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Saturday, 28 April 2012
Anne billinge: The Leek transmitter does not carry the Commercial services which include ITV3, ITV4 and Film 4 as it is used by the Public Service Broadcasters only.
The Commercial broadcasters operate to make a profit with no "Public Service" requirement. They choose where to site their transmitters and do so in locations where they can get as many potential viewers for as little cost as possible.
They achieve a 90% coverage of the population by broadcasting from 81 of the largest transmitters (largest by viewer population). There are around 1,100 small "filler-in" relay transmitters such as the one in Leek. However, to transmit from all these sites would roughly double their cost of transmission whilst only adding 8.5% of the population to their potential viewer base.
For a more in-depth explanation, see Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice
The problem for you is that the hills are blocking reception from main stations such as Sutton Coldfield, which is why the Leek transmitter was installed.
Probably your only and best way of getting extra free to air channels is Freesat.
See here for a comparison:
Compare Freeview and Freesat TV | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice
ITV3 is available on Freesat.
Dave and Yesterday are not.
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