Freeview – Information on the upcoming COM7 closures
On 29th & 30th June 2022 there are changes being made to the way some channels are currently broadcast.
Since the decision by Ofcom to make more bandwidth available for mobile data, the Ofcom licenses for some channels using the affected airwaves has expired. This means that affected channels are making changes to the way they are broadcast moving forward. Please see below for a list of affected channels and more information on what changes are taking place.
Viewers will need to retune their TV on both the 29th & 30th June 2022 to update their channels and to keep your TV Guide up to date. Viewers can find more information on how to retune on the retune videos page.
There will be MHEG pop ups going live across channels starting on Thurs 23rd June 2022 and these will run up until the 30th when the final changes have taken place.
Please do not use the below information for any website or viewer facing comms, it includes technical information not meant for viewer consumption. For any viewer facing comms or pages please use or point to our service updates page which will be in place from 23rd June 2022.
CHANGES TAKING PLACE ON 29TH JUNE 2022
- 4 Music – LCN 31 will be changing name to E4 Extra there will be no change to broadcast hours or content
- Together TV – LCN 83 will be moving to ARQ A and broadcast between 03:00 & 07:30, this will result in an increase in coverage
- That’s TV (UK) – LCN 91 will be moving to ARQ B and broadcast between 07:00 & 01:00 this will result in an increase in coverage
- Quest Red+1 – LCN 71 will be moving to ARQ B and broadcast 24/7, this will result in an increase in coverage
- BBC FOUR HD – LCN 106 will be moving to BBC B there will be no change to broadcast hours, this will result in an increase in coverage
- CBeebies HD – LCN 205 will be moving to BBC B there will be no change to broadcast hours, this will result in an increase in coverage
- Craft Extra – LCN 95 this channel will no longer be available on Freeview
CHANGES TAKING PLACE ON 30TH JUNE 2022
- Horror – LCN 41 will be rebranded to “Legend” there will be no changes to broadcast hours or content
- Now 80s – LCN 77 Will be moving to Canis (Manchester Mux) this will result in a reduction in coverage
- That’s Music – LCN 92 Will be moving to ARQ B – LCN 91 and broadcast between 01:00 & 07:00 They will also be rebranded to “Classic Hits” this will result in an increase to coverage
- CBS Drama – LCN 68 Will be moving to Comux and be rebranded to “Reality Xtra” this will result in a reduction to coverage
- That’s TV (UK) – LCN 91 will be moving to LCN 65
The following channels will be closing or no longer available on Freeview:
- CBS Justice – LCN 69
- Freesports – LCN 65
- More4+1 –LCN 86
- PBS America+1 –LCN 87
- FORCES TV – LCN 96
- BBC News HD – LCN 107
- QVC HD – LCN 111
- QVC Beauty HD – LCN 112
- Quest HD – LCN 114
Any changes to the above will be reflected on the Freeview service updates page.