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Should the UK close down the TV networks to allow for more mobile broadband?

Ofcom is wondering if Freeview is needed in the future, or can we close down the massively popular service to provide more 4G broadband. Freeview occupies 256MHz today, whilst mobile phone services have 560MHz. Digital UK has a report that suggests Freeview is good for the UK. ——— 153 comments “Hear hear”- steve P

Changes to Saorview frequencies and power levels, 24th October 2012

Next week's changes in Northern Ireland are the end of the UK Digital Switchover. On the same day Analogue Switch-Off happens in the Republic of Ireland.

30 comments “Eddie: You must be receiving RTÉ from one of the Saorview transmitters in the Republic.Saorview pictures use the MPEG4 format whereas Freeview”- Dave Lindsay

Cardiff switchover dates set

As reported here for quite a while, the dates are the 3rd and 30th March, 2010.

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2 days left of analogue television - goodbye teletext

The teletext service started back in the 1970s and was the first ever digital broadcast system. It was known as Ceefax on the BBC, and as ORACLE on ITV. To celebrate the passing of the service, here is the text of an ORACLE information leaflet produced by the IBA in the 1980s.

25 comments “Nick Cripps: Reception of radio, TV, mobile, etc are all to do with physics.The area around Keswick has lots of hills. Radio waves dont go throug”- MikeB

Interactive services

This new section will be starting 10 Feb2005.

2 comments “Bhaskar.agashe: Does you TV have a satellite tuner? You ll need to connect the satellite input on the TV (screw connector) to your dish, then you can ”- StevensOnln1

3 days of analogue to go - goodbye to NICAM 728

A digital sound system, developed during the 1980s by the BBC, will finally be switched off this week.

19 comments “Briantist: I can confirm that ArqB is on C52 and ArqA is on C56 at Mendip whatever Ofcom s document says! I did point this out to you back in April ”- Chris.SE

Sandy Heath, Sudbury, Heathfield, 9 relays have extra retunes on 27th June 2012

Some small changes are made to the transmitter network on 27th June 2012 - if you use the Sandy Heath, Tunbridge Wells, Wivenhoe Park, Woodbridge, Sudbury, Burnham on Crouch, Clacton, Felixstowe or Heathfield transmitters, you may have to retune your Freeview equipment.

24 comments “I always retune at least once a week minimum,sometimes i have to perform wee tests where i have no option but to delete my current set up to assist ot”- Mark Fletcher

Tuesday retune for Sheffield and Nottingham

Due to the number of changes this week, there is a "retune event" today for Sheffield and Nottingham.

20 comments “Dave Jenks: Do you have the latest firmware? It was broadcast over-the-air on 4 July 2011; if you don t have it you can get it from Welcome to HUMA”- Mike Dimmick

April 18th - retune at Rowridge, Oxford, Stockland Hill and Hannington

The London region retune today allows four transmitters that have been waiting for the Crystal Palace transmitter to release its analogue frequencies. In particular, Rowridge (Southampton and Portsmouth) users need to retune and those as far away as Devon (Stockland Hill), Oxfordshire and Hannington (Hampshire, Berkshire and Surrey) may have more channels today.

30 comments “Ted: You asked about switching your aerial to vertical. It depends on which transmitter you are using (with the exception of a few that transmit horiz”- Dave Lindsay

Northern Ireland RTE1, RTE2, TG4 special mini-multiplex from 24 October

From 24 October 2012, a special selection of services from the Republic of Ireland will be broadcast to homes in Northern Ireland. This will consist of a special multiplex from three transmitters in Northern Ireland, and intentional transmitter overspill from the Republic.

165 comments “W. Matchett: Not on Freeview , but you can on Saorview, if you re able to pick it up from a transmitter in the South. Knowledge of you location, prefe”- Dave Lindsay

Why do the six Freeview "multiplexes" have twenty different names?

There are twenty names - 1, 2, A, B, C, D, PSB1, PSB2, PSB3, COM4, COM5, COM6, BBCA, BBCB, D3+4, SDN, ArqA, ArqivaA, ArqB and ArqivaB, given to the six terrestrial digital services... why?

