CITV Childrens Television Channel



CITV is short for “Childrens ITV” and is a British childrens TV station from ITV.

CITV is aimed at children under 12 years old.

CITV broadcasts every day from 6am to 6pm.

Children’s ITV launched on 3 January 1983, as a late afternoon programming block on the ITV network. The CITV channel launched on 11 March 2006 at 9.25am, on Freeview. It also launched on satellite TV / Sky on 8 May 2006.

Today, most ITV channels are are available for free on satellite, without viewing card or subscription. They are classed as “free to air” channels, and can be received on most digital satellite receivers, including Sky digiboxes and Freesat set top boxes. Some ITV channels, like ITV Encore and some ITV HD channels are subscription and require a Sky subscription to view.

In previous years most ITV channels were transmitted from the Astra 2D satellite with its “spot beam”, aimed at the UK. This tried to limit reception of ITV channels in Europe. To some extent this worked, as some areas of Spain, like the Costa Blanca, had to use large 1.8m satellite dishes, 1.9m satellite dishes, and 2.4m satellite dishes to watch ITV channels. Some areas of Spain were more lucky, like the Costa del Sol, where they could use the smaller “125x135cm” ( or a “1.4m” ) satellite dish. Some ITV1 regions were also available on the “European” beams of the other UK TV satellites, Astra 2A and Astra 2B. Due to them being transmitted from the European beam they were encrypted and required a “free to view” viewing card.

In February 2012, most ITV channels moved from the Astra 2D satellite, to a temporary home on the Astra 1N satellite. The Astra 1N satellite “signal footprint” is more generous to expats in Spain, and so the BBC channels on Astra 1N could be received on a satellite dish as small as 90x100cm, a “1m” satellite dish.

During February 2014, the remaining ITV channels on Astra 1N moved to their new satellite,Astra 2E.

During 2015, some ITV channels have been moved to Astra 2G.

The new Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Astra 2G satellites UK “spot beam” or “narrow beam” signal footprint is different to the previous UK TV satellites UK beam. This has meant that reception of BBC channels on the new Astra 2 satellites will be different to previous reception. In the areas between Valencia and Alicante, our service area, the ITV channels on the new Astra 2 satellites UK beam can still be received on a small satellite dish – as small as a 110x120cm satellite dish with a 125x135cm satellite dish being the recommended size satellite dish.

However, in other areas of Spain, reception of these ITV channels on the new Astra 2 satellites UK beam has become harder. For example, in areas such as Barcelona, Catalonia and Zaragoza, you need at least a 1.8m satellite dish to receive these channels on the Astra 2F UK beam, whereas previously you only needed a smaller 80cm satellite dish. It is a similar story in the south of Spain, in areas like the Costa del Sol, Malaga, Almeria, Seville, Gibraltar and even Portugal, where even the larger 2.4m satellite dishes are struggling to receive these channels on the Astra 2 satellites UK beam.


CITV on Freesat and Sky

CITV is allocated to Freesat channel 602.

CITV is allocated to Sky channel 621.



There is currently no timeshift “+1” service for CITV.



There is currently no HD version of CITV.


ITV Channels:

itv 1ITV 1 : Channel and frequency Information
itv 2ITV 2 : Channel and frequency Information
itv 3ITV 3 : Channel and frequency Information
itv 4ITV 4 : Channel and frequency Information
itv 1hdITV 1HD : Channel and frequency Information
itv 2hdITV 2HD : Channel and frequency Information
itv 3hdITV 3HD : Channel and frequency Information
itv 4hdITV 4HD : Channel and frequency Information
CITVCITV : Channel and frequency Information
itvbeITVbe : Channel and frequency Information
itv encoreITV Encore : Channel and frequency Information


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