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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, 18 October 2012

8:09 AM

malc. Gray: This often happens on some older boxes if you don't first clear out the full channel list before you scan.

You need to do a "first time install", or do this My Freeview box has no EPG, is blank on FIVE, ITV3, ITV4, ITV2+1, has no sound or the channel line up is wrong | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
8:29 AM

did retune after lunch yesterday, got new channel numbers, BUT no signal on a lot of them, including sky news, create and craft, left it a few hours and did another full retune, now have gone back to old numbers and getting signal.
This is from Oxford, I am in Bucks.

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keith's 1 post GB flag
9:44 AM

It seems Sudbury changed overnight and now has the new channel numbers.

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Martin's 1 post GB flag
paul allen
10:21 AM

i live in Northern.ireland and i tuned my television in several times yesterday wednesday 17th october hoping to get the hd channels bbc 1 hd and bbc hd as it stated that i tune my television in after 13.00pm but still no hd channels on numbers 101 and 102 can someone please advise on this.

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paul allen's 3 posts GB flag

11:08 AM

paul allen: 24th October and you must have Freeview HD equipment.

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mrdtv's 321 posts GB flag
eileen mason
11:16 AM

I have been unable to get any ITVB channels since wednesday morning. I have a humax box and an automatic search gives me all channels but from a welsh transmitter. Living in Somerset I would prefer the programmes for Mendip, but a manual search using channel 61, which normaly works. only provides the BBC chanells.

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eileen mason's 1 post GB flag
paul allen
12:00 PM

thanks mrdtv for that info but on my screen the other day it said BBC1 HD & BBC HD will be available on the 17th october and when i looked up google it mentioned to tune in your tv after 13.00pm.

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paul allen's 3 posts GB flag
12:54 PM

Eileen, it is generally agreed that tuning/retuning is best done manually to prevent the problems you describe. The page on this site dedicated to your preferred transmitter will list the channel (C61 etc.) numbers youll need. Before you start though, make a note of any recordings you have planned as they will be erased. To clear the previous channel list, start a re-tune and then cancel it before it finds anything. Now start a manual re-tune using you CH list. Watch out if you have the HD box as youll have to change the setting for the HD mux from DVB-T to DVB-T2 but only for that 1.

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Shaun's 5 posts GB flag
8:00 PM

I have a Panasonic 42" Plasma TV (TH-42PZ85B) as well as a Panasonic Blue-Ray Recorder (DMR-BWT800) and I live in Chorley Lancashire, I'm not certain, but I believe my local transmitter is Winter Hill.

I've had no problems with HD channels with ether piece of equipment, until today that is! I retuned the Panasonic TV first, but all it did was to remove all four HD channels and none are listed anywhere in the TV's E.P.G. If I enter '101' or 102,3, or 4, it just says 'invalid DVD Channel'

I've retuned twice as well as setting the TV back to 'Shipping Condition' and running auto setup again, but still no HD Channels!

Fortunately, I have held off retuning the blu-ray recorder for now, so can still watch the HD channels via its tuner. Normally I hang shy of doing any kind of tech upgrades ie on any of my Apple devices and computers for this very reason. But I had expected this to be more 'idiot' proof, guess I've turned out to be the idiot!

I just hope that I don't loose any more channels.

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Andrew's 2 posts GB flag
leslie rain er

10:31 PM

I hae Freeview in bed room and did not have to retune at all i live in skegness so not had any problems i wish i had free view in big room as i have a freesat ad dont like the channels on there

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