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
No new full Freeview transmitters
Ofcom have confirmed that full six-multiplex Freeview will not be extended beyond the 80 transmitters that currently carry the service.30 comments “Jon Glover: Also meant to add, that if your TV/box uses an HDMI cable for any purpose? make sure that the aerial lead into said TV/box is kept well aw”
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.
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”
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”
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.”
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”
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
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
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 ”
Freeview retune - the results
Here are the results from the big Freeview retune108 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”
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”
East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire switchover "ends"
If you live in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire your digital switchover "ends" tonight, 17th August 201115 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”
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”
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
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 201134 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 ”
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.155 comments “S Bevan s : Your TV licence is for the entitlement to watch TV, it does not promise reception of any channels. Please provide a postcode so we can see”
Analogue and digital signal strength
The strength of an analogue signal is no guide to the strength of a digital signal208 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
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 complete440 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”
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".253 comments “Carole hunter: 75% is plenty high enough for signal strength. What matters more is the signal quality (or how low the error rate is).”
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