Switchover starts in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
This week sees the first stage of the digital television switchover for 747,300 homes in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
From 6am Wednesday 3rd August 2011, you must to a perform a "first time installation" retune (sometimes "Factory Reset" or "Shipping Condition") on your Freeview box or television set if you use the Belmont or Oliver's Mount full service Freeview transmitters. This is because the old "multiplex 1" BBC service will be replaced by the BBCA multiplex on a different frequency.
If you use the Grimsby (by noon), Hunmanby (9am), Lincoln Central (by 9am) or Weaverthorpe (by 6am) relay transmitters, from Wednesday 3rd August 2011 you will be able to receive the BBC Freeview services (with the exception of HD) for the first time, and you will no longer be able to view BBC TWO on analogue.
You MAY find that old equipment will no longer work - see TVs and boxes that do not support the 8k-mode
On Wednesday 17th August 2011 will see the second stage of switchover, which provides the final Freeview configuration, including Freeview HD for all transmitters in this region.
On this date, you will need, once again, to do a "first time installation" as indicated above.
A small asideWhenever I hear the name "Belmont", it reminds me of seeing this card on the ITV button in the morning
Which was accompanied by this music and voice: Yorkshire Television Theme Tune which I guess must have been some early inspiration for this site...
BBC2 Ch. 28 analogue went off at 12.25 when I was watching The Tudors and 'Coast' appeared without any break in transmission. Checked BBC1 analogue Ch.22 and that had gone.
Freeview channels on Ch 22 up-and-running when I did a retune at 2.45a.m.
By the way when I think of the Belmont transmitter site, I always go back to the mid-1970's when (after Anglia handed-over the transmitter to YTV) Anglia still provided a local weather forecast for the Belmont service area and the weather man, Michael Hunt always concluded his forecast with the words 'Good-bye to Belmont'.
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