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Which TV channels are on all free TV services?


BBC Alba scotland flag, BBC Four england flagnorthernireland flagwales flag, BBC Four HD, BBC Parliament, BBC Scotland HD scotland flag, BBC Three HD england flagnorthernireland flag, CBBC, CBBC HD, CBeebies, CBeebies HD, Channel 4 (SD) england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag, Channel 5 HD, ITV (SD) england flag, ITV 2

ITV is provided in the Border area of Scotland, not STV

Which TV channels are on most services?

Not on Freeview Light


4seven, 5Action, CITV, E4 Extra, Gems TV, ITV4 +1, Jewellery Maker, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, QVC, QVC Beauty, QVC Style, Together TV

Can't watch online


5SELECT, BBC Two HD, Channel 4 HD, E4 +1, ITV +1 england flagscotland flagwales flag, ITV HD england flagscotland flag, STV (SD) scotland flag, UTV (SD) northernireland flag, UTV +1 northernireland flag

Freeview Light, Full Freeview, Freesat, Watch online


BBC News, BBC One (SD), BBC Red Button, BBC Two, E4 england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag, Film4, ITV3, ITV4, More4

E4 is not on Freeview Light in Wales

Freeview Light, Full Freeview, Sky (no card), Watch online


Channel 5

Which TV channels are on three services?

Channels on Full Freeview, Freesat, Sky (no card)


5STAR, 5USA, Blaze, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 4 (Wales) wales flag, Channel 5 +1, Create & Craft, Dave, DMAX, Drama, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag, GREAT! movies classic, GREAT! movies classic +1 england flag, GREAT! tv, GREAT! tv +1 england flag, HGTV, Ideal World, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Pop, Pop Player, RealityXtra UK, Really, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, That's TV (UK), Tiny Pop, TJC, Yesterday

Channel 4 appears at position 8 only on Freeview in Wales

Channels on Freeview Light, Full Freeview, Watch online


BBC Four (Scotland SD) scotland flag, BBC Three

Channels on Freesat, Sky (no card), Watch online


BBC News HD, Box Hits, Kerrang! TV, Kiss (TV), Magic (TV), Quest HD

Channels on Freeview Light, Full Freeview, Freesat


BBC One HD, Channel 4 +1

Channels on Full Freeview, Freesat, Watch online


BBC Scotland SD scotland flag, Sky News

Channels on Freeview Light, Full Freeview, Sky (no card)


STV HD scotland flag, STV+1 scotland flag, TBN UK, UTV HD northernireland flag

Which TV channels are on two services?

Channels on both Freesat and Sky (no card)


5STAR +1, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English HD, CBS Reality +1, Court TV, Create and Craft, HorrorXtra, More4 +1, Spotlight TV england flag, TJC Beauty

Channels on both Full Freeview and Sky (no card)


Arise News, Clubland TV england flag, Dave ja vu, Drama +1, GREAT! movies +1, Now 90s england flag, NOW 80s england flag, TV Warehouse england flag, Yesterday +1

Channels on both Freesat and Watch online


Box Upfront, E4 (Wales) wales flag

E4 is not on Freeview Light in Wales only

Channels on both Sky (no card) and Watch online


Ideal World Extra, The Box

Channels on both Full Freeview and Watch online



Channels on both Full Freeview and Freesat


Sky Arts, W

Which TV channels are on just one service?

Channels just on Watch online


4seven HD, 5Action +1, Capital TV england flag, Fitness TV, Heart TV england flag, Irish TV, QVC +1, QVC HD, RT HD, Showcase 3, Smash Hits TV, Together TV +1

Channels just on Sky (no card)


A1 TV, Aaj Tak, Aastha, Ahlebait TV, Ahlulbayt TV, Akaal Channel, Arise Play, ARY Family, ARY World, ATN Bangla, Brit Asia TV, British Muslim TV, Channel 7 (Ghana), Channel S, Cruise 1st TV, Deen TV, Dunamis TV, Dunya News, Eman Channel, EuroNews English, EWTN, Faith, Faith World TV, Foodxp, FreeSports, Geo, Geo News International, GoodNews TV, Great! Movies Action 1 england flagscotland flagnorthernireland flag, Heart 80s, Heart 90s, HGTV +1, Hidayat TV, High Street TV 1, High Street TV 2, High Street TV 4, High Street TV 5, Hum Masala, Hum TV, Ion TV, Iqra Bangla, Iqra TV, Iran International HD, Islam Channel Urdu, Islam TV, Kanshi TV, Khalsa TV, KICC TV, Loveworld TV HD, Madani Channel English, MATV Channel, MTA 1, NDTV 24x7, New Media HD, Noor TV, NTD, NTV, Phoenix CNE, Pitaara International, Pop +1 england flag, POP MAX +1, Primal Living, Psychic Today, PTC Punjabi, PTV Global, Rok, Samaa TV, Sangat TV, Sanskar TV, SBN International, Sikh Channel, Sky News Arabia, SportyStuff TV HD, Takbeer TV, The Word Network, Tiny Pop +1 england flag, Trace Hits, Travelxp HD, TV One, TVC News Nigeria, UK 44, Venus TV, W +1, WION HD

Channels just on Full Freeview


Aljazeera English, Bay TV Clwyd, Bay TV Liverpool, Bay TV Swansea, Big Centre TV, Blaze +1, Cambridge Presents, Classic Hits, Country Music Entertainment  england flag, Estuary TV Doncaster, Estuary TV York, HobbyMaker, ITVBe +1, Ketchup TV, Latest TV, Made in Bristol, Made in Cardiff, Made in Leeds, Made in Teesside, Made in Tyne and Wear, Mustard, NvTv, RTÉ One northernireland flag, RTÉ Two northernireland flag, Sheffield Live, SonLife, STV Edinburgh, STV Glasgow, TG4 northernireland flag, That's Berkshire, That's Lancashire, That's Manchester, That's Salisbury, That's Solent, That's Surrey, Thats Oxford, The York Channel, YAAAS!

RTE TV channels can be received only in Northern Ireland

Channels just on Freesat



Sunday, 27 June 2021
Charles Stuart

10:48 PM

The LG TV just gets text on channel 100. I haven't tried 555, as I'm currently watching the Toshiba TV in my bedroom. It gets the various links you describe on channel 100. On 555 the Toshiba gets a message that the accessible TV is starting soon.

Is Amazon Fire better than Chromecast? However, I don't know if Amazon Fire supports Britbox and Discovery+.

I'll try and find a mirroring app that works.

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Charles Stuart's 159 posts GB
Monday, 28 June 2021

2:48 AM

Charles Stuart:

If you have HbbTV turned on, then Channels 100 & 555 should display correctly on the LG.
There are quite a few sets, your Toshiba is obviously one, that don't fully support Freeview Play and HbbTV and it's an oddity that such sets display 100 correctly but not 555, I have yet to discover why.

I'm afraid I can't help regarding Amazon Fire & Chromecast.

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Chris.SE's 3,039 posts GB
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
Charles Stuart

5:54 PM

With Hbb turned on 555 and 100 do work on the LG. Britbox still doesn't. I downloaded a free mirroring app but I couldn't get it to work. I phoned Britbox to see what they recommended and the customer service agent who took the call gave me the personal recommendation of using an Amazon Firestick. I bought the cheapest version at John Lewis (which was even cheaper because I work for Waitrose) and it works brilliantly.

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Charles Stuart's 159 posts GB

6:09 PM

Charles Stuart:

Well I'm glad you've got it resolved and thanks for the update, that's useful info.

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