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Forces TV

24 hour factual channel devoted to the work of the armed forces and the world of defence news, features, documentaries and live coverage of the armed forces and all they do.

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How to Watch: Forces TV

Below is a list of all the television and radio channels that you can watch in the UK using one of the free services: DAB (for radio), Freeview, Sky No Card - Sky without a viewing card (Freesat from Sky (or fSfS)) and Freesat.. Where a channel can be watched for free, the channel number is listed below. In addition, if you can watch (or listen) immediately online, press the button in the "web" column.

As some channels are exclusive to one service alone, you may need to get receive more than one service to get all the channels you want. The coverage for Freeview differs too - those channels not provided by the public service "Freeview Light" transmitters the current coverage shown thus (54%), taken from Connected Nations Report 2017: Data analysis'

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Forces TV   96 (76%) 181 165

Regional content: National channel with no regional content or variations.

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Tuesday, 13 October 2020

4:35 PM


The same applies to you as to R curno: see the reply above.

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Chris.SE's 2,732 posts GB
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
2:36 PM

I have 3 TVs and 2 Recorders (off the same aerial).
Only 1 TV can view your channel (96).
1 Recorder and 1 TV 'sees' your channel but with no information.
and 1 Recorder and 1 TV does not recognise channel 96 as a valid channel even after retuning.
Can you give a reason please?

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Eric's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 2 December 2020

3:15 AM


Forces TV (LCN96) is on the COM7 HD multiplex (as mentioned at the top of this page), see Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are on which multiplex.

How long has this situation existed? This is an independent help-site. As you haven't given either a full postcode or any idea of your location, we've no idea what Transmitter(s) you might receive or what your predicted reception might be, so we can only guess at some of the possible reasons.

On the Set & PVR not recognizing LCN96, I expect you won't have any HD channels at LCNs 106, 107 - BBC4 HD and BBC News HD or any other channels on COM7. To receive an HD multiplex (even where a channel on it is SD), you need a receiver that has a T2/HD tuner, so those two devices may be SD only.

When you say 1 TV and 1 recorder "sees" the channel, but with no information, can you be more precise about exactly what they get. Is it just a blank screen and no sound, do you get a no signal message? It might be that the transmitter maybe undergoing Planned Maintenance and the signal is weaker so these two aren't decoding any signal. Have either device been retuned recently? It could be they are on a longer cable run than the TV that gets LCN96, so that will reduce the signal. Do not retune if you have a no signal message.

I assume you have some sort of splitter/distribution amp, there's always a possibility there could be a fault there (or at the aerial or downlead) causing a weaker signal.
Without a full postcode and more detail of the installation, we can't see what your predicted reception might be or whether signals might be affected by maintenance etc.

On the TV that gets Forces TV and presumably BBC4 HD and BBC News HD (106 & 107), have a look in your TV's tuning section for what Signal Strength and Quality each UHF channel for each multiplex is getting. This may be in somewhere like "Signal Strength" or "Manual Tuning" etc. Note them all down and post the information along with the full postcode.

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Chris.SE's 2,732 posts GB
Monday, 28 December 2020
David Skillen
3:32 PM

I can watch the USA program called Chips about the California Highway patrol but cannot record it, this is with a Panasonic hard disk rcordr

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David Skillen's 1 post GB

4:54 PM

David Skillen:

Is the recorder able to record BBC4 HD and BBC News HD (106 & 107)? Maybe the recorder is not receiving the channels on the COM7 multiplex on UHF channel C55.
See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are on which multiplex.

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Chris.SE's 2,732 posts GB
Thursday, 13 May 2021
12:49 PM

Forces tv and others from the including bbc news 107 have suddenly dropped off, never a problem until a week ago when signal started to break up and now gone completely. Blue bell hill transmitter, Maidstone, Kent

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DH's 1 post GB

3:05 PM


The Bluebell Hill transmitter is currently having Planned Engineering. The information available suggests that it could be operating on reduced power affecting one or more multiplexes at any given time. whilst the work is i progress. Do NOT retune whilst you have no signal or bad breakup as this usually just clears the correct tuning.

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Chris.SE's 2,732 posts GB
Tuesday, 7 December 2021
Sue Geen
12:29 PM

Hi , I have a top floor flat and a communal Ariel, I get forces TV in my lounge but go into my bedroom and not on this TV, I can see the flats Ariel on the roof from my bedroom, I am in borough of Kingston upon Thames,
Hope you can help
Have tried to update channels to no avail
Thanks Sue

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Sue Geen's 1 post GB

2:21 PM

Sue Geen: Do you get the HD channels on 101-114 on your bedroom TV? Forces TV is carried on the COM7 multiplex alongside BBC Four HD and Quest HD, which requires the TV or box to be capable of receiving HD channels.

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StevensOnln1's 3,214 posts GB
Friday, 10 December 2021
8:53 AM
Haywards Heath

No Freeview ch 96 here in RH16 3UE. Any sugestions!!

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Dick's 1 post GB
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