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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'

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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 RB 1 on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

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Tuesday, 7 February 2023
Richard Cooper

3:45 PM

leslie: Hi, Leslie. The service to which you refer is no longer called Ceefax. It is now called the BBC Red Button Service, which you get by pressing the red button on your remote to bring up a text service containing news, weather sport, etc, etc. As far as I'm aware, this service is still working as it should. If you are missing this, and/ or any other channels on your Freeview tv, why not do a retune? Make sure you do a 'first-time installation' type of retune, although you'll temporarily lose any channels with favourite markers on, that you've previously programmed in as favourites, although they'll come back again, but no longer marked as favourites. Hope this helps, Richard in Norwich.

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Richard Cooper

3:54 PM

Mark A: Older tvs CAN receive HD if you SIMPLY give them an HDMI input FROM a FREEVIEW HD SET-TOP BOX fed with a signal from your TV AERIAL FEED. Simply run a 'scan for channels' on the FREEVIEW HD SET-TOP BOX and it will find the HD Channels available in your area and project them onto your OLD TV SCREEN via HDMI cable. if the OLD TV SET is TOO OLD to have an HDMI input, then you need a FREEVIEW HD SET-TOP BOX with a 'SCART' output and feed its output into the SCART input on the OLD TV. Freeview HD set-top boxes are available for 'next to nothing on online auctions and sales of pre-used goods websites. Hope this helps, Richard in Norwich.

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Mike Davison

7:57 PM

Are you sure the SCART output is still 'HD'? When I used the SCART output of my Pace HD satellite
receiver to record an HD signal on my standard definition Hard drive recorder, it was recorded as a
downscaled service.

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11:42 PM

Mike Davison: SCART cables are not capable of carrying HD pictures. What I think Richard means is that it is possible to view HD channels on an old SD TV by connecting a HD box via a SCART cable, but the picture will be downscaled to SD and converted to analogue, although it will still have a better picture than watching an SD channel.

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