On the 30th June over a dozen Freeview channels will move or close, as the number of frequencies available for terrestrial TV transmission is reduced to make way for 5G services.
It comes as COM7 (also known as Mux E) closes, as its Ofcom licence will expire ad not be renewed, reducing the amount of capacity on the frequency available for both high and standard definition services on Freeview – HD will be especially affected.
The majority of households in the UK are within Freeview COM7 coverage, so will be affected by the changes, which will affect the following channels:
Channels which will be closing
QVC Beauty HD
Moving to another multiplex
BBC Four HD
BBC News HD (will be SD only)
That’s TV Music (rebranding to Classic Hits)
That’s TV UK
Now 80s (will only be available in Manchester)
What do you need to do?
In terms of the channels which are moving to another multiplex, you will simply need to retune your set to pick those channels up once again.
If you had been watching EFL highlights through Quest HD, never fear, you can still enjoy those goals on ITV next season. In terms of Quest HD’s other programs, you can catch them all on Discovery+, or in standard definition on Quest.
Those channels which will be closing completely may yet still find a home on a streaming service.
In terms of the loss of the capacity for terrestrial to 5G, this may affect your TV signal, and 4G filters that you have may need to be replaced with 5G filters.
If you are concerned about any of these changes or you do find that your TV service has been affected, get in touch – we can help with a range of options including retuning and alternative TV packages.
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