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Freeview channel numbers change on September 19th 2012

Following a consultation earlier in the year, from lunchtime on Wednesday 19th September, you will have to retune to get the new numbers allocated to some Freeview channels; in particular those used for News, Adult, Children and high definition services.

Following a consultation earlier in the year, from lunchtime on
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DMOL (DTT Multiplex Operators Ltd), the company that manages the channel numbers used on Freeview, have decided to make some changes to the allocations to allow the Freeview platform to grow over the next three to five years.

The changes will happen from lunchtime on Wednesday 19th September 2012. In summary the changes are:

  • Adult channels move to 171-198
  • News channels move to 131-150
  • Children's move to 121-130
    Proposed changes to the News and Children's genres will be put on hold pending the outcome of an appeal by Sky. All other changes will continue as planned on 19 September 2012.
  • HD channels move to 101-120
  • General entertainment channels now have 1-99
  • Text services move to 200-224
  • MHEG services move to 225-299
  • Interactive channels stay on 300-320
  • IPTV channels move to 400-499
  • Radio stays at 700-750
  • Manufacturer allocation remains 800-899


Adult channels move to 171-198

The "adult" channels on Freeview move up from 92-99 to start from 171. Channel 170 and 199 will be "bookend" pages to note the presence of the adult channels for those who flick up and down the channels.

171 Television X; 172 smileTV2, 173 smileTV3, 174 Babestn, 175 PARTY, 176 Blue, 177 Babestn2, 178 Playboy.

News channels move to 131-150

131 BBC NEWS, 132 BBC Parliament, 133 Sky News, 134 Al Jazeera 6-8, 135 Al Jazeera Eng, 136 Russia Today, 137 Community. Proposed changes to the News genre will be put on hold pending the outcome of an appeal by Sky. All other changes will continue as planned on 19 September 2012.

Children's move to 121-130

121 CBBC; 122 CBeebies, 123 CITV. Children's genre will be put on hold pending the outcome of an appeal by Sky. All other changes will continue as planned on 19 September 2012.

HD channels move to 101-120

The "normal" order of channels is restored to HD:

101 BBC One HD; 102 BBC HD [or BBC TWO HD]; 103 ITV1 HD or STV HD; 104 Channel 4 HD; 105 S4C Cirlun.

Note that S4C Cirlun is due to close at the end of the year. BBC TWO HD is planned to replace the BBC HD channel at some point in 2012.

General entertainment channels now have 1-99

There will be twice as many channel numbers now for "general entertainment", allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Most channels do not move numbers, except

48 Food Network; 49 The Jewellery Channel.

Channel 8 is reserved for the Local TV services in England and Northern Ireland, 45 for Local TV in Scotland and Wales.

100 is a "Navigation page", but only on Freeview HD.

Text services move to 200-224

200 BBC Red Button; 201 Teletext Holidays; 202 Rabbit; 203 Gay Rabbit; 204 1-2-1 Dating; 205 Mail Travel; 206 Sky Text.

MHEG services move to 225-299

225 VISION; 226 CCTV; 227 Sports Tonight; 228 Connect 1; 229 Connect 2; 230 Connect 3; 231 Racing TV; 232 The Space.

Interactive channels stay on 300-320

301 301; 302 302; 303 301 HD; 304 Channel 0; 305 TUTV Anytime 1; 306 TUTV Anytime 3; 307 TUTV Anytime 5; 208 TUTV Anytime 6.

IPTV channels move to 400-499

These will be used in future.

Radio stays at 700-750

No changes to radio.

Manufacturer allocation remains 800-899

No changes to manufacturer allocation.

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Tuesday, 7 August 2012
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Mark Fletcher
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7:25 PM
Halifax

Trish,Doncaster.You will need to be more specific in your text,are you receiving from Emley Moor or Belmont transmitters (or both ?).Which channels you claimed to have disappeared as such ?
If you know the multiplexes which ones ?

