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Keep up to date with improved UK Free trends

Some more on-going site upgrades: toady the Trends (or "read this") pages have had a long-overdue overhaul. They now have pictures and better icons. Also, the menu bar has the word "menu". ——— Be the first to comment!

Nine new ways UK Free TV makes your life better

Upgrade! There have been a number of fixes and upgrades to the site whilst it was in the process of being migrated from the old server. Which one is your favourite?

5 comments “The all channels page.If I click on Show everything or Just on Freeview or Just on Freesat or Just on Sky the page reloads and always shows Show”- Mark A

New secure server for UK Free TV

We have - at last - come to join in the world of HTTPS everywhere. This means UK Free TV can continue to provide location-based mapping, to be seen of kindly by Google as well as provide more security for the visitors.


UK Free TV now has more accurate Northern Ireland postcodes

The postcode database used by UK Free TV has been updated to provide more accurate mapping for postcodes starting with "BT".

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Place names added to all transmitters

To help with understanding the locations of the television, radio and DAB transmitters in the UK and Ireland, I have added descriptions to all the pages to show the country and county (or city, where appropriate).

5 comments “Geoff: Sedbergh is slave transmitter of Kendal and that s why you see the latter mentioned, you can check this by carrying out a signal strength test ”- jb38

50th birthday: guest RDI blog

On the occasion of 12 years of UK Free TV: I realised the other day that I am getting old!

4 comments “Life begins at 70, or 75, or 90. Depends on your attitude to gaining more knowledge and experience (aging).Hope you enjoyed the special event you ”- MikeP

Ofcom annual plan: 600MHz band for Freeview HD, potential release of 700 MHz

Ofcom plan for additional DTT multiplexes this year, and to rearrange all of Freeview (again) in several years time.

4 comments “Timothy Bennett: The aerial on your roof points to Sandy Heath and judging by your location I would have thought it always would have done.If the ”- Dave Lindsay

Lots of ways UK Free TV is little bit better today

I am taking the opportunity of being bed-ridden for at least six weeks to sort out some upgrades, updates and bug fixes for this our 13 year old website. Here is what I have done.

22 comments “Briantist: Experiencing problems (as seen below) when attempting to access the site via Firefox, although it seems to be OK, albeit a little slow to l”- jb38

I would like you to know why Briantist has not been posting on UK Free TV

During the 13 years I have been providing the UK Free TV web site, I always endeavoured to keep my personal life separate from goings on in the world of free-to-air television and radio.

11 comments “I hope your leg/foot gets better soon. I think that my pain problem pales into insignificance compared to yours. I have something called thoracic outl”- Charles Stuart

Four ways that UK Free TV maps are better than they were last week

The maps on UK Free TV are provided by the Google Maps API, which is enhanced by a dedicated server that generates the TV transmissions overlays. Over the last week I have also totally rewritten the code that generates all these maps. This was done to have them all generated by the same code, which means I could then improve all the maps at one.

9 comments “Aerialman: The trouble is that there is no official published list of COM7 power levels. The only way to find out at present is to use Digital UK s co”- Mike Dimmick is managed by Brian Butterworth

We are independent and do not wish to be confused with Freesat from Sky or Freeview

43 comments “Bob: Check your signal strength on both the Humax and the Sony. My Sony PVR is pretty sensitive, but very robust about high signal strength - its will”- MikeB

ITV network - regional clean up

As ITV1 becomes ITV, I have taken the opportunity to bring the ITV network up to date on UK Free TV.

14 comments “How do these micro regions work? I thought the ITV regional news went out live.I have before switched between different micro regions on my Sky b”- Stuart Owens

Want Free TV information even faster? See UK Free TV!

I have implemented a number of changes to the site today that are designed to make it run faster and be even easier to use.

7 comments “You re doing a grand job Brian ”- nick

Upgrade to transmitter coverage maps - now showing potential interference areas

Many of the pages on UK Free TV show coverage maps for the UK's network of Freeview transmitters - these are now showing additional information.

20 comments “Tea: Which channels are you missing? Is it the COMs (it usually is the case).See here and identify which multiplex(es) you are missing (PSB1, PSB2”- Dave Lindsay

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.

26 comments “I have been a member of UK tv for a number of years now and have contributed and have also been interested in other contributors comments etc.I ha”- Brian Wright

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78 comments “AJR: Obviously your TV is tuned to Crystal Palace for BBC London. What do you mean by can no longer ? Have you tried tuning to Bluebell Hill?It s ”- Dave Lindsay

How many Freeview, Freesat, Sky and cable homes are there in the UK?

Ever wondered how many homes in the UK use the various different free-to-air and pay-TV platforms? Are there really four times as many Freeview-only homes as Sky-only ones?

19 comments “I suspect quite a lot of freesat boxes are bought by people like me who have sky on their main TV but take one of the spare outputs from sky s 4 way L”- David Pinfold

405-line VHF bands I and III historic interactive map

To ensure that there is a full history of analogue television here on UK Free TV, a new interactive map showing the transmitters used for 405-line TV has been added.

13 comments “Pre war 30 line, produced from a mirror drum. Now that WAS low definition lol ”- Ron Lake

ITV and BBC regional TV maps - now with colour (again)

I have reintroduced the colourful "all regions" overview maps for the BBC and ITV television services, and also split the transmitter, BBC and ITV regions into separate pages.

8 comments “Hi Brian, Oliver s Mount is shown as Freeview Lite. It s a main transmitter or was classed as one? Has all the channels and one relay I think. ”- Phil