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Where can local TV go on Freeview?
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Just to draw your attention to the article I wrote on 20th June 2008 about the "local TV" on Freeview.

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I'll post up some more details when they become available.

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Thursday, 20 January 2011
12:20 AM

I'm just curious as to where the two channels Ch52/ Ch22 designated to Londonderry came from? I attended a DTG meeting on proposals for a DVB-T2 mini-mux to broadcast RTE1 & TG4 in NI. There was talk of Ch51 being looked at for an additional COM mux from Londonderry and removing the '7th' mux from Limavady, Ch22 could end up used at Divis if Ch30 was swapped over for the scottish psb mux broadcast from Caldbeck. This would eliminate the use of that channel at Londonderry at any desirable ERP. I realise these things are fluid and forever changing but it is still surprised that an OFCOM DSO plan for NI remains unpublished.

I would be interested to find out were they intend to find these additional frequencies - A spot of fantasy UHF planning comes up with A 3 channel partial SFN using Divis as the reference point and line feeding the other two 23, 26, 29.

Leaving PSB 21, 24, 27 Divis. 43, 46, 50 Carnmoney. 42, 45, 49 BM. That's leaves you two additional channels for the mini-mux channel 41 at BM. Channel 40 at Carnmoney. Divis gets it's 7th mini-mux on channel 48 and that would leave channel 56 for the 8th interleaved channel.

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Sam's 9 posts GB flag

5:35 AM

Sam: They are "interleaved frequencies" which are obtained from small gaps in the frequency plan.

They have limited coverage as they have to be not broadcast in the direction of any other transmitter using the same frequency.

Thus the radiation patterns are very limited, but usually cover a large city or other populated area, thus their suitability for the local TV channels.

The MEN multiplex at Winter Hill falls into this category.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Walt Johnson
8:59 PM

I can receive the MEN multiplex in South Manchester - just 2 channels - Channel M and a text-dating service.

Channel M was ok-ish until it scaled back its production about 18 months ago, but since then it just broadcasts old programmes or the channel Euronews. These days, it's not worth watching.

When it first launched, there were also two shopping channels, but they closed quickly.

If Manchester as a large metropolitan city can't find a market for local TV service, then I really doubt that this is going to be a viable idea.

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Walt Johnson's 11 posts GB flag
Walt's: mapW's Freeview map terrainW's terrain plot wavesW's frequency data W's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Monday, 24 January 2011
Des Collier

6:24 PM

Maybe we could now have the local programmes from our itv regions that we used to get,or something like from someone else.

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Des Collier's 171 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 25 January 2011

8:43 AM

Des Collier: The whole idea is that you will get news related to your locality, not some huge "transmitter region" based on electromagnetic topography.

So, for example, people in Brighton won't get just BBC Southampton Today or ITV Southampton Today, but Channel 6 Brighton news.

Another example could be Sheffield, where you get BBC Leeds and ITV Leeds, but you will now get Channel 6 Sheffield.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Friday, 28 January 2011
Des Collier

7:44 PM

Briantist:- INTERESTING,thanks for explaining the concept to me.

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Monday, 31 January 2011

6:04 PM

Des Collier: Well, that's the hope anyway.

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