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Freeview channel number changes to go ahead: HD, Adult move on 17 October 2012

DMOL, the DTT Multiplex Operators co-ordination organization has today announced that appeals by Sky News and an adult channel operator have been rejected.

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As first reported earlier in the year, Freeview channel numbers change on September 19th 2012 , some of the channel numbers used by Freeview are being moved to make way for more 'general entertainment' numbers.

However, Sky News and an adult channel appealed, and so the renumbering was put on hold. However, today:

"Both appeals have been considered in accordance with DMOL policy. Having independently reviewed the evidence put forward, the chair of DMOL does not consider that either party has presented a sufficiently compelling case that the moves should not go ahead. The original decisions will therefore stand."

This means that on 17th October 2012, the HD an Adult channels will move, thus:

HD channels move to 101-120

The "normal" order of channels is restored to HD:

101 BBC One HD; 102 BBC HD [or BBC TWO HD]; 103 ITV1 HD or STV HD; 104 Channel 4 HD; 105S4C Cirlun.

Note that S4C Cirlun is due to close on 1st December 2012, replaced by Channel 4 HD in Wales (see Channel 4 HD will replace S4C HD in Wales on Freeview HD on 1 December 2012 ). BBC ONE HD will have regional versions for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in late 2012. BBC TWO HD is planned to replace the BBC HD channel at some point in 2013.

Adult channels move to 171-198

The "adult" channels on Freeview move up from 92-99 to start from 171. Channel 170 and 199 will be "bookend" pages to note the presence of the adult channels for those who flick up and down the channels.

171 Television X; 172 smileTV2, 173 smileTV3, 174 Babestn, 175 PARTY, 176 Blue, 177 Babestn2, 178 Playboy.

The Children's and News channel numbers will move on the Wednesday that follows 16 weeks after LCN 65 is allocated (ie when the General Entertainment genre nears full capacity). In the event that the move date falls during a change freeze then the move would take effect on the Wednesday that follows the end of the change freeze.

News channels move to 131-150

131 BBC NEWS, 132 BBC Parliament, 133 Sky News, 134 Al Jazeera 6-8, 135 Al Jazeera Eng, 136 Russia Today, 137 Community.

Children's move to 121-130

121 CBBC; 122 CBeebies, 123 CITV.

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Thursday, 13 December 2012
paul pritchard
2:14 PM

i cant get freeview station 99 adult playboy. no problems with all other freeview stations. any reason for this, or have they taken it off air

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paul pritchard's 1 post GB flag

2:33 PM

paul pritchard: it has moved to 178.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
4:26 PM

I have lost all the BBC tv and radio channels on my freeview tv this week. I have tried to follow advice on this site of trying to retune several times and also to try without the aerial plugged in but I still have the channels starting at 3 ITV. I am situated in Solihull CV7 area.

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Barbara's 3 posts GB flag
Monday, 24 December 2012
2:05 PM

news channels still on 80 81 82 etc what you talking about ...

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rob's 2 posts GB flag
Friday, 18 January 2013
1:55 PM

Barbara: I lost BB1,2,3,4 and 80, 81 & 82 + children's BB.. I have tried all the tips on this site. I tried retuning several times and when more channels diappeared e.g. Sky News, Really and others I tried again to see if retuning would at least recover some channels. Following this the BBC channels have returned but not Sky News etc. I also have Sky Sports (scrambled of course).

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Barbara's 3 posts GB flag
Sunday, 27 January 2013
10:32 AM

Problem solved! I changed the coaxial cable and all the channels came back after another retune. Thanks for any advice.

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