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List of British television channels

This is a list of television stations in the United Kingdom available on digital terrestrial, satellite and cable systems.

Some channels have a "timeshift" service with the same programming (and usually advertisements as well) broadcast one or two hours later to give viewers another chance to catch a favourite programme, and some have an HD simulcast that broadcasts the same programming in high-definition.

Public service broadcaster



The ITV network is owned by ITV Network Limited, which in turn is owned by ITV plc, STV Group, and UTV Media.

Owned by ITV plc:

  • ITV (DTT)
    • ITV +1 (DTT)
    • ITV HD (DTT)

Owned by STV Group:

  • STV (DTT)
    • STV +1 (DTT)
    • STV HD (DTT)

Owned by UTV Media:

  • UTV (DTT)
    • UTV +1 (DTT)
    • UTV HD (DTT)

Owned by ITV Digital Channels Ltd, a subsidiary of ITV plc:

Channel 4

  • Channel 4 (DTT)
    • Channel 4 +1 (DTT)
    • Channel 4 HD (DTT)
  • E4 (DTT)
    • E4 +1 (DTT)
    • E4 HD
  • More4 (DTT)
    • More4 +1
    • More4 HD
  • Film4 (DTT)
    • Film4 +1 (DTT)
    • Film4 HD
  • 4seven (DTT)

Channel 5

Channel 5 Broadcasting is a subsidiary of Northern & Shell.

  • Channel 5 (DTT)
    • Channel 5 +1 (DTT)
    • Channel 5 HD
  • 5* (DTT)
    • 5* +1
  • 5USA (DTT)
    • 5USA +1
  • 5 Later (DTT)


Owned by the S4C Authority:

  • S4C (DTT in Wales)

Multichannel broadcasters





  • Sky Movies Action & Adventure
    • Sky Movies Action & Adventure HD
  • Sky Movies Box Office
    • Sky Movies Box Office HD 1
    • Sky Movies Box Office HD 2
  • Sky Movies Comedy
    • Sky Movies Comedy HD
  • Sky Movies Crime & Thriller
    • Sky Movies Crime & Thriller HD
  • Sky Movies Disney
    • Sky Movies Disney HD
  • Sky Movies Drama & Romance
    • Sky Movies Drama & Romance HD
  • Sky Movies Family
    • Sky Movies Family HD
  • Sky Movies Greats
    • Sky Movies Greats HD
  • Sky Movies Premiere
    • Sky Movies Premiere +1
    • Sky Movies Premiere HD
  • Sky Movies Sci Fi & Horror
    • Sky Movies Sci Fi & Horror HD
  • Sky Movies Select
    • Sky Movies Select HD
  • Sky Movies Showcase
    • Sky Movies Showcase HD


  • Sky Sports 1
    • Sky Sports 1 HD
  • Sky Sports 2
    • Sky Sports 2 HD
  • Sky Sports 3
    • Sky Sports 3 HD
  • Sky Sports 4
    • Sky Sports 4 HD
  • Sky Sports F1
    • Sky Sports F1 HD
  • Sky Sports News
    • Sky Sports News HD



UKTV is a joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive


Operated by Viacom International Media Networks (Europe):

Operated by Nickelodeon UK, part-owned by BSkyB

BET is operated through BET Networks, a Viacom subsidiary.

The Comedy Central channels are operated by Paramount UK Partnership, in which BSkyB owns 25 percent.

Discovery Networks

Disney–ABC Television Group

  • Disney Channel
    • Disney Channel +1
    • Disney Channel HD
  • Disney Junior
    • Disney Junior +
    • Disney Junior HD
  • Disney XD
    • Disney XD +1
    • Disney XD HD

A+E Networks UK

A+E Networks UK is a joint-venture between A+E Networks and BSkyB

  • CI
    • CI +1
    • CI HD
  • History
    • History +1
    • History HD
  • H2
  • Lifetime

Universal Networks International

Universal Networks International is a subsidiary of NBCUniversal

Turner Broadcasting System Europe

Fox International Channels

The National Geographic channel are owned by NGC-UK Partnership, part-owned by the National Geographic Society.

Sony Pictures Television

  • More Than Movies
    • More Than Movies +1
  • Movies4Men
    • Movies4Men +1
  • Sony Entertainment Television
    • Sony Entertainment Television +1
  • Sony Movie Channel
    • Sony Movie Channel +1

Chello Zone

CBS Chellozone UK Channels Partnership is a joint-venture between CBS Studios International and Chello Zone

Owned by Chello Zone:

Box Television

Box Television is a joint-venture between Bauer Media Group and Channel Four Television Corporation.

CSC Media Group

Previously owned through the Moving Movies Ltd subsidiary:


Owned by TF1 Group and Discovery Communications

BT Group

  • BT Sport 1 (DTT)
    • BT Sport 1 HD
  • BT Sport 2 (DTT)
    • BT Sport 2 HD
  • ESPN
    • ESPN HD

Other channels

General entertainment, lifestyle, movies, sports and music channels that target a general audience.

