Freeview users must check their TVs now or miss out on channel update

If Freeview is your favoured way of watching TV then it’s a good time to check your settings and perform a quick retune. It’s just been confirmed that a swathe of updates have been released to UK homes with new channels launching and some switching positions on the planner. There are also numerous services shutting down for good which means users will no longer be able to tune in.

“On 24 April 2024 some broadcasters are making important changes to their channels.  You will need to retune to update your TV and keep your channels and TV Guide up to date,” Freeview confirmed on its website.

So what is changing, switching and closing? We’ve got full details below.

Channels that are launching – These include Purpose Media on Channel 293 and Talk TV on Channel 294.

Channel that are moving – ITVBE+1 is switching from channel 58 to channel 93. ITV3+1 moves to channel 58 from 59 and ITV4+1’s new place is channel 59 – this was channel 93.

Along with those updates, there’s a bunch of regional services that getting new names – full list below.

NOW Talk Birmingham – WAS Birmingham TV • Channel 7

NOW Talk Bristol – WAS Bristol TV • Channel 7

NOW Talk Cardiff – WAS Cardiff TV • Channel 8

NOW Talk Leeds – WAS Leeds TV • Channel 7

NOW Talk Liverpool – WAS Liverpool TV • Channel 8

NOW Talk North Wales – WAS North Wales TV • Channel 8

NOW Talk Teesside – WAS Teesside TV • Channel 7

NOW Talk Tyne & Wear – Tyne & Wear TV • Channel 7

Finally there’s those closures which include Zee World being shut down along with 7 radio stations such as Kiss, Greatest Hits Radio, Magic and Kerrang!

If you want to keep your screen up to date here’s how to retune things.


Freeview has issued advice on how to retune devices and here are the steps every user needs to follow.

• Press menu on your box or TV remote control

• Select ‘set-up’, ‘installation’, ‘update’ or a similar option. If you’re asked for a password, the default code is ‘1234’ or ‘0000’.

• Select ‘first-time installation’ (sometimes called ‘factory reset’, ‘full retune’ or ‘default settings’).

•Press ‘OK’ if your equipment asks if it’s OK to delete existing channels and then your retune should start automatically. If you’re prompted to, save the channels that are found.


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