35 comments “JohnD: As it s a reception issue, knowledge of location, preferably in the form of postcode or that of a nearby property such as a shop is imperative.”- Dave Lindsay

Switchover starts in North East England on Wednesday 12 September 2012

If you live in the Bilsdale, Chatton, Pontop Pike or Fenham transmitter areas your digital switchover starts 12th September. If you already use Freeview you will need to retune - if you have never had Freeview, you will get the standard definition BBC services - switchover will complete in two weeks later.

36 comments “J Sellers: There are less HD regions. The BBC has just one for BBC One HD and a message appears telling viewers to switch to BBC One when regional pro”- Dave Lindsay

UK Digital switchover ends - Northern Ireland completes on 24th October 2012

If you live in the Brougher Mountain, Divis, or Limavady transmitter areas - you will need to perform a 'first time' retune on your Freeview TV or set-top box when you get up for breakfast on this Wednesday morning.

113 comments “sonia morrow: Some forums say it s not available in the North. The only possibility is: can you receive it from one of the terrestrial transmitters in”- Dave Lindsay

Norfolk sees the end of analogue TV as high power digital starts

If you live in Norwich, or in Norfolk and parts of North Suffolk, you will need to take action on Wednesday morning as high power digital television services bring digital and high definition television to everyone.

33 comments “I was wondering, comparing the ITV regions on this website to the ITV regions you can add and view through the Other Channels facility and then compar”- Stuart O.

Another non-standard EPG dies: GuidePlus+ withdrawn from ITV1.

The GuidePlus+ system joins InView in being withdrawn - leaving some Bang and Olufsen, Philips, Pioneer, Panasonic, Sharp and Sony equipment without an electronic programme guide.

60 comments “Don t some Panasonic products like the IDTVs for example use GuidePlus+?”- Josh

Dates confirmed for STV North (ne Grampian) transmitters

Next summer, the North of Scotland will become digital only, and with only two weeks to switch in each area.

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This week's commercial multiplex changes

More changes take place this week to increase the capacity of the commercial multiplexes at a dozen masts.

20 comments “Thanks for the information. Yes it was the aerial. The recent high winds (and a rusty pole which was crumbling and made the fastening a little loose) ”- Colin Hill

Oxford sees the end of analogue TV as high power digital starts

If you live in Oxford, High Wycombe or Swindon or in Oxfordshire, you will need to take action on Wednesday morning as high power digital television services bring digital and high definition television to everyone.

29 comments “Boa Gongrui: Double posting on different boards is not helpful. I have replied on the main Oxford board. The DSO at Oxford went ok, The 3 main PSB mux”- Chris.SE

Meridian TV area - switchover dates announced

Hannington, Midhurst, Rowridge and Whitehawk Hill transmitter groups 2012 switchover dates confirmed by Digital UK today.

16 comments “As usual on Meridian Tonight, they said that you don t need a new aerial. That is only true if you have a perfect picture. I still see portable TV f”- Mark A.

Arqiva press release on Oxfordshire switchover

Here is the press release confiming the timings for the switchover at Oxford.

120 comments “Hello,It s Suzanne again! Since last night I ve lost Dave, Challenge, Really on Ch59, all other channels are fine. Although I did note Saturday ev”- Suzanne

North West England (Granada) and North Wales switch off dates finalised

Digital UK have announced today another set of dates for four transmitter groups.

6 comments “Hi Brian. Do you know if Ofcom have published the date for when Mux1 will start transmitting DVB-T2 signals (on Winter Hill)?”- Barry S

Waltham - retune required Wednesday 13 April 2011

Multiplex 2, with the ITV and Channel 4 channels, moves frequency at Waltham.

34 comments “bernard hunt: Actually brian not quite correct. whilst the programme content is for west the radiation pattern is exactly the same as central and will”- bernard hunt

Five million London homes must 'full retune' when switchover ends on 18th April

If you are one of the millions of people who live inside the M25 - or up to 15 miles outside the capital's orbital motorway - you will need to perform a 'first time' retune on your Freeview TV or set-top box when you get up for breakfast on Wednesday morning.

24 comments “Let s hope this will finally resolve the power output problems from Oxford that we have been promised since our switch over last September.”- Robert

Final switchover for Sandy Heath and Nottingham on 13th April in 2011 week 3

If you are in the west of East Anglia, you will use the Sandy Heath transmitter, or one of the three relays at Luton, Kimpton, Dallington Park (Northampton). You may use the Nottingham transmitter if you are in the very central section of Nottingham.

