Menu buttonMENU    UK Free TV logo TV



Click to see updates
To join, leave or change updates by email, enter your email address here:

Compare all free TV channels in the UK

Choose from seven options: ■ Compare overview ■ Defunct channels ■ Freeview/Freesat ■ Freeview/Sky ■ Freesat/Sky ■ Freeview Light/Freesat ■ Freeview Light/Sky

To help you decide which free TV service you want to use to watch your favourite TV channels consult the lists below, or click on Detailed comparison to compare two free TV services with each other.

Which TV channels are on all free TV services?


BBC Alba scotland flag, BBC Four, BBC News, BBC One, BBC Parliament, BBC Three, BBC Three HD, BBC Two, CBBC, CBBC HD, CBeebies, Channel 4 england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag, Channel 5, E4 england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag, Film4, ITV england flagwales flag, ITV 2, ITV4, More4, S4C wales flag

E4 is not on Freeview Light in Wales. ITV is provided in the Border area of Scotland, not STV

Which TV channels are on most services?

Not on Freeview Light


4seven, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Capital TV england flag, CBeebies HD, CITV, Community Channel, E4 (Wales) wales flag, Gems TV, heart Xmas england flag, ITV3, QVC, QVC Beauty, RT HD, Sky News, VIVA

E4 is not on Freeview Light in Wales only

Freeview Light, Full Freeview, Freesat, Watch online


BBC Red Button 1

Can't watch online


BBC Two HD, Channel 4 (Wales) wales flag, Channel 4 +1, Channel 4 HD, Film4 +1, ITV +1 england flagwales flag, ITV HD england flagwales flag, STV scotland flag, STV HD scotland flag, STV+1 scotland flag, UTV northernireland flag, UTV HD northernireland flag, UTV+1 northernireland flag

Channel 4 appears at position 8 only on Freeview in Wales

Which TV channels are on three services?

Channels on Full Freeview, Freesat, Sky (no card)


5 USA, 5*, Al Jazeera English, CBS Action, CBS Drama, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Channel 5 +24, Chart Show TV england flag, Create and Craft, E4 +1, Food Network, Hochanda, Horror Channel, Ideal World, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe, ITVBe+1, Jewellery Maker, Movies4Men, Movies4Men +1 england flag, pick, Pop, Rishtey, Rocks and Co, ShowBiz TV england flag, Spike, The Store, Tiny Pop, TJC, Travel Channel, True Christmas, True Entertainment england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag, truTV, Vintage TV, YourTV

Channels on Freeview Light, Full Freeview, Freesat



Channels on Freeview Light, Full Freeview, Sky (no card)


BBC Red Button 2, BBC Red Button 3

Channels on Freesat, Sky (no card), Watch online


CCTV News, Ideal Extra, Irish TV, Kiss (TV), Magic, QVC Extra, QVC Style, Showcase , The Box

Which TV channels are on two services?

Channels on both Full Freeview and Watch online


4Music, 4seven HD, LONDON LIVE, Notts TV, Quest, Quest +1, QVC +1 HD, QVC Beauty HD

Channels on both Freesat and Sky (no card)


5* +1, 5USA +1, B4U Music, BET, Bloomberg TV, CBS Reality +1, Challenge +1, Channel Aka, Channels 24, CHILLED, Clubland TV, CNBC, CNN International, Colors, Craft Extra, Daystar TV, EuroNews, Fashion One , Film On TV, Food Network +1, Forces TV, France 24 English, GOD Channel, GR Shop, High Street TV, Horror Channel +1, Information TV, Inspiration TV, Islam Channel, JML Direct, Kix, More4+1, more>movies, more>movies+1, NHK World TV HD, NOW Christmas, PBS America, Pick +1, Revelation, Sonlife TV, Sony SAB, Starz TV, Thane, The Vault, Tiny Pop +1, Travel Channel +1, True Drama, True Movies 2, Zing

Channels on both Sky (no card) and Watch online


Heat TV, Kerrang!, Smash Hits TV

Channels on both Full Freeview and Sky (no card)


Kix! +1 england flag, TalkingPictures TV, TBN UK, truTV +1

Which TV channels are on just one service?

