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The Freeview TV Guide

3rd September 2014

The Freeview TV Guide was updated on Wednesday 3rd September 2014 to create extra capacity for new services. As a result Children’s and News channels have moved to new channel numbers.

  • The Children’s genre has moved from channel numbers in the 70s to start at 120
  • The News genre has moved from channel numbers in the 80s to start at 130

To update your guide you simply need to retune your Freeview TVs and digital recorders or boxes where equipment does not pick up the changes automatically. Onscreen messages will have prompted you to retune from late afternoon 3rd September 2014 onwards.

If you have not retuned you will not lose channels - services will remain accessible at their old numbers.

However, Digital UK and Freeview recommend viewers retune from time to time to ensure they have access to all available services in their area.

There was also a planned engineering on Wednesday 3rd September 2014, which may have cause signal disruption in a few areas.

Sheffield, Chesterfield, Herefordshire, Shropshire will have lost lose BBC1 and will need to retune to get BBC services back.

YouView Automatic Software Update

February 2014

New software has been made available to YouView+ Humax boxes for retail customers.

The update includes a number of bug fixes.

You can check if you have the latest version by pressing the YouView button on your remote control, navigate to ‘Settings’ > ‘System Information’ > ‘Software Versions’.

For those boxes that have already received the update you will see the following:

  • Manufacturer Software: 17.3.0
  • Component Software: 2.4.0
  • Platform configuration: 910
  • ISP Configuration: (varies by ISP)

Humax HDR-Fox T2 - New Software Release

February 2014

  • TV Portal upgrade
  • BBC iPlayer Version 3 (now supports subtitles)
  • Supports BBC News & Sports Apps (to be released March 2014)
  • Improved WiFi connection reliability
  • Improved EPG FIND results
  • Resolved recordings failures (using Padding) when in standby for over 8 days
  • Resolved BBC Three HD and Four HD recording issues

All these fantastic improvements will take place automatically if your machine is left in standby mode overnight.

The Over Air Download (OAD) has been booked and the first download being on the 26th February.

Below dates of scheduled repeat updates:


Start: 27/02/2014 @2am

End: 28/02/2014 @9am


Start: 06/03/2014 @2am

End: 07/03/2014 @9am


Start: 11/03/2014 @2am

End: 12/03/2014 @9am

The above repeat updates are subject to change, all confirmed updates are available at:

BBC News and BBC Sport Apps Launch on Freesat

Freesat 30th January 2014

Subscription free satellite TV service, Freesat announced the launch of the new BBC News app and BBC Sport app on its Freetime service. This is the only free TV platform and service to feature these. The two new ‘BBC branded’ apps will have a similar look and feel to the BBC’s current online and connected TV apps and will increase the amount of specialist news and sports video programming available.

For the February Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, Freesat Freetime viewers will be offered up to six live HD video streams, delivering over 650 hours of live sporting action, along with the latest video highlights, analysis, news headlines and a live medal table direct from the Games. You’ll be able to click on the BBC News app for Freesat, through the Freetime TV Guide and see the latest news reports from the BBC direct to the TV screen, providing access to latest news videos and a rolling text news service, updated around the clock. The BBC Sport app for Freesat offers live and On Demand action from the BBC Sport team, with plans to feature upcoming high profile live sporting events, including the Winter Olympics, Six Nations Rugby, F1, Wimbledon, World Cup 2014 and the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Humax Update - software version 2.00.13

A new upate has been released for HRD-1000S, HDR-1010S AND HB-1000S models

  • YouTube V4 full support
  • UI Improvements (Time of recordings added to planned Recordings)

Yesterday and Really Launch Catch Up Services on YouView

The Hub Mag Published: 22 January 2014

UKTV has launched ‘seven day catch up’ services on YouView for its popular free-to-air channels Yesterday and Really.
The services, which went live today, allow viewers to access content on both channels through Yesterday and Really branded on demand portals and through YouView’s seven-day scroll back programme guide.
Yesterday and Really join UKTV’s popular entertainment channel Dave on the YouView service and the three free-to-air channels form part of UKTV’s network of 10 channels.
Dan Fahy, UKTV’s Head of Commercial Development, commented, “UKTV is committed to making its bold and innovative programmes and channel brands available to as many viewers as possible. The launch of ‘seven day catch up’ services for Yesterday and Really on YouView is another important milestone for us in ensuring viewers have ‘anytime, anywhere’ access to our content. “David Dorans, CFO, YouView said “We are delighted to welcome even more UKTV content to our line-up of on demand TV content. Easily finding and enjoying the best, TV available is at the heart of everything we do at YouView. Adding on demand TV programmes from popular channels Really and Yesterday makes YouView even more compelling for UK consumers.”

