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#352248 - 26th Sep 2009 4:38am 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune
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Remember folks, as part of the DSO preperations, on Wednesday you will need to retune all Freeview/TopUp TV/BT Vision/Tiscali TV set-top boxes to allow for maintenance and developments on Mux A.

This does not affect cable TV (Virgin Media/NTL/Telewest) or satellite TV (including Sky/Freesat From Sky/Freesat) digital set top boxes.

You should be able to do this quite simply using the setup/installation/install menu on your set top boxes, but if you are having problems, post away in here with your STB manufacturer and model number and there are a few users on here who I am sure will be happy to help.

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Originally Posted By: Freeview
I've heard I need to retune my Freeview equipment on or after 30/09/2009 - is this true?
Yes - all viewers with a Freeview digital TV or box (including homes with Top Up TV and BT Vision) will need to retune their equipment on or after Wednesday 30 September 2009, to continue receiving their available digital channels. On the day, viewers should retune from lunchtime onwards.

Why is this happening?
The retune will pave the way for Channel Five to become as widely available on Freeview as the other terrestrial channels at digital television switchover. In addition technical preparations for future improvements to the Freeview service (such as Freeview HD) are being made.

Freeview will confirm further details about the new Freeview HD service soon.

What time do I need to retune?
Viewers using a Freeview TV or box should retune from lunchtime onwards. The technical changes have been planned to avoid peak TV viewing hours and minimise disruption. If you retune before lunchtime you will find that some services are unavailable.

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#352295 - 26th Sep 2009 12:48pm Re: 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune [Re: MattLFC]
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Nuffin exciting gona happen after the retune then?
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#352659 - 27th Sep 2009 9:13pm Re: 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Originally Posted By: RUDEBOX
Nuffin exciting gona happen after the retune then?


You may be lucky enough to get a visit from the Chippendales but I doubt it raftl

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#352676 - 27th Sep 2009 10:09pm Re: 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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Originally Posted By: Softy_Southerner
Originally Posted By: RUDEBOX
Nuffin exciting gona happen after the retune then?


You may be lucky enough to get a visit from the Chippendales but I doubt it raftl
Originally Posted By: Softy_Southerner
Originally Posted By: RUDEBOX
Nuffin exciting gona happen after the retune then?


You may be lucky enough to get a visit from the Chippendales but I doubt it raftl
i was rather hoping they'd give us sky 1 with lost series 5 available on the red button for me to chip thru at leisure! Lol
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#353035 - 29th Sep 2009 1:28pm Re: 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Does this mean that my old OnDigital box will stop working after this retune??
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#353037 - 29th Sep 2009 1:58pm Re: 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune [Re: SoundLad]
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well i hope this doesnt effect our setup as we've got 3 to 4 TV's all hooked onto one aerial. 2 have freeview but one has to use a PS3 DVBT Box to get anything.

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#353051 - 29th Sep 2009 4:12pm Re: 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune [Re: Shadow_Omega]
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the freeview boxes will need retuning, but as for the PS3 DVBT box, i am not sure

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#353055 - 29th Sep 2009 4:20pm Re: 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune [Re: Tony_1985]
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is this the end for bog standard video recorders. as far as watching one channel and recording another.
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#353068 - 29th Sep 2009 5:16pm Re: 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune [Re: bert1]
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Can anybody confirm there is to be a 20% boost in the signal, and when is it to be.IE is it a slow crank up or is it on retune.

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#353073 - 29th Sep 2009 6:08pm Re: 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune [Re: paranoidballoon]
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Its no big deal. You have to retune every time they add/remove a channel or change a channel name. I have had to do it several times over the past couple of years. My dad has not bothered doing his for ages. loads of the channel names in his epg are wrong. He still has the hits, uk bright ideas, sky travel, five us and five life listed and probably a few more.

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Can anybody confirm there is to be a 20% boost in the signal, and when is it to be.IE is it a slow crank up or is it on retune.


They can't boost the signal until the analogue signal is out off the way because they interfere with each other. When they finally switch the analogue off completely at the end of the year the digital signal will be switched to full power and we will all probably have to do another retune. Areas that relie on a small relay transmitter for their signal like everyone who lives west of Caldy hill for example, will definitely have to retune for reasons I won't bore you with.

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#353084 - 29th Sep 2009 6:53pm Re: 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune [Re: KevinFinity]
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Do I need to get Rod Hull in again to check my aerial??

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#353087 - 29th Sep 2009 7:14pm Re: 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune [Re: ]
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If you do that all you will be able to see is repeats of "The Fall Guy"
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#353088 - 29th Sep 2009 7:21pm Re: 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune [Re: StuyMac]
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#353092 - 29th Sep 2009 7:37pm Re: 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune [Re: MissGuided]
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Cheers Mr Finity

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#353135 - 29th Sep 2009 11:00pm Re: 30.09.09 - National Freeview Digital TV Retune [Re: KevinFinity]
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Originally Posted By: KevinFinity
Its no big deal.

Actually, im afraid it is a big deal on this occasion; because whereas a normal retune will simply update channel names and add new channels, remove defunct channels etc, this retune is important to continue recieving the Mux A channels, amongst which is a PSB, namely Five.

And actually Mux A will recieve a nationwide upgrade of power during this retune, so it should now run at full stregnth for the first time ever.

Also, I should point out that its especially important for TUTV customers as they require Mux A reception for OAD. On a side note, any such customers (I know there's a few on here as I have sold a fair few development boxes), may also be pleased to know we are just about to begin testing the next gen of software and it should be along in early 2010.

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