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Freeview disruption for Brighton & Hove viewers

Whitehawk Hill

Ahead of a transition to new frequencies, Freeview viewers in Brighton and Hove may be affected by changes to their TV service until 2019.

This may result in the temporary loss of services until 12th October 2017, although exact timings are weather dependant. Following the completion of the work, a small number of households may need to retune to continue watching all available Freeview channels.

The disruption follows the decision to move Freeview services across the UK out of the 700MHz frequency range by 2020. To facilitate this, engineering work to install new a antenna at Brighton and Hove's main Whitehawk Hill transmitter mast (pictured above) is to take place in the coming days.

Following the installation of the new antenna, some Freeview channels will broadcast on duplicated frequencies as part of a temporary measure to ensure continued reception across all of Whitehawk Hill's coverage area.

Is a retune needed?
During the engineering work, the transmission of Freeview channels will need to be interrupted for up to three hours, according to the BBC. 

With the signal from the transmitter interrupted, a retune will not restore the channels. Viewers should regain access to services once the work is complete, and signals are turned on again. But viewers who do decide to retune during this time may their TVs picks up weaker signals from neighbouring TV transmitters and will need to retune again.

Following the completion of the work in October, a small number of households may need to retune to new frequencies to regain access to Freeview channels.

The new additional frequencies ensure that all households within range of Whitehawk Hill can continue receiving all of the main channels, as the original frequencies will no longer cover all households.

Brighton and Hove Freeview changes

UHF channel numbers

Original  frequency

...will continue to be available to most households.
Additional filler frequency

...available in some areas only.
(Includes BBC One, Two, Four, CBBC, CBeebies, BBC News)
(Includes ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV2, E4 and Film4)
(Includes HD versions of the main five channels. Freeview HD equipment only)

Ofcom information indicates that the additional, temporary frequencies are due to change again in March 2018 until all Freeview services move to their final new frequencies by October 2019. 

Further assistance
Affected residents can contact the Freeview Advice Line for more information on 0808 100 0288. Local aerial installers will also have information on the changes.

Most parts of the UK will be affected in some way or other by the frequency changes. Following a pilot in the Scottish Borders in March, During the summer, the first major frequency changes have taken place in the North of Scotland. The West Midlands is due early in 2018, with other regions following within the next two and a half years.