How can I watch S4C?

S4C is the fourth TV channel in Wales. Within Wales, it appears on channel 4 or 104 on all major TV platforms (except cable).

But if you're outside of Wales, and want access to the channel, perhaps because of its sports coverage (which is sometimes offered with an English language soundtrack), here's how....

S4C - in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland

  • Sky UK - channel 134 (HD)
  • Freesat - channel 120 (HD)
  • Virgin Media - channel 166 (HD)
  • Freeview - not available, unless within range of a Welsh TV transmitter. See section below.
  • YouView - via the S4C app
  • Live via the S4C website
  • Live via the BBC iPlayer

S4C - in Republic of Ireland and those with non-Freesat/Sky satellite receivers.

Satellite manual tuning 
S4C isn't included on the Sky EPG outside of the UK. You will need to manually tune in the channels.

  • S4C standard definition

Satellite: Astra 2F
Frequency: 11344
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate:  27500 (27.5 Mbaud)
FEC: 5/6.
Service ID:  55295

  • S4C HD

Satellite: Astra 2F
Frequency: 11426
Polarisation: vertical
Symbol Rate: 29500 (29.5 Mbaud)
FEC: 8/9
Service ID: 52565

How to manually tune in a channel on Sky...

S4C - information for Freeview in England

S4C is only available on Freeview if you receive the service from a Welsh transmitter. Signals from terrestrial TV transmitters are limited in range so that if your rooftop aerial isn't line-of-sight or near line-of-sight to a Welsh transmitter, then you won't be able to receive it via Freeview.

The welsh signal overlaps in to parts of England: if you are west of Manchester, you may be able to receive the channel from the Moel-Y-Parc transmitter in North East Wales. Viewers in parts of the Bristol and Somerset area may be able to receive S4C from the Wenvoe transmitter overlooking the Bristol Channel. You should contact a local aerial specialist to see if it is possible.

It's likely S4C will appear in the 800s if your TV is already set to an English Region.

An increasing number of Freeview TVs and boxes are internet enabled, through which you may receive the S4C stream via BBC iPlayer. Available apps vary from device to device.

Information last reviewed: 22/08/2019

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