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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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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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Dave Lindsay

10:17 PM

Noel de Souza: In order to answer such a question knowledge of where you are and what transmitter you are using is really necessary. If you do not know the name of the transmitter, then with your location and direction of the aerial we should be able to work it out.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Nick Prince
4:09 PM

Hi, A question for you, I have an old sky aerial on the side of my house (we had sky about 6/7 years ago, have had Virgin ever since, we have no aerial at the moment, but have just bought a new tv set which has freeview within it. What would be my best course of action, and a rough guide as to prices. ie Free Sat fitting and connection to TV as opposed to Aerial on roof fitting and fixtures etc

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Nick's: mapN's Freeview map terrainN's terrain plot wavesN's frequency data N's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Friday, 18 May 2012

9:37 AM

Nick Prince: The cost of "fitting" Freesat if you have a dish already is nothing. Just buy a Freesat or Freesat HD box and attach it to the cable that goes tot he dish.

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Saturday, 9 June 2012
Louis Lawrence
1:33 PM

I have been running a web video 'good news story' programme for five years on the Isle of Wight ( and would like to get this in to a digital tv channel. OFCOM of course want to charge large sums for a licence anyway which makes so called'community tv ' almost an impossibility except for some moneyed corporation. What to do ?

Louis Lawrence

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Louis Lawrence's 3 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 12 June 2012
10:39 AM

Brian. I am currently getting the following error when trying to look at the Newhaven relay transmitter page on

"Fatal error: Call to undefined function getQuicklyArrayAll() in /home/admintv/public_html/shutdowndetail.php on line 557"


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Colin's 5 posts GB flag
Colin's: mapC's Freeview map terrainC's terrain plot wavesC's frequency data C's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Dave Lindsay

12:56 PM

Further to Colin's message, there are a number of pages that return similar Fatal errors. For example, Freeview:

Fatal error: Call to undefined function getbloggoto() in /home/admintv/public_html/s/index.php on line 21

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Monday, 2 July 2012
Louis Lawrence
4:24 PM

The Ofcom lade is being a bt coy abou this . Does that mean that it is possible to transmit local programmes from this site . Is there any techie who knows abouty these things could help me?

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Friday, 31 August 2012
Stephen P

2:31 PM

Hi Brian - Today I seem to be getting an hourly email even though nothing of interest to me has happened.

Incidentally I don't mind getting ads on the site but why is it always/often an ugly trout in a short skirt sitting on the edge of a bed looking hopeful? "Mature Dating UK" is not a site I am ever likely to patronise.

Can you change it to "Lingerie Babes" or similar please?

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John Robinson

2:36 PM

Hi Brian, re what Stephen P said - me too. First at 5:15am, then every hour from 9:03am, with the same three new stories. I'm guessing there's a glitch somewhere.

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