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Switchover starts in 4 million homes in Yorkshire, West Midlands 7th September

If you live in or around Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby, Lemington Spa and the West Midlands; or your live in Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Halifax, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Barnsley, York or Worksop - digital switchover starts just after midnight on Wednesday.

If you live in or around Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Tr
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This week seems the biggest switchover event so far as 4,002,886 homes in the West Midlands and most of Yorkshire start the two-week, two-stage switchover process.

From 6am Wednesday 7th September 2011, you must to a perform a "first time installation" retune (sometimes "Factory Reset" or "Shipping Condition") on your Freeview box or television set if you use the Brierley Hill, Emley Moor, Fenton, Idle, Keighley, Malvern and Sutton Coldfield full service Freeview transmitters. This is because the old "multiplex 1" BBC service will be replaced by the BBCA multiplex on the old analogue BBC TWO frequency.

If you live in Yorkshire and use the Addingham (9am), Armitage Bridge, Batley (noon), Beecroft Hill (7.30am), Blackburn In Rotherham, Bradford West (noon), Calver Peak, Cleckheaton, Conisbrough, Cop Hill (9am), Copley (9am), Cornholme, Cowling (3pm), Cragg Vale, Cullingworth (9am), Edale, Elland, Grassington, Hagg Wood, Halifax (9am), Headingley, Hebden Bridge, Heyshaw, Holmfield, Holmfirth (noon), Hope (9am), Keighley Town, Kettlewell (noon), Longwood Edge, Luddenden, Lydgate, Millhouse Green, Oughtibridge, Oxenhope, Primrose Hill, Ripponden, Shatton Edge (9am), Skipton (9am), Skipton Town (9am), Stocksbridge, Sutton in Craven, Tideswell Moor, Todmorden, Walsden, Walsden South, Wharfedale (9am), Wheatley or Wincobank relay transmitters from 6am (unless shown otherwise) on Wednesday 7th September 2011 you will be able to receive the BBC Freeview services (with the exception of HD) for the first time, and you will no longer be able to view BBC TWO on analogue.

If you live in the West Midlands and use the Allesley Park, Brailes (9am), Bretch Hill (noon), Bridgnorth (3pm), Cheadle, Earl Sterndale, Edgbaston, Gib Heath, Gravelly Hill, Haden Hill, Hamstead, Harborne (noon), Hartington, Ipstones Edge, Ironbridge, Kenilworth, Kidderminster (9am), Kinver (noon), Leamington Spa (9am), Leek (9am), Lichfield, Long Compton, Oakamoor, Perry Beeches, Queslett, Redditch, Repton (noon), Rugeley, Tenbury Wells, Turves Green, Whittingslow, Winchcombe, Winshill (9am) or Woodford Halse relay transmitters from 6am (unless shown otherwise) on Wednesday 7th September 2011 you will be able to receive the BBC Freeview services (with the exception of HD) for the first time, and you will no longer be able to view BBC TWO on analogue.

You MAY find that old pre-Freeview equipment will no longer work - see TVs and boxes that do not support the 8k-mode

On Wednesday 21 September 2011 will see the second stage of switchover, which provides the final Freeview configuration, including Freeview HD for all transmitters in these two regions.

On this date, you will need, once again, to do a "first time installation" as indicated above. If you are over 75, you should aleady have been supplied new equipment by the Switchover Help Scheme.

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Wednesday, 7 September 2011

4:42 PM

A J Saddler: Before the final switchover date, Sky Sports 1 and 2 are carried on multiplex B; from the end of switchover they are on the ArqB multiplex.

This means you should experience no loss whatsoever, you have been misinformed.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
s driver
5:56 PM

emley moor bbca on ch47 argiva a on ch52 ch43 closed itv analogue ch47 moved to ch51 as per ofcom

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s driver's 1 post GB
7:27 PM

I have got ALL the BBC channels but NO ITV ones. What is the problem, please?

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Frankie-boy's 1 post GB

7:30 PM

Frankie-boy: Unless you are using a transmitter you could already get Freeview from, the other channels do not start for two weeks.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
S Shaw
10:39 PM

It is supposed to be switchover day today but all is working as it should be and I have not retuned Tv or anything. Is there something I am missing her?

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S Shaw's 1 post GB
Thursday, 8 September 2011

7:08 AM

S Shaw: Either your box is tuned to the Belmont transmitter, or your equipment detected the switchover event and retuned itself.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
11:20 AM

my da has a philips 37pfl5522d/05
i have retuned and have all the channels, however after approx 45mins bbc1 and bbc2 stop working and bbc2 disappears completely, any ideas, is it a problem with the tv. on rescanning they come back again.

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nigel's 1 post GB

11:42 AM

nigel : Sounds like a problem with the set, but you might want to try this method of resetting it - My Freeview box has no EPG, is blank on FIVE, ITV3, ITV4, ITV2+1, has no sound or the channel line up is wrong | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
4:25 PM

Hi, I live in Holmfirth. No BBC 1 or BBC 2. have carried out numerous full re-tunes without aerial to clear memory, then full re-tunes with aerial. On some occasions BBC1 and BBC2 re-appeared, but only for a short time. Thank heavens the rugby world cup is on ITV!!!
Do commercial pressures from ITV advertisers rather than the taxed licence fee for BBC explain why BBC have the problem channels.
we can't seem to get anything right in this country

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george's 1 post GB

10:20 PM

george: It is hard to suggest anything without a full postcode, am I to infer you had Freeview working before?

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