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Improvements to Freeview EPG data in reception overlap areas

Freeview and Freeview+ equipment will be better able to record and schedule regional programmes on the public service multiplexes in areas where regional services deliberately overlap.

Freeview and Freeview+ equipment will be better able to record
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DMOL, the company that manages the distribution EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) is taking steps to improve the data that is carried to transmitters in parts of the UK where homes can receive more than one television region.

Starting with the North West England and Wales networks, the information for BBC and ITV programmes for both regions will be carried on each.

This means people using the Storeton transmitter, that carries both England (North West) and Wales services will have improved EPG data, helping with viewing and recording of regional programmes, for example of services on one network when tuned to another.

Storeton is being used a test for this overlap of EPG information, and will be rolled out to other "deliberate overlap" transmitters such at Caldbeck, Derby and on the the North Norfolk coast.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Mike Dimmick

11:25 AM

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Thursday, 19 January 2012
ann legg
11:03 AM

I have 2 t.v's, the main one gets very little interference but the one in the bedroom regularly suffers from freezing and distortion. It has a booster attached which makes no noticeable improvement. Throughout programmes I have to tune in and out to get the picture back.. so it's not a permanent fault, once I've switched channels and then gone back to the programme it'll be ok for a few more miniutes then freeze again. Can you suggest why this happens and what, if anything, will cure it please? I've searched your site but it's got way too much technical jargon that I don't understand.

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Mike Dimmick

2:01 PM

ann legg: It sounds like the aerial cable split is at the back of the main set. You will get much better results by splitting the cable as close to the aerial as possible. You might then need to add a small amount of amplification before the split, to offset the loss caused by splitting and the length of the cables.

Putting a booster at the back of the set with the problem will almost never improve things - only if the set itself is particularly noisy.

I'm surprised that changing channel and back makes an improvement.

If the split is at the back of the second set - that is, the combined length of cable from aerial to main set is longer than the length from aerial to second set - then you probably have too much signal.

Do check - by comparing the frequencies - that both TVs are tuned into the transmitter that the aerial points to. Digital UK predict usable signals, at least on the public-service multiplexes, from Carmel, Wenvoe, Kilvey Hill and Preseli. If the set with the problem is older, it may simply store the first version of the channels that is found, when scanning from lowest to highest channel numbers. Signals can still be strong enough to be stored even if the aerial is pointing in a different direction. For you, Kilvey Hill would be found first, then Wenvoe, then Preseli, and finally Carmel.

Digital UK list Carmel as your best option as it should give overall best results, but Preseli has (very slightly) the best results for the PSBs. The commercial multiplexes from Wenvoe and Preseli use the same frequencies so effectively cancel each other out - a variable service is predicted from Preseli but very poor from Wenvoe.

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Friday, 20 January 2012
mr eric townsley
2:02 PM

i have retuned all my 3 sony tv's off the same areial to receive channel 5+1 which i can now receive.but since the retune i receive midlands tv instead of east midlands tv which i prefer.what can i do to get east midlands back.i live in chellaston, derby DE7 6XL.

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Dave Lindsay

2:25 PM

mr eric townsley: It's a common problem in your part of the world.

Start the automatic tuning scan, with the aerial plugged in. When it gets to 25% unplug it. When it gets to 58% plug it in again and leave it plugged in.

The aim is to have the aerial unplugged when it's scanning the frequencies that you don't want (West Midlands channels) and to have it plugged in when you do (East Midlands).

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Saturday, 21 January 2012
Cathy Delaney
2:39 PM

I have no TV reception in Ambleside today-is this normal in bad weather for that area?

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3:16 PM

Cathy Delaney: The BBC currently have no known reception problems in your area. As a general point, if you are receiving from a relay transmitter at times of extreme weather conditions reception is more likely to be lost due to mains failure at the transmitter than would be the case with a main station- Winter Hill in your area. Otherwise, if you are in an exposed location aerials and satellite dishes being blown out of alignment in strong winds is the most likely cause of lost reception. Check that this has not happened, also check that cables and connections are still in good order.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2012
ron ward
12:19 PM

Hi will the relay tranmitter at haslingden ever have HD signals ?

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Dave Lindsay

12:25 PM

ron ward: It already does. They were introduced at switchover.

Try manually tuning to UHF channel 29.

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