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Local TV on Freeview "radiation patterns" update
The local TV services on Freeview that will be starting within the next 12 months are designed to have their output restricted to local areas. To do this, the transmissions are only output in certain directions.
Charles Stuart: The Croydontransmitter will provide coverage to the south-east, while Crystal Palace's service won't cover that area. Presumably that's easier to build than an antenna array serving the whole area off Crystal Palace itself - it may be down to some other tenants on CP being in the way, given that the Croydon aerial is so much further down the mast.
The Croydon and Crystal Palace services have been assigned the same frequency, so they will be running as a single frequency network.
There was certainly criticism from the candidates for the London service that it wouldn't actually cover London all that well, this may be the best compromise that Comux and Arqiva could come up with.