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Monday, 29 July 2013

Last TV services prepare to make way for 4G

On Wednesday, all TV services in the UK will have been cleared out of the 800 MHz frequency band, enabling 4G services to roll out nationally in the coming months.

North East Scotland and the Western Isles is the last part of the UK to still have some Freeview channels broadcasting on frequencies designated for 4G mobile use.

On Wednesday, Freeview channels broadcast from certain transmitters in the region will change frequencies (full list below). Other transmitters, where frequencies are not changing, will be affected by a temporary loss of service, as they feed from transmitters that are affected.

Freeview viewers in the affected area who find that they are missing channels should retune. Full details of transmitter sites where services are affected are listed below.

Wednesday's retune brings 4G clearance to an end, five months earlier than originally scheduled. The clearance programme began last October at Midhurst and spread across England, Wales and Scotland in the subsequent months. Part of the 800 MHz frequency band from 810 MHz had already been cleared at digital switchover; the clearance programme removed Freeview from the frequency range above 790 MHz.



31 July 2013:
Sites where Freeview services will be changing frequencies. The Freeview service is broadcast on up to six “multiplexes”, which each contain a bundle of channels. The table shows the multiplex names and some of the main channels carried on each multiplex to indicate the type of channels affected.
At these transmitter sites, Freeview is subject to breaks in transmission on 31st July.

Main transmitters:
Retune after:
Knockmore 
Arq B (VIVA, 4 Music) gains negative offset ch60 to ch60-; 
6:00am
Rosemarkie 
D3&4 (STV/Channel 4/5) moves from ch49 to ch39+; Arq B (VIVA, 4 Music)  moves from ch50 to ch40+
6:00am

Relay sites:

Ardintoul
D3&4  (STV/Channel 4/5) moves from ch49 to ch39;
11:00am
Avoch
BBC-B (Freeview HD) moves from ch61 to ch49;
3:00pm
Balblair Wood
BBC-A (BBC One, BBC Alba) moves from ch62- to ch50;
11:00am
Banff 
BBC-B (Freeview HD) moves from ch49 to ch39;
3:00pm
Boddam    
BBC-B (Freeview HD) moves from ch49 to ch39;
3:00pm
Bruernish
BBC-B (Freeview HD) moves from ch50 to ch40;
1:00pm
Craigellachie
D3&4 (STV/Channel 4/5)   moves from ch61 to ch49;
3:00pm
Ellon
D3&4  (STV/Channel 4/5) moves from ch49 to ch39;
11:00am
Fodderty
D3&4 (STV/Channel 4/5)  moves from ch61 to ch49;
3:00pm
Gartley Moor
D3&4  (STV/Channel 4/5) moves from ch61 to ch49;
11:00am
Gourdon 
BBC-A (BBC One, BBC Alba) moves from ch62- to ch50;
11:00am
Inverness 
BBC-A (BBC One, BBC Alba) moves from ch62- to ch50;
11:00am
Kilbride South Uist 
BBC-A (BBC One, BBC Alba) moves from ch49 to ch39;
3:00pm
Kingussie
BBC-B (Freeview HD) moves from ch50 to ch40;
11:00am
Lumphanan 
BBC-B (Freeview HD) moves from ch49 to ch39;
3:00pm
Peterhead 
BBC-A (BBC One, BBC Alba) moves from ch62- to ch50;
11:00am
Scoval HP/VP 
BBC-A (BBC One, BBC Alba) moves from ch62- to ch50;
11:00am
Tarbert Harris
D3&4  (STV/Channel 4/5) moves from ch49 to ch39;
11:00am
Tomich Link 
D3&4 (STV/Channel 4/5) moves from ch49 to ch39;
11:00am
Tullich
BBC-A (BBC One, BBC Alba)  moves from ch62- to ch50;
11:00am
Uig 
BBC-B (Freeview HD) moves from ch50 to ch40
4:00pm
Sites where Freeview services will be subject to breaks in transmission, but where no frequency changes are taking place, therefore no retune will be needed.


Services restored by
Auchmore Wood

11:00am
Borve

5:00pm
Clettraval

midday
Cromarty

11:00am
Daliburgh

1:00pm
Fort Augustus

11:00am
Glen Covinth

3:00pm
Glen Urquart HP/VP 

3:00pm
Lairg

3:00pm
Lochmaddy VP/HP

midday
Tomatin

11:00am
Tomich

3:00pm
Wester Erchite

3:00pm
 


1 comment:

Jamie Ellis said...

They need to retire selling of devices that have only Freeview SD Tuners - they still sell them!

All Done - Until the addition of the 2 new Freeview HD Muxs in the new year to those in lucky spots. Expect later future landgrabs of spectrum for additional 4G/LTE+ or Wifi uses.

As time progresses Freesat, IPTV and paid services will become more appealing!

Freesat personally should been the defacto service for DSO1 switchover if you did not want to pay monthly for premium channels.

At the same time Virgin should made to open up its cable service to provide Freesat level of service on an free tier!

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