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Regional Freeview Channel Tuning

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Hello there. I recently had some really useful help on here and I'm back, cap in hand. My Mum lives in Formby and until recently was using a Freeview box through her tv (a fairly standard Sony) in … Read More
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3m, 4w agoPosted 3 months, 4 weeks ago
Hello there. I recently had some really useful help on here and I'm back, cap in hand.

My Mum lives in Formby and until recently was using a Freeview box through her tv (a fairly standard Sony) in order to record and pause programmes. The box is now fried, so we hooked up the ariel directly to the tv, so as she could at least watch tv programmes. Unfortunately, the tv tuner is picking up BBC Wales as it's go to signal, instead of BBC Northwest for its regional channel.I guess she must be 'on the border' of signal strength as the box was BBC Northwest without a problem. I had a deep google and no joy.

So, my question. Is there a way to overide the automatic re-tuning feature on tv's and search a specific channel. ie, BBC Northwest?

We'd appreciate any help. Many thanks.
Diegobound Avatar
3m, 4w agoPosted 3 months, 4 weeks ago
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#1
Do they still have the other regional channels up in the 800's? I think you can make that a "GOTO" channel and replace default 1. Sorry its not precise but I only have SLY.
#2
getmeone
Do they still have the other regional channels up in the 800's? I think you can make that a "GOTO" channel and replace default 1. Sorry its not precise but I only have SLY.

Thanks very much for taking the time to reply 'getmeone'. I'll pop over tomorrow and certainly have a look at the 800's in the channel list.
#3
You will (probably) be able to swap the channels in the tv's menu, but it would have locked into the strongest bbc signal.
Have it similar here, the tv in the kitchen defaults to bbc leeds/West Yorkshire but we're really under Yorkshire/Lincolnshire region - which is tuned as 803 on the telly.
Some days the signal is appalling though.
#4
scooby76
You will (probably) be able to swap the channels in the tv's menu, but it would have locked into the strongest bbc signal.
Have it similar here, the tv in the kitchen defaults to bbc leeds/West Yorkshire but we're really under Yorkshire/Lincolnshire region - which is tuned as 803 on the telly.
Some days the signal is appalling though.

Thanks 'Scooby76'. So you have regional programmes in the 800's as the above poster 'getmeone' suggested? If so, is it possible to make, say, channel 80something appear as channel 1?
#5
If she has a satellite from an old Sky installation, you can buy a satellite receiver and hook the satellite cables up to that. You can then select whichever region you want and get Freesat. If the TV is fairly new there may even be ports for the satellite cables without the need for a receiver.
#6
tommy6000009
If she has a satellite from an old Sky installation, you can buy a satellite receiver and hook the satellite cables up to that. You can then select whichever region you want and get Freesat. If the TV is fairly new there may even be ports for the satellite cables without the need for a receiver.

Thanks 'tommy6000009', could well be an option as she had Sky many moons ago. It's a fairly old tv, but we'll see what we can do. Thank you for your help, much appreciated.
#7
#8
Diegobound
tommy6000009
If she has a satellite from an old Sky installation, you can buy a satellite receiver and hook the satellite cables up to that. You can then select whichever region you want and get Freesat. If the TV is fairly new there may even be ports for the satellite cables without the need for a receiver.

Thanks 'tommy6000009', could well be an option as she had Sky many moons ago. It's a fairly old tv, but we'll see what we can do. Thank you for your help, much appreciated.


If the satellite is still there you can get a cheap receiver and do a scan, selecting the region you want. It will arrange the channels according to the selected region.
#9
Try here for the FAQ on the bbc web site

Edited By: ding on Jan 24, 2017 17:43
#10
chocci
Try manually adding the single channel http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/television/manual_retune.html

Thank you chocci, much appreciated. Quicly reading the link, this looks promising:

For BBC A type in the number you obtained from the Digital UK page where it asks for a "channel" number (frequency) and press OK.

