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Switchover starts in 4 million homes in Yorkshire, West Midlands 7th September

If you live in or around Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby, Lemington Spa and the West Midlands; or your live in Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Halifax, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Barnsley, York or Worksop - digital switchover starts just after midnight on Wednesday.

If you live in or around Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Tr
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This week seems the biggest switchover event so far as 4,002,886 homes in the West Midlands and most of Yorkshire start the two-week, two-stage switchover process.

From 6am Wednesday 7th September 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 Brierley Hill, Emley Moor, Fenton, Idle, Keighley, Malvern and Sutton Coldfield full service Freeview transmitters. This is because the old "multiplex 1" BBC service will be replaced by the BBCA multiplex on the old analogue BBC TWO frequency.

If you live in Yorkshire and use the Addingham (9am), Armitage Bridge, Batley (noon), Beecroft Hill (7.30am), Blackburn In Rotherham, Bradford West (noon), Calver Peak, Cleckheaton, Conisbrough, Cop Hill (9am), Copley (9am), Cornholme, Cowling (3pm), Cragg Vale, Cullingworth (9am), Edale, Elland, Grassington, Hagg Wood, Halifax (9am), Headingley, Hebden Bridge, Heyshaw, Holmfield, Holmfirth (noon), Hope (9am), Keighley Town, Kettlewell (noon), Longwood Edge, Luddenden, Lydgate, Millhouse Green, Oughtibridge, Oxenhope, Primrose Hill, Ripponden, Shatton Edge (9am), Skipton (9am), Skipton Town (9am), Stocksbridge, Sutton in Craven, Tideswell Moor, Todmorden, Walsden, Walsden South, Wharfedale (9am), Wheatley or Wincobank relay transmitters from 6am (unless shown otherwise) on Wednesday 7th September 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.

If you live in the West Midlands and use the Allesley Park, Brailes (9am), Bretch Hill (noon), Bridgnorth (3pm), Cheadle, Earl Sterndale, Edgbaston, Gib Heath, Gravelly Hill, Haden Hill, Hamstead, Harborne (noon), Hartington, Ipstones Edge, Ironbridge, Kenilworth, Kidderminster (9am), Kinver (noon), Leamington Spa (9am), Leek (9am), Lichfield, Long Compton, Oakamoor, Perry Beeches, Queslett, Redditch, Repton (noon), Rugeley, Tenbury Wells, Turves Green, Whittingslow, Winchcombe, Winshill (9am) or Woodford Halse relay transmitters from 6am (unless shown otherwise) on Wednesday 7th September 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 pre-Freeview equipment will no longer work - see TVs and boxes that do not support the 8k-mode

On Wednesday 21 September 2011 will see the second stage of switchover, which provides the final Freeview configuration, including Freeview HD for all transmitters in these two regions.

On this date, you will need, once again, to do a "first time installation" as indicated above. If you are over 75, you should aleady have been supplied new equipment by the Switchover Help Scheme.

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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

9:28 AM

Wharfedale switched over sometime between 7.00am and 7.45am. No problems, BBC A now available. I have tuned 2 of my four(!) devices in this morning. The analogue channels had come back on before this, with ITV on the old BBC2 channel.

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chrisw's 21 posts GB
Alan Kydd
10:47 AM
Hope Valley

A re-tune of both analogue and digital 1t 10:30 this morning resolved the problem. The analogue channels (apart from BBC" as expected) were back and digital service was available - and NOT just BBC2 - we also have BBC1 digital!

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Alan Kydd's 2 posts GB
Jackie Jackson
12:44 PM

Hi, I have a Philips DT1500 and have all the instructions forreturning to Factory settings. However It states: disconnect freeview from the mains. Press + button on the front whilst reconnecting to the power, then the red led should be on, keep pressing until the multicoloured led shows, pause, then press + again and the multicoloured led should turn to red at this point using remote press 9 9 0 0. Unfortunately I do not get to the point where multicoloured led shows only orange and then green. I have tried going through the installation in the menu but it does not work correctly. Can you help.

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Jackie Jackson's 1 post GB
John Green
3:01 PM

Jackie Jackson - re Philips DT1500 - I too have had problems in the past when resetting. It's a while ago now, but if I remember the instructions re LEDs were slightly inaccurate. Try again, and remember it takes much longer that you might expect for the LEDs to change.

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John Green's 16 posts GB
A J Saddler
3:02 PM

I have not been able to get Sky Sports 1 and 2 since 31/8. I am a paid up member of Top Up TV and have had ESPN ok through this period. I have been in touch with Top Up TV and they tell me that the digital switchover is to blame. Can you please confirm this, and advise if there is anything to get my Sky service back? Thank you. I live at DE22 1FB

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A J Saddler's 1 post GB
3:59 PM

i have not be able to get bbc1-bbc2- Chanel 5 or any free tv Chanel ,
Thank you
i live in Leicester Le4 6dw

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nilesh's 1 post GB
Dave Porter
4:05 PM

Tried manual retune on Humax PVR today. Not successful as it tried to get some itv channels from Belmont and I use Emley Moor.

Did manual tune on channels 40 46 47 49 50 and 52 which seems to have restored things to normal.

Please can you tell me which channels to manually tune on 21st September, Phase 2.

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Dave Porter's 1 post GB

4:38 PM

Dave Porter: They are listed on the Freeview on Emley Moor TV transmitter | - independent free digital TV advice page under "After Wednesday 21st September 2011".

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB

4:40 PM

nilesh: You will probably have to wait until 21st September 2011 if you are using the Sutton Coldfield transmitter.

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