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What can you get with Freeview?

The popularity of streaming services has made many of us cut the cord on large TV packages, and instead opt for a combination of streaming subscriptions and Freeview TV.
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Services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus and NOW mean that you can watch many TV shows and movies, old and new, whenever you want.

But if you don’t feel like cutting the cord completely and still want to watch some live broadcasts and terrestrial TV channels, you always have the option of Freeview TV.

As the name suggests, Freeview is free, but you will need an aerial and a TV licence to access it.

TV deals

Take a look at the latest TV packages on Uswitch.

What channels are on Freeview?

Freeview lets you watch 100 entertainment channels (including +1 hour channels) and 20 HD channels, as well as 10 children's channels (including HD channels), six news channels (including Sky News) and seven streamed channels.

Take a look at what's on Freeview at no monthly cost or contract:

Channel numberChannel nameGenre
1BBC ONEEntertainment
1BBC ONE NIEntertainment
1BBC ONE ScotEntertainment
1BBC ONE WalesEntertainment
2BBC TWOEntertainment
2BBC TWO NIEntertainment
2BBC TWO WalesEntertainment
3ITVEntertainment
3ITV WalesEntertainment
3STVEntertainment
3UTVEntertainment
4Channel 4Entertainment
4S4CEntertainment
5Channel 5Entertainment
6ITV 2Entertainment
7BBC ALBAEntertainment
7Channel 4Entertainment
7Local TVEntertainment
8Local TVEntertainment
9BBC FOUREntertainment
9BBC ScotlandEntertainment
10ITV3Entertainment
11Sky ArtsEntertainment
12QUESTEntertainment
13E4Entertainment
13E4Entertainment
14Film4Entertainment
15Channel 4+1Entertainment
16QVCEntertainment
17ReallyEntertainment
18More 4Entertainment
19DaveEntertainment
20DramaEntertainment
215USAEntertainment
22TJCEntertainment
23BBC THREEEntertainment
24BBC FOUREntertainment
25WEntertainment
26ITV4Entertainment
27YesterdayEntertainment
28ITVBeEntertainment
28ITVBeEntertainment
29ITV2 +1Entertainment
30E4+1Entertainment
31E4 ExtraEntertainment
325STAREntertainment
335ACTIONEntertainment
34GREAT! moviesEntertainment
35ITV +1Entertainment
35STV+1Entertainment
35UTV+1Entertainment
36PickEntertainment
37QVC BeautyEntertainment
38QVC StyleEntertainment
39DMAXEntertainment
40Quest RedEntertainment
41LegendEntertainment
42GREAT! movies actionEntertainment
43Food NetworkEntertainment
44HGTVEntertainment
45Gems TVEntertainment
46Channel 5+1Entertainment
47Film4+1Entertainment
48ChallengeEntertainment
494sevenEntertainment
50GREAT! tvEntertainment
51Ideal WorldEntertainment
52GREAT! movies ChristmasEntertainment
53TG4Entertainment
54RTÉ OneEntertainment
55RTÉ TwoEntertainment
565SELECTEntertainment
57Smithsonian ChannelEntertainment
58ITVBe+1Entertainment
59ITV3+1Entertainment
60Drama +1Entertainment
61GREAT! movies +1Entertainment
62GREAT! tv +1Entertainment
63GREAT! movies Christmas +1Entertainment
64BlazeEntertainment
65That's TV (UK)Entertainment
66TBN UKEntertainment
67CBS RealityEntertainment
68RealityXtraEntertainment
70QUEST+1Entertainment
71Quest Red+1Entertainment
72Jewellery MakerEntertainment
73HobbyMakerEntertainment
74Dave ja vuEntertainment
75Yesterday+1Entertainment
77NOW 80sEntertainment
78TCCEntertainment
79EarthxTVEntertainment
80Clubland TVEntertainment
81Blaze+1Entertainment
82TalkingPictures TVEntertainment
83Together TVEntertainment
84PBS AmericaEntertainment
85Create & CraftEntertainment
87NOW 90sEntertainment
88Classic HitsEntertainment
89ITV4+1Entertainment
90TV WarehouseEntertainment
91Classic Hits MCREntertainment
100FreeviewEntertainment
101BBC 1 Scot HDHD
101BBC 1 Wales HDHD
101BBC ONE HDHD
101BBC ONE NI HDHD
102BBC 2 Wales HDHD
102BBC TWO HDHD
102BBC TWO NI HDHD
103ITV HDHD
103ITV Wales HDHD
103STV HDHD
103UTV HDHD
104Channel 4 HDHD
104S4C HDHD
105Channel 5 HDHD
106BBC FOUR HDHD
108BBC Scotland HDHD
109BBC THREE HDHD
110Channel 4 HDHD
201CBBCChildren's
202CBeebiesChildren's
203CITVChildren's
204CBBC HDChildren's
205CBeebies HDChildren's
206POPChildren's
207Tiny PopChildren's
208Pop PlayerChildren's
209Ketchup TVChildren's
210Ketchup TooChildren's
211YAAAS!Children's
231BBC NEWSNews
232BBC ParliamentNews
233Sky NewsNews
235Al Jazeera EngNews
236GB NewsNews
237TalkTVNews
250BBC Red ButtonText Services
263SonlifeStreamed Channels
264VisionTVStreamed Channels
265On Demand 365Streamed Channels
269Arise NewsStreamed Channels
271ChannelboxStreamed Channels
272Asharq NewsStreamed Channels
273Al ArabiyaStreamed Channels
274FailArmyStreamed Channels
275Celebration TVStreamed Channels
276RokStreamed Channels
277UK RADIO PORTALStreamed Channels
555Accessible TV GuideIP Delivered Services
601BBC RB 1Interactive
670ADULT SectionAdult
673ADULT smileTV3Adult
674ADULT BabestnAdult
678ADULT Xpanded TVAdult
699ADULT SectionAdult
700BBC Radio 1Radio
701BBC R1XRadio
702BBC Radio 2Radio
703BBC Radio 3Radio
704BBC Radio 4Radio
705BBC R5LRadio
706BBC 5SXRadio
707BBC 6 MusicRadio
708BBC Radio 4 ExRadio
709BBC Asian Net.Radio
710BBC World Sv.Radio
711Hits RadioRadio
712KISS FRESHRadio
713KISSRadio
714KISSTORYRadio
715MagicRadio
716Greatest Hits RadioRadio
717Kerrang!Radio
718Smooth RadioRadio
719BBC Local RadioRadio
719BBC R ScotlandRadio
719BBC Radio UlsterRadio
719BBC Radio WalesRadio
720BBC Local RadioRadio
720BBC R n GaidhealRadio
720BBC Radio CymruRadio
720BBC Radio FoyleRadio
721BBC Local RadioRadio
722BBC Local RadioRadio
723talkSPORTRadio
724CapitalRadio
725Premier RadioRadio
726BBC Solent DorsetRadio
726BBC StokeRadio
727Absolute RadioRadio
728HeartRadio
729RTÉ RnaGRadio
730RNIB ConnectRadio
731Classic FMRadio
732LBCRadio
733Trans World RadioRadio
734BBC Local RadioRadio
735BBC Local RadioRadio

