Freeview users urged to watch TVs after ITV made the change | Tech Reddy

Freeview users urged to watch TVs after ITV made the change

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FIND OUT: ITV has revamped most of its channels including a name change (Photo by Luciana Guerra/PA Wire)

Reporting by Dion Dassanayake

Freeview users across the UK are being urged to update their TVs and set-top boxes to keep their devices up to date.

ITV has overhauled its channels on Tuesday, November 15 which has affected the Freeview TV channel. Five of ITV’s channels have been rebranded, with the flagship channel now known as ITV1 (formerly ITV) while ITV 2 has become ITV2, as reported in the Express.

This minor adjustment to channel names also affects channel +1 and the HD version of ITV1. Users will now need to adjust their Freeview device to ensure the correct channel names appear in the TV guide, however the channel numbers remain unchanged.


Freeview updated customers online saying: “On 15 November 2022 ITV is making a significant change to their channel list. You will need to update your TV and keep your channels and TV Guide up to date.”

The latest channel changes come as the channel prepares to launch a new streaming service. On 8 December ITV will launch ITVX, which will replace ITV Hub as a place to watch the broadcaster’s content online.

ITV has high hopes for ITVX, which wants to be a “leader” in the UK broadcasting space. The new channel will launch with a series of new shows and compared to ITV Hub, the new channel will offer thousands of hours more content and will run new and exclusive shows every week ahead of terrestrial channels.

The full series of ITV Basics set to be broadcast on terrestrial channels will be available on ITVX on the first day of broadcast, with all episodes available to watch online. The channel will be home to a huge catalog of blockbuster movies including the Back to the Future trilogy.

TV lovers will be able to watch major events live on ITV channels such as the Love Island final and World Cup matches through ITVX. ITVX will be completely free to watch with an ad-supported plan, but a paid membership tier will also be available which removes the ads and bundles from BritBox membership.

The app should be available on all devices currently equipped with the ITV Hub app – meaning Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, Freeview Smart TVs and more.


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