Some Freeview channels have moved channel numbers today, 19th September 2012.
But viewers in the Tyne Tees region are being advised that they don't have to retune today, as they will need to retune next week anyway, following the completion of digital switchover in the region.
Originally planned as a major one-stage retune to coincide with the UK finishing digital switchover, an appeal by Sky against moving its news channel and another appeal from an unknown broadcaster has resulted in many initially proposed changes being postponed.
At the moment, some changes postponed from today are pencilled in for the 17th October, although this could still change again.
The following has now happened:
- The launch of Argos TV at LCN 55
- Channel moves:
- Dave (from 19 to 12)
- Really (from 20 to 17)
- Yesterday (from 12 to 19)
- Gold (from 17 to 20)
- Food Network (from 49 to 48)
- Jewellery Channel (from 60 to 49)
- Text and streamed channels genres allocated channel numbers 200 to 299
In Manchester, additional services have gone live on channels 56 to 59.
Also: Al Jazeera English has now already gone 24 hours on Freeview channel 83 (post-switchover areas). Viewers in pre-switchover regions will get the full Al Jazeera English channel on 83 at stage 2 of the digital switchover (Tyne Tees next Wednesday 26th September, Northern Ireland 24th October 2012)
General Retune Advice
Some autoscanning devices that only scan the multiplex that carries the channel you are watching at the time may have shunted channels in the wrong place. In some cases, channels may appear as "missing". They might have been pushed to the 800s. A retune should sort the problem out. The following article highlights some of the anomalies that can occur! http://www.a516digital.com/2012/09/the-freeview-channel-reshuffle-19092012.html
Owners of Humax Freeview+ PVRs should be warned that conducting a full retune may result in the loss of scheduled recordings and series links. Some Humax boxes have been upgraded with custom firmware to avoid this.
Humax forums such as http://forums.digitalspy.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=119 and http://hummy.tv/forum/ should be able to assist concern users with queries. Humax's own website is at http://www.humaxdigital.com/uk/
Elsewhere, the official www.tvretune.co.uk website has useful advice, plus downloadable manuals to assist with retuning.
Some devices will retune automatically.
If you are away, channels will remain where they are until you return and retune your receiver (unless the receiver is a model that is designed to scan for changes automatically and has not got this function disabled - check your manual for more information to see if this applies, e.g. many Panasonics have got this function).
There are no related changes to satellite and cable platforms.
Freeview EPG Reshuffle Q & A
Freeview channel list
Manchester's extra Freeview channels
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