Ah, I see now. They're essentially removing the channels listed as 'closing' above from COM7 and moving the other channels listed as 'moving' above from COM8 to COM7, then closing down COM8.BBC News HD (107) is on COM 7 and presumably unaffected by these changes.
Shopping Quarter currently on COM 7 but moving off there.
COM7 will get the chop at some point. It and COM8 were only ever intended as temporary multiplexes to try and help boost the take up of Freeview HD, though it's questionable as to wherever that's been a success . Both multiplexes were given a stay of execution by being moved to the "guard band" area of the FDD LTE Band 28 spectrum (Frequency channels 55 & 56) on a national SFN that is also eventually planned to be used for supplementary downlink (SDL) bandwidth or for TDD use.Roll-on 22/06 ... Presumably though, COM7 will also get the chop at some point.
It's the channels themselves (outside of the BBC and the PSB obligations of ITV/STV, Ch4 & Ch5) that desire what multiplex they wish to be on. The BBC 4/Cbeebies HD and BBC News HD appearing originally on COM7 came about due to no space being available for them (at the time) for them to broadcast in any of the major six multiplexes. In theory, one of those two channels could now be squeezed in to PSB3 but only if TBN and (soon to be) Sewing Quarter were dropped off the multiplex.It was a mistake putting some of the more desirable channels on these multiplexes, methinks. Yet another c**k-up that is UK DTT through and through. Whilst the +1 channels going is no real loss, it does mean, for those that can/could receive them two fewer HD channels. I do use the +1s occasionally, and having to drop back to SD for 4Seven is a retrograde step. It’s 2020, and the platform is still mired in SD quality. That says it all, in my book.
The loss of any HD channels on Freeview is disappointing, even if they are of the +1/repeat nature.
Aren't the channels that are listed as ceasing (Ch4+1 HD, 4seven HD etc) on COM7 so it's that one that's closing, rather than COM8 ?
I think BBC News HD is also currently broadcast on COM7 so as it's not in the cease list, it looks like it might be moving muxes.
Also - as BBC Four HD and Quest HD are not in the list of channel that are ceasing, that implies to me that COM8 is simply moving, hence the re-tune advice. Fingers crossed !
BBC News HD is staying on COM7 and isn't moving, but other channels are being added to COM7 today. The process seems to be in stages throughout the day, so I would try again later.Just done a retune and both Quest HD and BBC News HD have gone, Grrrrrrrr, I watch both of these and neither were mentioned in the change log. Wonder why they bothered doing one??
It might be the 'very few' using 5G at the moment but, in a few years time, we'll all be on 5G. Someone has presumably weighed up the benefits of that vs losing what essentially amounts to a load of +1/repeat channels and the fact that some of them are in HD hasn't affected the (most-likely financial) decision, which is disappointing for viewers like us who are keen to see the quality of Freeview improve, not diminish.why should the greater television viewing public lose some of the few free HD channels we had so that the very few can use 5g and the government can make more money selling off the airwaves. My main gripe is the loss of channel 4 hd +1 and channel 47 HD at the same time,both of which showed channel 4 programmes at later times and were incredibly useful when trying to avoid recording conflicts.We should have been getting more HD channels,not losing them,And there is no mention of this event happening on news programmes,I'm pretty sure many more people will be very pissed off when they realise what has happened.I barely watch any old SD channels now and i thought we were advancing into a HD future (not even a chance of 4k then) but I guess i was mistaken.The future seems to be pay a fortune to watch anything,Aaarrgghh