Following a decision by Ofcom, spectrum in the 700MHz UHF band currently used for
digital terrestrial television (Freeview) is being reallocated for the development of future
mobile services. Some channels will be moving to new broadcast frequencies
as a result of this change.
Engineering work for the 700MHz Clearance Programme is taking place at transmitters
across the UK between 2017 – 2020. Freeview viewers (and those with other services
that use Freeview channels, such as YouView) will need to retune their TV equipment
as and when changes take place in their area.
If you are using the Dover transmitter to receive your Freeview TV channels, the first retune event is on the 21st March 2018. If you do not retune your equipment, you will experience a loss of TV channels (10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 16 QVC, 85 Hochanda, 260 CCTV, 261 Racing UK – to name a few).
Not sure if your aerial is pointing to Dover? Try one of the above channels on the 21st, and if you get a no signal notification, you will need to retune your TV.
If your TV does not prompt you to perform a retune, you can perform this yourself from navigating to your tuning menu.
There are a couple of options for once you are in there. The easiest way is to perform an auto scan or auto tune. This will rescan the entire freeview line-up that is available to you. It may take a couple of minutes to complete.
The second way (if your TV supports it) is via a manual scan. Once in the manual scan menu, you will need to change the tuning channel to ch35. Next, select scan/search – this will retune the TV channels that are moving frequency.
Either of the above methods should reinstate your Freeview channel list to it’s full glory!