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UK TV Channel line-up comparison
Can I get such-and-such a channel? Here's a table of TV channels and digital TV services.
Channel Comparison Table
Here's a summary of which major UK TV channels are available on each service. Scroll down for information on each service.
|BBC 3 / BBC4|
|5* / 5 USA|
|ITV 2, ITV 3, ITV 4|
|Universal (was Hallmark)|
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Note 1: ESPN: ESPN requires a separate subscription. A viewing card is needed. For Freeview, a digital TV, or Freeview set-top box must have a suitable card slot. More on our ESPN on Freeview page.
Note 2: ESPN on BT Vision: ESPN requires a separate subscription. On-demand content also available. More on our ESPN FAQ
Note 3: BT Vision: Channels such as Comedy Central and Cartoon Network are not available on BT Vision, but content from these channels is available to be watched "on demand" via the BT Vision box. More on BT Vision
Note 4: Top Up TV Anytime: The full channels are not available to be viewed in real-time, but a small selection of shows from these channels is downloaded overnight, and can be played back from the Top Up TV Anytime box for the next seven days.
Digital TV Providers:
Widest choice of channels. Received with satellite dish and set-top box. Also offering over 50 High Definition channels.
Received via a TV aerial on a special set-top box or on a TV with a built-in Freeview receiver.
See our Freeview pages for details.
Subscription-free satellite TV service that launched in May 2008.
More on our Freesat page.
Free to customers of BT Total Broadband. Live TV channels, plus on-demand TV and movies over Broadband.
More on our BT Vision page
|Top Up TV Anytime||
Special box that offers the Freeview channels, access to a small number of extra channels, and downloads special TV content overnight onto the built-in hard-disk.
See our Top Up TV Anytime page for details
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