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New Freeview Retune dates announced

It will be the turn of Freeview viewers in East Anglia and parts of Southern England to retune their TVs and boxes this spring.

A region-by-region reshuffle of Freeview frequencies to create space for future 5G mobile services starts in February, with dates in parts of the Midlands, London and North West announced already.

New retune dates, this time for areas mostly including Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hampshire, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk and some areas surrounding London have been announced by Digital UK, the organisation responsible for publicising the retune events.

The changes also affect BT, TalkTalk, Plusnet and EE TV users as well as those accessing Freeview channels through a NOW TV Smart Box.

Transmitter group
Area served
Retune date
Crystal Palace (some relays)
parts of Greater London
and parts of the Home Counties
18 April 2018
18 April 2018
Hemel Hempstead
18 April 2018
parts of Hampshire,
Berkshire and Surrey
18 April 2018
the Salisbury area
18 April 2018
18 April 2018
2 May 2018
the Salisbury area
2 May 2018
Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, parts of Dorset, Wiltshire and West Sussex
2 May 2018
Oxfordshire, parts of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire
23 May 2018

Sandy Heath
(Some changes postponed until 17th July)
Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire,
6 June 2018
Norfolk and north Suffolk
6 June 2018
Digital UK data

In each area, the extent of the retunes will vary. In some areas, most services will switch to new frequencies, whereas at other transmitter sites only the HD channels will be affected.

Viewers should see on-screen notifications leading up to the changes in their area. If they lose any groups of channels on or after the retune date, they should ensure they rescan their TV or box.
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