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List of channels on BFBS TV

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More info: BFBS on Wikipedia

The British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) provides radio and television programmes for Her Majesty's Armed Forces, and their dependents worldwide. Editorial control is independent of the Ministry of Defence and the armed forces themselves. It was established by the British War Office (now the Ministry of Defence) in 1943. In 1944, it was managed by Gale Pedrick.

Originally known as the Forces Broadcasting Service (FBS), it was initially under the control of the British Army Welfare Service, with its first effort, the Middle East Broadcasting Unit, with its headquarters in Cairo. Before and after end of the Second World War, various radio stations were set up, some using the FBS name, others using the name British Forces Network (BFN), but by the early 1960s, these had all adopted the BFBS name.

From 1982 until 2020, BFBS formed part of the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC), a registered charity, which is also responsible for the British Defence Film Library, SSVC Cinemas (now BFBS Cinemas), and Combined Services Entertainment (CSE; now BFBS Live Events), providing entertainment for HM Forces around the world. In March 2020, most of the properties under the SSVC umbrella were rebranded under the new BFBS and Forces brandings. On 23 July 2020, SSVC was renamed BFBS.[5][6] BFBS does not carry commercial advertising.

BFBS Television

BFBS Television started in Celle, near Hanover in the then West Germany, on 18 September 1975 from Trenchard Barracks. This used taped broadcasts from the BBC and ITV, flown to Germany from London, which were then rebroadcast using low-power UHF transmitters. Live broadcasts of news and sport began in 1982, using a microwave link between the UK and West Germany, extending as far east as West Berlin.

The BFBS TV service used the 625-line PAL system, used in the UK as well as West Germany. By 1982, it was available at 50 sites throughout northern and central regions of West Germany.

It was known as SSVC Television (Services Sound and Vision Corporation) between 1985 and 1997, when it reverted to the BFBS name. Today it now broadcasts live via satellite. DVDs are still sent to forces serving in more remote areas. There was also a service known as Navy TV, which broadcasts time-shifted versions of the channel to Royal Navy vessels around the world via military satellite.

All channels below are free-to-air to military personnel and their families. A viewing card may be required for copyright reasons.

Channels

All times GMT/BST

HD SD Channel name Logo Owner/Parent company Content from Broadcasting hours
1 BBC One HD BBC One HD UK.png BBC BBC One HD 24 hours
2 BBC Two HD
(BFBS version)
BBC Two HD.svg.png BBC CBeebies HD - 04:00-12:00*
CBBC HD - 12:00*-18:00
BBC Two HD - 18:00-04:00

(* Dependent on schedule,
varies between 11:30-12:30)
24 hours
3 ITV HD ITV HD.png ITV Digital Channels Ltd
(ITV plc)
ITV HD
(London)
24 hours
4 BFBS Extra BFBS Extra.png BFBS Sky One,
Sky Witness,
Sky Atlantic,
Sky Comedy,
Sky Documentaries,
Sky Crime,
Sky Arts,
Sky History
Sky History2,
Sky Nature,
Sky Replay,
E4,
More4,
4seven,
ITV2,
ITV3,
ITV4,
ITVBe,
Comedy Central,
Comedy Central Extra,
Fox,
National Geographic,
Nat Geo Wild

Also shows independent programming.
24 hours
5 Sky Sports HD
(BFBS version)
Sky Sports.png Sky plc Sky Sports Main Event HD,
Sky Sports Premier League HD,
Sky Sports Football HD,
Sky Sports Cricket HD,
Sky Sports Golf HD,
Sky Sports F1 HD,
Sky Sports NFL HD (Sept-Feb),
Sky Sports Action HD (Feb-Sept),
Sky Sports Arena HD,
Sky Sports Racing HD,
Sky Sports News HD,
Sky Sports Mix HD
24 hours


6 BT Sport HD
(BFBS version)
BT Sport.png BT Group plc BT Sport 1 HD,
BT Sport 2 HD,
BT Sport 3 HD,
BT Sport ESPN HD
24 hours
7 BFBS Sport HD BFBS Sports.png BBC / BT Group plc / Sky plc BBC Two HD - (BBC Bitesize Daily)1 ,
BBC Two HD - (Sports programmes)2,
Sky Sports Main Event HD,
Sky Sports Premier League HD,
Sky Sports Football HD,
Sky Sports Cricket HD,
Sky Sports Golf HD,
Sky Sports F1 HD,
Sky Sports NFL HD (Sept-Feb),
Sky Sports Action HD (Feb-Sept),
Sky Sports Arena HD,
Sky Sports Racing HD,
Sky Sports News HD,
Sky Sports Mix HD
BT Sport 1 HD,
BT Sport 2 HD,
BT Sport 3 HD,
BT Sport ESPN HD
24 hours
8 Sky News HD Sky News.png Sky plc Sky News HD 24 hours
9 Channel 4 HD Channel 4.png Channel Four Television Corporation Channel 4 HD
(London)
24 hours
10 Sky Cinema HD
(BFBS version)
Sky Cinema.png Sky plc Sky Cinema Premiere HD,
Sky Cinema Select HD,
Sky Cinema Hits HD,
Sky Cinema Greats HD,
Sky Cinema Animation HD,
Sky Cinema Family HD,
Sky Cinema Action HD,
Sky Cinema Comedy HD,
Sky Cinema Thriller HD,
Sky Cinema Drama HD,
Sky Cinema Sci Fi & Horror HD
24 hours
11 Channel 5 HD Channel 5.png ViacomCBS Networks UK & Australia Channel 5 HD 24 hours
12 BBC Two HD
(BFBS version)
BBC Two HD.svg.png BBC Simulcasts BBC Two (BFBS version), but timeshifted to local time.3 24 hours
13 Nepal TV Nepal Television.png Nepal Television Nepal TV 23:15-05:15
11:15-17:15 (repeat)

Footnotes:

  • 1 - Broadcasts BBC Bitesize Daily for Primary, BBC Bitesize Daily for Secondary and BBC Bitesize Daily from BBC Two HD (Network version in UK) during COVID-19 lockdowns.
(Broadcast between 11:00-16:00, but times and number of episodes vary. Some episodes are simulcasted from BBC Two HD (Network version in UK) dependent of schedule.)
  • 2 - Simulcasts BBC Two HD (Network version in UK) for when sports programmes are on from 04:00-18:00.
  • 3 - BBC Two HD will be shown first in GMT/BST on channel 2. For example, if in Falkland Islands, BBC Two HD on channel 12 will be timeshifted +21 hours.

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