Freeview Frequency Changes - 7th March 2018 - Overview


Viewers in parts of the Midlands and North West England will be affected by changes to Freeview on 7th March 2018.

HD and local TV channels are primarily affected by the changes, although wider changes will take place in the Black Country, Bromsgrove, Malvern and Stratford-upon-Avon.

The ongoing region-by-region retunes are part of a three year scheme to clear frequencies currently used by Freeview for 5G mobile networks. It involves removing services from the majority of the 700MHz frequency band, and moving many of Freeview's HD channels to a new national network.

As a result, viewers in parts of the Midlands and across North West England may temporarily lose access to some Freeview channels during the early hours of Wednesday 7th March 2018. By morning, some channels will commence broadcasting on new frequencies, at which point viewers will need to retune to restore services.

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.

When retuning, viewers with older receivers may need to ensure they do a 'first time installation' or 'factory reset', not 'add channels' or 'scan for new channels'. Further information about what to do if retuning fails can be found on the Freeview website.


FREEVIEW RETUNES 7th MARCH 2018: CHANGES IN DETAIL
  • Freeview channels are bundled together in "Multiplexes" - changes will therefore affect groups of channels.
  • The following refers to "UHF channel numbers": these relate to the frequencies used by Freeview, and not the channel numbers you find programmes on. More information...


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

Belper relay (HD channels only)
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 7th March 2018 - from UHF channel 55 to 36. It is only available on newer Freeview devices.

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

SUTTON COLDFIELD
This is the main TV transmitter serving the majority of viewers across the Midlands, covering parts of Staffordshire, the West Midlands, Warwickshire, areas of Shropshire and northern parts of Worcestershire and Oxfordshire. Some households in Derbyshire and Leicestershire also receive services from Sutton Coldfield (and receive West Midlands News).

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 7th March 2018- from UHF channel 33 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 7th March 2018 - from UHF channel 35 to the new national frequency on UHF 56. It has reduced coverage and is only available on newer Freeview devices.

For viewers near Birmingham, the multiplex carrying local TV channel Made in Birmingham as well as channels including Tiny POP, POP Max and TruTV among other channels is changing frequency on 7th March 2018 - from UHF channel 51 to UHF channel 48 in Birmingham and Solihull and UHF channel 36 for Burntwood and Cannock.

Relays are listed below.

Brierley Hill
Serves parts of the Black Country area of the West Midlands.

This is the second retune date in two weeks.
The vast majority of Freeview channels are moving frequency, including all BBC and ITV channels, most of Channel 4's services, all of Channel 5's services, most other commercial channes and local TV channel Made in Birmingham. The only services unchanged are those that already moved to new frequencies last week, such as Talking Pictures, 5Spike, Yesterday.

Freeview national channels will move from UHF channels 60, 57, 53, 50 and 59 to UHF channels 32, 34, 35, 29 and 31. Multiplex COM6 will remain on 37 (it moved last week), Made in Birmingham moves to UHF channel 33 from 29.

Haden Hill relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 48, 52 and 56 to 21, 24 and 27. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels. 
There will be a power boost to maintain coverage.

Bromsgrove
Serves Bromsgrove and surrounding area.

The multiplex carrying 5STAR, 5USA, Quest, QVC and True Entertainment among other channels (multiplex COM4) is changing frequency - from UHF channel 41 to UHF channel 33.

The multiplex carrying Sky News, Pick, Challenge, Dave and Sony Crime among other channels (multiplex COM5) is changing frequency - from UHF channel 44 to UHF channel 36.

The multiplex carrying 4Music, Ideal World, 5Spike, Yesterday and Talking Pictures TV among other channels  (multiplex COM6) is changing frequency - from UHF channel 47 to 48.

Fenton
Serves Stoke-on-Trent and the Potteries. Changes affect Freeview HD users.

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 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 - from UHF channel 34 to the new national frequency on UHF 56. It has reduced coverage and is only available on newer Freeview devices.

Lark Stoke
Serving mostly southern Warwickshire around Stratford-upon-Avon.

The multiplex carrying 5STAR, 5USA, Quest, QVC and True Entertainment among other channels (multiplex COM4) is changing frequency - from UHF channel 41 to UHF channel 33.

