Retune for freeviewAll change to Freeview channels

18 October 2005

If you watch TV through Freeview , you'll have to retune the box on October 18 following a major reshuffle of the channel numbers.

The change is to accommodate the growing number of channels and also to group them together by genre.

The changes mean:

  • radio stations will move to numbers above 700
  • children's programmes will go to 70-79
  • news broadcasters move to channels 80-89
  • teletext and other interactive services will occupy numbers above 100.

It is the biggest change to the layout since Freeview began; viewers will be able to update their boxes via a rescan some time late morning or early afternoon on October 18.

How to retune

Some digital set-top boxes retune automatically. If yours doesn't, press 'Menu' or 'Setup' on the remote control and follow the on-screen or printed instructions. Depending on the language the equipment uses, choose 'Update', 'Retune' or 'Store'.

Sky is also expected to make changes to its channel sequence over the next few months. It says the changes will make the sequence easier to navigate, with the introduction of new genres and better signposting.