Viewers need to retune their televisions tomorrow (Wednesday)

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TELEVISION viewers in the Isle of Man may find they are missing some of their channels next week unless they retune their sets or digital boxes.

Digital UK has advised viewers they may experience disruption tomorrow (Wednesday November 14), with their Freeview service, but this should return to normal by the late afternoon.

This is the point at which channels could have disappeared and a retune will be necessary.

To do this viewers need to press ‘Menu’ on their remote control. Next they need to find ‘settings’ or ‘set up’. Alternatively, if the set uses picture icons they will need to select the tool box, satellite dish or spanner option.

If a PIN number is required but not known, try entering ‘0000’ or ‘1234’.

The next stage is to select ‘first time installation’ or ‘default settings’ then press ‘OK’ if the equipment asks if you want to delete all your channels. This is normal and should not cause alarm.

For further help with retuning or to check predicted changes to television reception log on to or call 08456 505050

The Isle of Man switched over to digital television in July 2009 when analogue transmitters were turned off.

The changes to the service started when the analogue signal for BBC Two was switched off in June of that year and the eight BBC digital channels as well as the red button service became available.

When the Ulster TV region became the last part of the UK to go digital at the end of last month, this affected some households in the west of the island, for example in Kirk Michael, which picked up their television signal from the transmitter near Belfast.

Viewers picking up their digital signal from Ireland receive 67 channels as opposed to the 16 relayed by the Isle of Man transmitters.

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