrier type: 8K
Operational band: UHF

COM6
Channel
EPG
Encryption
Information
4Music
18
Clear
24 hours.
Yesterday
19
Clear
06:00 – 18:00.
Ideal World
22
Clear
05:00 – 00:00.
Home
25
Clear
24 hours.
Spike
31
Clear
11:00 – 09:00
QVC Beauty
35
Clear
08:00 – 13:00.
QVC Style
36 Clear
01:00 – 05:00.
QUEST +1
38
Clear
24 hours.
Rocks & Co 1
40
Clear
13:00 – 23:00 & via IPTV when off air.
Travel Channel
42
Clear
24 hours.
4Seven
47
Clear
24 hours.
BT Showcase
59
Clear 12:00-00:00.
CBS Action
64
Clear
24 hours.
YourTV +1
73
Clear 09:00 – 11:00
Jewellery Maker 76 Clear 09:00-13:00 & via IPTV on red button when off-air.
Shop 8 to 12 78 Clear 08:00-12:00.
Dave Ja Vu 79 Clear 24 hours.
POP 125 Clear 24 hours.
RT 135 Clear 24 hours. RTDoc (RTД) via Red Button.
smileTV2 172 Mediaguard 00:00-05:00
Babestation 174 Mediaguard 23:00-04:45. Pay Per View
Adult Section
199
Clear
Data, 24 hours.
The Hits Radio
711
Clear
24 hours.
KISS FRESH 712 Clear 24 hours.
Kiss 713 Clear 24 hours.
KISSTORY 714 Clear 24 hours.
Magic
715 Clear
24 hours.
Heat
716
Clear
24 hours.
Kerrang!
717 Clear
24 hours.
Smooth FM
718
Clear
24 hours.
Premier Radio
725
Clear
24 hours.
Classic FM 731 Clear 24 hours.
LBC
732
Clear
24 hours.
Technical Information
Operated by: Arqiva
Transmission Standard: DVB-T (MPEG-2)
Guard: 1/32 guard = 27.1Mbps
FEC: 3/4
Modulation: 64 QAM (24,100 kbps)
Carrier type: 8K
Operational band: UHF

 

COM7
Channel
EPG
Encryption
Information
5USA +1 56 Clear 18:00-05:00.
VIVA 57
Clear
05:00-17:00.
CBS Reality +1 67
Clear
24 hours.
CBS Drama 71
Clear
24 hours.
Rishtey Europe 77 Clear 24 hours.
Talking Pictures 81 Clear 24 hours.
Vintage TV 82 Clear 24 hours.
Keep It Country 87 Clear 24 hours.
BBC Four HD
106
Clear
HD simulcast of BBC Four.
BBC News HD
107
Clear
HD simulcast of BBC News.
Al Jazeera HD
108
Clear
HD simulcast of Al Jazeera.
Channel 4 +1 HD 109 Clear HD simulcast of Channel 4 +1.
4seven HD 110 Clear HD simulcast of 4seven.
RT HD 113 Clear 24 hours.
CBeebies HD
124
Clear
HD simulcast of CBeebies.
Planet Knowledge
245 Clear 24 hours.  (VOD Service)
Trans World Radio
733 Clear 24 hours.
Technical Information
Operated by: Arqiva
Standard: DVB-T2 (MPEG-4)

Guard: 1/128
FEC: 2/3
Modulation: 256 QAM
Carrier type: 32KE
Operational band: UHF
Note on Video & Audio bitrates
Video for each channel can range between 3 Mb/s and 17 Mb/s.
AAC or Dolby Digital Plus audio is transmitted at 320 kb/s for 5.1 surround sound, with stereo audio at 128 kb/s.
Audio description takes up 64 kb/s, subtitles 200 kb/s and the data stream.
Interactive applications, just 50 kb/s.

 

COM8
Channel
EPG
Encryption
Information
5STAR +1 55 Clear 24 hours.
Community 63 Clear 24 hours.
More4 +1 86 Clear Various
The Craft Channel 88 Clear 07:00 – 19:00.
Front Runner 91 Clear 19:00 – 07:00.
QVC +1 HD
111 Clear 01:00 – 13:00.
QVC Beauty HD 112 Clear 13:00 – 01:00.
Technical Information
Operated by: Arqiva

Standard: DVB-T2 (MPEG-4)
Guard: 1/128
FEC: 2/3 Modulation: 256 QAM
Carrier type: 32KE
Operational band: UHF

 

 

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