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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.

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Tonight, the number of homes with digital-only reception in the UK goes from one half (47.3%) to two thirds (62.5%).

Viewers in the West Midlands and most of Yorkshire that use the Brierley Hill, Emley Moor, Fenton, Idle, Keighley (and their relay transmitters) will have no analogue television from Wednesday 21st September 2011. Unless you use cable or satellite to watch television, if you don't use a Freeview box or set, your screen will be blank.

Most people need only perform a "full retune" on their Freeview box or TV, but it would be impossible with 4,002,886 homes covered by the transmitters, for no-one to have a problem.



From Wednesday 21st September 2011 you MUST have a digital television device to watch TV. If you do not have a digital receiver, from Wednesday will have a blank screen.

Do not expect a terrestrial television service from midnight until 6am - or a late as lunchtime on relay transmitters (see below).

Switchover help scheme

If you are over 75, get (or could get) Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance or mobility supplement; or have lived in a care home for six months or more; or are registered blind or partially sighted and need assistance, please see The Switchover Help Scheme.



Cable and satellite

Cable (Virgin Media) and satellite (Sky, Freesat, fSfS) viewers are not affected by the changes. Remember, however, that you may be using analogue TV to watch on a second or third set and it might need a Freeview box.

Existing "full" Freeview users

If you already use Freeview, and can receive all the channels now, check your TV or box is not listed here - TVs and boxes that do not support the 8k-mode. If it is, you will need a new Freeview box.

If you are not on the list, you should scan your box from around 6am.

When you now rescan, you MUST do a "first time installation" or "factory reset" scan (sometimes called "shipping state"), not a simple "add channels". Do the procedure you did on "national retune day", September 30th 2009, see Freeview Retune - list of manuals.

If you can't recall the procedure or find the manual, please see generic clear and rescan procedure.

If you scanned during the first phase of switchover on Wednesday 7th September 2011 - you will have to do it again on Wednesday 21st September 2011.

Using Freeview with Windows Vista

Please see Switch over and PC-based systems because you need some updates for your system to work.

Boosters and amplifiers

If you live close to the transmitter, you may have to disconnect any "boosters" from your aerial system. The new, more powerful digital signals may overload any amplifiers and result in no reception! When looking for them include a check for distribution amplifiers, loft boxes, set back amplifiers, bypass Amplifiers, hidden masthead amps in a loft space and any dodgy active splitters.

For full details, see: Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you.

Homes without Freeview now have Freeview Light

If you had no Freeview service before, you will have the BBC channels digitally from Wednesday 7th September 2011. This is a single multiplex of the BBC channels (radio, television and text) for most people.

However, if you were on the fringes of reception from one of the main Freeview transmitters, you will now get all the Freeview channels.

If you didn't get this limited Freeview service on 7th September 2011 then you may need a new aerial.

If you are served by a public service (relay) transmitter, which are:

In Yorkshire, Addingham (3pm), Armitage Bridge (noon), Batley (9am), Beecroft Hill (7.30am), Blackburn In Rotherham, Bradford West (noon), Calver Peak (noon), Cleckheaton (noon), Conisbrough, Cop Hill (9am), Copley (9am), Cornholme, Cowling (noon), Cragg Vale (3pm), Cullingworth (noon), Edale, Elland, Grassington (9am), Hagg Wood (9am), Halifax (9am), Headingley (9am), Hebden Bridge (9am), Heyshaw, Holmfield (3pm), Holmfirth (noon), Hope (noon), Keighley Town (9am), Kettlewell (noon), Longwood Edge (3pm), Luddenden (noon), Lydgate (9am), Millhouse Green, Oughtibridge (noon), Oxenhope (3pm), Primrose Hill (9am), Ripponden (noon), Shatton Edge (noon), Skipton (9am), Skipton Town (noon), Stocksbridge (9am), Sutton in Craven (9am), Tideswell Moor (noon), Todmorden (noon), Walsden (1pm), Walsden South (4pm), Wharfedale (9am), Wheatley or Wincobank (noon).

