What channels do you get on Freeview?

09 Aug 2019

The way we all watch TV has fundamentally changed in recent years thanks to the proliferation of streaming services. In fact, more people are subscribed to the likes of Netflix, Amazon, and NOW TV than traditional pay TV services than ever before, according to findings by Ofgem.

Freeview is likewise extremely popular among households who don’t want to opt for the big packages bringing together cable television, broadband, and phones. Households can start enjoying Freeview with a Freeview-ready TV, which most newer models are, or a Freeview box which can be purchased for a relatively low price. If you’re one of the people who likes to keep it simple, then Freeview is the option for you. Find out below exactly what channels you get on Freeview just in time to settle in and watch the Cricket, Bake off, or both!

So, what channels do you get on Freeview?

Freeview gives you access to 70 TV channels alongside 15 HD channels – with no contract or a monthly cost to you. Take a look at the full list of Freeview channels below.

BBC One, Two and Four in HD

ITV (STV in Scotland), available on +1 and in HD

Channel 4 (S4C in Wales) available on +1 and in HD

Channel 5, available on +1 and in HD

4Seven in HD

More4, Film4 and E4, available on +1

ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and ITVBe, available on +1

5 STAR and 5USA, available on +1

Quest and Quest Red, available on +1

CBS Reality, Action and Drama, available on +1

Dave and Dave Ja Vu (+1 channel)

QVC and QVC Beauty in HD

QVC Style

True Crime, True Entertainment and True Movies

UKTV Really, Yesterday, Drama and Home

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Spike

Food Network

Travel Channel

Challenge

Vintage TV

Various movie channels including movies4men, Horror Channel and Talking Pictures TV

Various music channels including 4Music, Sony Music, VIVA and Keep It Country

Various shopping channels including Ideal World, Gems TV, The Store and TJC

BBC News in HD, BBC Parliament

Sky News

RT (Russia Today) in HD

CBBC and CBeebies, both in HD

CITV

Pop, Tiny Pop and Pop Max, Ketchup TV

Is Freeview TV right for you? 

As Freeview is now the default TV platform for most households that covers all the main bases, there’s not much here for you to grapple with.

If you’re a sports lover or want to watch the latest movies and premium TV series then, of course, you’ll have to look elsewhere to get those services. You have the option of opting for a streaming service like Hulu or Netflix, paying a monthly subscription or opt for something like Now TV, TalkTalk or one of the giants, Virgin and BT.

A lot of your choices will be determined by your internet provider. Virgin, BT, and TalkTalk only supply TV services to customers who also buy their internet. NowTV is the most flexible option as it allows you to build a personalised TV package from the ground up. Only fancy watching a particular match? You can get a TV pass for Sky Sports TV on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis – only paying for what you want to watch, when you want to watch it. It’s a nice option to go for if you’d like to supplement your Freeview TV with some extra viewing features.

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Upcoming Freeview TV highlights

Streaming giants and the likes of HBO aren’t the only ones creating unmissable shows. We’re a good way through the year but there’s a lot of exciting shows yet to air. Take a look at Hoppy’s picks that are coming to Freeview soon.

The Great British Bake Off

The widely loved baking show will be back on our screens sometime in August, airing on Channel 4. Expect the usual shenanigans: cryptic baking challenges from Paul, irreverent commentary from Sandi and Noel, plus great eyewear from Prue.

A Christmas Carol

Due to air on the BBC, you guessed it, over the Christmas period of 2019, this Dickensian adaption is being brought to life by the creator of Peaky Blinders, Steven Knight, and Tom Hardy, the actor and producer. Guy Pearce stars as Ebenezer Scrooge, the mean-spirited miser who despises Christmas.

Poldark

The final season of the hit period drama came back to the small screen in the middle of July. Viewers can enjoy the usual heady mix of sword fighting, heroic deeds, and plenty of screen time for the swashbuckling Ross Poldark. BBC1 21:00.

With Freeview, you get a great line-up of some of the best TV for free. Even with the rise of streaming services, live viewing remains the main way most watch TV. After all, it’s sometimes nice to just put the TV on without deciding exactly what to watch. In addition, there’re plenty of great series and documentaries to enjoy that you can’t find on streaming services.

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