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5th June 2013 retunes for Devon and Cornwall
As part of a rolling programme in the regions that experienced the early digital switchovers, some viewers on the Cornwall, South Devon and parts of Dorset 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 5th June 2013, viewers of the Beacon Hill, Caradon Hill and Redruth transmitter groups will see another minor Freeview change.
Beacon Hill, Caradon Hill and Redruth transmitter and transmitter group
There are no channel changes at the main transmitters (Beacon Hill, Caradon Hill and Redruth) except Beacon Hill where PSB1 moves only from C60+ to C60.
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.
M.Gibson: The symptoms would seem to suggest some local interference. In cases where the start and end times are always the same then a device that is electronically timed may be the cause.
If you are interested in resolving the issue then it might be worthwhile making enquiries with neighbours, to see if their Freeviewreception is affected in the same or similar manner. I emphasise that this probably won't be affecting those who view TV via satellite (Freesat/Sky).
Payment of the TV Licence permits television receivers to be used in the applicable property. It does not give any guarantees of reception, nor does it provide for assistance resolving reception issues.
On this site we look to offer help to work to resolve issues. Speak to your neighbours and see what they say. You can always come back here with your findings and we may be able to make some suggestions as to how to proceed.
I live in Plymouth and receive my signals from Caradon Hill as it gives better reception than the local Plympton repeater for my location. I have recently found that my reception of the YESTERDAY channel has become so distorted that I can't watch it. I never used to have this problem, and the other freebies channels that I watch are fine. I have a roofspace aerial with lots of elements, but no booster. Suggestions or explanations please.