Viewers in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire that use the Belmont or Olivers Mount transmitters and their relays will have no analogue television from Wednesday 17th August 2011. Unless you use cable or satellite to watch television, if you don't use a Freeview box or set, your screen will be blank.
Most people need only perform a "full retune" on their Freeview box or TV, but it would be impossible with 747,300 homes covered by the transmitters, for no-one to have a problem.
From Wednesday 17th August 2011 you MUST have a digital television device to watch TV. If you do not have a digital receiver, from Wednesday will have a blank screen.
Do not expect a terrestrial television service from midnight until 6am - or a late as lunchtime on relay transmitters.
Switchover help scheme
If you are over 75, get (or could get) Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance or mobility supplement; or have lived in a care home for six months or more; or are registered blind or partially sighted and need assistance, please see The Switchover Help Scheme.
Cable and satellite
Cable (Virgin Media) and satellite (Sky, Freesat, fSfS) viewers are not affected by the changes. Remember, however, that you may be using analogue TV to watch on a second or third set and it might need a Freeview box.
If you scanned during the first phase of switchover on Wednesday 3rd August 2011 - you will have to do it again on Wednesday 17th August 2011.
Restrictions on Arqiva A and Arqiva B multiplexes at Waltham
Arqiva A and Arqiva B not launch at full power, but will only get a 3dB power increase from the old Multiplex C and D levels. The switchover finally ends for Waltham on 23 November when these two multiplexes increase to 100kW - this date is when C53 and C60 stop clashing with the Tacolnestontransmitter.
If you live close to the transmitter, you may have to disconnect any "boosters" from your aerial system. The new, more powerful digital signals may overload any amplifiers and result in no reception! When looking for them include a check for distribution amplifiers, loft boxes, set back amplifiers, bypass Amplifiers, hidden masthead amps in a loft space and any dodgy active splitters.
Homes without Freeview now have Freeview Light
If you had no Freeview service before, you will have the BBC channels digitally from Wednesday 3rd August 2011. This is a single multiplex of the BBC channels (radio, television and text) for most people.
Everyone who has digital-only terrestrial TV now has the ability to receive Freeview HD, see below.
Digital regional overlap
The old analogue TV signals provided lots of nations and regions for the public service channels, and these have large areas of overlap.
The old low power digital TV signals were at very low levels and reception of signals from more than one transmitter was a rare event.
All Freeview boxes automatically scan the available broadcast frequencies looking for channels, and they do this from C21 to C69. Most older Freeview boxes will, if a duplicate version of a channel is found whilst scanning, such as another BBC Oneregion, placed it in the 800-899 channel range.
Some of the latest Freeview boxes will pick the strongest signals for the "primary" number positions, and some will detect the different regions providing a choice when you perform a "scan for channels".
The 800-899 is easy to access by pressing CH- from 1, and in most programme guides is just a single scroll up.
Freeview HD will start on Wednesday 17th August 2011 from Belmont, Olivers Mount and all the relay transmitters. You will need a Freeview HD - DVB-T2 receiver to watch the channels. An HD TV set with Freeview is not enough.
Switchover went well. However, I now live in South Lincs but hail from East Yorkshire. I would like to watch the Hull version of Look North on Freeview but can't find it. Is that to be expected or can I manually retune to it and if so how?
All my tv's have tuned in OK but my Phillips HD recorder is now only able to tune into 16 channels, among the ones lost is BBC 2 which we record most. Prior to switch over it received all the available channels. A Grudig recorder we have has had no problems. ???
had a goodmans freeview reciever and struggled to get the bbc channels for 2 months now.
recieved a brand new freeview recorder for my birthday, plugged it in today and set it up and still can't get any BBC channels.
use the Belmonttransmitter.
had a PS2, but its not plugged into the mains or the tv, only the freeview recorder is plugged into the tv.
Jenny Ward: Perhaps you have a booster or amplifier? If you do, remove it from your system. If you don't you may need to fit an "attenuator", as you are in a strong signal area and may have an overload.