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All five public service channels now free to air!

High definition: It nice to see that all five of the designated public service broadcasting channels can now be viewed throughout the UK on Freeview, Freesat and Sky. ——— 14 comments “Mike: BBC channels are certainly public service , pretty much by definition. As for the commercial channels, ITV, C4 and C5 have a public service remi”- MikeB

#GreatBBC campaign launched

BBC Charter 2017: Two top British producers, Charlie Parsons and Lord Waheed Alli have created a campaign website called “greatbbc” to help prevent the BBC from being destroyed by the current Charter Review process.

44 comments “Nick: Matey, you are completely out of touch. I get my news and informed opinions from the internet. I take active parts in forums. I watch DVD s. I w”- MikeB

Yesterday, Drama and Really joining Freesat this month

Freesat: I'm very pleased to say that three of the UKTV channels will be joining Freesat very soon.

16 comments “Ian: Re; Yesterday. Yes, this seems to be the way of overcoming the necessity of requiring a viewing card for this channel.Tested out by disconnec”- jb38

Goodbye BBC Red Button!

BBC Charter 2017: The BBC is going to make saving this year of £150m because people are disconnecting their TV tuners and using the iPlayer online.

50 comments “terrible shame to cut this”- nicholas

Want to know how much the BBC spend in England, Scotland, Wales and NI per home?

BBC Charter 2017: Interesting figures from Broadcast magazine today - from their Nation and Regions Special - shows how much money is spent in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. I thought I would share...

25 comments “walter:I m afraid you don t appear to had gathered the point. To watch *any* TV live you must have a TV license. It is not dependent on whether y”- MikeP

S4C and Welsh Exceptionalism?

BBC Charter 2017: Reading the report from Institute of Welsh Affairs Media Policy Group makes me wonder about how the next decade of broadcasting should deal with the nations, regions and languages of the United Kingdom.

5 comments “Frank Woodcock: The problem isn t with broadcasters wanting to show stuff in 4K - Sky Q - Overview - Your wireless home entertainment system - they do”- MikeB

Freeview HD's VisionTV 20 channels now have Android and iOS apps

Watch TV online: If you have a Freeview HD box and are connected to the internet, you can view more than twenty specialist online channels from the VisionTV people.

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Will the World Radiocommunication Conference be the death of Freeview?

Freeview news: In just over a week, an important conference in Geneva, Switzerland is being held. One of the many things under discussion will be the future of free-to-air television up to 2030. Will the mobile broadband operators be able to get agreement to close down the UHF television band for reuse as 4G internet connections? Digital UK and other TV bodies are very concerned.

25 comments “Chris Shaw: But they will probably get better - and sometimes it depends what network your on. Last summer, my family was on holiday in the far north ”- MikeB

Will we ever have Freeview Ultra HD or Freesat Ultra HD?

High definition: You can already buy Ultra HD television sets in the high street. If I buy one, how long will I have to wait for Freeview and Freesat to broadcast my favourite shows in the better format?

19 comments “John H Williams: Thats not quite true. If you look around the internet, you ll see guidence on streaming 4K - and the figures range from roughly 15 to”- MikeB

New and improved Freeview radiation patterns

Freeview news: I'm very pleased to announce that the list of the radiation patterns - the diagrams that show the power levels for each direction from a transmitter - have returned in an improved format. In addition UK Free TV now has 528 new patterns received in the last month from Ofcom under a Freedom of Information Act request.


Official aerial installers guide to the TV spectrum future

Got interference?: If you want to know what the - official - future holds for the UHF spectrum and how this will change the old advice on which aerial to use, you can download this book for free.

3 comments “Richard Baltruschat:For us contributors to this site to have any chance of offering meaningful advice we do need to know where you live and hence”- MikeP

PBS America joins Freesat for Halloween

Freesat: PBS America, currently on Sky and Virgin Media will join Freesat on October 31st on channel 160.

13 comments “Laurel: Yes, or Virgin.”- MikeB

Freeview Play, Youview, Freesat Freetime, what's the difference?

Watch TV online: If you want free-to-air TV and Time Travel you can now pick from Freeview, Freeview Recorder, Freeview HD, Freeview HD Recorder, Freeview Play, Freeview Play Recorder, Freesat HD, YouView, Freesat+HD Freetime. Let me make this seem a little less confusing.

6 comments “Chris.SE: I ve got the older Now TV box, and you can t knock it for value (nice to know the new one does 1080), but the full Roku does give a lot more”- MikeB

Fixing the Freesat Freetime internet connection problem

Freesat: If you have a problem with your Freesat box not allowing you to get to the large selection of online TV shows, here is how to fix the problem. If you see "no internet connection" or no services listed under "On Demand", do this.

4 comments “Jennie Harrod: Briantist was requesting the actual model number of the Freesat box in question, the number you have supplied is that of the remote con”- jb38

New Freeview TVs and boxes to be HD only from 2016

High definition: From the start next year, the Freeview logo will only be on new TVs if they provide Freeview HD. From the end of next year, all new Freeview equipment will be HD.

27 comments “Paul Bale:Freesat is not operated by Sky/Mr Murdock. Freesat is exactly that - free satellite broadcasting of most services that are available on”- MikeP

ITV4 now on Freeview Light transmitters: retune needed for all Freeview homes

Freeview news: We have seen very few changes to the channels that homes that only get the public-service "Freeview Light", so it pleasing to see ITV4 added to the list.

