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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 4 (Wales) wales flag, Channel 4 +1, Channel 5, E4 england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag, Film 4, Film 4 +1, ITV england flagwales flag, ITV +1 england flagwales flag, ITV 2, More 4, S4C wales flag

Channel 4 appears at position 8 only on Freeview in Wales. 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, 5*, 5USA, Al Jazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Capital TV, CBeebies HD, Channel 5 +1, CITV, E4 (Wales) wales flag, E4 +1, Gems TV, Heart TV, ITV 2 +1, ITV 3, ITV 3 +1, ITV 4, Movies4Men, Movies4Men +1, pick, QVC, QVC Beauty, QVC Extra, 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 HD, 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

Which TV channels are on three services?

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


5USA +1, Heat TV, Ideal Extra, Irish TV, Kerrang! (TV), Kiss (TV), Magic TV, QVC Style, Showcase 2, Smash Hits TV, The Box

Channels on Freeview Light, Full Freeview, Freesat



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


CBS Action, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +24, Chart Show TV, Community Channel, Create and Craft, Daystar TV, Food Network, Ideal World, ITV 4 +1, ITV Be, ITV Be, JML Store, Pop, Rocks and Co, RT English , TBN, The Jewellery Channel, Tiny Pop, Travel Channel, True Entertainment england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag, truTV, Vintage TV

Chart Show TV on Freeview in Manchester only

Which TV channels are on two services?

Channels on both Full Freeview and Watch online


4Music, 4seven HD, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera HD, Channel 4+1 HD, Dave, Dave ja vu, LONDON LIVE, Notts TV, Quest, Quest +1, Really, The Dating Channel, Yesterday

Channels on both Freesat and Watch online


5* +1

Channels on both Full Freeview and Sky (no card)


Arise News, Pop +1

Pop +1 on Freeview in Manchester only

Channels on both Freesat and Sky (no card)


B4U Music, BET, Bloomberg TV Europe, Bonanza Bonanza, CBS Drama, CBS Reality +1, CCTV News, Clubland TV, CNBC, CNN International Europe, Colors, Craft Extra, EuroNews, Fashion One, Film on TV, Food Network +1, Forces TV, France 24 English, God TV, High Street TV, Horror Channel, Horror Channel +1, Information TV, Inspiration TV, Islam Channel, Jewellery Maker, JML Direct, Kix, More Movies, More Movies +1, More4+1, NHK World TV, Now Thats What I Call Music, PopGirl, Psychic Today, Revelation TV, Rishtey, SBN International, Sony SAB TV Asia, Starz, Thane, The Vault, Tiny Pop +1, Travel Channel +1, True Drama, True Movies 1, True Movies 2, TV Shop, Zing

Which TV channels are on just one service?

Channels just on Sky (no card)


Aaj Tak, Aastha International, ABN TV, ABP News, Abu Dhabi Al Oula Europe, ACBN International, Ahlebait TV, Ahlulbayt TV, Akaal Channel, ARY News, ARY QTV, ATN Bangla, Bangla TV, BelieVe TV, BEN, Best Direct, BET+1, Bliss, Blue Ocean Network, Brit Asia TV, British Muslim TV, Challenge +1, Channel Aka, Channel I, Channel S, Chat Box, CNC English, DM Global, Equal World, EWTN, FAB TV, Faith World TV, Flava, Flow TV, GayNetwork, Geo News International, Geo Tez, Glory TV, Gospel Channel, Hidayat TV, High Street TV Xtra, Holiday and Cruise, Home Store, Horse and Country TV, Hum TV, Information TV +1, Iqra Bangla, Iqra TV, KICC TV, Lamhe, Loveworld TV, Madani Channel, MATV National, MTA International, My Channel, News 18, Noor TV, NTV, OH TV, Olive TV, Pavers Shoes TV, Peace TV, Peace TV Urdu, Phoenix CNE, Pick +1, Planet Pop, Prime TV, Propeller, PTC Punjabi, PTV Global, Record Europa, Retail Therapy TV, Safeer TV, Samaa TV, Sangat TV, Scuzz, Showcase 2 +1, Sikh Channel, Sky News Arabia, Super Casino, Takbeer TV, The Africa Channel, The Arrow, The Department Store, The Mall, The Word Network, Tristar, True Entertainment +1, TV 99, TV Roulette, TV Warehouse, TVC News, UCB TV, Ummah Channel, UMP Movies, V Channel, Venus TV, Voxafrica, Wedding TV Asia

Channels just on Full Freeview


Bay TV Clwyd, Bay TV Liverpool, Bay TV Swansea, Cambridge Presents, City TV Broadcasting, Community Channel HD, Drama, Estuary TV, ETV, Fire Hit TV, 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, RTE One (NI) northernireland flag, RTE Two (NI) northernireland flag, SLTV/Sheffield Live, SonLife, STV Glasgow, TG4 (NI) northernireland flag, That's Reading, That's Salisbury, That's Surrey, Thats Oxford, Thats Solent, The York Channel, truTV +1, Yorkshire Coast TV, YourTV Blackpool and Preston, YourTV Manchester

RTE TV channels can be received only in Northern Ireland

Channels just on Freesat


Chart Show Dance

Channels just on Watch online


Fitness TV

Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Dave Lindsay
4:39 PM

annette mingay: Whether Sky News makes itself available online or not is down to its own discretion. Either use a TV near your computer or get a TV receiving card or USB dongle for your computer.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,439 posts Platinum Platinum GB
annette mingay
4:54 PM

hi Dave
thank you, I have been using TVCatchup but they can't stream Sky or Sky channels, and I don't have a tv upstairs when I'm working at my computer - I'm one of those people who loves revolving news, so I tend to have the news on a lot during the day.

thanks for your reply, its appreciated.

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annette mingay's 2 posts GB
Friday, 16 January 2015
geoffrey o'neill
4:26 PM

what is the best dongle to get

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geoffrey o'neill's 19 posts GB
Thursday, 22 January 2015
7:29 PM

so many combinations
so I have an old Amstrad sky +HD box connected to a communal dish with two lnb inputs so recording ability is there with the right set up
at present there is no telephone or internet connection the tv is fitted with a freeview NON HD tuner there is an old sky card in it from my previous time with sky but I don't subscribe to anything now
so the burning question apart from buying a freesat card from sky at ?25 and painstaking comparing all the services whats my best bet putting out there for all your feedback

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Paul's 1 post GB
9:08 PM

Paul: Assuming you dont want to go back to Sky, a Freesat PVR is the easy choice. About 169 quid for the current Humax 1000S, and an easy swapout for the Sky HD box.

If you cant be bothered to record, then you can get a Freesat receiver (albeit one that will get you Iplayer, ect) for as little as 50 notes.

Do you have an aerial? If so, then that increases your choices a lot, and if your after a new TV anyway, then that might throw up so choices, since many will have a sat tuner of some kind.

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