6. Repeat steps 1 - 5 using the different numbers obtain from the Digital UK website, next to each group (a group is a bundle of TV services), to complete the manual retune. BBCA, D3&4, BBC B HD, SDN, ARQ A, ARQ B COM7 HD, COM8 HD etc.

I'll have a look for BBCA ( as though I know what that is!) and see how we go. Many thanks, it's very much appreciated. One step closer!
#11
ding
Try here for the FAQ on the bbc web site

Thanks 'Ding', looking good:

This address is predicted to receive a good terrestrial TV signal from the Winter Hill transmitter in the Granada TV region. Your local BBC news service is North West Tonight and Granada Reports for ITV.
Your available channels depend on which transmitter you are receiving your television signal from.
#12
Ladies and gentlemen, we could have a solution:

Using your remote control, press the 'menu' button.
Select the 'set up' or 'installation' option. If you see picture icons, select the tool box, satellite dish or spanner.
Select 'manual retune' or 'manual search'.
If you are prompted for a code, try 0000 or 1234.
For BBC A type in 50 where it asks for a 'channel' number (frequency) and press OK.
Repeat steps 1-5 using the different numbers next to each group
(a group is a bundle of TV services), to complete the manual retune. D3&4: 59, BBC B HD: 54, SDN: 58, ARQ A: 49, ARQ B: 55, COM7 HD: 31, COM8 HD: 37
Then press 'menu' or 'exit' to finish.
NB: These instructions should work for most Freeview TVs or boxes, but they differ, and you may have to speak to your manufacturer for help.

Time will tell. My ignorance vs technology. We'll have a battle tomorrow, only the strong will overcome!

Seriously, many thanks to everyone who has taken the time out to help us. It really is appreciated. I'll let you know how it goes.
#13
Diegobound
scooby76
You will (probably) be able to swap the channels in the tv's menu, but it would have locked into the strongest bbc signal.
Have it similar here, the tv in the kitchen defaults to bbc leeds/West Yorkshire but we're really under Yorkshire/Lincolnshire region - which is tuned as 803 on the telly.
Some days the signal is appalling though.

Thanks 'Scooby76'. So you have regional programmes in the 800's as the above poster 'getmeone' suggested? If so, is it possible to make, say, channel 80something appear as channel 1?


Yes, there's an option in my tv's "channel list" to swap, which I did but then changed back because atmospheric pressure changes caused the picture to break up and occasionally drop out altogether.
#14
scooby76
Diegobound
[quote=scooby76] You will (probably) be able to swap the channels in the tv's menu, but it would have locked into the strongest bbc signal.
Have it similar here, the tv in the kitchen defaults to bbc leeds/West Yorkshire but we're really under Yorkshire/Lincolnshire region - which is tuned as 803 on the telly.
Some days the signal is appalling though.
Thanks 'Scooby76'. So you have regional programmes in the 800's as the above poster 'getmeone' suggested? If so, is it possible to make, say, channel 80something appear as channel 1?
Yes, there's an option in my tv's "channel list" to swap, which I did but then changed back because atmospheric pressure changes caused the picture to break up and occasionally drop out altogether.[/quot

Thanks scooby76. Much appreciated. Will have a dabble tomorrow.
#15
Why am I receiving the wrong BBC or ITV regional programmes?
Posted March 25, 2013 - Aerials and Reception

You may be getting TV signals from two or more regional transmitters at your address. It may be that your preferred services are appearing lower down the list of channels than you expect, in the 800s. If your box or TV has a ‘favourites’ function, you can save these channels in this so that you can find them easily.

