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Should the UK close down the TV networks to allow for more mobile broadband?

Ofcom is wondering if Freeview is needed in the future, or can we close down the massively popular service to provide more 4G broadband. Freeview occupies 256MHz today, whilst mobile phone services have 560MHz. Digital UK has a report that suggests Freeview is good for the UK.
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“Recently been in my two Currys/PCWorld stores and they no longer demonstrate TV sets from Terrestrial transmissions. One sales man told me only intern” --- David
Northern Ireland RTE1, RTE2, TG4 special mini-multiplex from 24 October Northern Ireland RTE1, RTE2, TG4 special mini-multiplex from 24 October

From 24 October 2012, a special selection of services from the Republic of Ireland will be broadcast to homes in Northern Ireland. This will consist of a special multiplex from three transmitters in Northern Ireland, and intentional transmitter overspill from the Republic.
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“It will be interesting to know if anyone living in South-West Scotland, Isle Of Man parts of Cumbria or North-West Wales or West Wales can now or in t” --- Stuart Owens
Why do the six Freeview quot;multiplexesquot; have twenty different names? Why do the six Freeview "multiplexes" have twenty different names?

There are twenty names - 1, 2, A, B, C, D, PSB1, PSB2, PSB3, COM4, COM5, COM6, BBCA, BBCB, D3+4, SDN, ArqA, ArqivaA, ArqB and ArqivaB, given to the six terrestrial digital services... why?
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“Tony.Unless you provide a full postcode preferably or nearby location as such,we cannot be of much assistance to you.” --- Mark Fletcher


UK Digital switchover ends - Northern Ireland completes on 24th October 2012 UK Digital switchover ends - Northern Ireland completes on 24th October 2012

If you live in the Brougher Mountain, Divis, or Limavady transmitter areas - you will need to perform a 'first time' retune on your Freeview TV or set-top box when you get up for breakfast on this Wednesday morning.
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“Bernadette: Its should be by default 0000, if that doesnt work then someone much have entered their own personal pin number.” --- jb38
2011 switchover week two: The Wrekin and Ridge Hill transmitter groups

If you live in the West of Central England and use The Wrekin, Ridge Hill, Lark Stoke, Bromsgrove - or one of these main transmitters' relays, your digital switchover starts Wednesday April 6th.
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“Bromsgrove and Lark Stoke (for Stratford-upon-Avon) are also switching on the same dates, as they form a Single Frequency Network with The Wrekin.” --- Mike Dimmick
Another non-standard EPG dies: GuidePlus+ withdrawn from ITV1.

The GuidePlus+ system joins InView in being withdrawn - leaving some Bang and Olufsen, Philips, Pioneer, Panasonic, Sharp and Sony equipment without an electronic programme guide.
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“That isnt on the list, John. The models affected seem to be a few years old. So no, youre stuck with it. But do join me in writing to Panasoni” --- woodface
Brighton transmitters will be in BBC South East from 7th March 2012

No longer will Brighton terrestrial viewers get their 'local' news from 60-miles-away Southampton, but from Tunbridge Wells, after switchover.
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“At least with freesat you can change the region you want for 101...not sure about 103 but I guess so This is going to upset a lot of Sally Taylor f” --- Dave
Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters?

The short answer is no; as that seems unreasonable, here is a longer answer.
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“Why have you left out Northern Ireland in the coverage map Brian ? Apparently, were plauged far more with the Freeview Lite problem than the rest of t” --- Peter Henderson
Sudbury Arqiva multiplex B changes 16 November - retune required

Viewers in Suffolk and Essex that use the Sudbury transmitter will need to retune their Freeview boxes on 16 November 2011.
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“andyboy: The change tomorrow that necessitates retuning applies only ArqB mux (which carries Yesterday, Film4, 4Music and others). If you dont receive” --- Dave Lindsay
Tacolneston (East Anglia) transmitter Freeview retune

If you receive your full-service Freeview reception from the Tacolneston transmitter, you will need to retune on Wednesday 17th August 2011 to continue to receive all services.
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“ALIB: Yes, you can. You would need to point your aerial to Tacolneston then retune your box. If its a roof aerial, getting a professional to move it i” --- Mike Dimmick
Switchover events 2012

List of all the remaining switchover events in the UK, during 2012.
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“Here in Yorkshire using Emley Moor as I should for local programs, the one above that worries me is Bilsdale, rather surprised it is lost in amongst a” --- David
Switchover starts in Norfolk

If you live in the Tacolneston trasmitter area your digital switchover starts this week, with two weeks before analogue stops forever and high power digital replaces it.
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“good,then belmont can go to full strength, well be able to receive arq a b with no problems.(i hope!!!!!!).” --- Des Collier
Switchover starts in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire

If you live in East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire your digital switchover starts tonight.
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“I note the area shows North Norfolk where I holiday in September each year in the past TV reception was horrible will it now improve?” --- David
Where are the public service (Freeview Light) transmitters?

