Freeview change for Yorkshire television viewers - here's everything you need to know

Freeview viewers in the Yorkshire TV region may need to retune their television equipment in the coming weeks to continue watching some programmes, as final changes to signals get underway.

Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 9:43 am
Updated Thursday, 23rd January 2020, 9:44 am

Some Freeview channels are moving to new airwaves to allow for the future development of new mobile broadband services.

Following a decision by the UK Government, transmitters are being updated region by region as part of a major engineering programme being carried out between now and mid-2020.

The required changes will take place at the transmitter groups for Yorkshire, from Elmley Moor, on February 5.

Some Freeview channels are moving to new airwaves to allow for the future development of new mobile broadband services.

Engineering work at main transmitters will begin in the early hours shortly after midnight and some Freeview channels will be off-air overnight until 6am.

After this, any viewers receiving their TV signal from these who find they are missing channels can retune.

Services from smaller local relays may be subject to disruption until late afternoon. Satellite and cable TV are not affected.

Around 2.4m homes are served by the affected transmitters. Freeview will be running an information campaign to prepare people for the change, including advertising and on-screen messages.

Following this engineering work, the line-up of channels broadcast from the Sheffield transmitter will also change (see notes).

Retuning should be straightforward and some TV equipment will retune automatically. Some older aerials may need to be replaced to continue receiving all channels. Viewers may be eligible for free in-home support, including aerial work if needed.

Anyone who needs advice, or who finds they are still missing services after retuning, can visit the Freeview website at www.freeview.co.uk/tvchanges or contact the Freeview Advice Line free on 0808 100 0288.

Further information is available online at www.freeview.co.uk/tvchanges