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Freeview Frequency Changes - 27th Feb and 1st Mar 2018 - Overview


Freeview channels in some parts of the country are changing frequencies in the latest round of changes to affect terrestrial TV in the UK.

Viewers in Oxfordshire, Swindon, the West of England and parts of Black Country, Herefordshire and Worcestershire are the latest to be affected by Freeview frequency changes.

Broadcast regulator Ofcom is freeing TV frequencies for future 5G mobile services. Some of the main Freeview channels are moving to lower frequencies, while some HD multiplexes are moving to a national frequency.

Overnight changes during the early hours of Tuesday 27th February and Thursday 1st March 2018, will require some households to retune Freeview in order to continue receiving some channels. There will also be one change affecting Wales - for viewers in Monmouth.

For viewers in Worcester and Swindon, new relay transmitters go in to service that aim to improve television reception. Local aerial installers will be able to offer support to viewers in these areas and can realign aerials to point at the new transmitters, if reception of Freeview channels from existing transmitters deteriorates following the frequency changes.

Work to make the changes is due to be complete by the morning of each retune date, after which it is safe to retune TVs and other boxes. YouView users, including BT TV, Plusnet TV and TalkTalk TV subscribers are affected, as are EE TV and Now TV Smart Box users in the affected areas.

During March, further retunes will take place affecting more of the Midlands, North West England and London.

Central
Your regional news is Midlands Today on BBC One and ITV News Central on ITV.

27th February 2018
Bucknell relay
The multiplex carrying ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 among other channels (multiplex PSB2) is changing frequency on 27th February 2018 - from UHF channel 49 to UHF channel 39.

Clun relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 27th February 2018, from UHF channels 55, 59 and 50 to 29, 31 and 37. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.

Coalbrookdale relay
The multiplex carrying BBC One W Mid, BBC Two and BBC News among other channels (multiplex PSB1) is changing frequency on 27th February 2018- from UHF channel 50 to UHF channel 40.

Halesowen relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 27th February 2018, from UHF channels 58, 49 and 54 to 22, 25 and 28. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels. There will be a power boost to maintain coverage.

1st March 2018
Brierley Hill
Serves parts of the Black Country area of the West Midlands.
The multiplex carrying 4Music, Ideal World, 5Spike, Yesterday and Talking Pictures TV among other channels  (multiplex COM6) is changing frequency on 1st March 2018 - from UHF channel 55 to 37.
There will be another frequency change on the 7th March 2018.

Malvern
Serves the area to the east and north of the Malvern Hills, including parts of Worcester.
The multiplex carrying 4Music, Ideal World, 5Spike, Yesterday and Talking Pictures TV among other channels  (multiplex COM6) is changing frequency on 1st March 2018 - from UHF channel 55 to 37.
There will be another frequency change on the 7th March 2018.

Ridge Hill
Serves most parts of Herefordshire and parts of Worcestershire and N Gloucestershire.
The multiplex carrying BBC News HD, Al Jazeera HD, 4seven HD and Channel 4+1 HD  among other channels (multiplex COM7) is changing frequency on 1st March 2018- from UHF channel 32 to the new national frequency on UHF 55. It has reduced coverage and is only available on newer Freeview devices.

The multiplex carrying BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD, FreeSports, PBS America and Forces TV among other channels (multiplex COM8) is changing frequency on 1st March 2018 - from UHF channel 34 to the new national frequency on UHF 56. It has reduced coverage and is only available on newer Freeview devices.

A technical change will occur on the multiplex carrying ITV West to households in Northern Gloucestershire. The effective radiated power will change from 20kW to 2kW, and the broadcast mode will change from 64QAM to QPSK. Most receivers will not notice the change.

Andoversford relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 1st March 2018, from UHF channels 50, 59 and 55 to 29, 31 and 37. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels. 

Eardiston relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 1st March 2018, from UHF channels 54, 49 and 58 to 32, 34 and 35. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.  

Garth Hill HP and VP relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 1st March 2018, from UHF channels 54, 60 and 57 to 41, 44 and 47. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.  

