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22nd May 2013 retunes for Devon and Carmarthenshire
As part of a rolling programme in the regions that experienced the early digital switchovers, some viewers on the Devon and Carmarthenshire will need to retune on Wednesday. However, viewers of some relays must not retune.
The original plan for digital-only television services had created a set of cleared (unused, for resale as 4G) frequencies in the range C31 to C40, and a smaller one in the C63-C68 range. However, to align the frequencies with the rest of Europe and to provide the mobile internet companies with more desirable frequencies the allocations were changed - see Digital Dividend - changes to the 800MHz band.
In the regions that switched-over after the decision was taken, the new frequency plan has been used. In the regions that switched before, viewers will have to perform one more retune.
This week, on Wednesday 22nd May 2013, viewers of the Huntshaw Cross and Carmel transmitter groups will see another minor Freeview change.
As COM6 is not provided on the relay transmitters, there will be no loss in service or need to retune (not that Dowlais sees a power increase from 5W to 10W).
However, the following masts will change their PSB1 (that's 1 BBC One Wales, 2 BBC Two Wales, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 70 CBBC Channel,71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 301, plus 14 others):
If you are not on the list, you should scan your box from around 6am.
When you now rescan, you MUST do a "first time installation" or "factory reset" scan (sometimes called "shipping state"), not a simple "add channels". Do the procedure you did on "national retune day", September 30th 2009, see Freeview Retune - list of manuals.
Cable (Virgin Media) and satellite (Sky, Freesat, fSfS) viewers are not affected by the changes. Remember, however, that you may be using analogue TV to watch on a second or third set and it might need a Freeview box.
Since the retune on 22 May 2013,I have lost Channel 5! I have unplugged,retuned and retuned from scratch several times,the most recent was today.Still no Channel 5. I can receive Channel 5+1 which is strange,why no channel 5??.I am in the Braunton area.