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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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Friday, 28 September 2012
Dave Lindsay

12:11 PM

anthony stafford: Without knowing which transmitter you are receiving from and your location so a check of expected signals in your area can be made, we can only be general.

You are missing multiplex COM5.

"If" you are receiving from Bilsdale, then you may need your aerial replacing because the COMs are out of group A for which your aerial may be best at. COM5 is on the highest channel from Bilsdale and is there the furthest outside of group A and thus your aerial may be least sensitive on its frequency.

See here for an explanation:

Bilsdale (North Yorkshire, England) full-Freeview transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

If you receive from another transmitter then please let us know which it is and your location, preferably in the form of post code or nearby post code such as that of a shop.

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Saturday, 29 September 2012
6:59 PM

something has happened to my freeview, i cant get bbc1 or bbc2 anymore, HELP!

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Saturday, 6 October 2012
john galls
10:37 AM

everytime i turn on my freeview box most radio channels are missing.
i have done a first time scan a number of times now,gets the missing channels back until i switch it off then back on again.
still get the message telling me to retune on 19/09/12,usually appears just after i have retuned.
i get my signal from winter hill i believe.

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Thursday, 11 October 2012
John H
6:51 PM

I have a TV in my caravan a few miles west of Gretna. I WAS able to receive BBC Scotland, as I should expect, but since this re-tuning, BBC Scotland is 'lost' and is replaced by BBC North. Interesting though York and Newcastle news can be, I would expect to be able to receive Scottish news whilst residing in that country. Is there any way I can get BBC Scotland back?

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Dave Lindsay

7:16 PM

John H: I imagine that you are (and were) receiving from Caldbeck.

Caldbeck broadcasts North West England regional programming and as well as Scottish regional programming directionally.

If there is manual tuning, then wipe the memory (probably by running it through with the aerial unplugged).

Then manually tune the channels:

PSB1 | BBC One etc | C27
PSB2 | ITV1 etc | C24
PSB3 | HD services (if applicable) | C22
COM4 | ITV3 etc | C23
COM5 | Pick TV etc | C26
COM6 | Film4 etc | C29

The English variants of the PSB channels are on 25, 28, 30, respectively.

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Dave Lindsay

7:37 PM

John H: If there isn't manual tuning, then it will probably be more tricky. In such a case, if you have a signal booster fitted, then it might be worth trying reducing the level of amplification (or removing it completely) in the hope that it will pick up the Scottish channels instead.

Let us know how it goes. If you continue to have difficulty, then we may be able to suggest other things, although it may be a try it and see sort of thing if manual tuning isn't an option.

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9:11 PM

John H: Look in the 800s of your channel list. I would expect BBC 1&2 Scotland and Border England will be found there.

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Sunday, 14 October 2012
John Drage
9:40 AM

I get my freeveiw from a relay transmitter at campion hills in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, will I still be able to get the4 hd chanels after the change on 17 Oct, I do hope so as it is the only transmitter I can get my freeview channels from due to living in a poor transmission area?

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Dave Lindsay

10:24 AM

John Drage: Yes, HD services are carried on one of the Public Service multiplexes and will therefore remain available from all transmitters.

Did you reassess your chances of full service from Sutton Coldfield after switchover last year?

I looked at Streetview (its photos were taken before switchover in September 2008). There are a number of aerials pointing at Sutton Coldfield. Presumably the pre-switchover Freeview signal was too weak then and so they supplied only the four analogue channels, which is the same was the Leamington Spa relay. Thus, as both transmitters offered the same range of channels, the question for any installer was "which is best at this location?"

Today there is a difference in the number of channels broadcast by each, so even in areas where a local relay may be stronger, reception from a full-service main transmitter may be possible, albeit with higher gain aerial. The question is now one of "can I receive from the full-service transmitter?"

So just because the decision was made to receive from Leamington Spa in the days of analogue doesn't necessarily mean that reception from Sutton Coldfield isn't possible.

Look at which transmitters your neighbours are using. Sutton Coldfield is at 333 degrees, aerials horizontal. Leamington Spa is at 89 degrees, aerials vertical.

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Friday, 19 October 2012
John H
5:58 PM

KMJ on 11 Oct at 9:11pm...

Thanks for your suggestion.

I haven't been back to the caravan since the problem arose, so if the problem should persist, I shall follow your suggestion when I visit it again. But for what it's worth, I have re-tuned locally [in Manchester] and BBC North West remains the default station, yet a friend of mine who lives a couple of miles away has lost her BBC North West station and Channel 1 is now tuned into BBC Wales! I have scrolled down from the EPG button and I have now traced BBC North West under Channel 0814. This is both weird and illogical, yet may just provide the solution to my caravan problem.

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