Channels just on Sky (no card)


+ TV HD, Aaj Tak, Aastha, ABN TV, ABP News, Abu Dhabi TV, Ahlebait TV, Ahlulbayt TV, Ahomka Radio, Akaal Channel, Al Arabiya, Arise News, ARY News, ARY QTV, ATN Bangla, Bangla TV, BBC Red Button 1, BelieVe TV, BEN, Best Direct, Bliss, Blue Ocean Network, Brit Asia TV, British Muslim TV, Channel I, Channel S, Chat Box, CNC English, Daystar TV HD, DM Global, Dunya News USA, EWTN, Faith World TV, Flava, Flow TV, GayNetwork, Geo, Geo News International, Geo Tez, Glory TV, Gospel Channel, Hidayat TV, High Street TV 2, High Street TV 3, Holiday and Cruise, Horse and Country TV, Hum TV, Iqra Bangla, Iqra TV, Islam Channel Urdu, Islam TV Urdu, KICC TV, Lamhe, Loveworld TV, Madani Channel, MATV National, MTA International, Muslim Ummah, My Channel, NDTV 24x7, News 18 India, News 18 India, Noor TV, NTV, OH TV, Olive TV, Pavers Shoes TV, Peace TV, Peace TV Urdu, Phoenix CNE, Pop +1, Prime TV, Propeller, Property TV, Property TV +2, Psychic Today, PTC Punjabi, PTV Global, Record Europa, Record Europa HD, Retail Therapy TV, RT, Safeer TV, Samaa TV, Sangat TV, Scuzz, Sikh Channel, Sky News Arabia, Super Casino, Takbeer TV, The Department Store, The Mall, The Word Network, Times Now, Tristar, TV 5 Monde, TV 99, TV Warehouse, TVC News, TVC News +1, Ummah Channel, UMP Movies, V Channel, Venus TV, Voxafrica

Channels just on Full Freeview


Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera Eng HD, Bay TV Clwyd, Bay TV Liverpool, Bay TV Swansea, Big Centre TV, Cambridge Presents, Channel 4+1 HD, Dave, Dave ja vu, Drama, Estuary TV, Estuary TV, ETV, GTV, Latest TV, Made in Bristol, Made in Cardiff, Made in Leeds, Made in Teesside, Made in Tyne and Wear, Motors TV, Movie Mix, Mustard, NvTv, Really, RTE One (NI) northernireland flag, RTE Two (NI) northernireland flag, Sheffield Live, SonLife, TG4 (NI) northernireland flag, That's Berkshire, That's Lancashire, That's Manchester, That's Salisbury, That's Solent, That's Surrey, Thats Oxford, The York Channel, Yesterday, YourTV +1

RTE TV channels can be received only in Northern Ireland

Channels just on Freesat


Chartshow dance, Kix +1

Channels just on Watch online


Community Channel HD, Fitness TV

Sunday, 21 June 2015
7:31 PM

Liam: I asked one of the full timers today, and his description of the Samsung way of switching tuners matched yours. I actually tried it out on an 55H7000 - you go to menu, then broadcast, then the aerial, then fiddle around there. A right pain. I didn't get a chance to look at the LG's, but my mate confirmed that the Panasonic's are easy ( same as about 5 years ago), and the Sony rep showed me their system, which seems very similar to the Panasonic. You flick down through the sources, and you can even choose to leave out the ones you dont use.

If your not bothered about having Freesat, then Sony or Panasonic (if you are) sounds easier. The alternative is to just get a seperate Freesat box ( less than fifty notes) and just flick between sources.

