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What are the Freeview channel changes in May 2020?

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Freeview is a fantastic service that lets you watch over 70 popular TV channels at no monthly cost.

To utilize its service, all you need is an aerial connection and a TV. You can watch the most popular TV channels on Freeview Play, including BBC One and Channel 4. Moreover, it also features more than 20,000 hours of on-demand TV content.

You can also top-up to get the content from the top streaming services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, UK TV Play, Netflix, and Now. You can even watch Freeview Play on your Android or iOS devices.

From time to time, changes take place on the Freeview service, so let’s take a look at the Freeview channel changes in May 2020.
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Changes to Freeview in 2020

Freeview keeps adding new TV channels each month. Likewise, some channels might also get removed from Freeview from time to time.

Just like that, some TV channels might get placed onto different ARQ or moved to a different channel number.

With this guide, you can stay up to date with the changes that are taking place on Freeview TV channels in May 2020.

What are the Freeview channel changes in May 2020?

First of all, the channels 4Music and 4Seven will be moving to ARQ A MUX from ARQ B. This change should not affect Freeview users in any way.

Moving on, the TV channels “Planet Knowledge” and “Sports Channel Network (SCN)” will be merged into a single TV channel. This new channel will also be shifting to the “On-demand 365” portal, where you will be able to find it on channel 265.

The kid’s TV channels “Yaaas!” and “Ketchup” will also be joining hands to form a single channel. It will be available on channel 211 in the Ketchup/Yaaas! Portal on the Freeview Play.

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The TV channel “Now 90s” will also resume its broadcast in May. However, now it will only be available in the region of Manchester. The residents of Manchester can find the “Now 90s” on channel 84.

With the changes and addition of some channels, some TV channels might also get removed each month from Freeview Play.

The TV channel “Create and Craft” will no longer be available on the Freeview Play.

Trans World Sport” and “Adult Smile TV2” will also be stopping their broadcast on Freeview Play.

Additionally, the broadcast of “Spotlight TV” will also be no longer available. However, this only applies to the residents of Manchester. For more details, visit the update page on Freeview’s website.

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How do I retune Freeview Play?

To keep your Freeview Play TV guide up to date, it is recommended to retune after a few weeks or whenever an update occurs.

Most of the Freeview devices prompt you to retune whenever a change has been made. However, if you want to retune your device manually, then you can follow the instructions below. Also, note that the steps sometimes differ from device to device.

  • Go to the ‘Settings’ menu on your TV or set-top box and look for the ‘Setup’ or ‘Installation’ option.
  • If you are prompted for a password, try something generic such as ‘1234’ or ‘000’.
  • Next, locate and select the “Factory Reset” or “Full retune” option.
  • Your device will now prompt you to follow some on-screen steps, after following them, you should be good to go.

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