Owned by Scripps Networks Interactive:

Owned by Information TV Limited:

Irish channels available in Northern Ireland:


  • The Africa Channel, owned by The Africa Channel LLC
  • AIT International, owned by UK Entertainment Limited
  • BEN, owned by Greener Technology Limited
  • Controversial TV, owned by Edge Media
  • Klear TV, owned by Millennium Media House Limited
  • My Channel, owned by Record Group
  • Open Heaven TV, owned by Open Heavens Media Limited
  • PBS America, owned by PBS UK LLC
  • Propeller TV, owned by Xiking Group
  • VoxAfrica, owned by Vox
  • The Active Channel, owned by Active Channel Limited
  • Fashion One, owned by Bigfoot Entertainment
  • Fitness TV, owned by Fitness TV Limited
  • Holiday & Cruise, owned by JAN Media Limited
  • Horse & Country TV, owned by Horse & Country TV Limited
  • Luxury Life, owned by Luxury Broadcasting Limited
  • Wedding TV, owned by Wedding TV Limited
  • MGM HD, owned by MGM Channel (UK) Limited (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/BSkyB)
  • Nollywood Movies, owned by Nollywood Movies Ltd.
  • Capital TV, owned by Global Music Television (Global Radio)
  • Channel AKA, owned by All Around the World Productions
  • Greatest Hits, owned by UltimateHits Limited
  • Clubland TV, owned by All Around the World Productions
  • Heart TV, owned by Global Music Television (Global Radio)
  • Planet Pop, owned by All Around the World Productions
  • Starz TV, owned by Cloud Television One Limited
  • Vintage TV, owned by Vintage Entertainment Limited
  • Community Channel (DTT), owned by Media Trust
  • At the Races, owned by BSkyB/Arena Leisure/28 UK racecourses
  • BoxNation, owned by Boxing Channel Media Limited
  • Chelsea TV, owned by Chelsea F.C./BSkyB
  • LFC TV, owned by Liverpool FC
  • Motors TV, owned by Motors TV S.A.
  • MUTV, owned by Manchester United F.C.
  • Premier Sports, owned by Premier Media
  • Premier Sports Xtra, owned by Premier Media
  • Primetime, owned by Portland TV Ltd
  • Racing UK, owned by Racing UK Limited
  • Sports Tonight Live, owned by Sportstalk Ltd.
  • Trace Sports, owned by Trace TV
  • mstv entertainment, owned by moon star communication

Local channels

Channels that broadcast to a specific local area.

News channels

English language news channels, most of the non-domestic.

Religious channels

  • Believe TV, owned by Believe TV Limited
  • Christian, owned by Vision247
  • Daystar, owned by Daystar Television Network
  • EWTN TV, owned by Eternal Word Television Network
  • Faith World TV, owned by World Evangelism Bible Church
  • God Channel, owned by The Angel Foundation
  • Gospel Channel
  • Inspiration, owned by The Inspiration Network
  • KICC TV, owned by Kingsway International Christian Centre
  • Loveworld TV, owned by Loveworld Ltd.
  • Olive TV, owned by Zion of the Holy One of Israel Ministries
  • Praise TV, owned by Destiny Broadcasting Network Europe Limited
  • Revelation, owned by Revelation TV Ltd.
  • SonLife Broadcasting Network, owned by Jimmy Swaggart Ministries
  • TBN Europe, owned by Trinity Broadcasting Network
  • UCB TV, owned by United Christian Broadcasters
  • Word Network, owned by Adell Broadcasting

Shopping channels

Owned by QVC, part of Liberty Media:

Owned by Bid Shopping:

Owned by Ideal Shopping Direct plc:

Owned by JML Direct Ltd.:

Owned by The Genuine Gemstone Company:


International channels

Channels with content from foreign broadcasters targeting various minority communities in the UK.

Gaming, Dating and Specialist channels

  • Chat Box, owned by 4D Interactive Limited
  • Dating Channel, owned by Euro Digital Corporation Limited
  • Gay Network, owned by 4D Interactive Limited
  • GayXchange, owned by Euro Digital Corporation Limited
  • Psychic Today, owned by Majestic TV Limited
  • Renault TV, owned by Renault
  • Smart Live Casino, owned by Smart TV Broadcasting Limited
  • Super Casino, owned by Netplay TV Broadcasting Limited

Adult channels

Owned by Playboy Enterprises:

Owned by Cellcast Group

Owned by Northern & Shell:

  • Blue Tube
  • Cheeky Chat
  • Cream
  • Dirty Talk
  • Filth
  • Flirt TV 2
  • Red Hot 18s
  • Red Hot Amateur
  • Red Hot Mums
  • Studio 66 TV 1
  • Studio 66 TV 2
  • Studio 66 TV 3
  • Studio 66 TV 4
  • Television X
  • TVX Brits
  • UK Swingers
  • Viewers' Wives

Owned by Satellite Entertainment Limited:

  • Essex Babes
  • LivexxxBabes
  • Northern Birds
  • SportxxxGirls


  • Blue Kiss TV (DTT), owned by Square 1 Management Limited
  • Get Lucky TV, owned by Grandiose Limited
  • Lucky Star, owned by Escape Channel Limited
  • Storm, owned by Chat Central Ltd
  • xxXpanded TV (DTT), owned by Txt Me TV Limited

Defunct channels

See also



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