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How to get the TV channel Yesterday

Fancy living in the past? We let you know how to receive this historic UK TV history channel.

Yesterday Logo

Formerly known as UKTV History, this nostalgic channel renamed to "Yesterday" on the 2nd of March 2009. It's one of a number of channels operated by the UK broadcasting firm UKTV.

The channel is available on subscription with Sky and Virgin Media, and is available subscription-free on Freeview (although only from 6am to 6pm).

Shows on Yesterday include: 20th Century Battlefields, I Claudius, Antiques Roadshow, Seven Ages of Rock, What the Victorians Did for Us and House of Elliot.


Digital TV services offering this channel:

TV Service
Channel offered
Sky Digital

Sky LogoYesterday is available on Sky Channel 537, with a "Plus 1" service on channel 538.

Sky Digital is a satellite TV service. To get Sky, you'll need to have a satellite dish installed, get a set-top box, and pay a monthly subscription. Yesterday is available as part of the Variety subscription package.

More details on our Sky Digital Explored page. To get Sky, sign up online at

Virgin Media

Virgim Media LogoYesterday is available on Virgin Media Channel 203.

Virgin Media uses special fibre-optic cables. You need to be in a cable area, get a special set-top box, and sign up to a monthly subscription.

More on our Virgin Media page. To see if you're in a cable area, go to

BT Vision

BT Vision LogoYesterday is a Freeview channel, so is available on BT Vision. Yesterday is on Freeview Channel 12 from 6am to 6pm only

BT Vision gets live TV via a TV aerial and gets movies plus extra TV and Sport content via your Broadband connection. BT Vision comes with a powerful hard-disk recorder and is available to BT's broadband customers.

More on our BT Vision Review page or at


Freeview LogoYesterday is available on Freeview Channel 12 from 6am to 6pm only

Freeview is delivered to set-top boxes via a TV aerial. Boxes cost from £20, and no subscription is required.

More on our Freeview Explained page

TalkTalk TV

Top Up TVTalkTalk TV is available in parts of the UK, and uses your existing phone line to deliver digital TV to your home. This is a subscription service.

More details at, or on our TalkTalk TV page

Top Up TV Anytime

Top Up TVYesterday is a Freeview channel, so is available on Top Up TV. Yesterday is on Freeview Channel 12 from 6am to 6pm only

Top Up TV Anytime uses a TV aerial to get live TV channels, and the special set-top box records extra TV programmes overnight, that you can watch over the next seven days. This is a subscription service.

More on our Top Up TV Anytime page


Freesat is a subscription-free satellite TV service. You'll need a satellite dish and set-top box

More on our Freesat page


Need any help with digital TV? Try our Digital TV Help section.

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