Freeview TV guide updates on Aug 2

Freeview is updating its TV guide to make way for new channel launches. As part of the update, the nation’s largest TV broadcaster is asking viewers to retune their devices to ensure they are receiving the refreshed channel line-up. The platform offers viewers 70 SD and 15 HD TV channels through an aerial with no subscription. As part of the update, some channels will move positions in the TV guide.

Some devices will retune automatically, for those that don’t, viewers are recommended to retune on the afternoon or evening of August 2nd or any time thereafter. On-screen messages will appear on channels reminding viewers to retune from this date. Those who do not choose to retune will continue to receive access to the Freeview service but may be missing some recently launched channels. Following the updates, channels will be grouped in to the following genres:

General Entertainment 1-199 (HD Channels 101-139)
Children’s 201-229
News 231-249
Text 250-259
Streamed 260-299

Since 2015, 18 new channels from major networks have launched on Freeview including BLAZE from A+E Networks, and Discovery’s Quest Red.

Guy North, Managing Director, Freeview said “We’re preparing the nation for a bigger and better Freeview platform. We’ve welcomed many new additions to the channel line up in the past couple of years and today’s update ensures we have enough space for even more new and exciting launches.”

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