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The site contains full information about both the Sky and non-Sky FTA satellite receivers, but we have found that the majority of people who are using free-to-air satellite have ex-contract Sky receivers. The problems with Solus cards have dealt with on the site in the past.

The BBC and ITV are planning an alternative Freesat service. As soon as they announce anything, I'll be happy to publish it.

Sky don't really like publicizing their free-to-air satellite service, and did not even have a website for the service until recently. (For example, they still have not updated the Sky News logo on their site). UK Free receives no payment from Sky for their advertisement, it's just there to help those people who can't get Freeview!

There is lots of information for Freesat people, for example.

These pages provide links to find local installers and (not-just-Sky) satellite shops:

As soon as high-street multiples (Argos, Dixons etc) start stocking DIY Freesat equipment, I hope to extend the list on the "current set-top boxes".

When the site launched back in July 2002, we decided that specialist systems (multi-dish or motorised) were covered much better elsewhere in specialist magazines. Also, list of channels and frequencies is covered by the excellent

The site was born out of experience gained from ONdigital's technical support failure, and so the site has a large Freeview section.

We always welcome contributions and are always interested in extending the depth of information.

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Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Mark Aberfan Aerials

4:09 PM

Hi Mike,

Your post caught my interest but im not sure what it is that you are hosting, are you offering to host customers slingboxes & satellite / freeview equipment ?

Mark Aberfan Aerials

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Mark Aberfan Aerials's 1,059 posts GB flag
Sunday, 20 February 2011
Southsound radio
8:55 AM

hi brian

I own southsound radio in bristol i love your site is there a way of gettin our logos and links and news on when we leave posts

thanks shaun

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Southsound radio's 3 posts GB flag

8:58 AM

Southsound radio: You can change your profile image using the link in the "MY SETTINGS" box at the top right.

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Sunday, 3 April 2011
Wendy Leak
5:20 PM

Hi Brian, I live in Lincolnshire and bought a Samsung DVD Recorder a couple of months ago. However, I had to retune the unit on 30 March and only manaaged to find between 0 to 15 channels although I've carried out many autoscans since. I follow the autoscan instructions but to no avail. Please help. Many thanks, Wendy

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Tuesday, 5 April 2011

7:57 AM

Wendy Leak: You should, assuming you are using the Waltham transmitter, have a full set of Freeview services right now. You may need to have your aerial checked.

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Friday, 8 July 2011
Justin Smith

5:26 PM

Brian I`ve put a link onto this page from my site now, and to Mike Dimmicks patterns :
UK TV Transmitters

Have you made any progress with the second application ? As I said above, even Ofcom can`t see any reason why any of the patterns are witheld ! (S62LL)

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Justin Smith's 41 posts GB flag
Sunday, 17 July 2011

10:53 AM

Justin Smith: Thanks. I was waiting to have moved into my new address before sending off the request, which I now have done.

I will send off the request today.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Friday, 13 January 2012
10:06 AM

I live in Halsemere and get my service from the Haslemere transmitter. This is switching over on 29th Feb and mid March. From the ukdigital web sit I see that it says that our service should be 100% but then by mid April it might be 68% to 80%. Does this mean that after the switchover the power of the transmitter is being reduced and therefore I wont really kmow until late in April if my set up is OK?

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David's 8 posts GB flag
David's: mapD's Freeview map terrainD's terrain plot wavesD's frequency data D's Freeview Detailed Coverage

10:42 AM

David: The power of the Haslemere transmitter does not change from the level set at switchover in March. What does happen in April, which causes the predicted deterioration in reliability of reception of the Haslemere signal is the introduction of high power working at Crystal Palace and Rowridge on the same frequencies as are used at Haselmere. As you say, you won't really know how badly your reception is affected (if at all) until these high power COM muxes are switched on on 18th April 2012. It is worth mentioning that you are predicted to have good reception from Midhurst on all six muxes, since Haslemere is a PSB only/Freeview Light transmitter you might prefer to have an aerial installed for Midhurst after switchover.

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Noel de Souza
9:19 PM

My digital TV receives most Freeview channels, but not channels 11 and 19. How can I receive them? The recent retuning is not relevanr, as my problem was before this.

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