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Freeview 700MHz clearance (retune) dates

Upcoming Freeview transmitter changes 2017 to 2019

Ordered by the date of change, the list below shows all the UK’s main Freeview transmitters, plus about 300 Freeview Light ones. For each one is a list of the channel frequency numbers that have or will be changing.
  • The columns show the various multiplexes, for example PSB1.
  • The numbers in the table are the broadcast channel number, for example 42
  • tbc mean I don’t have the final new allocations.
  • For simplicity, where a transmitter changes more than once, only the last date changed is shown here.
PSB1PSB2PSB3COM4COM5COM6COM7COM8
29th Mar 2017Selkirk32
26th Jul 2017Baltasound40
Scalloway323435
Swinister323435
Voe414447
Weisdale333648
23rd Aug 2017Avoch323435
Balblair Wood323435
Ben Tongue39
Craigellachie404346
Durness414447
Knockmore313729333648
Rumster Forest272421323435
Thurso414447
6th Sep 2017Fodderty414447
Inverness293137
Rosemarkie453942434640
20th Sep 2017Badachro40
Daliburgh394245
Eitshal262329252228
Inverarish40
Kilbride South Uist323435
Lochinver40
Penifiler39
Scoval404346
Staffin39
Tarbert (Harris)323435
Ullapool39
29th Sep 2017Bressay282522272421
Keelylang Hill464340424539
4th Oct 2017Acharacle40
Arisaig30
Ballachulish30
Bellanoch414447
Cow Hill40
Fiunary40
Glengorm293137
Kilmelford293137
Kinlochleven293137
Loch Feochan323435
Mallaig40
Onich323435
Taynuilt40
Tayvallich40
Torosay30
7th Feb 2018Belper36
Cirencester30
Creake36
Lowestoft323548
Waltham32343537315556
27th Feb 2018Bucknell39
Clun293137
Coalbrookdale40
Halesowen222528
Mendip32343533365556
Seagry Court394245404346
The Wrekin
Upavon30
1st Mar 2018Andoversford293137
Ridge Hill5556
Ross on Wye303137
5th Mar 2018Clearwell30
Monmouth30
7th Mar 2018Bretch Hill293137
Bridgnorth293137
Brierley Hill323435293137
Bromsgrove262330333648
Cheadle414447
Earl Sterndale323435
Fenton2427212522285556
Gravelly Hill293137
Haden Hill212427
Harborne414447
Ipstones Edge414447
Ironbridge333648
Kenilworth414447
Kinver222528
Lark Stoke262330333648
Leamington Spa414447
Malvern414447293137
Queslett323435
Repton414447
Rugeley414447
Sutton Coldfield5556
Tenbury Wells414447
Turves Green293137
Whittingslow333648
Winchcombe323447
Winshill414447
Winter Hill3234352931375531
21st Mar 2018Assendon293137
Biggin Hill Link293137
Bishops Stortford293137
Caterham293137
Chingford414447
Croydon (Old Town)394245
Crystal Palace485556
East Grinstead293137
Edmonton394245
Farningham
Finchley
Gravesend313237
Great Missenden333648
Greenwich404346
Haslemere333429
Hughenden333648
Kensal Town394245
Lea Bridge404346
Mickleham394245
Midhurst485436293433
New Addington293137
New Barnet414447
Old Coulsdon444147
Orpington293137
Otford293137
Reigate232630212427
Skirmett333648
Sutton333648
Walthamstow North39
Woolwich414447
Worlds End414447
30th Mar 2018Bristol Ilchester Crescent414447424539
Bristol Kings Weston434046tbctbctbc
Lancaster272421252822
Marlow Bottom
Micklefield
Nottingham272421tbctbc48
Parbold
Pendle Forest282522272124
Saddleworth453942tbctbc48
St Albans
Storeton282522232629
Sunningdale
Welwyn
Wonersh
18th Apr 2018Alton414447
Chepping Wycombe404346
Chisbury293137
Crockerton303137
Guildford414447373132
Hannington394043465556
Hemdean3336
Hemel Hempstead404346373129
Hemel Hempstead Town414447
Henley-on-Thames414447
High Wycombe373132
Lambourn323435
Salisbury414447293137
The Bournes333436
Tidworth30
Wooburn36
2nd May 2018Brading40
Canford Heath39
Cheselbourne414447
Horndean4346
Luccombe303137
Lulworth293137
Luscombe Valley39
Millbrook404346
Poole414447
Rowridge5556
Shrewton404346
Sutton Row30
