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Updated - changes to Freeview channel numbers this week on September 19th 2012

This week you will need to retune your Freeview box or television set to get the latest changes to the channel number line-up.

This week you will need to retune your Freeview box or televisi
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As an update to the original plan (see Freeview channel numbers change on September 19th 2012) - the changes to Freeview this week will now be less extensive than planned, as two channels have appealed the changes.

The main changes are shown in this diagram below. You will need to do a "first time installation" to ensure the channel numbers are correct. See My Freeview box has no EPG ... or the channel line up is wrong if you don't know what to do. Another option is the list of retune instruction leaflets and manuals on the Freeview Retune - list of manuals page.

Freeview channel numbers change on September 19th 2012

The changes are now:

  • Dave and Yesterday swap over to 12 and 19
  • Really and Gold (subscription) swap over to be 17 and 20
  • The Food Network moves to 48 (from 49)
  • The Jewellery channel moves to 49 (from 60)
  • Local TV services are reserved 8 (England and Northern Ireland) and 45 (Wales and Scotland)
  • RTE1, RTE2 and TG4 are reserved 51, 52 and 53 - these start on a special "mini multiplex" for Northern Ireland on Wednesday 24th October 2012.
  • Argos TV starts on 55
  • Text services move to 200-224: 200 BBC Red Button; 201 Teletext Holidays; 202 Rabbit; 203 Gay Rabbit; 204 1-2-1 Dating; 205 Mail Travel; 206 Sky Text.
  • MHEG services move to 225-299: 225 VISION; 226 CCTV; 227 Sports Tonight; 228 Connect 1; 229 Connect 2; 230 Connect 3; 231 Racing TV; 232 The Space.
  • HD channels move to 101-120 The "normal" order of channels is restored to HD: 101 BBC One HD; 102 BBC HD; 103 ITV1 HD or STV HD or UTV HD; 104 Channel 4 HD; 105 S4C Cirlun. - (Not 100% sure this is confirmed)


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Monday, 17 September 2012
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Mike Dimmick
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3:05 PM

Ken Collyer: DMOL is DTT Multiplex Operators Limited. It is a joint venture between the four main multiplex operators, weighted according to their ownership: thus the BBC and Arqiva have 33% shares and D3&4 and SDN have 17.5% shares.

In turn, ITV plc owns SDN directly, while it has a 12/15ths share of a 50% share of D3&4.

DMOL is not considered a customer-facing organization. Channels can complain to DMOL, viewers cannot.

Part of the problem is that most Freeview boxes do not automatically pick up these changes. The DVB Service Information specification allows for it, but they do not implement it. Newer boxes, particularly Freeview HD equipment, does do the right thing automatically.

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Mike Dimmick
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3:08 PM

Gary Burgham: These boxes are known to have faults relating to the Network Information Table, which often show up at switchover as the retune is required. See http://www.digitaluk.co.u…tnit for who to contact.

The change to the transmissions was first introduced in late 2009, but most boxes were not affected until they were retuned. Updates to some equipment were transmitted, but you would have had to have your box in standby overnight on the dates that the updates were transmitted - some viewers never put the box in standby, either leaving it fully powered up at all times, or unplugging overnight.

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Mike Dimmick
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3:43 PM

bri: The BBC does not yet have the facilities to produce regional news in HD. They plan to introduce services for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to cover the full range of national opt-outs. At the moment, when regional news is on BBC One, BBC One HD shows a holding caption telling you to switch to BBC One SD for regional news. I expect this will continue for England.

ITV have only licenced a few HD and +1 services, I think to reduce the costs of monitoring multiple services as well as the costs of broadcasting them all on satellite. The list of services licenced on cable and satellite is at Ofcom | Cable and Satellite TV Channels , which shows that the services for Yorkshire and Tyne Tees are combined for HD - that means you'll get Leeds news, since the West Yorkshire region is larger/more lucrative for local advertisers than East Yorkshire or Tyne Tees.

ITV1 HD on Freeview is licenced as a national service with regional opt-outs so we can't see exactly what services there are. I believe the Freeview services are the same as the satellite ones, though.

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Mazbar
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3:54 PM

Do you know at what time on the 19th the changes are going to take place thanks.

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sharealam
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4:52 PM

mazbar,the changes will take lunch time on wards

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sharealam
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4:56 PM

mazbar,the chnges will take place lunch time on wards.

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woodface
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5:02 PM

Mazbar - My Humax box receiving Winter Hill is telling me to retune 'after lunchtime' whenever that is...

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sharealam
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5:36 PM

tree new channels marketplace on channel 61,channel 790 tba1 and channel 791 tba2,retune required.

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Wednesday, 19 September 2012
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Pete
10:47 AM
Bath

Hi, will people on the mendip and bath transmitters need to retune? There have been no retune messages... Thanks

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David
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12:48 PM

Gone Noon and no changes for me.
Have Freeview failed to do it?

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