Customers in North West England will have to gear up for a roll-out for faster mobile broadband in on 10 April. This means Freeview customers residing their will have to retune their TV in order to access better TV and air signals.
With most of the changes geared up for introduction of 4G mobile services, the transmitters which will free up frequencies include those located at Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire, Cheshire and North Staffordshire. Exercises such as these will take place all over the UK till the end of 2013. In North West alone, nearly 3 million homes are likely to be affecting with the roll-out scheduled on 10 April
Some channels which will not be available for viewing from midnight onwards include BBC One, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Dave as they will be moved on to new frequencies. With major work undertaken at Winter Hill and Saddleworth transmitters scheduled to be completed by 6 am, viewers can retune to view these channels after 6 am. Other services are likely to be off-air till late noon and once they resume, viewers are required to retune the TV sets or digital box and in order to resume viewing them.
Some homes enjoy a choice of enjoying regional or national services since they receive signals from transmitters located at England and Wales and hence they may resort to manual retuning of their TV equipment and select these channels in their programme guide.