New Freesat App Puts You In Control Of Your Television

The Hub Mag Published: 16 January 2014

Freesat, the subscription free TV service, has today announced the launch of its new Freesat App for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
The free app acts as a TV guide for all free TV viewers and is designed for everyone to be able to plan what to watch through mobile devices, and for Freetime customers the chance to control their TVs.
The Freesat App also works as a companion to Freesat’s Freetime service and enhances Freetime’s key features. In the app you can look the Roll Back TV Guide which lets you check out the last seven days of TV to watch programmes you may have missed, and the app also offers TV recommendations on what to watch via Showcase - allowing you to browse through programme picks for the week ahead and set reminders to view.

2014 Samsung Smart TVs Aim For Easier Use

The Hub Mag Published: 02 January 2014

Samsung will showcase its 2014 Smart TVs with enhanced usability at Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held from 7th–10th January 2014 in Las Vegas.
Samsung’s voice interaction service, which understands natural languages, has made the service more convenient by focusing on the most frequently used functions and taking into consideration user usage patterns.
Guy Kinnell, Head of TV and AV, Samsung UK, said: "Samsung’s 2014 Smart TV models deliver significantly improved voice interaction and motion control features so that our consumers will be able to enjoy our Smart TV more intuitively. We will continue to develop content that integrates voice and motion recognition for added convenience."
Part of improvements made to the 2014 Smart TVs, users can change the channel in one step by saying the channel number and open a website or app using shortcuts. For reference, 2013 models require two steps to change TV channels: ‘Channel Change’ and ‘Channel Number’. The voice search feature is also more convenient, letting users find all content results in one place.
When a consumer uses voice interaction to search for daily living information such as weather, stocks and sports, while watching TV, a pop-up window appears on the bottom of the page with search results. Consumers can move to the app and see the details by clicking the pop-up.
Along with voice interaction, the motion control has been improved by adding the ‘Finger Gesture’ feature, a significant improvement to motion control.
With ‘Finger Gesture’, users can change the TV channel, adjust the volume, find, and select what they want to watch just by using their fingers. They can also go back to the previous screen and stop video playback by motioning their finger counter clockwise in a more intuitive way to control the TV.

Five New Subscription Free HD Channels - 10th December 2013

The BBC Announced It Is To Launch Five New Subscription Free HD Channels Tuesday 10th December 2013

  BBC Three HD BBC Four HD BBC News HD CBBC HD CBeebies HD

Freeview HD/YouView






Freesat HD






Sky HD

115 or 210

116 or 211


613 or 633

614 or 624

Virgin Media






The New Channels

BBC Three HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD and CBBC HD will be available on Freeview HD, Freesat HD, YouView, Sky HD and Virgin Media.

Viewers will also be able to 'catch up' on HD programmes from these channels on BBC iPlayer.

Tony Hall, BBC Director General, says “I am delighted that we’re able to launch our new HD channels in time for Christmas, when families gather together to enjoy some of the best TV from the BBC. This year, people will be able to watch even more of our programmes in brilliant quality.”  All five new HD channels will broadcast the same programmes as their standard definition equivalents in HD.  Over 50 per cent of homes in the UK are already HD enabled, with reports estimating that the number of HD homes is expected to grow to reach over 20 million (80 per cent of all UK homes) by 2016 and over 23 million homes (90 per cent of all UK homes) by 2019.

Bosch - ERT White Goods Supplier of The Year 2013

This award was honoured to Bosch at the ERT Magazine acclaimed trade awards London 14th October 2014

Bosch - Best Home Appliance Brand 2013

For the third time in a row Bosch was won this award at the annual Which? Award in June 2013, securing their position in the UK.

Digital UK Retune - Wed 15th May 2013

Freeview viewers in the Salisbury and Ventor on the Isle of Wight areas (Rowbridge main Transmitter) and the Scarborough area (Hunmanby & Oliver’s Mount main transmitter) may need to retune their equipment.

