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Channel One to close, Challenge to come to Freeview

Changes to Freeview after Sky buys VTV channels

Changes to Freeview after Sky buys VTV channels
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Sky is closing one pay and one free channel from the portfolio it bought from Virgin TV, because they match channels already provided by Sky.

Bravo and Channel One (which was Virgin 1 and before that FTN) will close.

This means that the Channel One slot on Freeview will be replaced with the quiz show channel Challenge.

Challenge is now in the Freeview guide on 46. If you can't see it yet, please follow these instructions on your set-top box or Freeview TV: My Freeview box has no EPG, is blank on FIVE, ITV3, ITV4, ITV2+1, has no sound or the channel line up is wrong - ukfree.tv.



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Friday, 3 June 2011
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Mike Dimmick
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4:39 PM

andrew: It's possible that they were looking at your best option, not at the transmitter your aerial actually points at. This is particularly the case if you went to a roadshow rather than them visiting, where the town is mostly covered by a main transmitter and only small areas require the fill-in relay transmitter.

It does look like Ilfracombe requires the relay. You might get a six-multiplex service from Wenvoe, across the Bristol Channel in south Wales, but the prediction is poor due to the same channels being used by the Preseli transmitter.

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andrew
6:47 PM

Thanks mike. i didn't visit a road show though the people from digital uk were just over the road from my house and was still told of being able to get the channels. Just find it annoying that have spent out on something i wouldn't find beneficial!

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Saturday, 4 June 2011
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Jeff Eastmond
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1:34 PM
Clevedon

Just done a complete retune on both PVRs and the TV - just as I have been doing every other day since my daughter found Challenge was missing - and Challenge has returned to the line up - WTF? Now have a happy daughter...

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Mike Dimmick
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3:19 PM

Jeff Eastmond: The prediction at your address is for a very high chance of reliable reception from both Mendip and from Wenvoe (south Wales). There are really two possibilities: overload, and region overlap.

There's an upper limit to how much signal any amplifier - and the tuner in your TV or PVR involves an amplifier - can handle without distorting. That distortion results in frequency-shifted copies of the signal. The closer they are to the original, the stronger they are, so adjacent or nearby channels tend to be damaged more than thise that are further apart.

Mux A (C62 from Mendip), which carries Challenge, is currently right next to the BBC A multiplex (C61). It is one-tenth the power at present - it cannot move to its final channel (C48) and power level (same as BBC A, 100kW) because other transmitters are still using that frequency.

If you have any additional amplifiers, try removing them or turning them down. A distribution amplifier should have just enough gain to overcome the losses due to splitting the signal, and no more.

It's also possible that your box is tuning into signals transmitted by Wenvoe, rather than from Mendip. These signals would be weaker than expected because the aerial is pointing the other way, but still strong enough for the box to interpret at least some of the time. Some boxes store the first version they find, rather than the strongest version - Wenvoe's transmissions are on lower frequencies than Mendip's. It could also happen if the box is storing the best quality version, but some damage is occurring to the Mendip versions as described above.

Check which UHF channels are being used for each multiplex. If they don't match the Mendip frequencies, delete the affected channels and manually tune the appropriate frequency from the Mendip list. See Digital Region Overlap for other suggestions.

If it is picking up Wenvoe, note that the frequency and power levels of two of the commercial multiplexes - Mux A/SDN and Mux C/Arqiva A - all changed at the end of April, as they moved to their final positions. This could also explain the loss of Challenge, though you would also have lost a number of other channels.

If you are using Mendip, you will need to retune again on 28 September, when Mux A/SDN moves to its final channel, and Mux C/Arqiva A and Mux D/Arqiva B reach their final channels and power levels. You may need to retune again on 28 March next year when Mux A/SDN changes to its final mode and power level.

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Monday, 6 June 2011
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DAVID CLAYDON
9:52 PM

hi can you help i live in the south west weston super mear i cannot get chalange tv after 7pm

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Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Briantist
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8:04 AM

DAVID CLAYDON: Please can you see Freeview intermittent interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice for some suggestions?

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Thursday, 9 June 2011
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wendy
5:02 PM

pleaseeeeeeeeeee can you help me to help my 90 yr old parents
i cannot get challengre tv vhannel on their tv, in barnstaple north devon

can someone help me?
pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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Friday, 10 June 2011
Briantist
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8:14 AM

wendy: Can you supply a full postcode please?

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Friday, 1 July 2011
Mark Aberfan Aerials
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1:58 PM

Hi all,

I'am pleased to let all Star Trek fans know that Star Trek The Next Generation will soon be broadcast on CBS Action.

CBS Action is broadcast via satellite & is found at Sky 148 & Freesat 137 It is also available on any generic satellite receiver connected to a dish aligned to 28.2e (the sky/freesat position). Generic free to air Satellite receivers are available from ebay / aldi / lidl from as little as £25 .

Mark Aberfan Aerials

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Mark Aberfan Aerials
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2:16 PM

Hi all,

I'm told that Star Trek TNG starts on CBS Action on July 20th


Mark Aberfan Aerials

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