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TJC sparkles in HD on Freeview
RX-news Wednesday 27 November 2019
High definition outlet of teleshopping channel takes a temporary slot on Freeview. TJC HD has launched on Freeview, using capacity temporarily available to broadcasters until 5G clearance is fully completed.
Available on channel 115 to just under 75% of UK households, TJC HD is a simulcast of the existing standard definition service that is broadcasting on Freeview channel 49.
TJC - formerly called "The Jewellery Channel" - launched in 2006 and first appeared on Freeview for two hours a day in December 2007.
With the exception of an HD channel from Discovery's Quest channel, Freeview has struggled to attract any significant HD channels beyond the main public broadcasters, with many HD channels locked down behind a paywall on linear TV platforms, and on-demand HD content from broadcasters being made available via online streaming services.
Yesterday marked the sixth anniversary of the launch of the first temporary Freeview multiplexes, which are due to removed around 2022, subject to any changes in the plan.
Technical details for installers:
LCN 115 - TJC HD has launched on COM7.
This information was supplied courtesty of Indigo Associates.
TJC HD launched at LCN115 on the COM7/Arq C temporary HD multiplex
This High definition version of The Jewellery Channel teleshopping service will simulcast an HD version of the existing standard definition service that is broadcasting on Freeview LCN49.
TJC HD will be available to UK homes that can receive the COM7 services and those within this base that have the necessary DVB-T2 HD Freeview, YouView or EE receiver to view them.
This information was supplied courtesty of Indigo Associates.
TBN secures BBC multiplex slot
Freeview retunes for 2020 announced
Further Freeview retune dates have been confirmed for parts of England, Wales, Isle of Man and Northern Ireland in 2020.
The additional retunes are part of the final stages of a scheme to clear some of the airwaves which are being auctioned off next year for future 5G mobile services, with the latest set of dates having just been confirmed by Freeview.
Affected viewers will need to retune Freeview or YouView TVs and set-top-boxes if they lose channels on the relevant regional retune date.
In Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, most of the region's main TV transmitters will undergo frequency changes on the 5th February 2020, some relays will see changes a week later on the 12th February. In East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, an additional retune will take place on the 4th March 2020 due to frequency co-ordination with the East Midlands.
In the East Midlands TV region, viewers will need to retune on the 4th March 2020. For many viewers, this will mean changes to the frequencies for all the main TV channels, including BBC One East Midlands and ITV Central East.
For viewers in the North West of England - historically known as the ITV Granada region - changes will occur in two stages - 19th February and 22nd April 2020 when broadcasts from the Winter Hill transmitter and many relays change.
Across in North East Wales, the Moel-Y-Parc transmitter will change on the 22nd April 2020, in co-ordination with events in North West England.
In Northern Ireland, a frequency change takes place at the Divis transmitter, above Belfast on the 4th March 2020, co-ordinated with changes taking place over the border in the Republic of Ireland on the same day, when services across the island of Ireland will be cleared for future 5G mobile services.
Viewers in the western part of the Anglia region, in parts of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire and eastern areas of Buckinghamshire will be affected by frequency changes on 12th February 2020.
On the Isle of Man, transmitters will be switched to new frequencies on 29th April 2020, once other frequency changes have been completed around the edges of the Irish Sea.
Some viewers in the Lake District will also be affected during April, when a number of relays will be switched.
Viewers are being advised to look out for on-screen messages to remind them of the impending changes. Satellite, cable and internet TV viewers are not affected.
On each regional retune day, Freeview channels are subject to being off-air overnight as engineering work takes place at the transmitters. By breakfast time, most viewers will be able to retune to restore channels. Relays will be up and running by the afternoon.
For a detailed view of the retune days, please visit the RXTV log regional retune days page.
- Did you know? When retuning older TVs, a 'first time installation' or 'factory reset' may be required to wipe all lost channels on old frequencies. The 'add channels' option is not to be used to restore existing channels. Freeview has published videos explaining how to retune many common brands of devices on its website.
- Further assistance for viewers affected by the changes is available at: https://www.freeview.co.uk/help/tv-changes
Freeview Changes 19 & 20 November 2019
20 November 2019
LCN 68 (Scotland only) - BBC Four has moved from LCN75 (PSB1-BBC A)
LCN 75 (Scotland only) - relabelled 'BBC Four has moved' - with an information slate (PSB1-BBC A)
LCN 72 - Quest Red+1 has moved from LCN78 (COM7/ARQ C)
LCN 83 - NOW 80s has become NOW Xmas (COM8/ ARQ D)
LCN 88 - Together TV has moved from LCN 89 (COM5-ARQ A)
LCN 89 - Together TV+1 has moved from LCN 93 (COM8 / ARD D)
LCN 91 - PBS America has moved from COM8/ ARQ D to COM6-Arqiva B with new broadcast hours 1300-2300 and now available in more homes.
LCN 93 - PBS America+1 has launched on COM8/ARQ D
19 November 2019
Viewers who haven't retuned since 14 November lost E4+1 as of 1200 GMT. They can retune to reinstate the service at LCN28 on its new mux PSB2/D3-4
700MHz Clearance Retune Events Q4 2019
Detailed regional information for channel providers, installers and industry, including UHF channel changes, is available also at the link. These documents will be updated as further information is released.
Some transmitter groups will have multiple retunes between now and mid-2020 as airwaves are released in stages.
The full briefing from Digital UK can be download at the following link: - Freeview Clearance Events in 2019