Freeview fans can once again tune in to two popular channels that were deleted only a few months ago. At the end of June 2022, BBC Four HD and CBeebies HD were both removed from Freeview as part of the big COM7 shake-up which took some services offline to make way for new 5G mobile technology.
This change to the Freeview signal affected more than a dozen channels, which either were removed or switched to a different channel number.
And for anyone that’s been missing two of the deleted channels – BBC Four HD and CBeebies HD – they’ll be pleased to learn these services have made a surprise comeback on Freeview recently.
As confirmed by the BBC, BBC Four HD is now available to watch on channel 106, with programming beginning from 7pm each night.
While CBeebies HD will be broadcasting throughout the day, you can tune in to all the family-friendly viewing on Freeview channel 106.
Unfortunately, BBC News HD – which disappeared from Freeview back in June and is one of the Beeb’s most popular channels – hasn’t made a comeback.
Freeview fans have to instead tune into BBC News SD, or alternatively head to the iPlayer to BBC News in HD on their tellies.
BBC News HD along with BBC Four HD and CBeebies HD were removed from the Freeview service at the end of June this year. But unlike BBC News HD, BBC Four HD and CBeebies HD weren’t meant to get delisted.
Originally, BBC Four HD and CBeebies HD were meant to get increased coverage at the end of June and become available to watch for more people than ever before. However, at the last minute, the BBC announced that both of these channels would be temporarily removed from Freeview.
The BBC said these channels would be coming back “soon” but no definitive date was given for their return.
These channels have now returned to Freeview recently following engineering work which saw the channels delisted on the service for months.
If you’re wondering, here is a list of all the BBC HD channels that are available on Freeview at the moment…
101 – BBC One HD, 102 – BBC Two HD, 106 – BBC Four HD, 204 – CBBC HD, 205 – Cbeebies HD
In Scotland, Freeview fans can also tune in to BBC Scotland HD on channel 108, while channel 109 is for BBC Three HD but this isn’t available in Scotland or in Wales.
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