menuMENU    UK Free TV logo News

 

 

Click to see updates
Forces TV logo

Forces TV

24 hour factual channel devoted to the work of the armed forces and the world of defence news, features, documentaries and live coverage of the armed forces and all they do.

Main TV standard-definiton channels

How to Watch: Forces TV


Below is a list of all the television and radio channels that you can watch in the UK using one of the free services: DAB (for radio), Freeview, Sky No Card - Sky without a viewing card (Freesat from Sky (or fSfS)) and Freesat.. Where a channel can be watched for free, the channel number is listed below. In addition, if you can watch (or listen) immediately online, press the button in the "web" column.

As some channels are exclusive to one service alone, you may need to get receive more than one service to get all the channels you want. The coverage for Freeview differs too - those channels not provided by the public service "Freeview Light" transmitters the current coverage shown thus (54%), taken from Connected Nations Report 2017: Data analysis'

Key: wb_sunny daytime; watch_later nighttime; account_box funded from the TV License; flags show Freeview channel limits.
Choose from four options: ■ Show everything ■ Just on Freeview ■ Just on Freesat ■ Just on Sky
Main TV standard-definiton channels
Channel name arrow_drop_down web radio Freeview Sky Freesat
Forces TV   96 (76%) 181 165

Regional content: National channel with no regional content or variations.

From Wikipedia: - en.wikipedia.org en.wikipedia.org link icon read more about Forces TV on wikipedia (summary by Clipped).

Freeview multiplex: Forces TV is on multiplex com7 in england flagEngland scotland flagScotland northernireland flagNorthern Ireland wales flagWales .

Comments
Wednesday, 3 June 2020
S
Stephen nixon
9:34 AM

Hi i am in sudbury suffolk. Anglia tv religion. Have retuned tv and dvd recorder no channel 96 or 97 please can you help.

link to this comment
Stephen nixon's 1 post GB
S
StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:36 AM

Stephen nixon: Forces TV is not broadcast from the Sudbury transmitter. If you provide a full postcode we can see whether you might be able to receive it from another transmitter.

link to this comment
StevensOnln1's 3,153 posts GB
Thursday, 4 June 2020
J
John
12:03 PM

Ex serviceman at NG16 Nottingham cant get channel 96, any guidance?

link to this comment
John's 1 post GB
S
StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

1:42 PM

John: Forces TV is on the COM8 multiplex, which is not broadcast from the Nottingham transmitter. If you provide a full postcode we can check whether you might be able to receive it from another transmitter, as Nottingham has a lot of overlapping coverage with the Waltham transmitter, which does broadcast COM8.

link to this comment
StevensOnln1's 3,153 posts GB
Thursday, 11 June 2020
J
John
1:19 PM
Nottingham

NG16 2TN is the postcode with no channel 96 found.

link to this comment
John's 1 post GB
S
StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:20 PM

John: It was announced yesterday that Forces TV will move to COM7 on 22nd June, with COM8 closing by the end of this month. You are predicted to be able to receive COM7 & COM8 from either Sutton Coldfield or Waltham at your postcode. To receive it, your TV or set top box/PVR needs to be DVB-T2 capable (i.e. able to receive the HD channels on 101-105) and your aerial needs to be horizontal (i.e. the little rods going side to side) and pointing at a compass baring of 125 degrees for Waltham (Central East regional news) or 220 degrees for Sutton Coldfield (Central West regional news). If you have an older grouped aerial, it may need to be replaced with a wideband type.

link to this comment
StevensOnln1's 3,153 posts GB
C
Chris.SE
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:22 PM

John:

If your aerial is pointing at the Nottingham transmitter (ideally a Group K aerial although Group T or Wideband will do) it will be pointing at bearing 161 degrees (that's ~ fractionally S of SSE) with the rods vertical, hence no COMs 7&8.
According to the Freeview Detailed Coverage checker you can get good reception from several transmitters.
Waltham (Central East region) is one of them which also broadcasts the Local Nottingham multiplex, Sutton Coldfield is another (Central West region) but not predicted to receive ANY local Multiplex, and only some multiplexes from Belmont (so not recommended).
Assuming you want Central East region, if indeed your aerial is already pointing at Waltham bearing 125 degrees (slightly E of SE) with the rods horizontal, if it happens to be an old Group A aerial then this is not going to receive COMs 7&8 on UHF channels 55 & 56, for which you require a Group T/Wideband.

HOWEVER, it's just been announced at short notice that COM8 is going to close on the 22nd June see 22 Jun 2020 - Important channel broadcast changes | Freeview
Already quite a few people are very annoyed about this as the 700MHz frequencies still haven't been cleared due to the covid-19 situation, nor (consequently have the frequencies been auctioned yet) and it would be AT LEAST a year before MNOs that bought the frequencies may contemplate using them.
In the meanwhile, it's predicted that Forces TV will move to COM7 so unless that's not correct and it moves to COM 5 or 6, you are in the same boat.
In view of this closure of COM8 (some of use think that it's a commercial decision by Arqiva) we've no idea how long COM7 may last. So unless you are contemplating moving/changing your own aerial you may want to wait until at least the 22nd June to see what happens with the changes.


link to this comment
Chris.SE's 2,560 posts GB
C
Chris.SE
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:47 PM

StevensOnln1: Looks like we were compiling replies at the same time :)

link to this comment
Chris.SE's 2,560 posts GB
Wednesday, 17 June 2020
V
vera wilson
7:15 AM
King's Lynn

I live in Kings Lynn PE30 2LB and love to watch The Equilizer on forces TV channel 96. Will I be able to still receive this channel after 22nd June. I am tuned into the Belmont transmitter.

link to this comment
vera wilson's 1 post GB
S
StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:26 AM

vera wilson: If you can currently receive BBC News HD on 107 then you should be able to continue receiving Forces TV by retuning on 22nd June.

link to this comment
StevensOnln1's 3,153 posts GB
Select more comments

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentUK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.







Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.