[mythtv-users] BBC HD channels upgrade starting soon on Freesat

Paul Harrison mythtv at mythqml.net
Sun Jan 22 16:02:42 UTC 2023

On 22/01/2023 15:04, Mike Perkins wrote:

> On 22/01/2023 11:52, Paul Harrison wrote:
>> Just a heads up for UK Freesat users the BBC will be starting it's 
>> channel shuffling on Tuesday 24th January 2023 where eventually all 
>> the regional SD channels will close and only the HD ones will remain 
>> taking over the 101 channel position of the SD ones in most cases. It 
>> sounds like there will still be one SD BBC1 channel called BBC One 
>> Nightlight which will be BBC1 but without any regional content. The 
>> switch over will take a couple of months to complete so expect some 
>> disruptions.
>> This article on RXTV gives more in-depth details :-
>> https://rxtvinfo.com/2023/sky-and-freesat-start-bbc-hd-channel-upgrade/
> I know info this is satellite-specific but will any of the channel 
> switching spread to Freeview as well? If so, is there a source for 
> that info?

Yeah these changes only affect FreeSat and Sky. I guess it's all part of 
a cost cutting exercise by the BBC?

I don't think any of these changes will affect Freeview in any way. 
There is still a lot of Freeview equipment out there that doesn't even 
support HD so the SD broadcasts will be available for a good while 
longer. The available bandwidth on Freeview is very restricted so there 
isn't a lot of room to play with anyway only made worse by one multiplex 
recently closing down to make way for more mobile services :(

The Freeview updates page on RXTV is a good page to keep up with all the 


Paul H.

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