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Freeview frequency changes - 7th February - Overview


The first round of Freeview frequency changes are taking place, initially affecting the East Midlands, Cirencester and parts of Anglia.


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 Wednesday 7th February 2018, will require some households to retune Freeview in order to continue receiving some channels. 

Work to make the changes is due to be complete by the morning, after which it is safe to retune.

Here's an overview of who and what is affected:

East Anglia
Your regional news is Look East (Norwich edition) on BBC One and ITV News Anglia (East) on ITV.
The changes affect two of the main regional transmitters and some relays.

If you are missing any of the channels listed below from 7th February, you need to retune. Please note that some channels, including VIVA, TruTV and The Vault have either withdrawn or reduced coverage and are not linked to the changes described on this page.

Sudbury
The main transmitter for Suffolk and North Essex.

The multiplex carrying 4Music, Ideal World, 5Spike, Yesterday and Talking Pictures TV among other channels  (multiplex COM6) is changing frequency - from UHF channel 56 to 37.

Rouncefall relay
The Rouncefall relay, which serves South Essex and relays the service broadcast from Sudbury will start broadcasting the multiplex carrying 4Music, Ideal World, 5Spike, Yesterday and Talking Pictures TV among other channels  (multiplex COM6) on UHF channel 37.

Tacolneston
The main transmitter for most of Norfolk and parts of North Suffolk.

The multiplex carrying BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD, FreeSports, PBS America and Forces TV among other channels (multiplex COM8) is changing frequency- from UHF channel 37 to the new national frequency on UHF 56. It has reduced coverage and is only available on newer Freeview devices.

Creake 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 56 to 36 It is only available on newer Freeview devices.

Lowestoft relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies, from UHF channels 56, 58 and 60 to UHF channels 32, 35 and 48.

Further frequency changes requiring further retunes will take place in the region later this year.

East Midlands
Your regional news is East Midlands Today on BBC One and ITV News Central (East) on ITV.
The changes are likely to affect you if you receive a full range of Freeview channels; i.e. not households with around 20 channels.

If you are missing any of the channels listed below from 7th February, you need to retune. Please note that some channels, including VIVA, TruTV and The Vault have either withdrawn or reduced coverage and are not linked to the changes described on this page.

Waltham transmitter
The main transmitter for the East Midlands.

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 37.

The multiplex carrying BBC Four HD, CBeebies HD, FreeSports, PBS America and Forces TV among other channels (multiplex COM8) is changing frequency- from UHF channel 37 to the new national frequency on UHF 56. It has reduced coverage and is only available on newer Freeview devices.

Another change is currently scheduled to occur in 2020.

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

Cirencester relay
The multiplex carrying ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 among other channels (multiplex PSB2) is changing frequency - from UHF channel 29 to UHF channel 30.


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.



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