In Freeview’s monthly channel update for April 2023, there’s new channels for sci-fi/horror and true crime fans.
On channel 69, Reality Xtra 2 is replaced by HorrorXtra, a spin-off from the Legend channel, which is already on Freeview.
Horror Xtra is already known to Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media viewers in the UK. Since its launch last year, it’s been on-air from 5pm every day. But from Wednesday, the channel will start broadcasting a daytime schedule, going on-air from 8am. Daytime highlights include the series Mutant X, Journey to the Center of the Earth and Knight Rider.
New Freeview Streaming channel
Real Crime is the latest addition to Freeview’s rapidly expanding range of streaming channels, giving viewers their fix of real-life crime stories. It will appear on channel 288.
Freeview’s streaming channels are available on all compatible connected TVs and boxes, this includes all Freeview Play TVs/boxes.
Both of the above changes are only for viewers who receive the full Freeview service (i.e. not via a relay that only carries limited channels).
▶ How can I tell if my TV supports Freeview Play?
To check if your receiver is compatible with Freeview Play, go to channel 100.
- If you see a basic text based information service with a black background, your device is not compatible with Freeview Play.
- If selecting channel 100 opens a portal with details of on-demand programmes available on iPlayer, ITVX, Channel 4 and more, then your device supports Freeview Play.
BBC One HD upgrade
As reported last week, the BBC will also be completing its upgrade of BBC One HD. Viewers in all regions will be able to watch their regional programmes on channel 101.
Not all receivers will automatically process channel updates. If you are missing any of the above channels from midday Wednesday, retune your device.
Freeview offers free help and support on retuning via its website. Here you’ll find instructions and video guide on retuning: https://www.freeview.co.uk/help/retune.