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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
9:34 PM

OK, on Waltham and done a test retune on the TV before retuning everything else, but no change in the channel numbers here. Anyone else on Waltham found the same? The new channels are up, but Dave is still on 19, etc...

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Adrian's 4 posts GB flag
Thursday, 20 September 2012
Malcolm Lee
10:01 AM

Please can anyone confirm when the Freeview HD channel numbers will change. I was expecting it yesterday with the other planned changes but it did not happen. Has one of the broadcasters objected, or was this always planned for another time (17th October?)?

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Malcolm Lee's 2 posts GB flag

10:12 AM

Malcolm Lee: DMOL have told me that it should happen before DSO completes on Wednesday 24th October 2012. The date is pending two channels disputing their change of number, Sky News plus one other.

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Briantist's 38,906 posts GB flag

10:23 AM

The only channels I have "activated" on my TV and PVR are 1 to 15, 19, 24, 28, 80 and 82. These are all working now on TV and PVR.
Do I need to do anything?

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Michael's 41 posts GB flag

10:31 AM

Brianist I seem to recall Sky News wanted out of Freeview as that changed?
(Sky News is not on Freesat.)
Will ITV group channels, along with CH4 and CH5 groups be got together?
The whole numbering system on Freeview is a mess at the moment I had hoped they were going to do a good clean up.

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David's 306 posts GB flag
Malcolm Lee
10:38 AM

Many thanks for your reply Brian. As DMOL are saying 'it should happen...' rather than 'it will happen...', I guess that they do not know when either! We will just have to wait and see.

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Malcolm Lee's 2 posts GB flag

11:48 AM

Malcolm I think the old saying "Too many cooks....."
In TV today just so many organisation running the broadcasting systems, I used to think it was Ofcon that were in charge now we have DMOL etc. etc. etc.
Result a complete mess, I do hope other countries better than this one.

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David's 306 posts GB flag
W J Ford
5:03 PM

I have just retuned my TV but now I get local news from the Midlands but I live in the Anglia region

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W J Ford's 1 post GB flag
Rob Mills
5:58 PM

No messages from Tacolneston. Second tranche in October?

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Rob Mills's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 21 September 2012

12:46 PM

David Lindasy et al, have you seen the pop-up messages advising to retune now? They have appeared after the event. All of my Freeview TVs retuned OK apart from one. My AOC model has decided to put ITV1 on channel 800, followed by a handful of Channel 4 and 5 ones. Stupid thing! Perhaps it'll be OK after the next round of retunes.

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