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Freeview changes for viewers

Thu, 06 Aug 2020

Freeview viewers in the Isle of Man may need to retune their TV equipment on 19 August to continue watching programmes.

Freeview channels are moving to new airwaves to allow for the future development of new mobile broadband services.1 Following a decision by the UK Government, transmitters are being updated region by region as part of a major engineering programme due to complete this year.

The required changes will begin at the Douglas transmitter group shortly after midnight and Freeview channels will be off-air overnight until 6am. After this, any viewers receiving their TV signal from the main Douglas transmitter who find they are missing channels can retune. Services from the Glenmaye local relay may be subject to disruption until later in the day. Satellite and cable TV are not affected.

Around 26,000 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.

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 or contact the Freeview Advice Line free on 0808 100 0288.

Further information is available online at 


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