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 Wednesday, April 04, 2012

The London TV region starts the switch from analogue to digital TV on 4 April 2012.

Crystal Palace Analogue TV (all 1000kW)
Ch23: ITV1 (switched off today, 00:30)
Ch26: BBC ONE (closes 18 April)
Ch30: Channel 4 (closes 18 April)
Ch33: BBC TWO (ITV moves here today) (closes 18 April)
Ch37: Channel 5 (Croydon) (closes 18 April)

Crystal Palace retune 1 (starts midnight, ends by 6am)
» BBC TWO analogue closes on Ch33
» ITV1 analogue moves to Ch23 from Ch33
» Multiplex 1 closes on Ch25
» Multiplex BBCA starts on Ch23

Freeview channel line-up: Wednesday 4th April
3) ITV1
4) Channel 4
5) Channel 5
6) ITV2
10) ITV3
11) Pick TV
12) Yesterday
13) Channel 4+1
14) More 4
15) Film4
16) QVC
17) (G.O.L.D.)
18) 4Music
19) Dave
20) Really
21) VIVA
22) Ideal World
23) bid tv
24) ITV4
25) Dave ja vu
26) (Home)
27) ITV2 +1
28) E4
29) E4+1
30) 5*
31) 5 USA
32) Big Deal
33) ITV1 +1
34) (ESPN)
35) QVC Beauty
36) Create & Craft
37) price drop tv
39) The Zone
40) Rocks & Co 1
41) (Sky Sports 1)
42) (Sky Sports 1)
43) Gems TV
44) Channel 5+1
46) Challenge
49) Food Network
60) The Jewellery Channel 
70) CBBC Channel
71) CBeebies
72) CITV
81) BBC Parliament
82) Sky News
85) Russia Today
87) Community
89) Al Jazeera Eng
92) ADULT Section 
93) Television X
94) smileTV2
95) smileTV3
96) Babestn
97) Party
98) blue
99) ADULT Section
101) Teletext Hols
102) Rabbit
103) Gay Rabbit
104) 1-2-1 Dating
105) BBC Red Button
108) Sky Text
110) Vision (HD)
111) China Central (HD)
112) Sports (HD)
113) CONNECT 1 (HD)
114) CONNECT 2 (HD)
115) CONNECT 3 (HD)
116) Racing UK
189) ADULT Section
193) Babestn2
194) Playboy
199) ADULT Section
301) Red Button
303) Red Button
306) Channel Zero
307) (Topup Anytime1)
309) (Topup Anytime3)
310) (Topup Anytime5)
311) (Topup Anytime6)

800) BBC FOUR"
801) CBeebies*
802) BBC Parliament*
* temporary duplicate

Possible problems at digital switchover
» Very, very old equipment will not function (old boxes were only designed to work with 1705 sub-signals, not 6817 sub-signals)
» Missing channels, no subtitles, no programme guide, etc (solved by selecting "first time installation" before rescanning)
» Signals from more than one transmitter (unlikely in London)
» Upgrade in strength from 20kW to 200kW providing "too much signal" (solved by disconnecting high gain aerials and signal booster boxes)
» Some BBC channels and radio stations duplicated (temporary - these appear on old multiplex B and new multiplex BBCA)

Crystal Palace Digital TV multiplexes (from 18 April) (20 → 200kW)
Ch22: COM5 (Arqiva A) (commercial multiplex)
Ch23: PSB1 (BBC A) (public service multiplex) (opens today)
Ch25: COM4 (SDN) (commercial multiplex)
Ch26: PSB2 (Digital 3&4) (public service multiplex)
Ch28: COM6 (Arqiva B) (commercial multiplex)
Ch30: PSB HD (BBC B) (public service multiplex)

Proposed Freeview Channel Re-numbering (to start in the Autumn)
General Entertainment: 1-99
HD: 101-109
Children's: 110-119
News: 120-139
Text and Multimedia: 200-299
Adult services: 300-349
Interactive services: 350-399
Internet delivered services: 400-499
Radio: 700-750

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