Freeview has announced that a brief retuning process later this week will introduce a new Sky channel to your television.

If you’re interested in accessing premium content at no cost, it’s a good idea to perform a quick retuning of your Freeview box or TV later this week. Freeview has officially announced that Sky Mix will be added on October 18, but it will only be accessible after a brief update.

Change your Freeview settings with this simple tweak, and you can access a free Sky channel on your TV this week

A new Sky TV channel is arriving on Freeview.

Freeview has announced that on October 18, 2023, important channel changes will occur. To keep your channels and TV Guide up to date, you’ll need to perform a retune. Sky Mix will take the place of Sky Arts on Channel 11, with Arts moving to Channel 31. Sky is introducing Mix to provide Freeview users with a taste of the content offered through its premium services like Sky Q, Sky Glass, and Sky Stream.

This update will bring new and exciting content, much of which has never been available on free platforms before. After the launch later in the week, viewers will have access to shows like Cobra, Rob & Romesh Vs, A Discovery of Witches, A League of Their Own: Road Trip, as well as original factual specials such as Liverpool Narcos and Shark with Steve Backshall.

Sky Mix now joins Sky Arts, Sky Kids, and Sky News, making them all accessible without requiring a subscription.

Zai Bennett, the Managing Director of Content for Sky UK and Ireland, commented on the changes, stating: “Sky Mix is the perfect free-to-air platform for us to feature some of our most beloved Sky shows that have already been well-received by our customers on Sky and NOW platforms. We are proud to offer earlier seasons of shows like Rob & Romesh Vs, True Detective, and A Discovery of Witches, as well as showcasing a selection of our Sky Original films from previous years on this exciting new free TV brand.”

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Freeview outlines that the retuning process is simple and, though it may slightly differ depending on your specific device, it generally involves the following steps:

  • Press the menu button on your TV or box remote control
  • Choose ‘set-up,’ ‘installation,’ ‘update,’ or a similar option. If prompted for a password, the default code is usually ‘1234’ or ‘0000.’
  • Select ‘first-time installation’ (may also be labeled as ‘factory reset,’ ‘full retune,’ or ‘default settings’).
  • If your equipment asks for confirmation to delete existing channels, press ‘OK,’ and the retuning process should begin automatically. If prompted, save the newly found channels.


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