34 comments “Briantist: Yes, I d forgotten to try that. But it didn t work; made things worse, as did an attenutator. At all times, though, PSB1 was consistently w”- chrism42

Fixed the post-swichover details

I have spent a little while updating the after switchover details to reflect the new Ofcom documents.

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The commercial multiplex after switchover: ArqA, ArqB and SDN

A frequently asked frequency question is: why the commercial multiplexes have to have power restrictions after the switchover is officially "complete". The answer is...

23 comments “doug smith: Since the final change on 18th April 2012, Rowridge has been broadcasting all channels using horizontal and vertical polarisations.How”- Dave Lindsay

Sheffield and Chesterfield transmitter switchover "ends"

If you live in Sheffield and Chesterfield your digital switchover "ends" tonight, Wednesday 24th August 2011

14 comments “ In particular the ArqA and ArqB multiplexes will be at restricted power for several weeks after the end of switchover - see below.I think you cl”- Mike Dimmick

Switchover starts in Hampshire, West Sussex coast plus Brighton and Hove

If you live in the Rowridge (Southampton, Portsmouth, Poole, Worthing) and Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove) transmitter areas your digital switchover starts this week

69 comments “Hmm video is private with me, 12 sec delay wih me betweeen my relay and Rowridge, did nt expect that... ”- Dave

2013 - post-switchover changes to Freeview transmission frequencies

To provide for the new mobile broadband services (4G) a number of changes will be made, and these will result in retuning events.

26 comments “Norman Ansell: Digital UK s trade view suggests that the percentage of locations covered within your national grid square will - after all changes are”- Mike Dimmick

2011 switchover week two: The Wrekin and Ridge Hill transmitter groups

If you live in the West of Central England and use The Wrekin, Ridge Hill, Lark Stoke, Bromsgrove - or one of these main transmitters' relays, your digital switchover starts Wednesday April 6th.

88 comments “bob p - I don t know the details, but think it could improve - or make worse - your situation.I begin to suspect that your mains booster may in fa”- Steve P

Craigkelly, Scotland switchover process starts today

The switchover in Scotland continues with the first stage of the changes at the Craigkelly transmitter.

32 comments “Briantist: yes I ve looked at the transmitters by frequency. I m probably getting 5 pre-switchover and one post-switchover mux from Craigkelly, 6 pre-”- John Robinson

Brighton transmitters will be in BBC South East from 7th March 2012

No longer will Brighton terrestrial viewers get their 'local' news from 60-miles-away Southampton, but from Tunbridge Wells, after switchover.

74 comments “Mick Carter: Portslade transmitter relays Whitehawk and therefore carries BBC South East. Its presence should, once tuned correctly, play no part in y”- Dave Lindsay

Last switchover dates for England confirmed - Tyne and Tees, 26 September 2012

OK, so it will be after the end of the Olympics, but Sunderland, Whitby, Morpeth and Berwick-upon-Tweed will be able to receive Freeview channels for the first time.

34 comments “Super Saint: You will always get best results from whatever transmitter the aerial points to. If she s already receiving Tyne Tees programmes, the eas”- Mike Dimmick

Icomb Hill, Guiting Power and Over Norton BBC region change

As part of the switchover process these relay transmitter will move BBC region, to match the ITV region. This is part of an ongoing synchronisation process.

12 comments “ Tony: This is the two-tier terrestrial television transmitter network we now have, I m afraid.Icomb Hill only carries the Public Service Broadcas”- Dave Lindsay

Switchover starts in Berkshire and North Hampshire

If you live in the Hannington transmitter area your digital switchover starts this week, with two weeks before analogue stops forever and high power digital replaces it.

72 comments “Nigel Smith: The situation with Hannington is that the Commercial (COM) multiplexes remain on low power as Guildford is presently using the same chann”- Dave Lindsay

Arqiva statement on Hannington transmitter group

Arqiva confirms switchover completion details

29 comments “Dave Lindsay: Regarding the predictions given on DUK s trade view, I wasn t in any way trying to infer that should what I suspect actually apply then ”- jb38

Northern Ireland "mini multiplex" (NIMM)

I have added information to the UK Free TV database to cover the so-called mini-multiplex that will carry three Irish channels, TG4, RTE1 and RTE2 in a very special multiplex from three transmitters in Northern Ireland.