Westbourne323435
23rd May 2018Charlbury394245
Guiting Power333648
Over Norton3336
Oxford4144472937315556
6th Jun 2018Burnham293137
Dallington Park232630
Gorleston on Sea30
Kimpton414447
Kings Lynn414447
Little Walsingham293137
Luton394245
Norwich Central232630
Overstrand483435
Thetford30
Wells next the Sea
West Runton3137
30th Jun 2018Whitehawk Hill48353634
17th Jul 2018Hastings252822232630
Sandy Heathtbc365556
Tacolneston404336395556
19th Jul 2018Bexhill333648
Bluebell Hill3234454043465556
Burnham on Crouch212427
Chatham Town353942
Clacton404346
East Dean353948
Eastbourne212427
Eastbourne (Old Town)333648
Farleigh364248
Forest Row333648
Hastings (Old Town)363948
Haywards Heath373942
Heathfield4144404346
Hollington Park353739
Lamberhurst293137
Linnet Valley323435
Newhaven232630
Patcham293137
St Marks
Tunbridge Wells414447293137
1st Aug 2018Felixstowe333542
Ipswich Stoke2334
Rouncefall (new)29313756
Sudbury293137
Wivenhoe Park323445212427
Woodbridge483236
15th Aug 2018Balgownie40
Braemar39
Brechin40
Gartley Moor414447
Gourdon323435
Peterhead333648
Tomintoul40
Tullich323435
30th Aug 2018Hammersmith293137
5th Sep 2018Ardnadam293137
Ayr South262937
Bellair39
Bowmore293137
Campbeltown30
Carradale
Catrine394245
Claonaig293137
Darvel3234355556
Divistbc5556
Garelochhead293137
Girvan3137
Glasgow West Central212427
Kelvindale293137
Killearn323435
Kirkfieldbank293137
Kirkmichael39
Lethanhill333648
Lochgoilhead414447
Lochwinnoch333648
Millburn Muir293137
Netherton Braes232629
Portnahaven30
Rosneath394245333648
Rothesay Town293137
19th Sep 2018Abington394245
Bridge of Allan30
Cathcart394245
Deanston394245
Dollar323435
Glespin232630
Haddington333648
Kirkconnel293137
Leadhills323435
Millport323435
New Cumnock40
Tighnabruaich404346
Tillicoultry394245
3rd Oct 2018Aberfoyle323435
Angus3942453336485556
Black Hill5556
Cannongate353433
Craigkelly2724212931385556
Cumbernauld Village333648
Dundee Menzieshill30
Durris2825222326305556
Grangemouth394245
Kinross323435
Largs
Newbattle414447
Penicuik394245
West Linton30
17th Oct 2018Abergwynfi232630
Broad Haven414447
Bronnant303137
Croeserw323435
Dolgellau414447
Fishguard323435
Haverfordwest333648
Kilvey Hill232629252228
Llandysul323435
Llwyn Onn
Newport Bay
Pembroke Dock333648
Pencader303137
Rheola3137
St Dogmaels303137
Tregaron323435
31st Oct 2018Aberystwyth414447
Beddgelert394245
BlaenPlwyf
Bow Street404346
Broneirion30
Castle Caereinion40
Corris39
Cwrtnewydd323435
Dolybont394245
Llangynog323435
Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant39
Long Mountain333648
Machynlleth323435
Mynydd Pencareg414447
Penrhyn-Coch323435
Preseli
Trefilan323435
Ynys-Pennal333648
14th Nov 2018Amlwch
Arfon293137
Bethesda394245
Bethesda North
Betws-y-Coed222528
Cemaes222528
Conway333648
Deiniolen
Dolwyddelan323435
Foxdale (IoM)30
Gronant30
Llanddona404346414447
Llandecwyn323435
Llanengan293137
Mochdre30
Prestatyn
Trefor B323435
Waunfawr
21st Nov 2018Cane Hill394245
19th Dec 2018Dover333536394248
31st Dec 2018Ferryside21302427
27th Mar 2019Beacon Hill444147405556
31st Mar 2019Moel-Y-Parctbctbc5556
Stockland Hill
29th Jun 2019Aberdare242127252228
Caradon Hill5556
Pontypool232629252228
Redruthtbctbc
Wenvoe5556
30th Jun 2019Huntshaw Cross303137323435
Plympton404245414447
29th Sep 2019Brougher Mountain293137
30th Sep 2019Caldbeck222326305556
Carmel232629333648
Limavady414447404346
31st Dec 2019Belmonttbctbc5556
Bilsdale2124275556
Chatton454239414447
Chesterfield262329434640
Emley Moortbctbc5556
Fenham2724212522285556
Idle242127424539
Sheffield2724214245395556
31st Mar 2020Keighley404346293137
Olivers Mount293137323435
Pontop Pike3942453234355556