The transmitters are moving to new frequencies to prepare for the upcoming 4G mobile broadband. We hope that as the coverage area is quite small it will result in not too much disruption today as they continue to clear 50-60 UHF Channels. If you do however have trouble with retune, please contact our Forbes Customer Care Team for advice on 01737-647300.

Freesat, Happy 5th Birthday - 6th May 2013

Freesat celebrated 5 years subscription-free satellite television this week.

Bosch Dishwashers - Important Safety Notice

25th March 2013 - Bosch issued an important safety notice for a specific range of Bosch dishwashers manufactured between 1995 and 2005.

As our ongoing commitment to our valued customers, we have checked our models against the Bosch database and any machines that were listed by Bosch that require a repair, a small number of customers who were affected have been contacted or if we have not been able to contact by telephone, contact letters have been sent asking the customer to contact us to book an engineer.

If you do have any concerns that your Dishwasher model may fall into this safety notice, please email our Customer Care Team on or ring 01737 64300. We will be happy to check for your assurance.

More information is available on the Bosch website

Beko Appliances - Safety Notice

ITV’s national news item report 1/3/13 on safety concerns with selected models on BEKO Fridge Freezers, tumbles dryers and gas cookers

We wish to assure our Forbes Rental Customers that we have checked once again the Beko products that have a safety notice issued.

The Beko safety notice affects the following range of products, but is model number specific and Forbes Rentals do not rent these models.

Frost Free Fridge Freezers manufactured between 2000-2009 with a selected model

Gas cookers with selected model number produced before 2009 6kg & 7kg

Condenser Tumble Dryers manufactured from May - October 2012

If a you feel your rental model may be affected by the safety alert and maybe we are not aware due to acquisition stock data irregularities, then please ring our Customer Service on 01737 647300 for further investigation.

If you own your Beko product and have any concerns about its safety, please refer to the BEKO website Or telephone BEKO on 0800 917 2018

Panasonic - Plasma is still the best TV technology for Sports and Movie Fans

TechRadar reports"Despite just launching a huge range of impressive LED TVs this week, Panasonic is still 100% convinced that plasma is by far the best TV technology for sports and movie fans." TechRadar visited Nice for the launch of Pansonic's new range and had been given an exclusive interview with Fabrice Estrornel, the head of Panasonic's TV business in the UK.

Freesat Launch YouTube

On 11th February 2013, four years after Freesat first established its service, it was announced that it was to celebrate its three millionth product sale with the launch of a new YouTube Channel on free to air television for the first time in the UK this March.

YouTube is the world’s favourite online video community that lets the public watch, share and post their own videos on the Internet. YouTube, with their latest version built on HTML 5, offer Freesat viewers a TV-optimised, visually stunning and fully interactive viewing experience.

Humax YouView DTR-T1000

Almost 17,000 votes were cast by Reg readers when they were asked to name the best... and the worst tech products of 2012. Reg Hardware readers votes resulted in with the Humax YouView DTR-T1000 winning the award for Best Home Entertainment Product of the Year Reg Hardware Awards 2012 31/1/13

Apple iOS App for Humax YouView

YouView Remote Record

Set up your recordings on your Humax YouView set top box from your Apple device. Install this free iOS application at home on your Humax YouView box. Find out about YouView App. Download the application and start the process by going to Settings section, from there follow instructions. Once you have synched to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (up to five iOS devices are allowed) you can then view remotely the television guide up to seven days ahead and set programmes to record.

CES International 2013

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest trade shows in technology. On the 8th -11th January it's producer, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA, again hosted this exhibit of new technology in Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the world. It was the perfect opportunity for companies in the consumer electronics industry to showcase their top new designs and inovations, amazing gadgets and with a whole host of events, inlcuding prestigious Awards, press conferences and trade stands. It has fashioned the way technolgy will be used in our everyday lives in 2013. Wonder what new devices will be launched at the CES 2014 Las Vegas Show? If you are inspired by new technology and love electronic gadgetry, make sure you set Tuesday 7th to Wednesday 10th January 2014 in your diary.

Stuff Gadget Awards 2012

Well Done to Humax for receiving Video Gadget of the Year 2012 for their Humax YouView DTR-T1000

Which? Best Home Appliance Brand Awards 2012

This coveted award was won by Bosch

Smart VIERA / Smart TV from Panasonic

Most Award Winning Television Range of 2012