The multiplex carrying Sky News, Pick, Challenge, Dave and Sony Crime among other channels (multiplex COM5) is changing frequency - from UHF channel 44 to UHF channel 36.

The multiplex carrying 4Music, Ideal World, 5Spike, Yesterday and Talking Pictures TV among other channels  (multiplex COM6) is changing frequency - from UHF channel 47 to 48.

Malvern
Serves the area to the east and north of the Malvern Hills, including parts of Worcester.

This is the second retune date in two weeks.
The vast majority of Freeview channels are moving frequency, including all BBC and ITV channels channels, most of Channel 4's services, all of Channel 5's services, most other commercial channels. The only services unchanged are those that already moved to new frequencies last week, such as Talking Pictures, 5Spike, Yesterday.

Freeview will move from UHF channels 53, 57, 60, 50 and 59 to UHF channels 41, 44, 47, 29 and 31. Multiplex COM6 will remain on 37 (it moved last week).



Sutton Coldfield relays
Birmingham Newton Drive
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 50, 59 and 55 to 29, 31 and 37. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.

Bretch Hill relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 56, 48, 52 to 32, 34 and 35. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.

Bridgnorth relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 50, 59 and 55 to 29, 31 and 37. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.

Cheadle relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 56, 48 and 52 to 41, 44 and 47.

Earl Sterndale relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 56, 48 and 52 to 41, 44 and 47.

Gravelly Hill relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 49, 58 and 54 to 32, 34 and 35. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.

Harborne relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 56, 52 and 48 to 41, 44 and 47.

Hartington relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 56, 48 and 52 to 41, 44 and 47.

Ipstones Edge relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 60, 57 and 53 to 41, 44 and 47.

Ironbridge relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 49, 58 and 54 to 33, 36 and 48. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.

Kenilworth relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 60, 57 and 53 to 41, 44 and 47. 

Kinver relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 48, 56 and 52 to 22, 25 and 28. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.

Leamington Spa relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 59, 50 and 55 to 41, 44 and 47. 

Queslet relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 49, 58 and 54 to 32, 34 and 35. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.

Repton relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 60, 57 and 53 to 41, 44 and 47.

Rugeley relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 56, 52 and 48 to 41, 44 and 47.

Tenbury Wells
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 60, 57 and 53 to 41, 44 and 47.

Turves Green relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 50, 59 and 55 to 29, 31 and 37. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.

Whittingslow relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 60, 57 and 53 to 33, 36 and 48. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.

Winchcombe relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 48, 58 and 54 to 32, 34 and 47. New aerials may be required to continue receiving all channels.

Winshill (Burton upon Trent) relay
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 7th March 2018, from UHF channels 60, 57 and 53 to 41, 44 and 47.


Granada (North West)
Your regional news is North West Today/Tonight on BBC One and ITV News Granada Reports on ITV.

WINTER HILL
This is the main TV transmitter serving the majority of viewers in the Granada TV region, from the Welsh border across Cheshire, parts of Merseyside, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

The multiplex carrying 4Music, Ideal World, 5Spike, Yesterday and Talking Pictures TV among other channels (multiplex COM6) is changing frequency on 7th March 2018 - from UHF channel 55 to 37.

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 7th March 2018- from UHF channel 31 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 7th March 2018 - from UHF channel 37 to a temporary holding frequency on UHF channel 31 It has reduced coverage and is only available on newer Freeview devices. (A further change to UHF channel 56 will occur in late 2019, when the remainder of channels at Winter Hill are moved to new frequencies.)

Local TV services are not changing frequencies at this stage (this will follow in 2019), but will receive a power boost to maintain coverage and counteract any incoming interference from neighbouring regions.

No relays are affected. Further changes are planned for the last three months of 2019 in coordination with changes in neighbouring Yorkshire. A further, final change is planned for early 2020.


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



Further support
Viewers can also find information, advice 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. Northern Scotland has already completed the change. Other areas that have already retuned recently, will need to do so again in the next two years.

The map below from Ofcom reflects the first retune date for each area. Click to enlarge:










Share on Google Plus