Channel closures on the 22nd June
From 22 June 2020 changes are being made to the way some channels are currently broadcast.
Following a decision by Ofcom to make more bandwidth available for mobile data, and after discussions with channels impacted, the transmitter operator Arqiva has chosen to stop transmitting services on some specific airwaves.
Unfortunately, this means some +1 and HD TV services will be closing. Given the nature of these channels, Freeview viewers won’t lose access to any specific content, and can continue watching main channels and access content via on demand services such as All4 and My5.
Users will start seeing pop-ups on affected channels from today onwards to inform them of these changes.
Further information on these changes can be found on the Freeview website here.
” access HD content via on demand services such as All4 and My5”
Does this mean that the Youview All4 and My5 players will finally have HD content ?
Apologies for that, I copied this over from the Freeview website and didn't notice the HD part so this has now been removed from the post.
Basically, Arquiva made the commercial decision, on government approval, to close down certain DTT reception frequencies to sell off to mobile phone providers who want the space and are willing to pay a premium for it.
Now, is that clear as MUD? Good!
As mentioned it was a commercial decision in which the highest bidder won.
Besides the point but itv 3&4 are not really bastions of quality tv and will be hardly missed even by the majority of those that even knew they existed.
Stolen? oh oh no, the truth is far more insidious than that...
The now I happy with my sim only deal from o2 and only changed my sim only deal last September to give me more data and I find during lockdown I been using a little less mobile date that I used to.
I agree with @Roy sales of mobiles will have also gone down in the last few months due to lockdown.
Hopefully Freeview will start to move more towards DVB T2 in the next few years.
What hasn't changed and will only grow is the fact that more and more media content is accessed through a mobile device.
Its the local Edinburgh mux and Coms7 that I find has a weak signal in my area and sometimes singal breaks up in bad weather. Yet a few miles south from me my sister picks up all muxs fine.
I now seem to be getting a weak signal from Coms 7. All was working fine this morning before Coms 8 started witching off channels and I have lost the Edinburgh local mux altogether but I always had a weak signal from the local mux anyway. No matter if the weather was bad or not.
I have not done a retune of both my Samsung TVs or the BT Youview box that BT sent me yet but on checking the TV in my bedroom. Im getting picture break up on the BBC News HD 107 while some others on Coms 7 now have a blank screen. I use the Craigkelly transmitter and thats just over 15 miles east from me. I know in very bad weather I was sometimes getting a weak signal from Coms 7 but the weather not great but not really that bad.
Anyone got any ideas.
107 is not a channel slated to be affected, according to the link Sarah gave:-
I think we need today to be over, and see if and how things settle down on a retune after this,
Looks like Coms 7 may have been in more reduced power for a short while yesterday in parts of the UK.
They are talking about it over on the Digital Spy forums.
Maybe the weather is playing its part too.