Freeview is getting a new channel next week which will open customers up to a whole new world of content. On September 21 the new UK Radio Portal channel will become available on Freeview channel 277, and it will let viewers tune in to a wide selection of radio stations. At the moment you can tune into a number of radio stations on Freeview such as BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 4, but UK Radio Portal offers something entirely different.
Besides letting Freeview customers listen to radio stations from across the UK, it will also offer a selection of radio stations from around the world.
This will help open Freeview viewers up to a whole host of content they wouldn’t normally be able to access.
Speaking about the service, UK Radio Portal in a statement said: “UK Radio Portal is a groundbreaking and innovative new interactive TV service designed to bring an extensive variety of Internet delivered radio channels to the UK Digital Terrestrial TV Freeview network via an easy-to-use interface accessible from the Freeview Electronic Programme Guide.
“The service works on compatible Internet connected Smart TV’s, (such as Freeview Play), allowing consumers to access a wide variety of local, regional, national and international radio services without without forcing them to leave the familiar surroundings of their main TV screen and Freeview menu.”
To access UK Radio Portal, you will need to ensure you have a compatible Freeview TV or set top box. You will also need to make sure your Freeview device is connected to the internet which has a minimum download speed of 2Mbps.
It’s important to point out that some stations available on UK Radio Portal may not be licensed by Ofcom.
As a result, cautionary messages about content that could be broadcast will appear on screen when you tune in.
UK Radio Portal will be joining the dozens of radio stations that already are available to listen to via Freeview.
In case you’re wondering, here is a list of the over 30 radio stations that are available on Freeview and their channels numbers…
BBC Radio 1 – channel number 700
BBC Radio 1 Xtra – channel number 701
BBC Radio 2 – channel number 702
BBC Radio 3 – channel number 703
BBC Radio 4 – channel number 704
BBC Radio 5 Live – channel number 705
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Xtra – channel number 706
BBC Radio 6 Music – channel number 707
BBC Radio 4 Extra – channel number 708
BBC Radio Asian Network – channel number 709
BBC World Service – channel number 710
Hits Radio – channel number 711
Kiss Fresh – channel number 712
Kiss – channel number 713
Kisstory – channel number 714
Magic – channel number 715
Greatest Hits Radio – channel number 716
Kerrang! – channel number 717
Smooth Radio – channel number 718
BBC Berkshire – channel number 719
BBC Three Counties – channel number 720
BBC Radio 5 London – channel number 721
BBC Radio Surrey – channel number 722
talkSPORT – channel number 723
Capital – channel number 724
Premier Radio – channel number 725
Absolute Radio – channel number 727
Heart – channel number 728
RNIB Connect – channel number 730
Classic FM – channel number 731
LBC – channel number 732
Trans World Radio – channel number 733
BBC Essex – channel number 734