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29th May 2013 retunes for Oxfordshire and East Midlands
As part of a rolling programme in the regions that experienced the early digital switchovers, some viewers on the Leicestershire, Derbyshire
and Oxfordshire 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.
Between midnight and 6am, the Oxford transmitter will change C62 to C50 . COM4 (or SDN) carries the 10 ITV 3, 20 G.O.L.D. (not free), 25 Dave ja vu, 26 Home (not free), 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*,31 5USA, 34 ESPN UK (not free), 38 Quest, 39 The Zone, 44 Channel 5 +1, 72 CITV channels.
As COM4 is not provided on the relay transmitters, there will be no loss in service or need to retune.
Notes about retuning
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.
If you have a booster, bypass it or switch it off, and see if you get HD and quality improves. At the same time, see what sort of signal that you should be getting by looking up your postcode with the terrain/map on this site, just to make sure that there is no particular problem in that area. (PE12QN)
My postcode is OX18 3QL. Have come back from a few days away, found I have no ITV3, Quest, QVC etc - those listed above. Am reluctant to retune my digibox as I have had a lot of problems getting Film 4 and other channels that I do like in the past, and my current freeview box was tuned in manually by the local (independent) TV supplier. I really don't want to lose Film 4, would prefer to live without ITV3, quite frankly. What are the risks of losing channels if I do a retune myself? Sorry to be dim, by the way, but I'm not a TV expert!
Della: Although this type of question is always difficult to answer and basically because that variables in reception are always involved, but due to the fact that three other transmitters are indicated as being possible to receive in your area, although Mendip (@ 56 miles) on mux Ch52 is by far the main contender even although its 36 degrees out from being a perfect reverse pick up on your aerial, and so there is always the chance that COM6 (Film 4 etc) from this station might be picked up by your box in preference to Oxfords COM6 on mux Ch55.
Although I realise that you do not really wish to carry out manual tuning on your box, but though I would be interested to know what model of device has been fitted?
Since the retune we have lost all signals except to BBC transmissions. Our Freeview was working perfectly until the end of May this year. Retuning our TV set does not solve the problem.Your advice would be appreciated. Thanks