Alternatively you can manually retune your box or TV to select your preferred regional service. If this does not help, contact the manufacturer of your equipment for support.
#16
OR THIS

Freeview tuners normally determine which TV region you are in from the strength of the signals. It sounds as though your aerial is picking up broadcasts from two transmitters and small variations in the sensitivity of the tuning circuitry accounts for the different region choices. You should first check to see if the wanted regional broadcasts have been stored high up on the receiver’s channel list, typically channel numbers 800 and above. If so, and your receivers have the facility, you can re-order or swap them with the unwanted channels. Another possibility on some receivers is to delete all stored channels by carrying out a channel scan with the aerial cable unplugged, then reconnect and tune the receiver manually. Drastic solutions include changing to a more directional aerial and if all else fails, and you have a friend that lives closer to your preferred regional transmitter, load the errant TV and set top boxes into your car, take them around to their house and retune using their aerial…
#17
waterloo
Why am I receiving the wrong BBC or ITV regional programmes?
Posted March 25, 2013 - Aerials and Reception
You may be getting TV signals from two or more regional transmitters at your address. It may be that your preferred services are appearing lower down the list of channels than you expect, in the 800s. If your box or TV has a ‘favourites’ function, you can save these channels in this so that you can find them easily.
Alternatively you can manually retune your box or TV to select your preferred regional service. If this does not help, contact the manufacturer of your equipment for support.

Thanks waterloo. Very much appreciated. As above, it us vs technology tomorrow!
#18
waterloo
OR THIS

Freeview tuners normally determine which TV region you are in from the strength of the signals. It sounds as though your aerial is picking up broadcasts from two transmitters and small variations in the sensitivity of the tuning circuitry accounts for the different region choices. You should first check to see if the wanted regional broadcasts have been stored high up on the receiver’s channel list, typically channel numbers 800 and above. If so, and your receivers have the facility, you can re-order or swap them with the unwanted channels. Another possibility on some receivers is to delete all stored channels by carrying out a channel scan with the aerial cable unplugged, then reconnect and tune the receiver manually. Drastic solutions include changing to a more directional aerial and if all else fails, and you have a friend that lives closer to your preferred regional transmitter, load the errant TV and set top boxes into your car, take them around to their house and retune using their aerial

Or sling them.....!
#19
Most TVs I've seen will offer the choice of region in the tuning step, if more than one region is found - it tends to be a few steps deep - primary region UK, secondary region, and then you may actually hit the choice
#20
All sorted. Many thanks to everyone for their help and suggestions. We appreciate it very much.
#21
Diegobound
All sorted. Many thanks to everyone for their help and suggestions. We appreciate it very much.
And the solution was......?
#22
chocci
Diegobound
All sorted. Many thanks to everyone for their help and suggestions. We appreciate it very much.
And the solution was......?

Sorry. We got the channel no from the site you posted http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/television/manual_retune.html and managed to manually tune the tv for the Winterhill transmitter (Granada/North West) .When searched and found (channel 50 in this case) the tv allowed the selection of the new regional channels to be swapped into the correct channel. So, BBC NW could be swapped onto 'channel 1' on the programme list and so on.

Edited By: Diegobound on Feb 02, 2017 16:30: Update
#23
Diegobound
chocci
Diegobound
All sorted. Many thanks to everyone for their help and suggestions. We appreciate it very much.
And the solution was......?
Sorry. We got the channel no from the site you posted http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/television/manual_retune.html and managed to manually tune the tv for the Winterhill transmitter (Granada/North West) .When searched and found (channel 50 in this case) the tv allowed the selection of the new regional channels to be swapped into the correct channel. So, BBC NW could be swapped onto 'channel 1' on the programme list and so on.
Cheers. Good to know that method works.
#24
chocci
Diegobound
chocci
Diegobound
All sorted. Many thanks to everyone for their help and suggestions. We appreciate it very much.
And the solution was......?
Sorry. We got the channel no from the site you posted http://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/television/manual_retune.html and managed to manually tune the tv for the Winterhill transmitter (Granada/North West) .When searched and found (channel 50 in this case) the tv allowed the selection of the new regional channels to be swapped into the correct channel. So, BBC NW could be swapped onto 'channel 1' on the programme list and so on.
Cheers. Good to know that method works.

Indeed. I should have included it. So, all is good. My sincere thanks.
#25
Mods, this can be ticked as 'answered', if you like. Thanks again.

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