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Local TV - V Media coverage

Here are details of which of the possible Local TV areas have VMedia fibreoptic digital television coverage that would support the new local TV channel.

Here are details of which of the possible  Local TV areas have
published on UK Free TV

Now a look at the provision of digital cable TV services for each of the big population areas in the UK adds another level of possibilities for Local TV coverage.

I am unable to obtain figures for the number of homes in any particular area that have cable TV services (the so-called penetration rates).

This is a map of the "cable coverage areas".

Virgin Media Coverage Map

Finally a combined table of the Freeview Interleaved and Cable coverage areas.

Looks like very bad news for local TV for Hull, Lisburn, Worcester and Oldham - without satellite.

Interleaved # City BBC region HQ ITV region HQ population FV VM
Angus 2 Dundee     154,674 good no
Belmont 2 Hull BBC Hull   301,416 no no
Bilsdale 2 Middlesbrough     142,691 part yes
Bilsdale 2 York     137,505 good yes
Black Hill 2 Glasgow BBC Scotland STV Central 629,501 good yes
..& Craigkelly 2 Edinburgh     430,082 poor yes
Caldbeck 2 Carlisle   ITV Border 101,000 good no
Caradon Hill 2 Plymouth BBC South West   243,795 no yes
Crystal Palace 2 London BBC London ITV London 7,172,091 good yes
Crystal Palace 2 Southend-on-sea     160,257 no yes
Crystal Palace 2 Slough     126,276 no yes
Crystal Palace 2 Watford     120,960 no yes
Crystal Palace 2 Crawley     100,547 no yes
Divis 2 Belfast BBC NI UTV 276,459 good yes
Divis 2 Lisburn     110,000 no no
Durris 2 Aberdeen   STV North 212,125 good no
Emley Moor 2 Leeds BBC North ITV Yorkshire 443,247 poor yes
Emley Moor 2 Wakefield     316,000 good yes
Emley Moor 2 Bradford     293,717 no yes
Emley Moor 2 Huddersfield     146,234 good yes
Emley Moor 2 Rotherham     117,262 no yes
Fenton 2 Stoke-on-Trent     259,252 good yes
Hannington 2 Reading     232,662 no yes
Heathfield 2 Eastbourne     106,562 no yes
Hemel Hempstead 2 St. Albans     130,000 good yes
Kilvey Hill 2 Swansea     169,880 good yes
Lancaster 2 Lancaster     135,000 good no
Leicester 1 Leicester     330,574 no yes
Londonderry 2 Londonderry     105,000 good yes
Bristol KW & IC 2 Bristol BBC West ITV W Country 420,556 good yes
Mendip 2 Bath     90,000 no yes
Nottingham 2 Nottingham BBC E Midlands   249,584 poor yes
Nottingham 2 Derby     229,407 no yes
Oxford 2 Swindon     155,432 no yes
Oxford 2 Oxford BBC Oxford   143,016 good yes
Pontop Pike 2 Newcastle upon Tyne BBC North East ITV North East 273,600 good yes
Pontop Pike 2 Sunderland     177,739 good no
Ridge Hill 2 Gloucester     123,205 no yes
Ridge Hill 2 Cheltenham     110,320 no yes
Ridge Hill 2 Worcester     93,000 no no
Rowridge 2 Southampton BBC South ITV Meridian 234,224 good yes
Rowridge 2 Portsmouth     186,000 no yes
Rowridge 2 Bournemouth     167,527 no yes
Poole * Poole     144,800 no yes
Rowridge 2 Chichester     108,000 no yes
Rowridge 2 Winchester     108,000 no yes
Salisbury 2 Salisbury     115,000 good yes
Sandy Heath 2 Northampton     189,474 no yes
Sandy Heath 2 Luton     185,543 no yes
Sandy Heath 2 Milton Keynes     184,506 no no
Sandy Heath 2 Peterborough     136,292 no yes
Sandy Heath 2 Cambridge BBC Cambridge   113,442 no yes
Sheffield 2 Sheffield     439,866 good yes
Stockland Hill 2 Exeter     106,772 no yes
Sudbury 2 Ipswich     138,718 no yes
Sudbury 2 Colchester     104,390 no yes
Sutton Coldfield 2 Birmingham BBC W Midlands ITV Central 970,892 part yes
Sutton Coldfield 2 Coventry     303,475 no yes
Sutton Coldfield 2 Wolverhampton     251,462 no yes
Sutton Coldfield 2 Dudley     184,619 no yes
Sutton Coldfield 2 Walsall     170,994 no yes
Sutton Coldfield 2 West Bromwich     136,940 no yes
Sutton Coldfield 2 Sutton Coldfield     105,452 good yes
Tacolneston 2 Norwich BBC East ITV Anglia 174,047 part yes
The Wrekin 2 Telford     138,241 good yes
Wenvoe 2 Cardiff BBC Wales ITV Wales 292,150 good yes
Wenvoe 2 Newport     116,143 good yes
Whitehawk Hill 2 Brighton     256,600 good yes
Winter Hill 3 Liverpool     469,017 good yes
Winter Hill 3 Manchester BBC North West ITV Granada 394,269 good yes
Winter Hill 3 Salford     221,300 good yes
Winter Hill 3 Preston     184,836 good yes
Winter Hill 3 Blackpool     142,283 good yes
Winter Hill 3 Bolton     139,403 no yes
Winter Hill 3 Stockport     136,082 no yes
Winter Hill 3 Blackburn     105,085 no yes
Winter Hill 3 Oldham     103,544 no no
Winter Hill 3 St. Helens     102,629 no yes
Winter Hill* 5* Chester     118,000 good no

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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

10:29 PM

The map is wrong round here.

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Peter's 267 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 30 March 2011

7:47 AM

Peter: I'm sorry, but the map is provided by Virgin. I'm not sure what I can possibly do about that.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
10:09 AM

Hi all,

That map isn't 'coverage' it is a map of cable franchise areas where Virgin Media hold the licence. In reality the actual coverage will be nowhere near what the map suggests. In the 80s, the Cable Authority, and then in the early 90s, the ITC licenced various local/regional cable companies. Through various takeovers and mergers these are now Virgin Media, with the exception of Wright Cable on the Isle of Wight and Small World in Lancashire area.

Obviously a lot of areas where never licenced, or failed to launch as there is a lot of white space. Sadly most of it in rural areas!

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Ash's 6 posts GB flag

1:58 PM

Ash: The map was provided to me with the exact wording provided.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
9:48 PM

Hi Brian,

I am not having a go at you, I was just saying it's a franchise map, that's all.

Ash :-)

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Ash's 6 posts GB flag
Thursday, 31 March 2011

6:51 AM

Ash: OK. I did say that the table was compiled from using address hits on the Virgin Media database, and not the map.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag

1:57 PM

@Briantist: If the UK was a lot smaller, say as small as Belgium or The Netherlands, I bet it would be much easier for us to have close to or even 100% cable coverage even in rural areas.

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Josh's 97 posts GB flag
Josh's: mapJ's Freeview map terrainJ's terrain plot wavesJ's frequency data J's Freeview Detailed Coverage

6:57 PM

Josh: This is getting a bit surreal...

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Saturday, 30 April 2011
5:44 PM

Well - given the USA has cable in the middle of nowhere I think we could do it - trouble is we think underground all the time, whilst the US has cables above ground in many rural areas.

The comment regarding Kingston-upon-Hull - why wouldn't their local telco take on the supply of Channel 6?

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James's 13 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 4 May 2011

8:04 AM

James: Virgin Media do not own the service in Hull, and this page is about Virgin Media.

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