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Two final Freeview retunes in Scotland on 24 and 31 July 2013
It is the end of the rolling programme in the regions that experienced the early digital switchovers - some viewers in the north east of Scotland and the Western Isles will need to retune their Freeview boxes to keep watching all of the channels.
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 24th July 2013, viewers of the Keelylang Hill and Bressay transmitter groups will see another minor Freeview change.
The following is a list of which TV channels are carried on which multiplex transmission:
Wednesday 24th July 2013
Keelylang Hill and Bressay transmitters and transmitter groups
At some point before 6am, Keelylang Hill will change:
the Freeview HD (PSB3) multiplex will move from C49 to C39+ and the Arqiva B (COM6) multiplex will move from C50 to C40+
Viewers on the following relays will see changes as follows:
If you use the Burgar Hill, Pierowall or Voe transmitters, you do not need to retune, but you will not have Freeview HD until 11am, noon and 3pm respectively.
Wednesday 31st July 2013
Rosemarkie, Knockmore, Durris and Skriaig transmitter and transmitter group
In a week's time, on Wednesday 31st July 2013 the final changes occur.
At 6am - Rosemarkie's the Arqiva B (COM6) multiplex will move from C50 to C40+ and the PB2 mutiplex from C49 to C39+.
At Knockmore: Arqiva B (COM6) will change slightly from C60 to C60-, but you should not need to retune.
The following relays will require a retune at the given time to restore the listed service:
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.