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20 Freeview HD TV channels to close March/June 2019 in Cornwall

Beacon Hill will stop transmitting the channels to Torbay at the end of March, with the rest of Cornwall they will stop from 19 June 2019. These channels are on the so-called com7 and com8 multiplexes, which are being withdrawn from Cornwall. This is ahead of the rest of the UK where the licence expires May 2020.

Freeview HD in Cornwall  Photograph: Shutterstock
Freeview HD in Cornwall Photograph: Shutterstock
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The following TV channels will stop being broadcast on Freeview in Cornwall

This is because the com7 and com8 services will stop broadcasting from:

The Redruth transmitter didn’t carry com7 and com8.   Viewers in Ivybridge will get the com4, com5 and com6 from 10 April 2019. 

Homes in Cornwall who want to watch these channels will find most of them on Freesat

The following PSB3 Freeview HD channels will continue:

I understand that com7 and com8 will be removed from UK-wide broadcast as soon as the 5G mobile phone services start, which could be as early as  21 June 2020.

However, until the mobile broadband companies actually need the frequencies for the "5G Supplemental Downlink" (MCFN-SDL) service, com7 and com8 are expected to continue on a month-by-month license.    See Ofcom: Award of the 700 MHz and 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum bands  

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Thursday, 7 March 2019
Brian Butterworth

12:50 PM

Notes: The 21 June 2020 date for the closure of com7/com8 from all UK transmitter is from -….pdf

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Brian Butterworth's 38,842 posts GB
Friday, 8 March 2019

12:01 AM

Not exactly channels anyway with many pointless +1's. Such a waste of spectrum. So we will just get the main 5 channels in HD forever then I guess...

More 4+1 on PSB3 why ? That should carry BBC News HD surely. What a complete mess Freeview is, much like DAB

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Brian Butterworth

12:42 PM

Dave: The "More 4+1" channel is using about 1/3rd of the capacity of a HD channel, and is fitting into a (relatiy) tiny amount of space. There isn't room for another full HD channel on PSB3.

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