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Your suggestions (and my corrections) for 2014 please

I am very interested to know what changes, additions or corrections you think UK Free TV needs to serve as a useful website for the UK in the coming year.

Always happy to hear your suggestions.   Photograph: Shutterstock
Always happy to hear your suggestions. Photograph: Shutterstock
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Firstly, here is a list of some of the "backend" changes I have made to UK Free TV.

Special transmitter details

Caldbeck (Cumbria, England) transmitter now shows the ITV Border England and ITV Border Scotland services.

Ridge Hill (County of Herefordshire, England) transmitter: I have merged together two entries for Ridge Hill (a legacy of the analogue ITV-1 service, back in 2006 - ITV West extended to North Gloucestershire) and the ITV West service is now shown on the same page as all the rest.

Rowridge (Isle Of Wight, England) transmitter : Thanks to serling work from Sean we now have notification from Arqiva about the correct transmission details for com7 and com8 from that mast.

Transmitter Meta Tags

If you search on Google and get information up about transmitters from UK Free TV, the "meta" information now shows the correct number of multiplexes and all of their channels and powers.

Interfaces with Twitter and Facebook

I have obtained better icons for the sites listed in the Zeitgeist section. So, if you look at a "Read This" page, you see a better look, for example Read this: London Live reveals its bright lights for the big city - Media - now looks like

When such a page is posted on Facebook, it now keeps the correct large icon:

And pages posted on Twitter now get the full format for the extended tweet:

Over to you

One in 20 people from the UK visited UK free TV last year. I would love to be able to extend the site to make it useful to more people.

I would love you to tell me how the site could be made even better so we can help even more people enjoy Freeview, Freesat, Sky (No Card) and online TV viewing.

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How do I get a test card with Freeview1
I would like to know if it is possible to receive UK terrestrial Freeview servic2
I have been told I would receive too much singal from my Freeview tansmitter as 3
Can my Freeview box receive more than one BBC and ITV region?4
Is it true that my 87 year old mother is entitled to a FREE upgrade when the ana5
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UK Free TV fix 3: fix everything else... 1
UK Free TV fix 2: update IP address tables 2
UK Free TV fix 1: postcodes up to date3
UK Free TV twitter cross-posting to stop on 9 February 20234
Privacy policy5
Podcast transcriptions, better Read Me, toxic Perspective and Twitter fixes6

Monday, 20 January 2014

11:43 AM

Tony Hill: Thanks. Let me know if you have any additional thoughts.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

10:53 PM

Brian, can you do an article of dream boxes.
In particular what you can and cannot do with them.
Can you provide a list of possible channels available?

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Jpurkis's 82 posts GB flag

11:02 PM

Can I change my name and Email address easily without losing my previous posts?

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Jpurkis's 82 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
6:08 AM

Just a tiny presentational suggestion - it would be very helpful if the UHF CHANNEL NUMBERS could be more prominently displayed beside the PSBs and COMs, they are what we need for tuning.

I wouldn't need to ask if my filing system (brain) was better organised. I've probably got the list in 10 different places and can't find any of them!

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Patricia's 8 posts GB flag

7:50 AM

Patricia: I'm really not sure what you mean. I'm not sure how much more "prominently" you want them?

Sorry if I'm missing what you mean.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Tony Hill

1:27 PM

Briantist: Just one other thing, perhaps. The other day I was looking for a list of all the questions/email topics (not just the top questions) and I found an A-Z (I think it was A-Z) listing of them all but I don't know how I got there.

Perhaps a direct menu heading as a link would be useful - to me anyway!

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Tony Hill's 65 posts GB flag
Tony's: mapT's Freeview map terrainT's terrain plot wavesT's frequency data T's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Sunday, 26 January 2014
Charles Stuart

7:28 PM

In the days of analogue TV, it was very easy for a competent DIYer to install a TV aerial. With digital, it is much harder. Could I suggest a tool where one inputs a postcode and the program generates a list of transmitters likely to serve the address and the direction in degrees that one should point an aerial? As an example, Mendip is almost due south of me, so my postcode of BS15 1EF would generate a direction close to 180 degrees, maybe 177 or 183 degrees. I realize that sometimes an obstruction or some other thing can cause an effect that means that reception is slightly better if the aerial is slightly out of alignment but I think my idea would generally work.

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Charles Stuart's 159 posts GB flag
Charles's: mapC's Freeview map terrainC's terrain plot wavesC's frequency data C's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Dave Lindsay

7:43 PM

Charles Stuart: Digital UK already has such a tool. If you are to be entirely accurate then you will need to take into account how far Magnetic North is from either True North or Grid North (depending on which Digital UK uses).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

7:45 PM

Charles Stuart: That said, I don't think it's that critical and there are probably factors that will be more likely to cause poor reception such as objects between the transmitting and receiving antennas.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

8:14 PM

Dave Lindsay: I thought that the difference between grid north and magetic north was about one degrees at the moment?

Magnetic Declination

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