Source: Digital UK: Retuning Events

Wales Region

Aberdare (some relays only)

parts of Cwmaman, Fernhill, Mountain Ash and Penrhiwceiber

15 May 2019

Kilvey Hill

the Swansea area

15 May 2019 

Pontypool (Usk relay only)

Usk

15 May 2019 

Wenvoe

Cardiff, Newport and south east Wales

15 May 2019 


Source: Digital UK: 700MHz Clearance Events

Following a decision by Ofcom, spectrum in the 700MHz UHF band currently used for digital terrestrial television (DTT) is being reallocated for the development of future mobile services. Some DTT multiplexes will be moving to new broadcast frequencies as a result of this change.
Engineering work for the 700MHz Clearance Programme will take place at transmitters across the UK between 2017 - 2020. Freeview viewers (and those with other services that use Freeview channels, such as YouView) will need to retune their TV equipment when changes take place in their area. Details of the changes to transmitters will also be reflected on our coverage checker at digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker.

Q1 2019
27 February 2019
Moel y Parc – main station and some relay stations
Q2 2019
15 May 2019
Aberdare – some relays stations only
Kilvey Hill – main station and Rheola relay station
Pontypool – Usk relay station only
Wenvoe – main station and some relay stations
19 June 2019
Kilvey Hill – some relay stations only
Wenvoe – main station and some relay stations

12th June 2018; Broadcasters collaborate to secure future of free-to-view TV

The collaboration between BBCITVChannel 4 and network operator Arqiva – the four shareholders of Digital UK - will see an investment of £125 million over the next five years to build on the success of Freeview Play, the UK market leader in free-to-view connected TV. Alongside the ongoing support for the Freeview platform, new developments will include a mobile app and improvements in content discoverability and navigation. Since launch in 2015, more than three-and-a-half million Freeview Play products have been sold in the UK from brands including Panasonic, LG, Sony, and Toshiba, accounting for 60% of smart TV sales. The service gives UK viewers a seamless combination of live and on-demand content all in one place with no monthly subscription.

Digital UK will lead on implementing the new strategy, focusing on product development and working closely with sister organisation, Freeview, on a refreshed marketing approach and brand positioning. The new investment will help Freeview exploit the trend towards ‘cord cutting’ as viewers build their own ‘skinny bundles’ combining free-to-view TV with low-cost streaming services. Since 2016 Freeview has grown its base of main sets by over a million homes to 11.4m cementing its position as the UK’s largest TV platform. Around 19 million homes watch Freeview on either the main or a secondary set.

Key areas of development will include:

  • A new mobile app enabling viewers to access live and on-demand content on a range of smartphones and tablets, launching later this year
  • Restart functionality allowing viewers switching on mid-way through a programme to watch from the start using catch-up links built into the Freeview Play TV guide
  • Improved navigation through voice search, and further evolution of the Freeview Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) on televisions.(Source: DigitalUK)

May 1st 2018: Sky Channel Number Changes: (source: SKY)

• Documentary channels will be moved up the TV Guide to sit alongside Entertainment channels

• +1 channels will be listed in a new menu on the TV Guide

• +1s from Entertainment & Documentaries move to new linked channel numbers (e.g, Sky One - 106, Sky One+1 - 206)

Currently most HD channels in the TV Guide are listed alongside a standard definition version. Our HD Channel Swap feature ensures you always receive the best quality version of a channel at the higher position in the TV Guide - if you have access to the HD version, we give you the HD version first by default.

On 1 May, we'll be moving the second listing of the HD/SD channels to a new section of the TV Guide in the 800s.

for futher info.: www.sky.com/channelchanges

April 2018:  700MHz Channel Clearance (Wales) (source: DigitalUK)

Following a decision by Ofcom, spectrum in the 700MHz UHF TV band currently used for Freeview (digital terrestrial television DTT) is being reallocated for the development of future mobile services. Some DTT multiplex channels will be moving to new broadcast frequencies as a result of this change.
Engineering work for the 700MHz Clearance Programme will take place at transmitters across the UK between 2017 - 2020. Freeview  & YouView viewers will need to retune their TV equipment when the changes take place in their area.This will affect our main transmitters and their relays. In some cases television aerials may need replacing.

Details of the changes to transmitters will also be reflected on our coverage checker at: www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker.

Llandonna: Q4 2018

Blaenplwyf: Q4 2018

Preseli: Q4 2018

Moel y Parc: Q1 2019

Wenvoe: Q2 2019

Carmel: Q3 2019

20th February 2018:

Channel 4 HD will no longer be provided on FreesatHD from Thursday 22nd February but will continue in HD on SKY and Freeview platforms!

