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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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Sunday, 14 August 2011
Andy Pandy
9:19 AM

Southampton Area, Virgin Media are pulling the plug on the existing services, going to the extent of having TV aerials fitted for thier customers. The system is in a bad state of repair some of the steel roadside boxes are badly rusted and are well beyond use, in addtion new Virgin customers get a phone line from BT, from this I'd say the Virgin system in Southampton is more or less abandoned. Unless you know something we dont!

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Andy Pandy's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 2 July 2012
1:36 PM

hi, Caradon hill will have FV and VM, the ITV region is ITV Westcountry; please ammend.

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tim's 7 posts GB flag

2:17 PM

tim: This article is about local TV ("Channel 6") not ITV ("Channel 3"). The table only lists ITV regions where the site hosts the broadcasting center. Otherwise see the Transmitters | - independent free digital TV advice page.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Monday, 9 July 2012
Des Collier

6:03 PM

Cable services in Hull are owned by KINGSTON COMMUNICATIONS if i remember rightly.

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Des's: mapD's Freeview map terrainD's terrain plot wavesD's frequency data D's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Sunday, 27 January 2013
12:33 PM

hi, i am having so many issues with sky, please can someone tell me if virgin tv is available in lincolnshire yet

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lynne's 1 post GB flag
Dave Lindsay

12:47 PM

lynne: Lincolnshire is a massive place, so I guess that the answer is likely to be "yes". However, perhaps you are looking to find out whether it is available at your property rather than in the County in general.

Cable networks (most of which have now been swallowed up by Virgin Media) go along streets where it is worthwhile, i.e. usually not in rural areas.

Sam Knows is a popular resource for such information:

SamKnows - Telephone Exchange Search

Where a street has been cabled there will be evidence in the form of cabinets and manholes with "CATV" on. The cabinets may have Telewest or ntl logos on.

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Dave Lindsay

12:52 PM

lynne: Go to the Virgin Media website and enter your postcode into the box on the right, under the heading "Start building your bundle":

Virgin Media - Cable broadband, TV & phone plus mobile broadband & phone

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 4 February 2013
3:11 PM

Du you have virgin cable in chippenham, Wiltshire

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PAULA's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 17 March 2013
10:55 PM

With the recent changeover, we, in the worthing end of West Sussex have now to tune in to BBC south East ie East Sussex and Kent. Is there any way we can go back to BBC South

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mike's 1 post GB flag
Dave Lindsay

10:58 PM

mike: See:

Brighton transmitters will be in BBC South East from 7th March 2012 | Digital switchover | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

BBC South East officially covers Brighton now.

The question is which transmitter are you supposed to be using (based on the direction of your aerial)? And can you receive from a transmitter that broadcasts BBC South, such as Rowridge or Findon?

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