Bigger question - is that the right size and technology for the person? You'll be able to go up one size from the current TV, so a 40 to 48 switch works well, but for 4K I'd be thinking 2-2.5 times size of screen. If the person has fast broadband (20mbs plus), uses Netflix, and wants to stream movies/sport, then 4K makes sense. On the other hand, if not, then a decent mid range HD might do fine. To be fair, the prices for a 2015 40ish TV in the mid-range are around six to seven hundred, which in some cases is only about 50 to a hundred less than the 4K ones! If you really didn't care about sat. built in or 4K, then grab a UE40H6400 while you can - about to vanish but cracking value at 399.

Perhaps the Sony x83 with a Freesat box (if you didn't want to use to use the generic sat. tuner) - very good picture in 2K, 4k set, and easy to use. If not then the 7000 (we have the 40in, not the 43), but its a lot of cash to pay for a Freesat tuner that's a pain to switch to and from.

link to this
MikeB's 1,589 posts Gold Gold GB
10:04 PM

MikeB: Thanks for those updates. The real problem I'm trying to solve is multiple remotes. This lady has no problems when using my LG7700 but at her home she has a 32" Samsung plus a combi STB. The problem is she accidentally presses a channel button on the TV which then reverts to analogue and she has nothing. She rings me and tells me the TV is not working. So I have to go through a series of instructions to get her picture back. If there was only one remote, and switching between SAT and Saorview was simple we'd all be happy.I'll pop into Curry's and have a look at the Panasonic - maybe get a good FHD before they are all gone.Thanks again,Liam

link to this
Liam's 8 posts IE
10:30 PM

Liam: A 42in Panasonic 740 from last year would be perfect, although goodness knows how your going to get one. Its basically a mid level panel with Freesat and some nicer styling. Great simple remote, Freesat, and pretty simple to go from one source to another. They vanished late last year, although the Panasonic area rep said they couldn't keep up with demand (which was strange since they were a lot more money for much the same panel!).

Found one: Richer Sounds have them( at a good price as well). Panasonic VIERA TX42AS740B | 42 inch 3D LED Smart TV 1080p HD Freeview HD freesat HD | Richer Sounds

By the sound of it, the person using it would get on very well with a Panasonic remote, and its a decent bit of kit. Not 4K, but thats not the end of the world. However, its a 2014 model, so grab one ASAP.

link to this
MikeB's 1,589 posts Gold Gold GB
Saturday, 27 June 2015
12:39 AM

MikeB: Richer Sounds also have a 47" TX47AS740B so looks like the perfect solution. Thanks for all the help/advice.

link to this
Liam's 8 posts IE
Saturday, 19 September 2015
7:07 PM

I have recently switched from Sky to Freest. With Sky I could still access Freebies/Digital TV
But now I can only access Analogue TV - which, obviously is now a snow screen
Have checked aerial and it is fine. All I did was unhook Sky from Sat feed and direct HDMI link to TV, and put cables to the Freest box
Can anyone suggest a solution?

link to this
jackie's 1 post GB
8:36 PM

jackie: The only time that analogue would come into the equation is if you were using the Sky boxes RF2 output facility to feed analogue signals of whatever you were viewing on the Sky box to a TV (set on analogue) located in another room. If you were using this system? then Freesat boxes do not have this facility, the only way around it being to use a separate RF modulator connected into the Freesat boxes scart socket.

The other aspect of Freesat boxes not having this facility being, that "if" you were feeding Freeview signals from a normal aerial to a TV (set on Freeview) located in another room via the Sky boxes "aerial input" facility, then you will have to connect the lead from the aerial directly into the connector that was "previously" plugged into the Sky boxes RF2 output socket, as Freesat boxes are not fitted with normal aerial connectors.

Changing from Sky to Freesat is simply a matter of swapping the the Sky boxes LNB input "F" connector over to same on the Freesat box, likewise with the HDMI cable that goes to the TV, there is nothing more involved, that is apart from that mentioned.

Further advice provided as necessary.

link to this
jb38's 6,744 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Select more comments

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentUK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.

Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.