It’s not very often that something free has a lot of value in it, but that’s where Freeview comes in to defy the odds!
Freeview is an extremely popular viewing platform for people all over the UK to catch up with their favourite TV.
Whether you’re tuning in to the news or fancy a back-to-back screening of Come Dine With Me, Freeview has over 70 TV channels as well as on-demand TV players, too.
However, now and again, Freeview channels tend to disappear. If you have lost BBC1 and BBC2 in 2020 there are a few reasons this may have happened. Let’s find out why and how to get your Freeview channels back.
Freeview channels missing in 2020
If you have seen that some of your Freeview channels have gone missing in 2020, this can happen for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, as many Freeview users know, the service requires a regular retune in order to keep up-to-date with which channels are available in your area.
So, you may simply need to retune your Freeview TV or box. To do this, follow our guide here.
Alternatively, the channel may no longer be available indefinitely. It may not be accessible in your region any more.
Freeview channels and your postcode
If you have recently retuned your Freeview system then it could be that the channel that seems to have disappeared is actually no longer available to you.
For a full list of Freeview retune dates in 2020 please see our article here.
Your postcode is an important factor when it comes to Freeview channel reception, so we advise using their postcode checker to see which channels are available in your area.
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I have lost BBC1 and BBC2 2020
In the case of losing access to BBC One and Two, it seems unlikely that Freeview would cut anyone off from these, usually, mandatory channels. Try searching further down in the TV guide from channel number 751 onwards for BBC One and Two.
According to Freeview, some BBC channels moved to new airwaves at the Winter Hill transmitter on February 20th 2020.
A quick retune of your Freeview TV or box should reconnect you to the BBC channels.
Freeview states that if after a retune you can’t access BBC channels on the usual numbers (such as 1 for BBC One, 2 for BBC Two), then you may need to have your aerial replaced. They advise contacting the Freeview Advice Line on freephone 0808 100 0288.
They add: “You may be eligible for free in-home support, including aerial work if this is required.”