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Improvements to Freeview EPG data in reception overlap areas

Freeview and Freeview+ equipment will be better able to record and schedule regional programmes on the public service multiplexes in areas where regional services deliberately overlap.

Freeview and Freeview+ equipment will be better able to record
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DMOL, the company that manages the distribution EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) is taking steps to improve the data that is carried to transmitters in parts of the UK where homes can receive more than one television region.

Starting with the North West England and Wales networks, the information for BBC and ITV programmes for both regions will be carried on each.

This means people using the Storeton transmitter, that carries both England (North West) and Wales services will have improved EPG data, helping with viewing and recording of regional programmes, for example of services on one network when tuned to another.

Storeton is being used a test for this overlap of EPG information, and will be rolled out to other "deliberate overlap" transmitters such at Caldbeck, Derby and on the the North Norfolk coast.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Glanville Carleton
9:09 PM

Since switchover I cannot receive BBCEast on channel 1 [I get Lincs/Yorks regional programmes instead]

Can you suggest how I can retrieve my Anglia programs, please?

Many thanks

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Mike Dimmick

9:23 PM

Glanville Carleton: See Digital Region Overlap.

Many Freeview boxes simply tune in to the first version of the services that they find. Of the transmitters you could receive from, Belmont (Yorks/Lincs) uses the lowest frequencies and will be found first. You either have to get a new box that will ask which region you want, manually tune to the transmitter you want, or find a way to get the box to ignore the transmitter you don't want.

Since your best bet appears to be Sandy Heath, which is only a couple of channels away from the unwanted services from Belmont, you might try adding an attenuator when retuning, to bring down the signal levels below the point where the box can decode them. Then unplug the attenuator when you use it normally.

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Dave Lindsay

9:41 PM

Glanville Carleton: You posted the same question previously to which I asked you a follow-up question; what is the make and model of your TV?:

Improvements to Freeview transmission mode information | - independent free digital TV advice

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

9:43 PM

Glanville Carleton: Or to add to what Mike Dimmick has said, just go into the TV's "edit channels menu" and delete everything you see with a BBC tag, excluding of course HD channels if used, then once done go into the tuning menu / manual tune entering Sandy's (Anglia) BBC Mux on Ch27 then click "search", maybe called scan dependant on device being used, and this should populate the EPG list again but with channels from Anglia.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 23 February 2012
6:43 PM

have lost channels 1-11 on west midlands transmitter any body know how to get them back on have tried many times to retune with no result

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Sunday, 26 February 2012
Friday, 20 April 2012
J redgrove
3:29 PM

I have yet to understand the reason for digital. The sound I receive is substandard, The picture breaks up on a regular basis and buying new equipment has proved costly. I would love to meet the person who thought this was a good idea!

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Sunday, 22 April 2012
John Robinson

10:41 AM

J redgrove: Well, it wasn't my idea in the first place, but in my opinion it's an excellent idea.

For at least 90% of the population, the picture they get (post switchover) on the original five channels is better than they could get on analogue. For the other 10%, the loss is only in slight pixellation in high-motion sequences and a slight loss of colour depth. I think it's a fair trade (even though I was one of the lucky 10%).

For 100% of the population, the audio as broadcast is technically at least equivalent and often superior.

There are also more channels, catering to different preferences, and while everybody will think some of the extra channels are a waste of time, which those are will vary between individuals. The motion pixellation is worse and sound quality poorer on many of the extra channels, but that's a different argument: I think it would be unreasonable to compare the quality of the extra channels to the original analogue channels because it's an apples vs onions comparison.

We've also now got HD, and though there's a whole other argument there about the D not being H enough yet, it's a good start.

Overall, I think the benefits (better picture for most people, more channels and HD) massively outweigh the drawbacks (which are modest and only affect 10% of viewers).

If your picture is breaking up - stuttering, freezing - you probably have a reception problem, and if your audio is substandard, you probably have a substandard receiver. I don't think either of these is the fault of the transmission system.

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John Robinson's 43 posts GB flag
Friday, 18 May 2012

10:15 AM

J redgrove: In addition to what John Robinson says, you might find the Freeview intermittent interference | - independent free digital TV advice page useful.

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Thursday, 5 July 2012
Doug Wright
10:49 AM

04/07/12, advised by onscreen prompt to rescan, have now lost all HD channels. Tried various rescan procedures, i.e. with aerial unplugged etc. no good.
Sharp LC-32CT2E, receiving from Winter Hill, reception until this debacle had been perfect.

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