A LEADING digital TV service provider has issued a warning to many Bradford homes.

Freeview provides more than 60 channels to around 19 million UK households.

But, information released by the company states some of those using the service will need to retune their boxes, including those in Bradford.

The changes are set to impact TVs on or after October 23.


Other terrestrial services that offer Freeview Channels, such as YouView, BT TV and TalkTalk will also be affected, but, satellite and cable TV are not.

Freeview's signals being updated in the area, over the next few weeks.

The Idle, Bilsdale and Emley Moor transmission stations will be impacted.

Bradford city centre and its immediate surrounding areas are to be affected as a result.

The impact of the signal updates also spreads to the suburbs of the district.

A rough border includes: Cullingworth, Harden, Shipley, Baildon, Hawksworth, Menston, Guiseley, Yeadon, Rawdon, Horsforth, Pudsey, Tong, Heckmondwike, Cleckheaton, Wyke, Queensbury and Thornton.

Other areas that the T&A specifically tested on the Freeview website and came back as likely to be impacted were: Idle, West Bowling, Wilsden, Lister Park, Lidget Green, Clayton, Calverley and Greengates.

But, those who get their transmissions from the Keighley station will not have to retune straight away.

This includes homes in the likes of Bingley and Keighley.

Instead, updates for that station will come into place on November 13.

On October 23, some channels may go missing, which indicates that you will need to retune your box.

The following channels are the ones that you could lose: Leeds TV, Sony Channel, Sony Movies Christmas, 5 Star +1. Sony Movies +1, FreeSports, Now-80s, PBS America, Together TV +1, Forces TV, BBC Four HD, QVC HD, QVC Beauty HD, Quest HD, CBeebies HD, and Tiny Pop.

Some Bradford homes have already experienced a warning sign on their TVs over the past few days.

When switching on, a message will appear on screen, giving a notice of the changes and the date.

In some cases, the TV will retune automatically.

The changes to Freeview signals have been underway since July 2017.

They began in Scotland and the updates are being worked around the rest of the UK until 2020.

Currently, it is Bradford's turn, with other areas in Yorkshire impacted as well on October 23, such as Sheffield and Huddersfield.

The Freeview website shows that on or after November 13, updates are set for the Bilsdale, Bradford West and Idle transmission stations.

But, as mentioned above, checks for Bradford locations serviced by these transmitters showed they could be impacted much sooner on October 23.

The updates are part of a Government plan.

It decided that some of the airwaves used by Freeview were to be reallocated to allowed for the future development of new broadband services.

Those struggling with the process can ring Freeview's advice line on: 0808 100 0288.

It is free to call and a member of the team can talk you through a retune.

You can check if your address will be impacted at: freeview.co.uk/tvchanges