18 million UK homes will need to retune Freeview TV boxes

TV viewers in some 18 million homes across Britain will need to retune their Freeview boxes tomorrow as the service undergoes an upgrade to make High Definition (HD) channels available. The change will mean that more people will get access to channel Five but some homes will no longer be able to receive ITV3 and ITV4, while some boxes will no longer work at all.

“These significant and necessary changes will immediately bring Freeview viewers new channels, introduce new homes to existing channels and prepare the platform for the future availability of Freeview HD,” said Ilse Howling, Managing Director of Freeview. The technical upgrade will take place on Wednesday morning and viewers will need to retune their boxes from lunchtime.

The changes will mean that more than 500,000 homes will be able to receive Five for the first time. However Some boxes - Daewoo DS608P, Labgear DTT100, Portland DP100, Daewoo SV900 and Bush IDVCR01 - will stop working altogether. More information can be found on the www.tvretune.co.uk website.

About 18 million homes have Freeview either on their main or second TV sets, the company said.