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24 May 13

East Midlands prepares for a retune

Freeview viewers in the East Midlands will need to retune their TV equipment on Wednesday 29 May as local airwaves are cleared for the roll-out of 4G mobile broadband. Technical changes at the Waltham transmitter group, affecting 815,000 homes, will free up frequencies for the future introduction of 4G mobile services. TV services will be subject to disruption from midnight on channels including BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, and Five. Work at the main transmitter is expected to be completed by 6am and viewers can retune at any point after this.

08 May 12

Sandy Heath viewers need a retune

Viewers receiving TV from the Sandy Heath transmitter, serving Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, will need to retune their equipment on 9 May, when important changes to local signals are carried out. The changes are necessary to move some channels to their final frequencies following switchover in the neighbouring London region. This will also allow thousands more viewers to receive extra commercial services, including ITV3, for the first time.

30 April 12

24 channels of HD TV Free for the Olympics!!

Freesat have announced they will carry all of the BBC’s 24 live HD Olympic channels throughout the London 2012 Olympics, offering the full range of live BBC Olympics coverage, bringing every Olympic sport from every Olympic venue.In addition to the 24 temporary BBC HD Olympics channels listed in the Freesat TV Guide, Freesat viewers will also be able to access the live 'streams' via the BBC Red Button service.

29 April 12

30 April Germany ceased analog transmission via satellite ASTRA 19.2°E.

To receive digital broadcasting, you'll need either a digital-ready receiver (FTA top box) or a TV with integrated DVB-S receiver (IDTV) and a universal LNB. Similar programs were broadcast using the so-called low band range (10.7 to 11.75 GHz), and older LNBs (12 + years) can only receive signals from that frequency band. Digital programs are primarily transmitted on the high-band range (11.8 - 12.75 GHz). For this reason a universal LNB capable of receiving both frequency bands is required to receive digital programming.

21 March 11

The East Midlands region will begin the switch to digital TV on Wednesday 30 March. As switchover begins at the Nottingham transmitter, with BBC2 analogue permanently turned off, changes will also be made at the Waltham transmitter serving much of the East Midlands, where switchover takes place later in August. Digital UK is advising Freeview, BT Vision and Top Up TV viewers to retune any time after 0600 on 30 March to regain access to channels that will have disappeared.

Around 880,000 households across the East Midlands are served by the Nottingham and Waltham transmitters, including areas such as Stamford, Leicester, Derby and Matlock. Waltham viewers will need to retune on 30 March and again on 13 April, 17 August, 31 August and 12 October 20

01 April 11

Viewers in Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and parts of Norfolk and Essex have completed the first stage of the digital switchover. BBC 2 analogue ceased from the Sandy Heath transmitter near Bedford on 30 March, boosting Freeview coverage to reach more than 45,000 homes across the region for the first time.

Freeview viewers may find their BBC TV channels are missing as these services have moved to new frequencies. They should be restored by retuning Freeview TVs and boxes. The second and final stage of the Sandy switchover takes place on 13 April 2011, when the remaining analogue channels will be switched off permanently.

On this date, further Freeview channels from ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 will also become available from relay transmitters for the first time.

05 july 11

Humax Freeview HD software update

A new version of the software for the HD-FOX T2 and HDR-FOX T2 is broadcasting shortly.

  • HD-FOX T2 & HDR-FOX T2 (500gb & 1TB)

New Download (Broadcast)

Starting: 06/07/2011 @ 10am

Ending: 08/07/2011 @ 9am

Repeat Download (Broadcast)

Starting: 13/07/2011 @ 10am

Ending: 15/07/2011 @ 9am

01 july 11

ITV iPad Catch-up App

ITV has today launched a version of its catch-up TV service ITV Player in the iTunes Store for use on the iPhone, iPad and

iPod Touch.The free ITV Player app, which is supported by advertising, gives users access to seven days worth of programmes from ITV1, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4, including Coronation Street, Popstar to Operastar and Celebrity Juice.

Video playback using the app is Wi-Fi only, meaning there is no 3G streaming.

31 August 11

Waltham transmitters On the 31st August all remaining analogue signals are switched off at the Waltham transmitter group, extending additional Freeview channels across the East Midlands. Freeview viewers in Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire served by the Sandy Heath transmitter will also need to retune to continue receiving all available channels. This is an example of how many of the ‘land-locked’ regions surrounded by other areas need to carry out subsequent retunes as channels move around the frequency spectrum.