Ofcom announces 700 MHz clearance schedule 2017-20
Following on from the When will I get a new Freeview aerial because of even more mobile broadband? article, this week Ofcom have published the dates for the “700MHz clearance”.
New “Switchover” dates
The dates are for the transmitter regions (these main transmitters and the relays of them):
July -December 2018: Black Hill, Blaenplwyf, Bluebell Hill, Craigkelly, Darvel, Durris, Hastings, Heathfield, Llanddona, Long Mountain, Moel-Y-Parc, Preseli, Rosneath, Sudbury, Torosay, Whitehawk Hill.
I have created an interactive map showing these regions and the dates:
Freeview HD allocations
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Note: The Selkirk transmitter is now being "done" in March 2017.
"Freeview said the updating of the Selkirk transmitter in south-east Scotland in March will enable the firm to test its processes ahead of the full rollout, which will begin in the summer.
The Selkirk transmitter serves about 18,000 homes. Some Freeview channels will move to new airwaves, which means that Freeview viewers in the south of Scotland will need to retune their TV equipment on 1 March to continue watching BBC channels.
Ofcom said that "for the vast majority, the move will require only a simple retune".
It estimates that in total 100,000 households might need to change their roof-top aerial, and that a "small number" of viewers might need to fit a filter to their TV to prevent mobile phone signals from interfering with TV reception."
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Seamus: Because BT would want to be paid for rebroadcasting the commercial channels via their internet TV service. This would require BT to enter into a commercial deal with each broadcaster in order to carry their channels, which probably wouldn't bring them enough additional subscribers to be worthwhile.
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