In the West Midlands and use the Allesley Park (noon), Brailes (9am), Bretch Hill (noon), Bridgnorth (9am), Cheadle (9am), Earl Sterndale, Edgbaston (9am), Gib Heath (noon), Gravelly Hill (3pm), Haden Hill (9am), Hamstead (9am), Harborne (noon), Hartington (3pm), Ipstones Edge (noon), Ironbridge (noon), Kenilworth, Kidderminster (9am), Kinver (noon), Leamington Spa (9am), Leek (9am), Long Compton (noon), Oakamoor (noon), Perry Beeches (noon), Queslett, Redditch (9am), Repton (3pm), Rugeley (noon), Tenbury Wells (9am), Turves Green (noon), Whittingslow (noon), Winchcombe, Winshill (9am) or Woodford Halse

...you now need, from around from 6am (unless shown otherwise) on 21st September 2011 to rescan, and you will get a second Multiplex with ITV 1, ITV 2, ITV 1 +1, Channel 4, Channel 5, Channel 4+1, E4 and More4.

And that's your lot if you have a standard Freeview receiver, see Freeview retune - poor public service transmitters.

You may wish to install Freesat for more channels, see Compare Freeview Light and Freesat TV.

Everyone who has digital-only terrestrial TV now has the ability to receive Freeview HD, see below.

Digital regional overlap

The old analogue TV signals provided lots of nations and regions for the public service channels, and these have large areas of overlap.

The old low power digital TV signals were at very low levels and reception of signals from more than one transmitter was a rare event.

All Freeview boxes automatically scan the available broadcast frequencies looking for channels, and they do this from C21 to C69. Older Freeview boxes will, if a duplicate version of a channel is found whilst scanning, such as another BBC One region, placed it in the 800-899 channel range.

Some of the latest Freeview boxes will pick the strongest signals for the "primary" number positions, and some will detect the different regions providing a choice when you perform a "scan for channels".

The 800-899 is easy to access by pressing CH- from 1, and in most programme guides is just a single scroll up.

For more details, see: Digital Region Overlap

Freeview HD

Freeview HD will start on Wednesday 21st September 2011 from Brierley Hill, Emley Moor, Fenton, Idle, Keighley and all the relay transmitters. You will need a Freeview HD - DVB-T2 receiver to watch the channels. An HD "Ready" TV set with Freeview is not enough.

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Comments
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Briantist
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9:56 PM

jordan: Brierley Hill is "line fed" so it is not dependant on the off-air output of Sutton Coldfield, however, I would expect there will be a synchronised turn off of services over all the main ("Full Freeview") transmitters.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011
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Chris
12:34 AM

have got no signal on freeview and i live in huddersfield

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Heather
12:44 AM
Rotherham

Hello I have no channels at all on freeview, just a box saying press ok to start setup all the time not finding channels ? I live in Rotherham

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chrissy
12:46 AM

i lost my signal on freeview and am in barnsley. tried to retune but nothing...it is a new tv. anyone else having problems...

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Zoe
12:48 AM

I live in brighouse and can't receive any channels on freeview

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Noel
12:48 AM

I am in Malvern, WR14, lost everything at 00:10 21/9/11.

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si
12:50 AM
Sheffield

Sheffield..

No signal for bout 20 mins

Ain't this switchover great :-(

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Dawn McGowan
12:52 AM

Have re-tuned my LG freeview tv 4 times! First time it did not find a lot of channels - now no channels whatsoever. What the hell is going on? All other re-tunes no problem. So annoyed!!!

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Claire
12:59 AM

Chris: My signal went off in the middle of 8 Out Of 10 Cats.... Been online desperately trying to find out wtf is going on...

As much as it is a ball ache to you - I am glad other people around Yorks (I'm in Leeds) are experiencing the same thing, and that I have not been singled out cos I cancelled my TV License direct debit cos they tried taking a payment out 3 times before it was due, resulting in me having to pay massive bank charges.... (I have applied for the pay point payment card, so I'm not trying to evade btw lol) 

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MaFt
1:00 AM

Come on you lot!! Have you read any of the article above?!!! They don't just need to flick a switch to turn analogue off and move all the digital channels to the new frequencies and powers.

You will need to wait until at least 6am until you retune to get everything from Emley Moor. Later for the smaller transmitters.

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