Some channels on Freeview will be moving to new airwaves to allow for the future development of new mobile broadband services, following a decision by the UK Government. Digital UK is working with Freeview and coordinating the technical planning of the updates needed at transmitters. This programme of changes will take place in stages between now and 2020.
Engineering work will be carried out in October and November this year. Following this, any tenants who receive Freeview may need to retune their TV equipment on October the 31st if they find they are missing channels. Those using other services based on terrestrial TV, such as YouView, BT TV or TalkTalk, will also be affected. For the majority of viewers, a retune should restore TV services to normal.
A local information campaign will prepare people for the changes as they take place in each area. Information about the changes is available via the Freeview Advice Line on freephone 0808 100 0288 and on the Freeview website at freeview.co.uk/tvchanges.