TUNE IN: ITV has overhauled several of its channels, including a name change (Photo: Luciana Guerra/PA Wire)

Reporting by Dion Dassanayake

Those who use Freeview across the UK are being asked to retune their TVs and set-top boxes to keep their devices up to date.

ITV overhauled its channels on Tuesday 15 November, which in turn affected the Freeview TV guide. Five ITV channels have been renamed, with the broadcaster’s main channel now being called ITV1 (formerly ITV), while ITV 2 became ITV2, as reported by The Express.

This minor change to the channel names also applies to the +1 channels as well as the HD versions of ITV1. Users will now need to retune their Freeview device to ensure that the correct channel names appear in the TV Guide, however the channel numbers remain the same.


Freeview updated customers in an online post saying: “On November 15, 2022, ITV is making major changes to its range of channels. You will need to retune to update your TV and keep your channels and TV Guide up to date.”

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

ITV has high hopes for ITVX aiming to become a “leader” in the UK streaming space. The new channel will be launched with many new programs and compared to the ITV Hub, the new channel will offer thousands of hours more content, as well as premiering new and exclusive programs each week ahead of the terrestrial channels.

The full series of classic ITV staples to be aired on terrestrial channels will be available on ITVX on the first day of broadcast, with all episodes available to watch online. The channel will also be home to a large catalog of major films, including the Back to the Future trilogy.

TV buffs will also be able to watch highlights live on ITV channels such as the Love Island final and World Cup matches via ITVX. ITVX will be completely free to watch via an ad-supported plan, but there will also be a paid membership tier that removes ads, as well as BritBox membership packages.

The app should be available on all gadgets that currently have the ITV Hub app – which means Android and iOS smartphones and tablets, Freeview Smart TVs and more.


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