We ARE going to get BBC Local Radio on Freeview ... today!
You might recall that last year I asked Are we going to get BBC local radio on Freeview in England?
I am pleased to report that Radio Today says A number of BBC local radio stations have officially started on Freeview today, occupying four channels between them.
|BBC Radio Bristol||719||West|
|BBC Radio Cambridge||722||East|
|BBC Radio Devon||720||South West|
|BBC Radio Kent||719||South East|
|BBC Radio Leeds||719||Yorkshire|
|BBC Radio Manchester||719||North West|
|BBC Radio Newcastle||719||North East and Cumbria|
|BBC Radio Norfolk||719||East|
|BBC Radio Nottingham||720||East Midlands|
|BBC Radio Solent||719||South|
|BBC WM||722||West Midlands|
Let me know if you can get them.
Note about overlap areas
As these radio stations share the same LCN ("logical channel numbers") as (720) R n Gaidheal, Radio Cymru, Radio Foyle and (719) R Scotland, Radio Ulster and Radio Wales you may find the Freeview overlap issues occur.
Freeview HD boxes will ASK you about overlaps, and you pick a region and you will find the numbers as you expect. Older boxes will just allocate the channels on the multiplex broadcast on the lowest frequency.
All is not lost, however, the box will always put the channels somewhere in the 800-899 range. This is often the original channel number, with an "8" in front - so 819, 820, 821 and 822. But this is down the software in the TV or box. You might have to have a long look!Speculation....
|South West||Cornwall||Devon||Solent(West Dorset)|
|North East and Cumbria||Newcastle||Cumbria||Tees|
|East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire||Humberside||Lincolnshire|
The test transmission was 96kb/s mp2 so very poor audio quality and most local stations are in mono.
The BBC are now transmitting the local radio stations at 320kb/s AAC (HLS) on the internet. Mind these streams are not compatable with internet radios but can be received on PCs and smartphones.
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Here in central Cambridge (CB1) I have 719 BBC Radio Norfolk; 722 BBC Radio Cambridgeshire from the Sandy Heath transmitter BBC East (W) ITV Anglia (W) sub-region.
The Sandy Heath transmitter signal covers substantial parts of east Suffolk, north Essex, north Herts, Beds, Bucks, Northants, south-east Leicestershire and south Lincs, in addition to Cambs and east Norfolk.
I'm wondering why none of BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, BBC Essex, BBC Three Counties Radio, BBC Radio Northampton, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, BBC Radio Leicester have Freeview slots on this transmitter.
Or might they arrive in the fullness of time?
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