Comments
Sunday, 2 December 2018
MikeP
11:06 AM

Roy:

Further to that said by MikeB, if you are happy with your current screen size there is no need, or benefit, from having a bigger one. Also don't mount it tooo high up on a wall, there are now reports of people suffering from neck problems due to the screen being too high and/or too big (a family member is a physiotherapist and reports an increase in such neck complaints). At least a newer TV set will have Freeview HD capability. A sound bar will improve the audio quality considerably, but you don't need a very expensive one to get much better sound, especially with music.



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MikeB
7:54 PM

Roy: I had a word with the Panasonic rep, who aid that he had a 10 year old TV from another brand which had a similar problem, and one of the people I work with said that some customers had reported a similar problem.

The reality is that the EPG is software, and like all software, it gets to the point that its less likely to be supported. Modern smart TV's have an advantage in that being automatically connected to the net, they get automatic updates. Older sets needed to be updated via a flash drive, with the update software loaded via the companies website, and then put into a usb slot on the side (hence the reason TV's have them).

On an eight year old set, you have to wonder when the last update for the software was available, but google the model and see if there is firmware support you can download. A search in the TV's setup menu should tell you what version it is, and then you can check if a later one is available.

Its worth giving it a go, because it costs you nothing . If it works, great. If not, you havnt lost anything and you still have other options. It didnt work for my Sony PVR, despite my best efforts, but thats the way it goes.

MikeP - I would disagree - the reason for increasing the size of the set is simple - its usually going to be a better picture (in terms of resolution), we are watching HD more (which improves the picture anyway), and you will have got used to that size - just as I cant get into a suit from 15 years ago (sadly), so it will look odd to stay with the same sized screen, plu that TV will actually be smaller.

A 40in TV from ten years ago (with an SD tuner) was 39.5in wide. Now, its 36in wide (actually, they are all 43in now, but anyway). The frame around the edge had hugely shrunk.

That means if you go up one size (to a 49in), the loss of bulk in the frame around the screen means the TV is only 43in wide. And since its going to have an HD tuner , the picture will look better anyway, plus a 4K set (and they are all 4K these days) will upscale very well from HD. So you can sit closer to the set, or go up a size or more - and so going up is fine.

And with a 4K set, that screen resolution is potentially the same as your local multiplex, and the size of the screen to distance ratio is way closer in a cinema than at home. But we will mostly be watching upscaled HD (4k is via streaming, discs or Sky Q/Virgin at present), so you dont need to sit too close - 2 to 2.5 times the size of screen away is my recommendation (which is much more conservative than the figures quoted above). The ratio used to be 2.5-3 times the size, hence the larger screen at the same distance.