Hope Under Dinmore relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 1st March 2018, from UHF channels 57, 60 and 53 to 41, 44 and 47. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels. There will be a power boost to maintain coverage.

Oakeley Mynd relay
The multiplex carrying ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 among other channels (multiplex PSB2) is changing frequency on 1st March 2018 - from UHF channel 49 to UHF channel 39.

Peterchurch relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 1st March 2018, from UHF channels 53, 60 and 57 to 41, 44 and 47. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.

Presteigne relay
The multiplex carrying BBC One HD, BBC Two HD, ITV HD, Channel 4 HD, Film4+1 and Channel 5 HD among other channels (multiplex PSB3) is changing frequency on 1st March 2018 - from UHF channel 49 to 39. It is only available on newer Freeview devices.

Ross on Wye relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 1st March 2018, from UHF channels 50, 59 and 55 to 30, 31 and 37. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.

Upper Soudley relay
The multiplex carrying BBC One HD, BBC Two HD, ITV HD, Channel 4 HD, Film4+1 and Channel 5 HD among other channels (multiplex PSB3) is changing frequency- from UHF channel 50 to 40. It is only available on newer Freeview devices.

Worcester relay NEW
From 1st March 2018, viewers in parts of Worcester will be able to receive services from a new local Freeview relay based at Elbury Park Reservoir. Most Freeview channels will be available.  The relay will broadcast on UHF channels 28, 25, 22, 21, 24 and 27 and will be required if Worcester households begin to have difficulties receiving Freeview from other, existing transmitters in the area as a result of the frequency changes.


Meridian (Oxfordshire)
Your regional news is BBC South Today (Oxford opt-out) on BBC One and ITV News Meridian on ITV.


27th February 2018
Oxford
Serves much of Oxfordshire and some bordering areas.


The multiplex carrying 4Music, Ideal World, 5Spike, Yesterday and Talking Pictures TV among other channels  (multiplex COM6) is changing frequency - from UHF channel 55 to 31.
There will be another frequency change on the 16th May 2018.



West 
Your regional news is BBC Points West on BBC One and ITV News West Country (Bristol) on ITV.


27th February 2018
Mendip
The main transmitter serving the West of England, on the Mendip Hills near Wells.

The multiplex carrying Sky News, Pick, Challenge, Dave and Sony Crime among other channels (multiplex COM5) is changing frequency - from UHF channel 56 to UHF channel 33.

The multiplex carrying BBC News HD, Al Jazeera HD, 4seven HD and Channel 4+1 HD  among other channels (multiplex COM7) is changing frequency from UHF channel 33 to a temporary frequency on UHF channel 36 until 2019. It has reduced coverage and is only available on newer Freeview devices.


Swindon NEW
There's a change to the way Freeview channels are distributed in the area, with two local relays broadcasting most Freeview channels to the area. This will benefit viewers who struggle to receive either the Mendip transmitter or the Oxford transmitter.

Seagry Court relay
(Northern Swindon)
From 27th February 2018, Freeview will broadcast on new frequencies, and include the broadcasting of additional commercial TV channels for the first time.
Freeview UHF channel allocations: 39, 42, 45, 40, 43, 46

Wroughton relay NEW
(Southern Swindon)
From 27th February 2018, Freeview will broadcast from a site close to the M4 and Nationwide Building Society offices.
Freeview UHF channel allocations: 39, 42, 45, 40, 43, 46


Wales
Your Freeview channels include BBC One Wales, ITV Wales and S4C.

POSTPONED TO 5th MARCH 2018 DUE TO BAD WEATHER
As a result of changes taking place over the border, there is one change for Monmouth viewers:

Monmouth relay
The multiplex carrying ITV Wales, S4C and Channel 5 among other channels (multiplex PSB2) is changing frequency on 1st March 2018 - from UHF channel 55 to UHF channel 30. Further changes will take place in 2019, alongside a number of other sites in South Wales.




Further support
Viewers can also find information, advise and support on retuning, and what to do if they can't receive the missing channels after retuning at www.freeview.co.uk/tvchanges

Most other areas of the UK (not Northern Scotland) will be affected by mid-2020.



(C) a516digital 2018. Data from Digital UK, Ofcom.


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