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Four million homes in Yorkshire, West Midlands "go digital" tonight

One in six UK homes will receive their last ever analogue television signals tonight - in a single stroke four million homes get high power digital television.

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Tonight, the number of homes with digital-only reception in the UK goes from one half (47.3%) to two thirds (62.5%).

Viewers in the West Midlands and most of Yorkshire that use the Brierley Hill, Emley Moor, Fenton, Idle, Keighley (and their relay transmitters) will have no analogue television from Wednesday 21st September 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 4,002,886 homes covered by the transmitters, for no-one to have a problem.



From Wednesday 21st September 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 (see below).

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.

Existing "full" Freeview users

If you already use Freeview, and can receive all the channels now, check your TV or box is not listed here - TVs and boxes that do not support the 8k-mode. If it is, you will need a new Freeview box.

If you are not on the list, you should scan your box from around 6am.

When you now rescan, you MUST do a "first time installation" or "factory reset" scan (sometimes called "shipping state"), not a simple "add channels". Do the procedure you did on "national retune day", September 30th 2009, see Freeview Retune - list of manuals.

If you can't recall the procedure or find the manual, please see generic clear and rescan procedure.

If you scanned during the first phase of switchover on Wednesday 7th September 2011 - you will have to do it again on Wednesday 21st September 2011.

Using Freeview with Windows Vista

Please see Switch over and PC-based systems because you need some updates for your system to work.

Boosters and amplifiers

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.

For full details, see: Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you.

Homes without Freeview now have Freeview Light

If you had no Freeview service before, you will have the BBC channels digitally from Wednesday 7th September 2011. This is a single multiplex of the BBC channels (radio, television and text) for most people.

However, if you were on the fringes of reception from one of the main Freeview transmitters, you will now get all the Freeview channels.

If you didn't get this limited Freeview service on 7th September 2011 then you may need a new aerial.

If you are served by a public service (relay) transmitter, which are:

In Yorkshire, Addingham (3pm), Armitage Bridge (noon), Batley (9am), Beecroft Hill (7.30am), Blackburn In Rotherham, Bradford West (noon), Calver Peak (noon), Cleckheaton (noon), Conisbrough, Cop Hill (9am), Copley (9am), Cornholme, Cowling (noon), Cragg Vale (3pm), Cullingworth (noon), Edale, Elland, Grassington (9am), Hagg Wood (9am), Halifax (9am), Headingley (9am), Hebden Bridge (9am), Heyshaw, Holmfield (3pm), Holmfirth (noon), Hope (noon), Keighley Town (9am), Kettlewell (noon), Longwood Edge (3pm), Luddenden (noon), Lydgate (9am), Millhouse Green, Oughtibridge (noon), Oxenhope (3pm), Primrose Hill (9am), Ripponden (noon), Shatton Edge (noon), Skipton (9am), Skipton Town (noon), Stocksbridge (9am), Sutton in Craven (9am), Tideswell Moor (noon), Todmorden (noon), Walsden (1pm), Walsden South (4pm), Wharfedale (9am), Wheatley or Wincobank (noon).

In the West Midlands and use the Allesley Park (noon), Brailes (9am), Bretch Hill (noon), Bridgnorth (9am), Cheadle (9am), Earl Sterndale, Edgbaston (9am), Gib Heath (noon), Gravelly Hill (3pm), Haden Hill (9am), Hamstead (9am), Harborne (noon), Hartington (3pm), Ipstones Edge (noon), Ironbridge (noon), Kenilworth, Kidderminster (9am), Kinver (noon), Leamington Spa (9am), Leek (9am), Long Compton (noon), Oakamoor (noon), Perry Beeches (noon), Queslett, Redditch (9am), Repton (3pm), Rugeley (noon), Tenbury Wells (9am), Turves Green (noon), Whittingslow (noon), Winchcombe, Winshill (9am) or Woodford Halse

...you now need, from around from 6am (unless shown otherwise) on 21st September 2011 to rescan, and you will get a second Multiplex with ITV 1, ITV 2, ITV 1 +1, Channel 4, Channel 5, Channel 4+1, E4 and More4.

And that's your lot if you have a standard Freeview receiver, see Freeview retune - poor public service transmitters.

You may wish to install Freesat for more channels, see Compare Freeview Light and Freesat TV.

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. Older Freeview boxes will, if a duplicate version of a channel is found whilst scanning, such as another BBC One region, 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.

For more details, see: Digital Region Overlap

Freeview HD

Freeview HD will start on Wednesday 21st September 2011 from Brierley Hill, Emley Moor, Fenton, Idle, Keighley and all the relay transmitters. You will need a Freeview HD - DVB-T2 receiver to watch the channels. An HD "Ready" TV set with Freeview is not enough.

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Comments
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Briantist
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7:43 AM

KB Aerials Sheffield : I do have to say that to "not notice" the digital switchover requires you to:

1) Ignore the six months of billboard adverts

2) Watch analogue TV and miss those constant overlay messages

3) Turn on Freeview and dismiss every time the on-screen messages

4) Ignore the adverts online, on TV and on radio

5) Miss all the stuff in the local press

Which must require a very special effort.

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KB Aerials Sheffield
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7:49 AM
Sheffield

Brian

Not enough bloody effort put into letting people know about it

any how a handful of comments from 4 million people isnt bad - theres always going to be 1 ---- or a few in this instance

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Plucky
8:01 AM

Please to say that Otley relay now seems to be fully working, was down completely for about an hour. Hopefully, it will stay this way. Not quite a total seamless switchover, and must have confused those who are not technically minded. Round here it's been a big bang, so no full digital service until complete analogue switched off.

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Briantist
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8:11 AM

KB Aerials Sheffield : There's always one!

I would imagine things will get busy here later today when people find their boosters and mega-aerials are not quite doing what they had hoped.

I also wish I had a pound for every time I have to explain what "ready" means, in the sense of HD...

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Briantist
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8:13 AM

Plucky: Wharfdale is on the "9am" list, so you should hold off retuning until then, as it is possible that there are still tests being done.

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Les Nicol
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9:24 AM

Briantist - KB Aerials Sheffield. Info/advertising on the rolling Digital Switch Over program. I would go along with your comments on this, However There could have been more up front info on channel choice reduction if served by "Lite" transmitters and the alternative cable - if available - or satellite reception options setting out the cost implications of Pay Per View services against the "Freesat" option.

See Mark Aberfan's post on 15th of September and mine of 16th under "What Price for an Aerial installation".

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John Gleeson
11:15 AM

Hello again. Here in Birmigham everything appears to have gone ok. All multiplexs from Sutton Coldfield appeared to have come alive by about 04:00. All analogue services except for BBC1 were swiftly taken off the air by about 00:10. Why they decided not to take BBC1 off until 00:53, I don't know as the film that was being broadcast had still at least an hour to run.

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Simon Richards
2:46 PM

My signal comes from Sutton Coldfield. I rescanned today. I was expecting to see BBC HD. I receive freeview via a BT Vision box. Should I get the HD channels?

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Billy
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2:57 PM
Coventry

Simon: Unlikely unless it is a HD capable box, same with many so called HD tv's with freeview built in, the freeview is SD only, :(.

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KB Aerials Sheffield
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3:31 PM
Sheffield

John - i dont think the engineers switching the signal off at 00:53 really gave a dam what was on tv - they had a job to do and they needed to do it

actually speaking out of experience its really quite fun turning off a system - like a block of flats with 50 odd dwellings

ooooh or the mill converted into nearly 100 dwellings -

well amp needs changing - switch it off - needs must

he he

Keith

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