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Monday, 3 December 2018
MikeP
1:21 PM

MikeB:

I beg to differ. Once again we have different views. Not really a matter for discussion here.



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Tuesday, 4 December 2018
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Roy
9:49 PM

Hi Mike/s,

Thank you very much for making the time and effort to consider and explore my issues with your colleagues and for your subsequent advice and responses - all are very much appreciated.

I have followed up on your advice and checked out the firmware level on my Panasonic, and sadly, it is already
on the latest level of firmware available for this TV (even though it is now several years old - as you outlined they clearly don't maintain updates for specific models for too long - not beyond 2012 in my specific case!). Just to be sure, I downloaded the most reccent firmware level available for the TV, loaded it onto USB, and carried out the update process; the TV then identified that it already had the latest level installed so would not proceed further with the upgrade.

Your suggestion about "consider the TV to be a panel" and upgrade the functionality by what you connect to it is very encouraging (for me) as it was a conclusion that I was coming around to - ie: (unless or until there is a
specific reason for me to upgrade the TV itself -ie: size, definition etc) - why don't I just acquire a "cheap sub-?30 import set top box" instead of purchasing a(nother) several-hundred-pound branded TV. That way, when software "breaks it again" (as I'm sure it will) I'm only junking a ?30 device instead of something more expensive.

Your advice regarding consideration to PVR functionality and the Humax brand is also welcome - thank you, as I now have practical options to consider.

Finally, I do find it frustrating that I have various items of Panasonic hardware that are more than 25 years old
that still perform like new - and it's why I've been brand-loyal to them for many years. The difference is (I
believe) that most modern equipment is now increasingly reliant upon software, and the quaility of the software design, code and implementation/maintainability is far inferior to (doesn't match) the quality of the hardware, thus the software breaks before the hardware does.....I saw this scenario (in a different context) many times before retiring from my 40-year IT career - and I do wonder if the likes of Panasonic (and of course others) will turn out to be the architects of their own demise.

Best regards,

Roy

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Wednesday, 5 December 2018
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Chris.SE
6:17 AM

Roy:

What a disappointment to discover that Panasonic are not interested in a firmware upgrade to resolve the issue. I used to be a Panasonic fan, but these days I find that most of the "major" brands have become a little too complacent when it comes to slightly older models.
Some good advice there from the Mike/s especially not installing a set too high up - personally I'm no fan of wall mounting anyway.
If/when you do go down the road of a new set, then I agree with MikeB about upgrading screen size especially if your current set is 32", then go for at least a 43" and it must be 4K - if you have the space (and cash!) then a 49", but you might want to go bigger still for the real cinema experience :)
In view of many reviews in the last couple of years I would take a serious look at LG sets. IMHO they are doing a better job than Samsung.
Whatever you do, enjoy your viewing.

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Roy
9:00 PM

Thanks for your help and advice also Chris, and I share your view that major brands have become complacent and not really interested in customer service - hence no firmware upgrade to resolve my issue. Of course, people like me are probably not the sort of customers that they want - ie: someone who keeps a TV for 8 years or more - they want customers who change every year or two - despite that approach contributing to the huge "electrical waste mountain". Ironically, although I tend to keep my tech, alongside it, I buy more/different tech; this has been predominantly from Panasonic, so they have benefitted from me being their customer over many years. I say that in the past tense, because that highway has now turned into a cul-de-sac, and my approach going forward will be vastly different - hence I wonder if they (and others) are ultimately architects of their own demise.
Best regards,
Roy
ps: Thanks for the heads-up regarding LG - I know someone who bought a small (~20") LG for a restricted space in a study, and they have been very, very pleased with it.

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Friday, 7 December 2018
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nmugford
2:10 AM

I still use a 1999,34inch toshiba,still going strong along with a 19yr old golf,4 wheels on my wagon i still travelling along.

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Roy
4:51 PM

Nice one nmugford....nothing wrong with old technology...it's only new stuff that these days rarely lives long enough to become old stuff!

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