Hopefully it won’t have escaped your attention, but Freeview watchers will need to retune your freeview box/TV tomorrow afternoon/evening (Wednesday 30th).
The BBC have put together an excellent overview of what’s happening:-
What’s happening and when?
On Wednesday morning, 30 September, the Freeview service is being updated. Some TV and radio channels will move position. If people don’t retune their equipment they will no longer receive them. The move involves around 25 million Freeview TV sets, set-top boxes and digital recorders, including TopUp TV and BT Vision boxes. It doesn’t affect satellite or cable systems such as Sky or Freesat or cable.
Why is the change needed?
To make channel Five available in half a million more homes and to prepare for high-definition broadcasts.
What happens if I don’t retune?
On the affected channels, you’ll see a message telling you the channel has moved and asking you to retune. Anyone who needs help can find it at www.tvretune.co.uk or via a telephone helpline – 08456 01 11 22.
Which channels are mainly affected?
Five is moving, and so are ITV3 and ITV4. There will also be a new TV channel called Quest.
Some BBC radio stations will be affected in areas that have already gone through digital switchover. Listeners in the Border TV region, the West country and some parts of Wales will lose these stations unless they retune.
Will some channels disappear altogether?
Around 460,000 homes – which get their TV signals through relay transmitters – will no longer receive ITV3 or ITV4. That means they will lose some European football matches and classic TV dramas such as Cracker and Poirot.
The Community Channel will no longer be available on Freeview in areas that have gone through switchover.
Can all Freeview equipment be retuned?
Around 22,000 older set-top boxes may no longer work.
If you’re not sure how to retune your Freeview, there is an excellent website www.tvretune.co.uk which has instructions for many devices – its something to make a note of as you should be doing a retune every couple of months to make sure you get the latest channel changes, especially in the run up to Digital Switchover. And tuning digital equipment is much easier than the days of analogue – its usually a case of selecting an option from the on-screen menu and letting it run through. Plus, a reminder to Cable and Satellite viewers (including Freesat), you don’t need to retune those set-top boxes.