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a few changes   Photograph: jackiemorris
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I have made a few changes and fix a few bugs here on UK Free TV:

In the main menu:

  • Added some chevrons to help better distinguish menu sections from menu items;
  • Created a new section called Archive (2002-) and moved some very lightly used site features to here to reduce clutter;
  • Fixed a bug that was causing a slight but perceptible delay in building the menus;

On the site generally:

  • Used a new feature called “lazy loading” that better instructs your web browser when to fetch photos and other large graphics from the web server
  • Remove the little-used “popular pages” features – it was using a lot of database resources and is being duplicated by Google Analytics;
  • Removed the defunct “current” set-top box software links;
  • Reduced the number of places that the adverts (the ones that pay for the site’s hosting and database servers) to get the web pages to load more quickly.
  • Fixed several (hidden) usability bugs.

On section menu pages:

  • Fix a bug that wasn’t linking the image link to a story page, only the text

On comments:

  • Site no longer creates an in-page link if you do not provide a web-site or twitter handle when posting a comment;

On the mapping pages:

  • Removed the AM, FM and DABtransmitter regions” maps – the site now redirects to a map;

The “at700” system:

  • Pages are now updated to show the quarter (rather than half-year) that the changes are going to happen, including recent changes to the schedules;

I also ensure the ever-ongoing task to keeping the site synchronised to the configuration of Freeview, Freesat and free-to-air Sky


If you have any other problems with the site that I have not – yet – noticed please let me know below in the comments.


Thanks to everyone.

Brian Butterworth

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Thursday, 11 January 2018
Tom Allen
8:08 PM

Thanks for the responses folks.

I have investigated further and found the same problem on someone else's PC using Internet Explorer.
I then tried using 'Edge' on that Windows 10 PC and it worked.
It's odd that the terrain plot works in Internet Explorer on both PCs but not the map view.

Tom Allen

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Tom's: mapT's Freeview map terrainT's terrain plot wavesT's frequency data T's Freeview Detailed Coverage

8:26 PM


I use Firefox, Opera or Chrome in Windows 8.1 (modified) and it works in all of those with no problems.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 September 2022
6:26 AM

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Lee Goulding
6:49 PM


I am seeing this error message for every UHF transmission site. It looks like an error has crept into a recent update. The problem did not occur until yesterday. Hopefully the site owner is seeing these messages and will fix the problem. I would contact him, if only I knew how...


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Lee Goulding
6:52 PM

I get this problem for all UHF sites.
It started yesterday. Something has been
changed causing the site to fall over.

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Lee Goulding's 2 posts GB flag
Thursday, 22 September 2022

1:03 AM

I'm getting exactly the same. Problem notified to the site owner, it does sound like some update bug, like a few other problems on the site!

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Chris.SE's 4,231 posts GB flag
Monday, 2 January 2023
Rob Goodsall
7:49 AM

The channel listing extras feature reflects pre 700 clearance channel information. If transmitter site selected the link and information is then correct. Link attached
Find a Freeview transmitter by frequency on C60 and C59 | free and easy
Very useful resources.
DAB broadcast spectrum resource excellent to explain where in the spectrum DAB and FM fit. I could not find the same for DTT
List of all DAB multiplexes | free and easy

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Monday, 17 April 2023
G. Hadley
9:38 AM

site links link to Emley Moor page does not work, error: 'subroute_tv(Emley_Moor) returned null' is shown

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