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Freeview frequency changes: 18th April 2018


Parts of Hampshire, Berkshire and Greater London are next to face changes to their Freeview service as a national retune programme resumes after the Easter break.

Engineering work at Freeview transmitters serving parts of the ITV Meridian and London regions will result in some channels changing frequencies, requiring viewers to retune on Wednesday 18th April 2018. Before then, some Freeview services will be unavailable overnight from Tuesday 17th April to Wednesday 18th in the affected regions.

In the London TV region, changes will affect those transmitters that couldn't be switched during last month's Freeview retune event in the capital, including in Hemel Hempstead and Guidford. Most viewers will be unaffected. Details below.

The changes are part of a national scheme to clear the 700MHz frequency band, currently used for Freeview, but to be auctioned off for future 5G mobile services next year.

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.

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.


FREEVIEW RETUNES - 18th APRIL 2018: 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 onMore information...
  • Main transmitter sites will have completed the frequency change by breakfast time. Some relays will not be live until early afternoon.


LONDON
Your regional news is BBC London News on BBC One and ITV News London on ITV.
GUILDFORD
Most Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018 from UHF channels 43, 46, 40, 52, 49, 51 to 41, 44, 47, 31, 32 and 33. Only the multiplex carrying Quest, QVC and 5Star is not changing frequency and remains on UHF channel 37. To continue receiving other channels, a retune will be required.

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD
Most Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018 from UHF channels 44, 41, 47, 50, 59  to  40, 43, 46, 37, 31  Only the multiplex carrying 5Spike, Yesterday and Talking Pictures is not changing frequency and remains on UHF channel 29. To continue receiving other channels, a full retune will be required. Additionally, local TV channel London Live will be broadcast from this transmitter for the first time (manual tune UHF channel 34).
  • This change refers to the main Hemel Hempstead transmitter and not the relay in the town centre. Changes at the town centre relay (which only carries some Freeview channels) are listed below in the Crystal Palace relays section.

CRYSTAL PALACE RELAYS
Although there will be no further frequency changes at the region's main transmitter, the following relays will undergo changes:

Chepping Wycombe
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channels 44, 41 and 47 to 40, 43 and 46. 


High Wycombe
Freeview HD channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channel 50 to 32.

Hemel Hempstead Town
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channels 60, 57 and 53 to 41, 44 and 47. 

Henley
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channels 58, 49 and 54 to 41, 44 and 47. 

Marlow Bottom
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channels 49, 58 and 54 to 33, 36 and 48. 

Micklefield
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channels 57, 60 and 53 to 33, 36 and 48. 

St Albans
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channels 57, 53 and 60 to 41, 44 and 47

Welwyn
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channels 43, 40, 46 to 41, 44 and 47

Wonersh
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channels 41, 44 and 47 to 40, 43 and 46

Wooburn
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channels 48, 36 and 52 to 41, 44 and 47

MERIDIAN
Your regional news is BBC South Today on BBC One and ITV News Meridian on ITV.

HANNINGTON
The main transmitter serving the northern part of Hampshire and most of Berkshire.

All but the main BBC, ITV, C4 and C5 standard definition channels are changing frequency on 18th April 2018. Retune after 6am to restore services.

New manual tuning details (UHF channel numbers): 45, 42 (unchanged), 39, 40, 43, 46, 55, 56. Local TV either on 32 or 34, depending on your area (Basingstoke and Reading areas only).

Alton
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channels 57, 60, 53 to 41, 44 and 47

Chisbury
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channels 50, 59, 55 to 29, 31 and 37.

Hemdean HP/VP
Most Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channels 52 and 46 to 33 and 36. Only the HD channels remain on the same UHF channel, 48.

Lambourn
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channels 49, 58, 54 to 32, 34 and 35.  

The Bournes
All Freeview channels broadcast from this relay are changing frequencies on 18th April 2018, from UHF channels 57, 60, 53 to 33, 34, 36.

Tidworth
The multiplex carrying BBC One South, BBC Two, BBC Four SD and CBBC among other channels (multiplex PSB1) is changing frequency - from UHF channel 29 to 30, to avoid co-channel interference.


SALISBURY
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 37. 

Viewers in Salisbury will need to retune again on 2nd May 2018, when all other Freeview channels will change frequency. This change can't happen all in one go due to frequency changes in neighbouring areas.


(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 clearance programme.

It's expected that the 700MHz frequency band will begin to be used by 5G services instead of Freeview in 2020.




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