Tue. Jul 26th, 2022

Millions of Freeview just lost 10 channels as TV signal is shut down for good

THE big day finally arrived yesterday with one vital signal used to beam Freeview into millions of homes being switched off for good and that means some popular channels, including one from the BBC, have to close down.

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Freeview warning as 10 channels disappear today (Image: FREEVIEW • GETTY)

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Millions of Freeview users will suddenly find they have fewer channels to watch from today. The hugely popular subscription-free TV service is being hit by the changes due to a broadcast signal – named COM7 Multiplex – being closed down to make way for the very latest 5G mobile technology from EE. With less bandwidth to use, Freeview has been forced to make some dramatic changes which include a number of TV channels being taken off air for good.

A total of 10 services will no longer be available from today including BBC News HD, FreeSports, Forces TV and QVC HD. The update has also meant some services are switching positions on the TV planner and others won’t be available in as many areas as before.

Speaking to BCA Correspondent, a Freeview spokesman said: “Since the decision by Ofcom to make more airwaves available for mobile data, the Ofcom licence for some channels broadcasting on Freeview has expired. This means that affected channels are making changes to the way they are broadcast moving forward.”

And the BBC: “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.”

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