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Below is a list of all the television and radio channels that you can watch in the UK using one of the free services: DAB (for radio), Freeview, Sky No Card - Sky without a viewing card (Freesat from Sky (or fSfS)) and Freesat.. Where a channel can be watched for free, the channel number is listed below. In addition, if you can watch (or listen) immediately online, press the button in the "web" column.

As some channels are exclusive to one service alone, you may need to get receive more than one service to get all the channels you want. The coverage for Freeview differs too - those channels not provided by the public service "Freeview Light" transmitters the current coverage shown thus (54%), taken from Connected Nations Report 2017: Data analysis'

Key: wb_sunny daytime; watch_later nighttime; account_box funded from the TV License; flags show Freeview channel limits.
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BBC Red Buttonaccount_box live_tv   250   981

Regional content: National channel with no regional content or variations.

From Wikipedia: The services replaced Ceefax, the BBC's analogue teletext service, and is only available via digital television receivers. edit History and branding The service was launched in September 1999 as BBC Text. In the first phase, the service was created using content migrated from the existing analogue teletext service, Ceefax. - link icon read more about BBC Red Button on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

Freeview multiplex: BBC Red Button is on multiplex PSB1 in england flagEngland scotland flagScotland northernireland flagNorthern Ireland wales flagWales .

Sunday, 18 January 2015
12:38 PM

I could not get bbc red button/text service, ONLY since JAN15 upto time of sending msg. Is it due to my freeview set-top box and/or tv set being faulty? or due to service suspension by bbc. I could not find the info anywhere at all.

Please help!


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leslie's 1 post US
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Mr J Phillips
7:27 PM

Just recently (last few days) I have not been able to access Ceefax/Teletext on my TV's built in non HD
Freeview box, have you discontinued the service, or have I or the BBC got problems?. Thank you.
Joe Phillips.

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Mr J Phillips's 1 post GB

9:26 PM

Mr J Phillips: According to Wikipedia, Ceefax has been off the air since Octover 2012!


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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Monday, 24 July 2017
6:30 PM

Why can't all channels on freeview be free

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dale's 20 posts GB

7:34 PM

dale: All of the channels on Freeview are free (as implied by the name). Freeview does not have any subscription channels.

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StevensOnln1's 3,432 posts GB
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
Mark A

7:14 PM

All the channels on Multiplexers BBC-A, BBC-B and D3+D4 are free to view and are transmitted from all transmitters and transmitter relays.
Multiplex Aqr-A, Aqr-B Mux-SND, Local, etc are only transmitted from some of the main transmitters where you get more stations for the same licence fee.
Some of these are encrypted.

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Mark A's 368 posts GB
Mark A

7:21 PM

H.D. channels and Film4+1 use different code to compress the singal (BBC-B)
So older Freeview TV's can't receave them.

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Mark A's 368 posts GB
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