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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.

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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'

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Forces TV   96 (76%) 181 165

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

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

Sunday, 28 June 2020

1:37 PM

Francis James Blackwell: At that postcode, you are predicted to have very good reception of all channels

See for yourself:

Go to the Freeview Checker page

Platform management | Freeview

Enter your postcode and house name or number and click on Check

We need to verify that your aerial is pointing at the right Transmitter.

It will be helpful, firstly, to us to know the make and model of your receiver.

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js's 790 posts GB
Thursday, 13 August 2020
George Barnes
1:57 PM

As an ex veteran, is there any reason since a retune that I cannot receive Forces TV.

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George Barnes's 1 post GB

3:07 PM

George Barnes: Did you receive Forces TV previously? Forces TV is on the COM7 multiplex which is only broadcast from 25 main transmitters, so it may not be available from the transmitter you receive (if you provide a full postcode we can check).

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StevensOnln1's 3,285 posts GB
Tuesday, 18 August 2020
Tony Smith
1:16 PM

Can I watch Forces TV without having a TV licence please ?

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Tony Smith's 1 post GB

1:35 PM

Tony Smith: You need a TV Licence to watch any TV channel in the UK, either at the time it is broadcast or by recording it to watch later.

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StevensOnln1's 3,285 posts GB
Monday, 28 September 2020
10:17 PM

George Barnes:

Like you I lost Forces TV after a recent retune - however if you find `Add New DVB Services` or `Add New DVB Channels` (one or the other) on your `Tuning` menu in Setup, then AFTER your main retune, select either, let your machine do the searching, and hopefully you will get back Forces TV.

It did on my machine.

Good Luck


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JC's 4 posts GB
Tuesday, 29 September 2020

2:26 AM


A retune in recent days may have missed signals that could be weaker at your location such as COM7, possibly due to adverse weather conditions called "Tropospheric Ducting" see Effect of tropospheric ducting on Freeview | RTIS for a simplistic explanation.

It can be quite variable, come and go within seconds, minutes or hours. It doesn't necessarily affect all multiplexes at the same time or at all. At times it can wipe out your reception.
There are also periods when there is transmitter maintenance where signals may be weaker or off-air.

You are not advised to retune when your normal signals are suddenly missing or they are badly pixellated as this usually just clears correct tuning and you have to repeat a retune when signals are stable. You may have to repeat a retune several times if signals are still disrupted.

For which channels are on which multiplex see Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview

If it's just one multiplex missing, you can try a manual retune for the particular UHF channel for that multiplex for your transmitter (will vary from transmitter to transmitter).

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Chris.SE's 2,900 posts GB
Tuesday, 13 October 2020
10:45 AM

Dispite reading in the TV mag and checking availability that Forces TV is on freeview 96, in the Greater London area, I have re-tuned both my 'smart' TV and freview recorder, I am still unable to find this channel

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Pete's 5 posts GB
R curno
2:08 PM

Hi I live in ts15 area but can't get get forces 96 Chanel any ideas please

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R curno's 1 post GB

4:34 PM

R curno:

Forces TV is on the COM7 multiplex, see Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview
You need a set with a T2/HD tuner to get HD multiplexes such as PSB3/BBCB HD and COM7. Do you get HD channels at LCNs101-105?
You may be in a location that cannot get the temporary COM7 multiplex which is lower power than the others.
We need a full postcode to look at the predicted reception for your location.

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