Analogue Switch Over on the Rowridge Transmitter and Freeview Changes
Please note that if you watch TV through an aerial there will be changes to the Freeview platform starting tomorrow 07/03/12. Switchover is taking place in 3 stages with the second stage happening on 21/03/12 and the third stage on 18/04/12 . Satellite (Sky and Freesat) and Cable will be unaffected. All changes should not require an aerial change. Changes will also affect BT Vision and Top Up TV subscribers
Firstly analogue BBC 2 will be switched off tomorrow and one of the Freeview multiplexes will change frequency and power.
The BBC multiplex 1 will be moving from UHF Ch 34 to UHF Ch 24 which means that if you have a Freeview box the following channels will go missing
1 BBC ONE General entertainment
2 BBC TWO General entertainment
7 BBC THREE General entertainment
70 CBBC Channel Children
80 BBC NEWS News
105 BBC Red Button Text services
301 301 Interactive
You will therefore need to rescan your box. It is suggested that a first time installation is executed otherwise, if just an add channels is performed, all that will happen is that the missing channels will remain and the new channels will appear in the 800s. This is applicable for stages 2 and 3. If you are receiving all channels your channel total should be approx 110
This is only the first step of the switch over process, on 21/03/12 the second stage will take place when there will be other changes that will require Freeview boxes to be re-scanned when the remaining analogue channels will be switched off and Multiplex 2 will move from UHF Ch 32 to 27. Multiplex BBC B will also be powered up on UHF Ch 21 and Multiplex B on UHF Ch 28 will be switched off
The final stage of the switch over process will occur on 18/04/12, when Multiplex A will be moved from Ch 30 to Ch25, Multiplex C will be moved from Ch 37 to Ch 22 and Multiplex D will be moved from Ch 33 to Ch 28. All of these changes will require Freeview boxes to be re-scanned.
In conclusion therefore Freeview boxes will need to be rescanned on the following dates:-
The final situation on 18/04/12 will be
Multiplex 1 Ch 24
Multiplex 2 Ch 27
BBC B Ch 21
Multiplex A Ch 25
Multiplex C Ch 22
Multiplex D Ch 28
Trevor Austin. Bsc (Hons) C. Eng. M.I.E.T.