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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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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

11:20 PM

Sara: In addition to the advice given by KMJ,Derby it would also be prudent to check with neighbours to find out if any of them are experiencing similar problems, as I notice that all of the aerials in your locality are facing directly into a mini forest of trees, Freeview signals and trees being a bad combination and especially if the latter gets rained on.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 8 November 2012
7:41 AM

KMJ Derby and jb38, thank you both for the suggestions will give them a go.
Tuesday hopeless picture on all channels and despite retuning no better. Last night perfect picture on all channels.
Thanks again.

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Sara's 2 posts GB flag
Friday, 9 November 2012
4:00 PM

Too John L & jb38

thankyou both for your help i have done all that you both advised and now have all my stations back Signal=38%
it reports i am on the northeast transmitter it used too say Teesside
the tv is a CELCUS 32882HD LCD no hd chn's but i knew that when i purchased it

the tuner card in my pc also has picked up around 120 stations also the main four in hd which i never had before so maybe a poss signal fault somewhere all seems well so i am keeping my head down :0 thankyou both again for the help advice and your patience

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john's 5 posts GB flag
Sunday, 11 November 2012
grant bennett
10:48 PM

Hello. I have noticed a problem with freeview recently. I have seen it on my old sony trinitron CRT, my new Samsung sidelit LED and on my parents LCD in Brighton (i live in London). What I think i'm seeing is a cliping of colour in dark shadow areas and black levels. This gives a desaturated look to areas of the picture. At first I thought the problem was my old CRT on its last legs but as I say Ive seen it on different TVs. Has anyone else noticed this. Am I imagining this! I'll be very unhappy if this is a change in broadcasting as it has caused me to throw out my CRT tv which has a nicer picture than LED

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grant bennett's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 12 November 2012
2:42 PM

I have recently bought a Freeview box on ebay and i live in Cork in the south of Ireland will I be able to get the freeview channels once i conect the box to the dish on my roof?

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John's 1 post IE flag
Tuesday, 13 November 2012

12:44 PM

John: Try connecting it to the Aerial on your roof, not the dish.

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Bill's 63 posts GB flag
Friday, 30 November 2012
michael green
12:20 PM

despite a double retune,on both sets,panasonic and sony,i cannot receive itv 4 on either,and Yesterday on very poorly on the [newer]sony

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michael green's 13 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

12:52 PM

michael green: If you're receiving from Rowridge then turn your aerial to vertical polarisation as the COM channels (those that carry ITV3, Pick TV, Yesterday, Dave, ITV4 etc) aren't as strong horizontally.

There should be no need for a different aerial (unless the current one is broken). Don't get a wideband aerial (unless it's a log periodic) - "high-gain" wideband aerials aren't "high-gain" at the UHF channels used by Rowridge.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

12:57 PM

michael green: Rowridge transmits horizontally and vertically on all channels and has been doing so since April.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 1 December 2012
6:43 PM

I live in Snettisham, Norfolk, since retuning both my Freeview TV's, the picture is awful since the November retune in this area, the greens i.e grass on programes almost illuminus now. Have had the ariel man out, he added a signal booster to the ariel, almost all channels signal 10, quality 10. I noticed my son's TV picture bad also in Cambs, since he also retuned. What is happening to the quality of our digital transmitters? we pay enough for our TV licences, gets so I can't be bothered to watch such poor quality pictures, I own a top quality Panasonic TV, it's nothing to do with either my sets.

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