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Freeview’s coming Home: Pay TV channel going free-to-air in March

BBC Three might have shuffled off of the airwaves for good, but luckily pay TV lifestyle channel Home is heading to Freeview next month. 

Home, part of the UKTV stable which includes Dave, Gold, Drama and Yesterday, is currently only available with a Sky, Virgin, BT or TalkTalk TV subscription, but as of March 1, the channel will make the transition to free-to-air TV, appearing in Freeview, YouView and EE TV programme guides. 

Home will land on channel 25 in the digital terrestrial programme guide from March 1 onwards, bringing titles including My Flat-Pack Home featuring Amanda Lamb, Nick Knowles’ Original Features and Kitchen SOS featuring Nadia Sawalha to celeb-hungry eyes. 

Related: Virgin TV customers get Dave, Gold and all UKTV channels on demandEmma Ayech, general manager for the channel, said: “Moving Home in to free-to-air households gives a greater reach to our channel, offering more viewers the opportunity to watch our great roster of much-loved shows fronted by big name talent. We’re looking forward to welcoming new audiences to our Home.” 

While Home coming to Freeview and other terrestrial TV platforms is great news, it’s less clear what’s going to happen to timeshift channel Dave Ja Vu. 

UKTV says that the channel, which has sat on channel 25 since November 2014, will be sticking around on Freeview, but it’s not yet confirmed where exactly it’s going. 

It’s not been confirmed if Freesat viewers will get a bit of Home-coming love. While UKTV channels have been conspicuously absent from Freesat for years, last December, Yesterday, Drama and Really all made the move to free-to-air digital satellite. It’s unclear when or even if the ever-popular Dave will made the transition to Freesat. 

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