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Freeview: Autumn 2018 retune dates announced


Dates when Freeview users in parts of Scotland and Wales will need to retune their devices this autumn have been confirmed.

Digital UK, the organisation overseeing frequency changes affecting Freeview, has confirmed the next batch of retune dates covering the last three months of the year.

The announcement is part of an ongoing scheme to clear the 700 MHz frequency band of TV services, in order to make way for new 5G mobile services that are expected to start using the frequencies from mid-2020 onwards.

Viewers in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh be among those affected this autumn, alongside some viewers in Wales, including Anglesey and the border area between England and Wales. The odd relay outside of these areas is also included in the latest dates - full details below.

During the early hours of each retune day, services to viewers will be taken off-air for a few hours as engineering work takes place. Most viewers will be able to retune from breakfast time to restore services, although viewers receiving a limited number of channels from relays may not regain access until later in the day.

Telephone support is available to viewers who aren't able to restore channels; in some cases and where Freeview is a household's primary way of accessing TV, viewers may be able to get additional assistance, including aerial work if needed.

Changes will also affect users of services that piggyback on Freeview, including BT TV, TalkTalk TV, Plusnet TV, EE TV and the Now TV Smart Box.

The Freeview frequency changes have already affected viewers in Central, Eastern and Southern England this year, with the remaining regions due to see changes by mid-2020 at the latest


2018 4Q Retune Dates 
(Source: Digital UK)

Transmitter group
Area served
Retune date
Angus
Angus, Dundee, Perth and parts of Fife
03 Oct 2018
Black Hill
Glasgow, central Scotland and parts of Edinburgh
03 Oct 2018
Craigkelly
Lothian, parts of Edinburgh and parts of Fife
03 Oct 2018
Durris
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
03 Oct 2018
Kilvey Hill (Rheola relay only)
Glynneath area
17 Oct 2018
Preseli (some relays only)
parts of west, south west and south Wales
17 Oct 2018
Blaenplwyf
parts of west and central Wales
31 Oct 2018
Long Mountain
parts of east and central Wales
31 Oct 2018
Preseli (Mynydd Pencarreg relay)
Lampeter area
31 Oct 2018
Ridge Hill (some relays only)
Worcester, Eardiston, Bishops Castle, Knighton, Presteigne, Hope under Dinmore, Upper Soudley, Peterchurch and the Dore valley
31 Oct 2018
Sutton Coldfield (Kidderminster and Hartington relays only)
Kidderminster and Hartington
31 Oct 2018
Douglas (Foxdale relay)
Foxdale area
14 Nov 2018
Llanddona
north west Wales
14 Nov 2018
Winter Hill (Sunningdale & Parbold relays)
Parbold and parts of Bidston
14 Nov 2018


Previously announced 2018 3Q dates
Transmitter group
Area served
Retune date
Sandy Heath
Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire
17 July 2018
Tacolneston
(Local TV)
Norwich and the surrounding area
17 July 2018
Bluebell Hill
north and mid Kent
19 Jul  2018
Crystal Palace (Forest Row relay)
Parts of Forest Row, Hartfield and Withyham
19 Jul  2018
Hastings (Hastings Old Town)
Hastings Old Town
19 Jul  2018
Heathfield
East Sussex and south west Kent
19 Jul  2018
Tacolneston (Linnet Valley relay)
part of Bury St Edmunds
19 Jul 2018
Tunbridge Wells
the Tunbridge Wells area
19 Jul 2018
Whitehawk Hill (Patcham relay)
Patcham and parts of Hollingbury
19 Jul 2018
Sudbury
Parts of Suffolk and Essex
1 Aug 2018
Durris
Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
15 Aug  2018
Black Hill
Glasgow, central Scotland and parts of Edinburgh
5 Sep 2018
Craigkelly (Aberfoyle, Cannongate HP/VP and Newbattle)
Lothian, parts of Edinburgh and parts of Fife
5 Sep 2018
Darvel
parts of central Scotland, Argyll and Bute
5 Sep 2018
Divis (Bellair)
Bellair
5 Sep 2018
Rosneath
Rosneath
5 Sep 2018
Black Hill (some relays only)
Haddington, parts of Glasgow and parts of central Scotland
19 Sep 2018





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