I live in the BN41 area of Brighton & Hove with my aerial currently pointing at the Whitehawk transmitter. I currently also get (I think) a good signal from the Rowridge transmitter through the back of the same aerial even though it is (obviously) pointing the wrong way.
Does this mean that I may be able to get the new HD services from Rowridge (when they start) without doing any aerial upgrades?
I want to keep my local services from Whitehawk to stay on the BBC South Eastregion, and to get local TV when it begins. I suppose the other option would be to add a second aerial pointing to Rowridge and use some form of combiner?
Sorry, if it has already been asked elsewhere, but do you know if there are plans for those transmitters not carrying COM7 to do so?
I am currently on the Nottinghamtransmitter but according to the maps I would be on the very edge of Waltham transmitter coverage.
Thanks in advance.
Paul: Kilvey Hill does not have the COM7 mux which carries BBC 4 HD & BBC News HD. Coverage of COM7 and COM8 will not be expanded as these are temporary multiplexes which will close in 2020. As long as you still have the box and cabling in place there is no reason you can't use both Freeview and Freesat together with the same TV.
Paul: The 700MHz band will be auctioned off in 2020 which will require the frequencies currently used for COM7 and COM8 to be reused for other muxes. Starting next year there will be frequency changes on most transmitters as all the muxes are reorganised for the 700MHz clearance, which will result in some households needing new aerials (see the article on the ukfree.tv homepage). By the time COM7 and COM8 close it is expected that the remaining PSB and COM multiplexes will have switched to DVB-T2 transmission as already used by PSB3, COM7 & COM8 which will make up for the capacity lost by COM7 & COM8 closing and provide much more capacity in areas where COM7 & COM8 aren't available. One of the reasons COM7 and COM8 were created was to increase take up of DVB-T2 capable equipment so that people are ready for a future switchover.