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I have modified the site today to use what are called "CSS sprites" to load the graphics for the site. This should improve the speed that pages load.

As part of this process, I have (finally) reinstated the colour coding for the various sections on the site.

This should make navigating though the many and various sections of the site more straightforward.

So now we have:

  • Channels - yellow and white
  • Freeview - red and white
  • Watch online - black and purple
  • Freesat - pink and purple
  • HD - Grey
  • Radio - pink and white
  • Technical help - blue
  • History - white and yellow
  • Blog - green and cyan

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Saturday, 12 November 2011

11:45 PM

I bet that before I know it, by say March next year, you'll have drastically redesigned this website from the ground up!

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Josh's 97 posts GB flag
Sunday, 13 November 2011
9:06 PM
King's Lynn

We live in PE343BT and are tuned to the Sandy Heath transmitter. Not only are we suffering with heavy pixelation on lots of channels particularly BBC but we would prefer to be tuned to the Tacolneston transmitter which has local news pertaining to our area. Unfortunately I understand that the Tacolneston Transmitter is not within range for us? So what are we supposed to do - put up with inappropriate news and disruptive pictures or forget Freeview and get a Freesat receiver? Thanks. Richard

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Richard's 1 post GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

10:00 PM

Richard: I had a look around on Google Streetview at Church Road and Stow Road and well, you appear to be in a bit of a regional TV no man's land!

I found a number of houses on Waltham (Central), some on Sandy Heath (Anglia, but not local Anglia) and some on Belmont (Yorkshire/Lincolnshire). Some houses have two aerials, each on different transmitters.

When I saw that it said "King's Lynn" below your name, I thought that the answer's easy because there is a relay of Tacolneston in King's Lynn. However, you're 12 miles away from it!

I suspect (and I'm not an aerial installer and I don't know the local terrain), based on what I've just seen, that what you can and cannot get might vary house by house.

Putting your post code into the Digital UK predictor doesn't give really sparkling results on any transmitter, although from what I understand this might be some sort of average over the whole area that that post code covers:

Postcode Checker - Trade View

So you might be best advised to put in your house number in as well and see what you get.

If you're lucky, you *might* be able to get Tacolneston (or King's Lynn). Certainly for BBC after switchover, KL looks good. (It's a predictor...what you can actually get depends on what you can actually get!) But really they're the only two that will give you the news you want.

It is also the case that Tacolneston is now taller and the equivalent digital signal is stronger than the analogue one was (is).

I note that there are quite a few bungalows which by their nature have lower rooves which will obviously mean the aerial will be lower, probably reducing the choice.

As I say, I not an aerial installer. That's my six penith as a technical bod. (DN31NJ)

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 14 November 2011
5:15 PM
Merthyr Tydfil

george at merthyr tydfil when do you think we will have five star and 5 u.s.a. on freesat thanks

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george's 8 posts GB flag
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Tuesday, 15 November 2011

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