Freeview Updates: 5Select Gone For Some, New Channel Coming

This post may contain affiliate links*

Two Freeview channels (Court TV and 365 Travel) are now gone for good, one (5Select) is gone for some, and there’s also some good news – a new channel, That’s TV Gold, is launching soon with mysterious content.

Here’s our update on all the Freeview changes that happened in the past couple of weeks.

Remember that as usual, some viewers will need to retune their Freeview devices (see more details below), in order to keep the Electronic Programmes Guide (EPG) updated, though some devices do this retune automatically (See our recommended Freeview recorders here).

Manhattan t3-r
Manhattan T3-R Freeview Box

Established in 2002, Freeview is the UK’s terrestrial television platform, which you can get via a Freeview aerial (see the ones we recommend).

Freeview features 80+ free-to-air TV channels and radio stations, and is totally free – so you don’t have any monthly payments (See our full Freeview guide here). Most people do need a TV Licence, however, to watch live Freeview channels.

Court TV and Travel 365 Gone From Freeview

As we reported last month, Court TV (Freeview Channel 89), the American channel dedicated to live courtroom drama has been removed from Freeview (somewhat unexpectedly) on June 1.

However, a placeholder was left on Channel 89 until recently, with a message about the closure. But since June 22, that message is also gone – and Court TV is no more (though it’s still available on Freesat).

court tv with logo

Another Freeview closure that happened yesterday (July 1), is of the 365 Travel channel (Freeview Channel 251). It was a peculiar channel that showed travel offers from UK companies, 24 hours a day. That channel is now gone from Freeview.

5Select Now HD Only (May Require Retune)

5Select (Freeview Channel 55) is a Channel 5 spinoff channel (of sorts), that showcases content from the “Channel 5 family” – so documentaries and dramas that originally aired on other channels owned by Channel 5 (Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA and 5Spike), as well as programmes that begin their run on 5Select.

Highlights include GPs: Behind Closed Doors, Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild, The Yorkshire Vet Casebook and more.

5Select channel website

On July 1, some technical changes were made by Freeview, and 5Select is now only available on HD Freeview devices (so most Smart TVs, and Freeview HD / Play boxes such as the Manhattan T3-R or Humax FVP-5000t).

If you have an older Freeview device that DOESN’T support HD, you will no longer be able to watch 5Select (though it’s also still available on My5, Channel 5’s streaming app).

Furthermore, even if you do have a compatible device, it may require a retune for 5Select to continue working (though it is staying on Channel 55).

The same is now true for the Shopping Quarter channel (Freeview Channel 72) which, from June 22, only works on HD devices.

Somewhat confusingly, this doesn’t mean the channels broadcast Full HD content – just that you need an HD Freeview device to be able to access them.

New Freeview Channel: That’s TV Gold

From the makers of That’s TV channel (which mostly airs retro music these days), comes That’s TV Gold, on Freeview Channel 91.

For now, the channel only shows a “Coming Soon” message, but will eventually become “the home of nostalgia”, with 24 hours/day of “retro” programming. 

That’s TV Gold declined to comment so far, so we’ll have to stay tuned until the exact launch date and programming tables come up. 

Retune Your Freeview Device

When Freeview channels change, a retune (a rescan of the channels) is often required – otherwise, the changes may not show up on your Freeview device.

Some devices do a retune automatically, but others require manual retuning.

You can find more information on how to retune your device, on Freeview’s retuning help section.

12 thoughts on “Freeview Updates: 5Select Gone For Some, New Channel Coming”

  1. I have a Humax Freeview play HD PVR and I have re-tuned it, reset it and I still get channel is scrambled or not available for 5 select.
    It was working fine up to a few days ago! Does anyone know how to fix this, please?

  2. Time to have a rant, why does the BBC Persist in saying ‘also available in HD ‘ whenever I watch BBC 4 . I’ve Lived in Surrey and Hampshire about 20 years and I’ve never yet got it in HD

  3. I am fuming these channels are freeview so why do you have to have HD to be able to watch them its ridiculous I watched
    5 select a lot liked the channel dog rescuers etc and now I’ve lost it retuned 3 times still got Channel 55 but no 5 select. Freeview should be freeview for every TV HD or Not.

  4. Why is it that Freeview don’t do UHD channels. And most of all provides do all none HD are out of date every TV is now UHD. Please get up to date

  5. Ive retuned my tv which has freeview built in but its not bringing back 5select i loved watching this channel for dog rescuers and gps behind closed doors so what can i do to get this back, please help!!!

    • Do you normally get the HD Freeview channels on your TV? Your TV now needs to support either Freeview HD or Freeview Play for 5Select – if it’s an old model, it might not.

    • Sounds like the Freeview tuner built into your TV isn’t HD so won’t be able to view this particular channel so the options are to either purchase a stand alone HD freeview box or a complete new TV

    • Chelsea mine didn’t work after retuning so I did it again and turned tv off and turned plug off 20 seconds later turned telly on and its here try that


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

man watchin streaming tv on tablet

Get Cord Buster's Free UK TV Streaming Cheatsheet


Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Get TV And Tech News

Get Bonus Streaming TV Guide