Motors TV channel now available on Freeview and YouView

Dedicated motor racing channel Motors TV, until now only available on Sky, Virgin Media and connected Freeview boxes, can now be watched by the millions of households with a YouView box or Freeview HD.

If you're into fast cars you'll be happy to hear that Motors TV, a channel dedicated to motorsport, is now available to millions more UK homes through Freeview.

From today, you'll find Motors TV on Freeview channel 71 on any Freeview HD television or set-top box, including YouView boxes, as well as Sky channel 447 and Virgin Media channel 545, which were previously the only places you could watch it.

The channel's arrival on Freeview means it'll now reach an extra 9.2 million households, and follows a trial where it was also available on Freeview boxes connected to the internet.

Before you can find the new channel, you may need to retune your Freeview box or TV. YouView boxes should update automatically.

The only disappointment is that the Freeview and YouView channel isn't going to provide the same 24-hour programming as the channel you get on Sky and Virgin Media.

Initially, it'll mirror what's on the subscription TV services, but at a later date it'll switch to 8pm-5am on weekdays while remaining on air 24/7 at weekends. It you've got Sky, Virgin Media viewers or a connected Freeview box, you'll still get Motors TV round the clock.

Frederic Viger, head of programming and acquisitions at Motors TV, said: "For the first time ever, terrestrial TV viewers can watch the widest range of live motorsport coverage in the UK, as well as championships, international and national series, and the sort of grassroots categories that are already enjoyed by thousands of fans across the country.

"I should also add that we couldn't have picked a better weekend to expand our potential audience as we'll be showing V8 Supercars' showpiece event, the Bathurst 1000, live in its entirety. I know that will go down very well indeed!"

To get Motors TV on Freeview, you'll need a Freeview HD box - or a TV with it built in - even though the channel's only broadcast in standard definition. Alternatively, you'll need a YouView box you've either bought yourself or been supplied with as part of a BT or TalkTalk TV package.

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