UPDATED. Changes to the Freeview service, as part of the platform’s latest monthly update, have given more viewers access to ITVBe.
But some viewers may have to retune to continue watching the channel by early March.
On 22nd February, ITVBe transferred multiplexes, giving the channel wider coverage.
ITV is using capacity that’s become available alongside its main channel to add ITVBe. This means the channel is opening up to more Freeview users, even in areas where the full Freeview line-up isn’t available. Previously, ITVBe reception was restricted to viewers receiving a service from main transmitters.
▶ What this means for Freeview viewers
- On 22nd February, ITVBe officially switched multiplexes.
- The old copy of ITVBe continues to broadcast for a short time until it’s turned off.
- If you see ITVBe on channel 791 and channel 28, you’ll need to do a full retune of your TV or box.
- If you see ITVBe on channel 792 and channel 28, you’ve either already retuned, or your receiver has automatically retuned for you.
- If you see ITVBe on channel 791 and 792, but not on channel 28, you’ll need to delete your existing channel list as part of a full retune. Your receiver may ask you as part of the retune process if you wish to delete your existing list. You should say yes/press OK.
ITVBe first launched in 2014 and is the home of a number of scripted and reality TV shows. In the morning, the channel screens programmes aimed at pre-school children.
Freeview typically makes an update to its channel list around one a month. Everyone TV, formerly Digital UK, likes to co-ordinate changes to reduce the number of retunes. While some are relatively minor, others require major intervention by viewers.
Technical information for installers
- ITVBe is now broadcasting on Freeview channel 28 via multiplex D3&4 (PSB2)
- The old copy on SDN (COM4) will be discontinued shortly and moves to channel 792 upon retuning.
- Multiplex D3&4 has almost 98% population coverage. SDN reaches around 90% of the UK.
- The changes do not apply in the Channel Islands, where ITVBe already broadcasts on D3&4 in lieu of ITV1+1.