Channels recently removed from Freeview

In June 2022, Freeview removed a number of channels from its TV guide. The following channels you can no longer get on Freeview are:

  • FreeSports

  • CBS Justice

  • More4+1

  • PBS America +1

  • Forces TV

  • BBC News HD

  • QVC HD

  • QVC Beauty HD

  • Quest HD

Series available on Freeview

Although you won’t have access to the latest blockbuster HBO shows with Freeview, you can still watch a mix of popular and top-notch TV.

This includes everything from nightly soap operas, reality contests like the Great British Bake Off and The Masked Singer, classics like Midsomer Murders and Call the Midwife and fantastic UK dramas like Sherlock and Broadchurch.

Adding TV channels to Freeview

A lot of TV providers offer basic Freeview-only packages, which you can then supplement with monthly add-ons for premium sports and movie channels on rolling monthly contracts so you can sign up for short-term features. This includes BT TV and TalkTalk TV.

Another option for downgrading your TV subscription, while still accessing some live TV, is to sign up for a NOW Entertainment membership — which is the only way to watch Sky Atlantic (and, therefore, Game of Thrones) without a Sky subscription.

Our best NOW deals

Want access to all the great content from Sky without signing up for a long-term contract? Stream what you want, when you want with our latest NOW TV & broadband deals on Uswitch.

For less than £10 a month, you can watch 15 pay-TV channels, including many Sky channels on Freeview:

  • Sky Atlantic

  • Sky Max

  • Sky Witness

  • Sky Nature

  • Sky Comedy

  • Sky History

  • Sky Crime

  • Sky Documentaries

  • Sky Showcase

  • Peacock

  • MTV

  • Comedy Central

  • GOLD

  • National Geographic

  • SYFY

These TV channels can either be streamed live, or you can watch programmes from their catch-up and on-demand libraries.

Do I need a Freeview box?

Freeview has been built into almost all new TVs since around 2010. So if you've bought a TV in the last twelve years, you likely won't need a Freeview box in order to watch it.

However, if you'd like the opportunity to record, rewind and pause what you watch on Freeview, you will need to buy a Freeview set-top box. Prices for those start at around £129, and you can get them on the Freeview website.

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