Freeview 700MHz clearance (retune) dates
Upcoming Freeview transmitter changes 2017 to 2019Ordered 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.
|29th Mar 2017||Selkirk||32|
|26th Jul 2017||Baltasound||40|
|23rd Aug 2017||Avoch||32||34||35|
|6th Sep 2017||Fodderty||41||44||47|
|20th Sep 2017||Badachro||40|
|Kilbride South Uist||32||34||35|
|29th Sep 2017||Bressay||28||25||22||27||24||21|
|4th Oct 2017||Acharacle||40|
|7th Feb 2018||Belper||36|
|27th Feb 2018||Bucknell||39|
|1st Mar 2018||Andoversford||29||31||37|
|Ross on Wye||30||31||37|
|5th Mar 2018||Clearwell||30|
|7th Mar 2018||Bretch Hill||29||31||37|
|21st Mar 2018||Assendon||29||31||37|
|Biggin Hill Link||29||31||37|
|Croydon (Old Town)||39||42||45|
|30th Mar 2018||Bristol Ilchester Crescent||41||44||47||42||45||39|
|Bristol Kings Weston||43||40||46||tbc||tbc||tbc|
|18th Apr 2018||Alton||41||44||47|
|Hemel Hempstead Town||41||44||47|
|2nd May 2018||Brading||40|
|23rd May 2018||Charlbury||39||42||45|
|6th Jun 2018||Burnham||29||31||37|
|Gorleston on Sea||30|
|Wells next the Sea|
|30th Jun 2018||Whitehawk Hill||48||35||36||34|
|17th Jul 2018||Hastings||25||28||22||23||26||30|
|19th Jul 2018||Bexhill||33||36||48|
|Burnham on Crouch||21||24||27|
|Eastbourne (Old Town)||33||36||48|
|Hastings (Old Town)||36||39||48|
|1st Aug 2018||Felixstowe||33||35||42|
|15th Aug 2018||Balgownie||40|
|30th Aug 2018||Hammersmith||29||31||37|
|5th Sep 2018||Ardnadam||29||31||37|
|Glasgow West Central||21||24||27|
|19th Sep 2018||Abington||39||42||45|
|Bridge of Allan||30|
|3rd Oct 2018||Aberfoyle||32||34||35|
|17th Oct 2018||Abergwynfi||23||26||30|
|31st Oct 2018||Aberystwyth||41||44||47|
|Llanrhaeadr ym Mochnant||39|
|14th Nov 2018||Amlwch|
|21st Nov 2018||Cane Hill||39||42||45|
|19th Dec 2018||Dover||33||35||36||39||42||48|
|31st Dec 2018||Ferryside||21||30||24||27|
|27th Mar 2019||Beacon Hill||44||41||47||40||55||56|
|31st Mar 2019||Moel-Y-Parc||tbc||tbc||55||56|
|29th Jun 2019||Aberdare||24||21||27||25||22||28|
|30th Jun 2019||Huntshaw Cross||30||31||37||32||34||35|
|29th Sep 2019||Brougher Mountain||29||31||37|
|30th Sep 2019||Caldbeck||22||23||26||30||55||56|
|31st Dec 2019||Belmont||tbc||tbc||55||56|
|31st Mar 2020||Keighley||40||43||46||29||31||37|
Sunday, 2 December 2018
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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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
Tuesday, 4 December 2018
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.
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Wednesday, 5 December 2018
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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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.
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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