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Preview Freeview’s New TV guide

Posted March 15, 2016 - Blog Posts,News and Blog

The old guide terminates here – all change… for the better

We’re delighted to announce that we’re upgrading the Freeview TV Guide.

The first major change is that we’ve made the TV Guide fully ‘responsive’. This means it’ll automatically fit the screen you’re viewing it on, so you get the the best experience whether you’re using a desktop or laptop,  tablet or smartphone.

What’s more, you can customise your experience so you can choose to see only your favourite channels, set reminders and see programmes by type – such as films, dramas, documentaries, etc. And there will be exciting new features in the future!

Some highlights 

A better view

We’ve made the new TV Guide full-width so you can see more at a glance – just like on your TV at home.


Make it your own

The new Freeview TV Guide isn’t about one size fitting all. You can save your own personalised settings (TV region, type of view, and more) by clicking the Preferences button in the top left of the guide.



Change your views

You can opt for a traditional grid view (like you’ll find on your TV’s guide) or change to view column-style view (the kind newspaper and magazine TV guides use).

There’s also the option to choose a more simplified, keyboard-friendly accessible view, which works better with screen readers.

And if you’re viewing the new guide on a mobile you’ll automatically see a ‘Now & Next’ view.


Grid View


List View


See a week into the future – and the past

Your TV listings cover both the next 7 days and past 7 days too – so you can see what’s coming up as well as what you missed in case you need to go to on-demand TV.


Get straight to the channels you love

By selecting the heart icons below the channels you can create your preferred line up -just click on ‘My channel’ to see only those you have selected. The TV Guide will reflect your narrowed-down viewing choices and make it easier for you to see what’s on at a glance.



Today’s picks

Included by popular demand, Today’s Picks, at the bottom of the page,  is our choice of what to watch, as compiled by our editor. When you’ve had your fill, you can simply hide it by clicking in the right hand corner.



Click once, never miss out again

A single click is now all it takes to set up email reminders to alert you when your favourite shows are coming up. If you’ve already got reminders set up, don’t worry, these won’t be affected. If you need to set up a new reminder, simply put your email address into the Preferences.  Then find the show you are interested in and click for reminders. As always, you can unsubscribe from these emails or individual programmes at any time.


Find it faster

If you’re looking for something specific but don’t feel like scrolling around, why not use ‘Search’? Once you choose a programme the window will close, but your search results will be there whenever you click the search button again – until you search for another programme.



What are you in the mood for?

Fancy a film tonight, or maybe a good documentary? Use the ‘Filter by’ drop-down to choose a specific genre of programme.


Over to you

We hope you like your new TV Guide. Over the past few weeks we’ve been receiving your valued feedback via an online survey.  The survey is now closed, thank you for all your responses. Keep your eye on the TV Guide for more improvements in the near future. 

Start using the TV Guide.

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