Around 10 channels are set to be cut from Freeview this week as viewers are told to retune their TV to keep some other channels.
Freeview users will lose popular channels BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD and Together TV unless they perform a system update.
Freeview is being hit by the changes due to a broadcast signal – named COM7 Multiplex – being closed down to make way for the latest 5G mobile technology from EE.
This means there’s less bandwidth to use, so Freeview has been forced to make changes. Users have been asked to retune their TVs and set-top boxes today or risk losing a whole bunch of other popular channels.
‘Since the decision by Ofcom to make more airwaves available for mobile data, the Ofcom licenses for some channels broadcasting on Freeview has expired,’ said Freeview.
‘This means that affected channels are making changes to the way they are broadcast moving forward,’
‘As a consequence of the closure of COM7, BBC News on Freeview will be available only in SD from the end of June 2022. However, you can still watch it in HD on BBC iPlayer,’ said the BBC.
Although the +1 and HD channels will be closing on Freeview the original channels are set to remain.
Channels that will be affected by the changes:
- Freesports 65
- CBS Justice 69
- More4+1 86
- PBS America+1 87
- Forces TV 96
- BBC News HD 107
- QVC HD 111
- QVC Beauty HD 112
- Quest HD 114