Four ways that UK Free TV maps are better than they were last week
UK Free TV is provided by many complex calculations. Photograph: Shutterstock
The maps I have provide here on UK Free TV are one of the most popular aspects of the site.
I am always trying to improve the speed and usefulness of UK Free TV, so I hope that the recent changes will make things quicker and clearer.
1 Maps load last
The code to show the maps now waits for all the other images and code on the page to be loaded before the map code is run. This actually makes the pages easier to use. You will now see this image for a few moments.
The new maps now have much less clutter on them: gone are the pan control (dragging is easy and works on tablets and phones) and the adverts that appeared on some maps.
You can still zoom using the control on the left, and there is a "pegman" in the corner if you need to enable StreetView: a good way to check out a transmitter
2 Better radio maps
The radio maps used multiple-levels of shading before. Whilst this could look attractive, it sometimes - perhaps often - looked a complete mess. Obscuring the place names and road names in a radio transmitter coverage area was not ideal.
The maps now look like this:
See Details of Choice FM DAB radio station
for an DAB
example and Details of BBC Radio 5 live analogue radio station
radio one .
3 Freeview maps
The "My Freeview
" map and the individual Freeview transmitter maps have much less clutter again. You can still find out if there are any phone masts near your house, and if you click on a terrain plot, you can see a much improved line-of-sight map.
Map of Freeview reception at BH217BJ
shows an example of a line-of-sight map.
4 Freeview frequencies, regions and faults