119 comments “Michael: Check the coverage of Divis and Black Mountain on Digital UK s postcode checker. You ll certainly get the PSB channels, and probably the Com ”- PJH

Final switchover for The Wrekin, Ridge Hill groups on 20th April in 2011 week 4

If you are in the west of Central England, you will use the The Wrekin, Ridge Hill, Lark Stoke, Bromsgrove transmitters, or one of the many relay transmitters.

42 comments “geoff: The Wrekin is Group A for PSBs and Group B for COMs. Long Mountain is Group C/D.If you re sure you can get good results from Long Mountain,”- Mike Dimmick

COM7, COM8 and COM9 part II - which transmitters are "in group"

A list of which transmitters, if the proposed additional three multiplexes are provided, will require use of a wideband aerial.

22 comments “Mark Gascoigne: COM7 COM8 are temporary multiplexes which are broadcast from 30 main transmitter sites covering around 70% of UK households. They are ”- StevensOnln1

Switchover ends in Berkshire and North Hampshire

If you live in Berkshire and North Hampshire, you will need to take action on Wednesday morning as high power digital television services bring digital and high definition television to everyone.

23 comments “In my previous post in an arc from NE to SW. should have been in an arc from NE to SE.”- Adrian

Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters?

The short answer is no; as that seems unreasonable, here is a longer answer.

110 comments “Richard West:Only if and when the relay is converted to use DVB-T2 transmission encoding is it ever likely to be included. There is currently insu”- MikeP

Freeview retune - the results

Here are the results from the big Freeview retune

108 comments “marie: Yes, thanks for the update on the situation as its always interesting to know how people get on, plus of course its good for the reference book”- jb38

Improvements to Freeview EPG data in reception overlap areas

Freeview and Freeview+ equipment will be better able to record and schedule regional programmes on the public service multiplexes in areas where regional services deliberately overlap.

30 comments “J redgrove: Well, it wasn t my idea in the first place, but in my opinion it s an excellent idea.For at least 90% of the population, the picture t”- John Robinson

Sudbury Arqiva multiplex B changes 16 November - retune required

Viewers in Suffolk and Essex that use the Sudbury transmitter will need to retune their Freeview boxes on 16 November 2011.

236 comments “Peter: Ensure that 5* is tuned to C58 which is the signal from Sudbury. This information is usually given on the signal strength screen.If it s no”- Dave Lindsay

Tacolneston (East Anglia) transmitter Freeview retune

If you receive your full-service Freeview reception from the Tacolneston transmitter, you will need to retune on Wednesday 17th August 2011 to continue to receive all services.

93 comments “Mr.A.Sherreard: Yesterday and Film 4 that you are referring to are transmitting from a very low powered multiplex at Sudbury, and which is something t”- jb38

C61, C62 clearange and the 4G broadband sale

Ofcom have recently issued a consultation document covering the "award" to a number of frequencies ranges for use for "4G" mobile broadband and this may cause disruption to your Freeview reception in the future.

19 comments “Gordon: Note that the allocation for ArqB has now changed from the original C62 to C52, which is still in group.The normal change is for uses of C”- Mike Dimmick

East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire switchover "ends"

If you live in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire your digital switchover "ends" tonight, 17th August 2011

15 comments “Jim J (NG14 6**): You possibly wont receive them very well anyway in your area, as these two channels are remaining on low power(4Kw) until November 2”- jb38

Switchover "completes" for Southampton, Portsmouth and Brighton

If you live in the Rowridge (Southampton, Portsmouth, Poole, Worthing), Salisbury and Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove) transmitter areas you will need to take action on Wednesday morning as high power digital television services bring digital and high definition television to everyone.

49 comments “Sally: The frequencies for the COM muxes at Rowridge will change on 18th April 2012, so you will need to re-tune, but after doing so, as the same freq”- KMJ,Derby

Switchover completes for non-coastal West Sussex

If you live in the Midhurst transmitter area (West Sussex, above the South Downs), you will need to take action on Wednesday morning as high power digital television services bring digital and high definition television to everyone.

16 comments “BriantistHaywards Heath was in East Sussex until the 1970 s but is now in West Sussex. HH goes digital in a few months so most but not all West S”- Mark Agius

Final switchover for Craigkelly, Scotland on 15th June 2011

Switchover in Scotland is almost complete, with the penultimate step this week taking place in and around Edinburgh.