Whilst 8.5% of the population of the UK will have only the public services after switchover, this ranges from 6% in England to 34% in Wales.
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“ Additionally, ITV3 and ITV4 are NOT public service channels, so Ofcom is not in a position to even suggest they go on a PSB multiplex. Im saying ” --- Mike Dimmick
Switchover starts in the Oxford area

If you live in the Oxford area your digital switchover starts this week, with two weeks before analogue stops forever and high power digital replace it.
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“Sam exactly the same problem for us after several a little stability. Who knows what is normal, all I can say is in our case New television, new aeria” --- Robert
Switchover starts in Berkshire and North Hampshire

If you live in the Hannington transmitter area your digital switchover starts this week, with two weeks before analogue stops forever and high power digital replaces it.
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“Not long to go now folks,i predict the BBC2 analogue signal will be switched off around 0005 hours (12.05am) on Wed 8 Feb 2012,straight after the firs” --- Mark Fletcher
Switchover starts in the East Midlands

If you live in the East Midlands your digital switchover starts this week.
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“Was in 2 locations last week in East Midlands. Chesterfield and Crich and both got the now powerful Belmont BBC programs, just like at home in West Yo” --- David
Analogue and digital signal strength

The strength of an analogue signal is no guide to the strength of a digital signal
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“Steve: the problem is that the received signal level naturally varies over time, due to the changing weather conditions. Because the indoor aerial” --- Mike Dimmick
Four million homes in Yorkshire, West Midlands "go digital" tonight

One in six UK homes will receive their last ever analogue television signals tonight - in a single stroke four million homes get high power digital television.
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“Briantist: For the relay times, it looks like youve used the times from Stage 1. The stage 2 times are: By 6am EMLEY MOOR, Blackburn in Rotherham, ” --- Mike Dimmick
Freeview Retune - list of manuals

Here is a list of all the manuals you can download to help with the retune.
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“Jim are you getting colour fade on your Panasonic also.” --- Nedbod
TVs and boxes that do not support the 8k-mode

Here is the list from Digital UK of boxes and sets that will not receive Freeview after switchover is complete
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“Roger Shepherd: unless youre on the very fringe of coverage, you shouldnt need a booster with a new aerial. Its much better to get more gain from the ” --- Mike Dimmick
Freeview retune - the results

Here are the results from the big Freeview retune
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“Yes I noticed that this morning. VIRGIN 1+1 stated that VIRGIN 1 IS NOW AN ALL DAY SERVICE but when you switch to it before 9AM it says it starts at 9” --- Pete
Sudbury transmitter group switchover "ends".

Essex and parts of Suffolk complete digital switchover, 20th July 2011.
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“Alan Matthews: Despite the title of this article, switchover is not really complete. The commercial muxes remain on relatively low power until aft” --- Mike Dimmick
Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you

If you have a high-gain aerial or use signal amplifiers, it is quite common to find that the high-power digital signals provided after switchover will overload your Freeview equipment - and can appear to be "weak signals".
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“I thought I might have problems when Olivers Mount switched over. Im only a mile or so from the transmitter (line of site) and was getting full si” --- Phil
Digital switch-over problems

There are now a number of issues related to digital switchover (DSO) in the UK.
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“Ofcom 2011 update now published online, with lots of exciting retune events to look forward to... Brian and volunteers, make sure you get plenty of re” --- michael
All Freeview equipment must be retuned at midday on 30 September 2009

No matter where you are, if you use Freeview from a box, have a Freeview TV or use a Freeview+ recorder you MUST retune on this day.
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“Toni ... I lost ITV3 too, or so I thought until I found it right up at 411. Take a look right through your selection and see if you too can find it fu” --- Solent-Viewer
Sudbury transmitter group switchover begins

Essex and Suffolk start the switchover process tonight
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“Andy Beard: Services from Sudbury are expected to be on the air by 6am on 6th July 2011 and 20th July 2011. Retunes are required on both these dates t” --- KMJ,Derby
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