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BBC Alba to start broadcasting on Freeview Scotland from 8 June

The BBC's Gaelic service, which has been on Freesat and Sky since 19 September 2008, will start on Freeview shortly.

The BBC's Gaelic service, which has been on Freesat and Sky sin
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BBC Alba, the Gaelic language service, which has proved popular with satellite viewers in Scotland will be broadcast on Freeview from 8th June 2011.

However, to make way for the new TV channel, Freeview radio listeners in Scotland will no longer be able to listen to ten BBC Radio stations: Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, 4 Extra, 5 Live Sports Extra, World Service, Asian Network, Radio Scotland and Radio nan Gaidheal whilst BBC Alba broadcasts, but 1Xtra, 5 Live and 6 Music will continue as normal. Most of the removed services can be listened to on AM and FM, and they all continue as normal on cable and satellite.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond will front a "Open Your Eyes" campaign to promote the service, which also carries English subtitles.

The channel broadcasts from 5pm during the week, and from the afternoon at the weekend, and can also be watched live online or as catchup using the BBC Alba iPlayer

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Sunday, 29 May 2011
10:51 PM

KMJ,Derby and BRIANTIST,,im no techno geek!!!

But they have to loose 13!!!Scottish Station Just to Add 1= more Station???
Due to no room at the inn to Slot THE Extra
Someones not Doing there Accounting of the
money outgoings COZ.If the were they could pay for what the Scottish People Pay Them For.And Boast Less about being World Wide coz= The Dont Pay Anyway!! =technophobic Zimmy. I think this is very much a Capacity =Issue but not with jargon like MUX A Slots more a money in the Slot Issue. what you think or have i been to direct That your going to take the 5th ?? mind this is not America.Its SCOTTISH PEOPLE PAYING FOR A SERVICE ALL 13 OF THEM THANX IN ADVANCE.

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Zimmy's 4 posts GB
Monday, 30 May 2011
11:43 AM

Scott: Well, yes, the channel did used to be a quarter-screen video with text captions, and the channel was carried as audio-only on DAB in the distant past.

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Briantist's 38,784 posts Owner Owner GB
11:50 AM

Zimmy: A television channel, with a video stream easily takes the capacity of many audio streams. Please see How digital television works | - independent free digital TV advice .

The multiplexes are a fixed bandwidth of 24Mb/s, and this can't be changed.

The concept of a "slot" is unhelpful, as the services are statistically multiplexed together, which allows dynamic manipulation of the video compression parameters of several video streams to provide for the maximum bandwidth efficiently on a moment-to-moment basis.

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Briantist's 38,784 posts Owner Owner GB
Wednesday, 1 June 2011
5:13 PM

BRIANTIST.But don't have a Video!!That was a very good answer indeed.More technobellia
And now u want me 2take a we coarse on how Digital TV Works.Im All capacitated out& not that Hot on multiplexen or fxing bandwidths.and u you now fine you got me ON Th Dynamics of Parameters? nice one!!

BUT you missed my point the Slot I was Referring to was the money in the meter slot(2 young 4r u to REM)Thanx 4r the techno side But 2mee it just doesn't £Add up if its so hightech as u explained above why does it have to get rid of 13st.just 2add one?or as my granny used to say if its not broke dont fix it Oh` but maybees U & Scotts idea would work we could get rid of that brokeback mountain Parliament.then u would hav plenty room at the inn.Yes im a girl
u prob new that from start.admitting im technophobic so on that note am away back 2my knitting thanx.
Ps.and my Bose DAB unit..Thanx again 4r the
link i will add onto my 2do list @ No 96.

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Zimmy's 4 posts GB
Thursday, 2 June 2011
7:58 AM

Zimmy: I'm sorry, but if you can't take the time to understand how it works then you are not really in a position to comment about it.

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Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Green Gordon
8:02 PM Edinburgh

It's not as if I listen to Radio on a TV (I've got a USB digital TV tuner, so I'd just use iPlayer if I wanted to listen to Radio on my laptop), but for those with TVs, who maybe like to listen to radio over freeview, it does seem a little funny that they knock out Radio nan Gaidheal to put up BBC Alba...

I wonder how freeview reception compares to DAB reception in areas where they speek Gaelic, or whether everyone just has a satellite?

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Thursday, 16 June 2011
Mike Dimmick
1:29 AM

Green Gordon: You can find a map of Scottish Gaelic speakers at File:ScotlandGaelicSpeakers2001.gif - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . The highest percentages are in north and west Scotland, particularly the Western Isles.

Radio nan Gaidheal is available on FM. It is also available on the Central Scotland regional DAB ensemble, and on a number of local ensembles, but it is not on the BBC National Radio ensemble. The ensembles have to be identical on all transmitters that carry them, and BBC National Radio (12B) is carried across the entire country, from Dover to Eitshal on Lewis.

The local ensembles:

Aberdeen, run by Switchdigital Scotland (UTV). Broadcasts from Durris, Meldrum and Mormond Hill.

Ayr, run by NOW Digital (Arqiva). Broadcasts from Darvel, Brown Carrick Hill and West Kilbride.

Perth & Dundee, run by Score Digital (Bauer). Broadcasts from Angus, Purin Hill, Kirkton Mailer, Faire Mhor, and possibly Kinross.

Inverness, run by Score Digital (Bauer). Broadcasts from Mount Eagle.

You can get an idea of the Freeview coverage from the *main* transmitters at mb21 - Transmitter Information - Analogue Television Map , though this is really an analogue TV map. It doesn't show the coverage of the relays, which - in the difficult terrain of north-west Scotland - are numerous.

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Mike Dimmick
1:34 AM

The list of FM transmitters carrying BBC Radio nan Gaidheal is at BBC - Help receiving TV and radio - Transmitters and you can find FM coverage maps at mb21 - Transmitter Information - VHF Analogue Radio Transmitters - BBC National Radio - again, main transmitters only. Power for the Gaelic service is often lower than for the BBC National Radio services, so the coverage areas will be smaller for some transmitters.

Do also note that the population is more sparsely distributed in these areas, so absence of coverage of land area may not indicate that there is any population that is not covered!

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Mike Dimmick
8:07 PM

Green Gordon: OFcom have a map of licensed DAB areas at Ofcom - Digital Radio Coverage Map (DAB Primary Protected Areas) .

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