9 comments “Richard McCulloch: I KEEP telling Brian to remove those.These represent tentative future allocations. They might be used for Jeremy Hunt s pet Loc”- Mike Dimmick

Switchover starts in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

If you live in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire your digital switchover starts tonight.

88 comments “J Darnell: Yes, the main part of your switchover ends tonight. It is expected to be complete by 6am.Arqiva A and B will still be on restricted pow”- Mike Dimmick

Four million homes in Yorkshire, West Midlands "go digital" tonight

One in six UK homes will receive their last ever analogue television signals tonight - in a single stroke four million homes get high power digital television.

59 comments “Simon: Unlikely unless it is a HD capable box, same with many so called HD tv s with freeview built in, the freeview is SD only, :(. ”- Billy

Switchover starts in Norfolk

If you live in the Tacolneston trasmitter area your digital switchover starts this week, with two weeks before analogue stops forever and high power digital replaces it.

79 comments “Brian: The SDN/Mux A multiplex remains on C31 until 9 May 2012.C51 is the final location but it is currently in use at Hemel Hempstead and can t ”- Mike Dimmick

Switchover starts in the East Midlands

If you live in the East Midlands your digital switchover starts this week.

92 comments “David Huge mistake please don t concider itnow signal strengths have increased im going to be looking for a new job!any offers?How have”- kb Aerials Sheffield

East Midlands - Waltham transmitter switchover "ends"

If you live in Leicester, Derby or most of the East Midlands your digital switchover ends tonight, 31st August 2011

34 comments “Charlotte: As long as you can get to the box s menu, you should be able to retune. What s the manufacturer and model number of the box, and that of th”- Mike Dimmick

Digital switch-over problems

There are now a number of issues related to digital switchover (DSO) in the UK.

287 comments “jj thompson: Should you be referring to Freeview channels continually dropping out because of poor reception then you do NOT require to keep carrying ”- jb38

Where are the public service (Freeview Light) transmitters?

Whilst 8.5% of the population of the UK will have only the public services after switchover, this ranges from 6% in England to 34% in Wales.

159 comments “Joseph Tonner:The TV Licence Fee is just that, a fee to permit you to watch TV services no matter what or who the originators are. If you watch an”- MikeP

Analogue and digital signal strength

The strength of an analogue signal is no guide to the strength of a digital signal

208 comments “susan hudson: The TV Licence permits one to view broadcast programmes and gives no warranties as to availability of signals and no assistance to recei”- Dave Lindsay

Sudbury transmitter group switchover "ends".

Essex and parts of Suffolk complete digital switchover, 20th July 2011.

64 comments “andyboy: If you have two aerials close together, then they can interact with each other, the elements on one aerial reflecting signal onto the other o”- Mike Dimmick

Freeview Retune - list of manuals

Here is a list of all the manuals you can download to help with the retune.

199 comments “Briantist : Cant speak for donald kirkbride, but it still doesn t work with me.”- jb38

TVs and boxes that do not support the 8k-mode

Here is the list from Digital UK of boxes and sets that will not receive Freeview after switchover is complete

440 comments “Lisa Brumhead: On re reading your posting, if by both you are meaning the Freeview box as well as the TV, then are you connecting the box straight int”- jb38

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you

If you have a high-gain aerial or use signal amplifiers, it is quite common to find that the high-power digital signals provided after switchover will overload your Freeview equipment - and can appear to be "weak signals".

259 comments “gregor pirrie: What is the signal strength on the BBC channels? You could try an attenuator (see link below) which plugs between the aerial and TV to ”- StevensOnln1

Oxford transmitter - service restricted until end of September 2010.

Main TV transmitting antenna at Beckley mast is damaged beyond repair

45 comments “Tony Mallett: perhaps you should actually contact the broadcasters rather than posting here? This is a 100% volunteer website where people with some k”- Mike Dimmick

2011 switch-overs start today at Sandy Heath, Nottingham

If you live in East Anglia or use the Nottingham transmitter, digital switchover starts for you today, 30th March 2011.

63 comments “Eugenia Alexis.Is this the BBC2 analogue you re referring to that you lost.The answer is it was forever switched off in the early hours of yesterday m”- Mark Fletcher
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