Following Monday’s channel switcharound, all TV services have now been turned off Freeview multiplex COM8.
After a short period where affected channels were broadcast on old and new frequencies, viewers who haven’t retuned will see captions on channels including BBC Four HD, FreeSports and Quest HD until the end of June, when the licence to broadcast the multiplex ends.
Multiplex operator Arqiva decided to close down the bundle of channels known as COM8 ahead of its frequency being reallocated to 5G mobile networks.
Many services that have recently changed frequencies have moved to multiplex COM7, which will continue on a new short-term licence until Arqiva is served notice to vacate the frequency. But with the auction to sell-off former TV frequencies for 5G services delayed until later this year and further clearance of affected frequencies delayed until next year, there’s likely to be little impact on Freeview viewers for some time.
COM8 closure meant a number of channels, including catch-up services Channel 4+1 HD, 4seven HD, 5Star+1 and 5USA+1 were closed. On-demand service All4 is now available with an HD option on Freeview Play, to maintain an HD catch-up option from Channel 4 on the platform.