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Gib Freeview announces channel changes

Television users who use an antenna to view GBC have been informed of changes taking place next week by free-to-air digital terrestrial television platform, Gibraltar Freeview.

The changes will require them to retune their devices to continue accessing the channel.

Taking place during the morning of September 29, the changes will see television Channel 56, which currently is assigned to GBC HD and GBC SD, shut down and transferred to Channel 30 in order for Gibraltar to adhere to its “international obligation to free up the 700 MHz frequency band for mobile broadband services.”

Speaking on behalf of Gibraltar Freeview, Fabian Vinet said: “Following instructions communicated by the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, Gibraltar Freeview’s digital television Channel 56 will be shut down on 29th September. Services currently on Channel 56 (GBC HD and GBC SD) will at that point be transferred to Channel 30.”

“The switch-over is scheduled to take place on the morning of Tuesday 29th September. Viewers who receive these services as part of a cable provider’s package have no need to make any changes themselves, as it is up to the relevant cable providers to retune their systems.”

“However, those viewers who receive their television channels directly, using their own antenna, will have to re-tune their television sets or set-top boxes on Tuesday morning in order to continue receiving GBC Television.”

The changes being made by the free-to-air television platform are in compliance with Article 1 of Decision (EU) 2017/899.

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