Freeview merry-go-round as channels move

New year, new carriage contracts: a number of Freeview channels are on the move this week.

Teleshopping channel Sewing Quarter is advising its viewers to retune from 1pm Monday 7th January 2019, as its service is moving to new capacity. At the same time, its new red button service will go live, which will mean that those with compatible connected Freeview devices will be able to stream the channel during the hours it doesn't broadcast terrestrially.

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Upcoming changes to transmitters in Q1 2019

The UHF channels used to broadcast some DTT multiplexes at certain transmitters in the Border, Channel, Wales and Westcountry regions will be changing between February and March 2019. These changes are part of work being carried out for the 700MHz clearance programme. The full briefing from Digital UK can be download on the following link -

Transmitter Changes - Wales, 14 November

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.

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Atmospheric conditions increase risk of Freeview reception trouble

High pressure will provide the perfect conditions for disruption to Freeview this week, especially in western areas.

Atmospheric conditions will allow TV and radio signals to travel further than normal, causing increased interference. The worst affected areas include Wales, SW and NW England. For a brief time, reception issues could temporarily spread to cover areas further east, before the high pressure gives way at the end of the week.

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Derby region-corrector TV relay on the move

A Freeview relay transmitter which primarily provides a correct regional service for parts of the East Midlands city is on the move.

The Derby relay offers some households in the area the option to switch to East Midlands local news on BBC One and ITV, instead of the West Midlands-based service that is widely available.

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Freeview retune for parts of the Anglia region

Viewers in parts of the Anglia region need to retune Freeview today following overnight frequency changes.

In the western half of the region, across parts of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire, services including Sky News and Dave have changed frequencies overnight. There have also been changes affecting some HD channels.

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