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Over the last few years, Freeview has been growing – so much so that the TV guide is bursting at the seams. To make room for new channels we are updating the TV guide on 2 August. All you need to do is retune in the afternoon or evening to get the full refreshed line up. Most modern TVs will prompt you to retune when the changes are made or if you have an older product then you need to follow the retune instructions below.

Here are the main changes you will see, with the full list below.

The Children’s channels will move to 201-229
The News channels will move to 231-249
The Text channels will move to 250-259
The Streamed channels will move to 260-299
The Adult channels will move to 670-699

In the last year, for example, we have added channels like BLAZE, with the hit series Vikings; and Quest Red, specialising in irresistibly real TV, plus Channel 5 HD and many more.

See the full list of Freeview channels that will be changing their number in the TV guide below.

General Entertainment
CBS Action moves from 64 to 39
CBS Action +1 moves from 90 to 64
The Store moves from 39 to 74
Quest Red+1 moves from 90 to 88
Ketchup moves from 96 to 211
CBBC moves from 120 to 201
CBeebies moves from 121 to 202
CITV moves from 122 to 203
CBBC HD moves from 123 to 204
CBeebies HD moves from 124 to 205
POP moves from 125 to 206
Tiny POP moves from 126 to 207
Kix moves from 127 to 208
POP+1 moves from 128 to 209
Tiny POP+1 moves from 129 to 210

BBC News moves from 130 to 231
BBC Parliament moves from 131 to 232
Sky News moves from 132 to 233
RT moves from 135 to 234
BBC Red Button moves from 200 to 250
CCTV moves from 226 to 260
Racing UK moves from 231 to 261
Connect 4 moves from 234 to 262
Sonlife moves from 239 to 263
VisionTV moves from 244 to 264
Planet Knowledge moves from 245 to 265
Huda TV moves from 249 to 266
Revelation TV moves from 250 to 267
Box Nation moves from 255 to 268
Arise News moves from 257 to 269
Loveworld moves from 258 to 270
Sports Channel Network launches at 273

How to retune

To retune you need to press ‘Menu’ on your remote control and follow the on-screen instructions or those printed in your manual. What happens next may vary slightly depending on which TV, recorder or set top box you have.

A typical sequence is:

  1. Press menu on your box or TV remote control
  2. Now select set-up, installation, update or similar option. If you’re asked for a password the default code is 1234 or 0000
  3. Now select the ‘first time installation’ option (sometimes called ‘factory reset’, ‘full retune’ or ‘default settings’). Press ‘OK’ if your equipment asks if it is OK to delete existing channels. This will clear your existing settings and find the new channel line-up. If prompted then save the channels that are found