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Digital Retune Reminder

  BRYNIT 19:37 18 Sep 2009
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Couldn't find a post on this so as a reminder.

On or after Wednesday 30 September 2009, TV viewers with a Freeview TV or box (including homes with Top Up TV and BT Vision) will need to re-tune to continue receiving channel Five and a number of other Freeview channels.

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  ened 10:21 19 Sep 2009

I had a thread on this subject recently.

I had a lousy signal on some channels and was advised to retune.

I ended up losing many channels and had to wait until a day when the signal was strong to retrieve them.

Having got them back I left well alone and certainly don't intend 'to re-tune from time to time '.

I suppose I shall have to take a risk around 30 Sept but I expect it will not be straightforward.

And they call this progress!

  Quickbeam 10:42 19 Sep 2009

I though that the digital signals were supposed to be getting stronger towards the switch over day. Freeview's OK for free, but it's still quite a bit behind Sky or cable in technology. On cloudy days I can't get the channel programme listings on screen.

  Stuartli 10:47 19 Sep 2009

This re-tune, which is contained in a Freeview on-screen message for ITV and Channel 4 viewers, has come as a surprise to the trade, especially those in the retail sector.

Obviously they are the first port of call from customers who have problems with the changeover, yet those responsible for the transmission changes have so far failed to notify trade members (up to yesterday) the move is being undertaken.

  ened 11:01 19 Sep 2009

A retailer near me said they had been messing about with the frequencies for ages.

I don't really understand it but he said there are a lot of 'shared' channels, which was why, when I lost a load, I also lost ITV.

I use a digital tv and a Freeview box and the Freeview box gives a stronger signal although it has recently 'lost' some channels due to these changes.

I had been reluctant to retune it in case I lost more.

It isd a bit of a mess really!

  dms_05 11:08 19 Sep 2009

Makes satellite offerings from Sky and Freesat look positively attractive!

  sunnystaines 11:29 19 Sep 2009

we have a freeview tv in our campervan, its amazing just how much of the uk does not have freeview signals, some get selected channels others get the full wammy.

when i asked about it was told it depends if the local booster is it a full or sub one as to how many channels you get, as for no channels [parts of cornwall and yorkshire no answer, cornwall supposed to have the new boosted signals]

  Stuartli 13:37 19 Sep 2009

Providing they leave it on Standby overnight or receive an on-screen message to retune because of new software.

I mentioned the re-tune necessity to an official of the NW area of retail group Retra only yesterday and he informed me that no official notification had yet been received.

  Stuartli 21:52 19 Sep 2009

The current low strength of digital transmissions alongside analogue unless the full switchover has been undertaken can cause some head scratching.

Today, for instance, my main integrated LCD TV performed as expected all day yet, for about 20 minutes this afternoon, the Freeview STB for the front room's 21in Toshiba CRT set declared on-screen, for the first time since its acquisition 18 months ago, that there was No Signal on any channel...:-(

I just left the TV and STB switched on and eventually all the channels returned as if nothing had happened.

  Quickbeam 20:45 20 Sep 2009

I've just got back from visiting my sister Cheshire that will be switching over in the next few weeks. I got volunteered to setup her new flat screen DTV up ready for the switch over and she was amazed that not one digital channel could be found on the old analogue aerial, so a new aerial or Freesat will be needed at a cost that wasn't anticipated. I get the impression that on switchover day, there will be thousands that find they will have no TV at all.

  Stuartli 22:14 20 Sep 2009

I'm very surprised you could not pick up even some of the digital transmissions from, presumably, Winter Hill, even with a old aerial, as its coverage reaches as far as Stoke and Shrewsbury to the south.

Its four main analogue transmissions have an impressive 500kW output, but only 12kW for Channel 5, with digital equivalents generally being 10kW until the first switchover stage on November 4th.

A map of the transmitter's Freeview coverage can be found at:

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