The changes follow the removal of Channel 5's advertising regions earlier this year. Although there has been just one national version of Channel 5 since 1st August 2015, individual data streams linked to the old regions have remained.
Now they are being removed, and all regions of the UK will mapped to a single set of programme data, which will affect viewer recordings and series links
Viewers with Sky+ in the following regions need to check series links/recordings for the standard definition of Channel 5 after these dates:
- Scotland - 23 November 2015
- North of England - 30 November 2015
- Northern Ireland and London - 7 December 2015
Sky is advising viewers to go to the Sky+ planner after the "relevant date" listed above, delete any scheduled recordings on Channel 5 and then go to Channel 5 in the programme guide (105 for SD customers and 171 for HD customers) and reselect the shows you’d like to record and reset any series links.
Viewers in Central and southern England (not London) and Wales are not affected. That's because the former regional variant for these areas now serves as the single national version of Channel 5, and viewers don't need migrating.
Channel 5+1 and Channel 5 HD are unaffected by the changes, regardless where you are in the UK.
Freesat hasn't yet commented on how the changes might affect viewers with their service in the coming weeks, as Freesat's programme data is also broadcast alongside Sky's data on Channel 5's satellite signal.