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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 Two, CBBC, CBBC HD, CBeebies, Channel 4 england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag, Channel 5 HD, E4 england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag, Film4, ITV england flagwales flag, ITV 2, ITV4, More4, S4C HD 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


4Music, 4seven, 5Spike 1, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CITV, E4 (Wales) wales flag, Gems TV, ITV3, Quest, Quest Red, QVC, QVC Beauty, QVC Style, RT HD, Sky News

E4 is not on Freeview Light in Wales only

Can't watch online


BBC One HD, 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

Freeview Light, Full Freeview, Freesat, Watch online


BBC RB 1, ITV4 +1

Which TV channels are on three services?

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


5 USA, 5Spike, 5STAR, 5STAR+1, 5USA +1, Blaze, CBS Action, CBS Drama, CBS Reality, CBS Reality 1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Create and Craft, Dave, Drama, E4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, Freesports, Hochanda, Horror Channel, Ideal World, ITV 2 +1, ITV Be, ITV Be +1, ITV3 +1, Jewellery Maker, Keep It Country, Movies4Men, Movies4Men 1, My5, pick, Pop, Really, Rocks and Co, Sony Crime Channel 2, Talking Pictures TV, The Vault england flag, Tiny Pop, Tiny Pop 1 england flag, TJC, Together, Travel Channel, True Entertainment england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag, True Movies, truTV, Vintage TV, Yesterday

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


Capital TV england flag, CGTN, Heart TV england flag, Ideal Extra, Kiss, Magic, QVC Extra, Together

Channels on Freeview Light, Full Freeview, Watch online


Channel 5

Which TV channels are on two services?

Channels on both Full Freeview and Watch online


4seven HD, LONDON LIVE, More4 1, Notts TV, Quest +1, Quest Red +1, QVC Beauty HD, QVC HD

Channels on both Freesat and Sky (no card)


Al Jazeera English, Arirang TV, Best Direct, BET International, Bloomberg TV, Challenge +1, Channels 24, CNBC, CNN, Craft Extra, Daystar TV HD, Food Network +1, France 24, Front Runner, GOD Channel, GR Shop, High Street TV, Horror Channel +1, Inspiration TV, Islam Channel, JML Direct, More4+1, NHK WORLD HD, NOW 80s, PBS America, Pick +1, POP MAX, Revelation TV, Scuzz, Showcase, Sonlife TV, Starz TV, Thane, The Vault, Travel Channel +1, True Entertainment +1 england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag, True Movies 1

Channels on both Sky (no card) and Watch online


Box Hits, Box Upfront, Kerrang! TV, The Box

Channels on both Full Freeview and Sky (no card)


Clubland TV england flag, Loveworld, PBS America, Pop +1 england flag, POP Max, RT, TBN UK, Tru TV 1

Channels on both Full Freeview and Freesat


Home, ITV4 +1, YourTV

Which TV channels are on just one service?

Channels just on Sky (no card)


+ TV HD, 5 Spike 1, A Plus, Aaj Tak, Aastha, ABN TV, ABP News, Abu Dhabi TV, Ahlebait TV, Ahlulbayt TV, Ahomka Radio, AIT International, Akaal Channel, Al Arabiya, ATN Bangla, Bangla TV, BBC Red Button 2, BBC Red Button 3, BelieVe TV, BEN, Brit Asia TV, British Muslim TV, Channel Aka, Channel I, Channel S, Chart Show Hits, Chat Box, CNC English, CraftMarket, Determination TV, Dunya News USA, Eman Channel, EuroNews, EWTN, Faith World TV, Flava, Flow TV, Front Runner 2, GayNetwork, Geo, Glory TV, Gospel Channel, Hidayat TV, High Street TV 2, High Street TV 3, Hillsong Channel, Holiday and Cruise, Home, Horse and Country TV, Hum Masala, Hum TV, Iqra Bangla, Iqra TV, Islam Channel Urdu, Khalsa TV, KICC TV, Madani Channel English, MATV Channel, MTA 1, MyTV, NDTV 24x7, News 18, Nollywood Movies, Noor TV, Now 90s, NTV, OH TV, Olive TV, Pavers Shoes TV, Peace TV English, Peace TV Urdu, Phoenix CNE, Prime TV, Propeller TV, Property TV, Psychic Today, PTC Punjabi, PTV Global, Record Europa HD, Retail Therapy TV, Rishtey, Rok, Safeer TV, Samaa TV, Sangat TV, Sikh Channel Global, Sky News Arabia, Takbeer TV, The Mall, The Word Network, Times Now, Tristar, TV 5 Monde, TV 99, TV One, TVC News, TVC News Nigeria 1, UK 44, Ummah Channel, V Channel, Venus TV, Voxafrica, [test%20card]

Channels just on Full Freeview


Al Jazeera Eng HD, Arise News, Bay TV Clwyd, Bay TV Liverpool, Bay TV Swansea, Big Centre TV, Blaze +1, Cambridge Presents, CBS Action +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Dave ja vu, Estuary TV, Estuary TV, Ketchup TV, Latest TV, Made in Bristol, Made in Cardiff, Made in Leeds, Made in Teesside, Made in Tyne and Wear, Mustard, NvTv, RTE One (NI) northernireland flag, RTE Two (NI) northernireland flag, Sewing Quarter, Sheffield Live, SonLife, Sony Movie Ch, STV Edinburgh, STV Glasgow, 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, YourTV +1

RTE TV channels can be received only in Northern Ireland

Channels just on Watch online


BBC Three, BBC Three HD, Community Channel HD, Fitness TV, Irish TV, QVC +1, Showcase 3, Smash Hits TV

Channels just on Freesat


Colors HD, POP 1

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.

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MikeB's 2,473 posts Platinum Platinum 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

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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.

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MikeB's 2,473 posts Platinum Platinum 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.

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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?

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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.

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jb38's 7,179 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Tuesday, 12 January 2016
10:27 PM

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Thursday, 3 August 2017
12:41 AM

Dave and Home now on Freesat.

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David's 20 posts GB
Saturday, 17 March 2018
3:57 AM

My favourite sky channels were Gold 110/166.
Husband is in the doghouse for switching to Freesat, now my entertainment has gone.
Any way to retrieve them through Freesat?

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Lynn's 1 post GB
11:02 AM

Lynn: Gold is a subscription channels and isn't available on Freeview or Freesat. You could look at streaming services such as Now TV for a lower cost way of accessing some subscription channels than subscribing to Sky.

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