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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, 19 September 2012

1:02 PM

channel number change has gone smooth,more retune on wednesday 17 october 2012.

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sharealam's 225 posts EU flag
1:27 PM

sharealam: no channel changes on my human t2 hdr, however my old Philips box (D220?) has updated fine.

Completely puzzled

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si's 2 posts GB flag

1:33 PM

hey when is it going to change all channel numbers around???? its now 1.30pm here it hasnt happened at all... has it been canceled for now until next time???

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2:15 PM

no change hear

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Ian's 497 posts GB flag
Robert Hill
2:17 PM

Scanned my Panasonic TV about 35 minutes ago and I seem to have got the changes i.e. Dave on now 12 etc. I get my signals from Emley Moor.

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Robert Hill's 4 posts GB flag

2:25 PM

Just done a scan and the changes have happened, Other TV's that I have not re scanned are still working fine so what was the point of the re tune exactly???

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Ian's 497 posts GB flag

2:31 PM

I have made enquies and it is not the MAJOR clean up of the silly numbers Freeview have now.
It is only minor changes like Robert Hill posted, all are stations I do not watch and therfore not noticed these few changes.

This is what I official found out as happened.

"Dave (from 19 to 12)

o Really (from 20 to 17)

o Yesterday (from 12 to 19)

o Gold (from 17 to 20) TopUp TV service

o Food Network (from 49 to 48)

o Jewellery Channel (from 60 to 49)

Text and streamed channels genres allocated LCNs 200 to 299 "

So we stii got 1 etc.and not 101 etc. like other plateforms and ITV stations all over the place etc.

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David's 306 posts GB flag
4:52 PM

At last the channels have moved

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si's 2 posts GB flag
7:38 PM

Today's Retune has been total and all regular channels have been renumbered. For example BBC 1 is now at 895 and BBC 1 Wales is now 1.
I have also lost all scheduled record settings.
How do I get my original channel numbers back?

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Chris's 1 post GB flag
9:30 PM


Sounds like you're picking up signals from a different transmitter and that has confused your reciever. What you need to do is pull the lead out so that you're getting no signal at all and do a rescan so that you blank all channels. Then find out the channel numbers that each multiplex is being transmitted on (look it up on the site here), and do a manual retune just on those channels. That's what I have to do with my Humax PVR to make sure it locks on to the right transmitter - The TV is usually fine, but the PVR always seems to get confused. If you're unsure how to do a manual retune, check your TV/box's instructions and they'll tell you how.

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