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trish
9:38 PM
Doncaster

not sure, emley moor I think we get calendar and look north! Not technically minded. Have both tv's into the same aerial, one with digi box one digital freeview. I have all the channels on the digi box but not on the digital freeview tele


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Mark Fletcher
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11:25 PM
Halifax

Trish,Doncaster.One indicator is the different Look North evening news bulletins.From Emley Moor it will be Christa Ackroyd/Harry Gration covering much of Yorkshire and the North Midlands,while from Belmont it will be Peter Levy covering East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire plus North Norfolk and Goole area of southern North Yorkshire.
As far as Emley Moor is concerned there are no problems,plus as far as i am aware there are too no problems reported at Belmont,although where i am located the 50 kw SDN multiplex on frequency 30 from Belmont normally 100% signal quality and 69% signal strength is currently pixellating between 72-94% signal quality and 61-63% signal strength.
Try resetting your affected digital freeview TV by unplugging the aerial/or aerial lead then perform a full auto scan without the aerial to blank out the previous memory then reconnect the aerial/or aerial lead back into the affected appliance as such then rescan,this time manually if this allows.
The Emley Moor multiplexes are BBCA on frequency 47,D3+4 on frequency 44,BBCB (HD) on frequency 41,SDN on frequency 51,ArqA on frequency 52 and ArqB on frequency 48.
The Belmont multiplexes are BBCA on frequency 22,D3+4 on frequency 25,BBCB (HD) on frequency 28,SDN on frequency 30,ArqA on frequency 53 and ArqB on frequency 60.
However if you receive from both Emley Moor and Belmont from your same aerial bear in mind the public service broadcast (PSB) multiplexes,BBCA,D3+4 and BBCB (HD) will duplicate in the 800's channels list,but the commercial (COM) multiplexes,SDN,ArqA and ArqB on the other hand will not duplicate in the 800's channels list as both Emley Moor and Belmont are both now fully digitally switched (TV only).
Keep updating with the outcome i suggested on this useful forum,one of the regulars on here Dave Lindsay who resides in Doncaster himself im sure will provide his own very valuable input as such !

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Wednesday, 8 August 2012
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trish
8:21 AM
Doncaster

i must get emley moor. I have done what you suggested and now have bbc news and parliament, but still no bbc 1,2,3 or itv 1,2,3,4 just channel 5. the frequencies you talk about is hitting about 10foot above my head


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Dave Lindsay
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11:29 AM

trish: Can you tell us what the make and model of your receiver is? Perhaps this might help.

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trish
11:58 AM
Doncaster

the tv is a Grundig digital with freeview
model no: GU16WB2

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Steve clarke
9:00 PM

Once again some of the channels we want to watch BBC tonight are not working. Film 4, e4 etc are functioning, so I can only assume my aerial and receivers are working. My transmitter is Divis, and I suspect the problem lies here. I would not be impressed if i have to retune my receivers on a regular basis. Why do some channels work and others not others? Why is this fault intermittent? Digital is meant to be an improved service and quality.

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jb38
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11:29 PM

Steve Clarke: Without actually knowing the area you reside in (post code or one from nearby) then the signal levels expected at your location cannot be assessed, however in general terms the reasons some channels work and others do not is because digital television reception operates on a threshold level system, this meaning that signal levels received "have" to be above a certain level to resolve a picture and with these levels determined by the tuner used in the TV or box, if the signal received is under the threshold for reception then it wont resolve a picture even although the signal might still be there, however the picture "will" come back of its own accord when the level rises again WITHOUT carrying out a retune and with this being the reason why re-tuning is totally unnecessary, as all that does is to wipe out the channels already stored necessitating frequent rescans being made to recover them.

By the way BBC from Divis is presently only operating on 2.3 Kw but on October 10th will increase to 100 Kw, ITV1 (on 2.3Kw) and the "new" HD service will also start operating on 100Kw from October 24th, and with the commercials that presently range from 1.6Kw (Film 4 etc) to 2Kw (Pick TV etc) likewise switching to 50 Kw on October 24th.

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Thursday, 9 August 2012
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trish
8:20 AM
Doncaster

success. I took the aerial out and retuned again. put it back in and retuned and finally all channels have been restored. many thanks for everyone's help.


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Mark Fletcher
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12:55 PM
Halifax

Trish,Doncaster.No problem whatsoever,glad to be of assistance to you !


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