The channel has been on air for over a decade, but it seems that they no longer need to broadcast to the whole of the UK public in HD. Channel 4 is a public service broadcasting channel that pays for the programs it broadcasts using the iad-breaks.   

However, it seems that it can fork out £75 million to steal The Great British Bake Off from the BBC but can’t afford to show the channel in HD to Freesat users! The High Definition channel has always been part of the Freesat HD line up.(source;ukfreeTV)

12th July 2017: Source DigitalUK

The Freeview TV guide will be updated and expanded on Wednesday, 2 August. The change is designed to increase capacity for the launch of new channels in the future and to help minimise risks around minors viewing inappropriate adult content. Some channels will be moving to new numbers and viewers may need to retune to ensure they have the latest channel line-up, where equipment doesn’t do this automatically. A list of the specific channels changing numbers will be on the Freeview and Digital UK websites . 

7th June 2017:  Source: www.a516digital.com

Various Freeview channel changes this summer necessary to fill empty channel slots, culminating in a major reshuffle of children's, news and adult channels on 2nd August 2017

"Blaze"  has moved on Freeview.
The channel, launched in 2016, has moved to Freeview channel 80 as part of a reshuffle to fill empty slots on the EPG. The Blaze+1 channel,  is only on-air for a limited time overnight - has moved to Blaze's old channel number, channel 83.

"Quest+1" is increasing its Freeview broadcast hours, so that it can be accessed during primetime on channel 92. In order to achieve this, it has moved to a new frequency. It will be sharing Freeview bandwidth with Hochanda,the arts and craft channel which will now close at 7pm. 
To benefit from this change  Freeview users may need to retune their Television or set top boxes if the devices don't automatically make the changes. 

April 24th 2017: Source: www.a516digital.com

Extra Freeview TV channels could soon be launched in South East Wales with a new digital multiplex planned for the Cardiff area.
Broadcasting group 100% Media has just acquired the unused rights to UHF channel 30 from Cube Spectrum Holdings, who won the rights in an Ofcom Auction in 2009 - one of only two ever completed in the UK. The frequency will be used to broadcast a new multiplex of channels - available to Freeview households in the area.

The group is also planning a brand new Welsh TV channel to sit alongside its regional 100% Radio brands already on DAB, as well as extra national TV stations not yet on Freeview in the area.

1st March 2016:

Watch Home on freeview LCN channel 25

Home is the UK's only TV channel dedicated to inspirational home and gardens programming. It's packed with some of the best lifestyle programmes from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 such as DIY SOS, Escape To The Country, Homes Under The Hammer, A Place In The Sun: Home or Away, Restoration Man, and The Hotel Inspector. It also features fantastic content from America, Ireland and Australia as well as our own commissions made for channel such as My Dream Derelict Home, Make My Home Bigger, Fantasy Homes By The Sea, and My Flat-pack Home.

With programmes featuring a wealth of talent and expertise including Nick Knowles, George Clarke, Kirstie Allsopp, Amanda Lamb, Alan Titchmarsh, Simon O'Brien, Jonnie Irwin, Gordon Whistance, Jenni Falconer and Sarah Beeny, there is always a programme on which will inspire you, entertain you and give you some great ideas to decorate or makeover your home.

Please note 'Dave Ja Vu'  previously on LCN channel 25 now moves to LCN channel 84.

You may need to carry out a retune of your Television or Digital freeview box.

15th February 2016:

BBC Three is now only available on-line via the internet

3rd December 2015:

UKTV, which is a commercial joint venture between BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc and who provide 11 branded channels have announced today 3rd December 2015, that three of their channels will be on Freesat "later this month".UKTV’s CEO Darren Childs said, "We work hard to secure platform deals that give more people our channels, and ultimately grow UKTV’s footprint. Freesat viewers will be able to watch gripping history shows on Yesterday  channel 163, some of Britain’s finest, critically-acclaimed drama channel 162. content on Drama, and unbelievable real life stories on Really channel 164. As UKTV continues to invest heavily in new shows, there’s never been a better time to have access to our channels.".....but strangely not DAVE. Source: UK Free TV

1st October 2015:

Your TV (LCN channel 78) and Your TV+1 (LCN channel 79) Mon-Fri. 0700 - 0300

Rupert Murdoch’s Fox UK is to launch its first ever free-to-air channel, YourTV, in the increasingly crowded market aimed at female viewers. Visit www.yourtv-uk.com

The channel will air programming including the UK premiere of Corrupt Crimes, Snapped, US legal drama Shark, Don’t Tell the Bride and Baking Good Baking Bad. (Sources: Freeview and theGuardian.com)

 

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2019 UHF spectrum clearance for mobile broadband services - you may have to retune your Freeview receiver

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