2 comments “It is long overdue that those who have to suffer freeview light have a say in what we get, ie scrap the advert channels and give us Drama and ITV 3”- nick

Time for the BBC to release the DOGs?

BBC Charter 2017: If 70 households really missed the BBC so much after 9 days, to the extent their £3.60 "refund" seemed like a bargain, shouldn't the BBC start better marking the output with "paid for out of the TV Licence" marks?

21 comments “Keith Sheppard: You say many households were unaware they were watching a BBC programme. What mystifies me is why this should actually matter to a pub”- MikeB

How would you cut £613m from the BBC budget?

BBC Charter 2017: UK Free TV is making it possible for you to decide what to cut and what to keep. Use the tick boxes to select what you would cut from the BBC budget, and see your progress in the bar below. Please share!!!

51 comments “Thanks for your thoughts ...You are John Whittingdale and I claim my five pounds!Brianist: On a serious not, any coverage of whats going to be”- MikeB

When you can't quite hear the TV, subtitles are critical

Sound: One great advantage of the digital TV services is that every TV set has access to subtitles.

18 comments “Has any one noticed when there is singing it shows instead of #.... i wonder why it has changed? that s on the subtitles”- rob

What would you like to see on Freeview in place of BBC three?

BBC Charter 2017: The BBC seems set to move BBC Three onto the BBC iPlayer. What should the BBC do with the channel's precious broadcast bits and top-page Freeview slot 7?

36 comments “Having only Freeview and owning a net tv, I, like many others are short on High Definition channels. As I live under the Mendip transmitter umbrella I”- Richard

New secure server for UK Free TV

About us: 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.


Lots of ways UK Free TV is little bit better today

About us: 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

Go for it! What do you do on cutting the cord day?

Cord Cutting UK: So, you have your fast broadband, your wireless connections, prepared your devices and checked out what to watch online. Are you ready to take the final step?

8 comments “Brian: Your comments seems to have a problem....I m getting the message The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because it uses an invalid”- MikeB

Which 29 stars wrote Prime Minister Cameron to ask him to protect the BBC?

BBC Charter 2017: We are writing to place on record at the very start of the process our concern that nothing should be done to diminish the BBC or turn it into a narrowly focused market-failure broadcaster....

23 comments “Nick: For someone who doesn t feel that a reply is warrented (as you ve said in at least one previous post), why do reply to me? However, lets go thro”- MikeB

Prepare yourself for Cord Cutting: Where do I watch TV now?

Cord Cutting UK: You've got yourself an uncapped high speed broadband service with a wireless router, and like the idea of saving between 150 and 780 pounds every year. What is the next step?

17 comments “Mike: In order to maximise your broadband speed you should take the steps that are within your control, if they haven t already been carried out and a”- Dave Lindsay

Chancellor George 18% BBC fee cut to lowest level of BBC TV since B&W 1978

BBC Charter 2017: Yes, it's back to when most homes had black and white televisions and there was only two TV channels on air because cutting the BBC income by 18% is what is going to be done tomorrow.

26 comments “RichardW: Both sets of reception predictors indicate your area as not being particularly good for reception, the reason for, basically being down to t”- jb38

How much money can you save by Cord Cutting?

Cord Cutting UK: If you are prepared to stop watching live TV and enjoy content only when you want to watch, how much actual money can you save?

2 comments “Dear braintest; Re are you ready to cut the cordCosts may change after goverment action re removal of TVL exemptions for watching video from broadcas”- Graham F Lewendon

Cord Cutting UK Checklist: keeping it legal

Cord Cutting UK: The starting point for us here is doing things by the book. Some of the things you need to do to be a Cord Cutter UK can result in a proper criminal conviction if not done properly.

12 comments “Sally J.: But if you can answer honestly that you don t watch or record live TV, and that the aerial is still connected because you listen to Freeview”- MikeB

New section on UK Free TV dedicated to cutting the cord

Cord Cutting UK: New section on UK Free TV dedicated to cutting the cord.

12 comments “Jamie Jones: There is nothing wrong with The Young Turks - I ve been a fan for years, when they were on the (now sadly defunct) Air America radio netw”- MikeB

What is the BBC going to cut to fund free TV licences for 4m homes with over 75s

BBC Charter 2017: Just before the turn of the century, popular - with 43.2% of voters - New Labour Chancellor Gordon Brown found 300 million quid to pay the TV Licences for households with pensioners aged 75 or over. The dilemma for Tory Chancellor George Osborne, with 36.9% of the population behind him and cuts to make, is how to live up to a recent manifesto commitment to keep the pensioner benefits?

11 comments “Briantist: It would be interesting if someone like GeordieLad could actually define what they mean by non commercial , and educational and information”- MikeB

Show me the 55 TV channels have moved to the new Astra 2G satellite

General satellite: There have been a large number of changes to the channels broadcast from the satellites that provide services to about half of the homes in the UK. What do you need to do?

11 comments “A wells: It would appear that Showbiz TV (157) was removed from Freesat listings as from November 19th, it now only being available on Sky (no card) 2”- jb38

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

About us: 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.

12 comments “And from me, Brian. We all hope 2016 will restore you to vigorous health and activity!”- michael

Should Ofcom regulate the BBC?

BBC Charter 2017: The BBC Trust seems to be not really living up to expectations. Would Ofcom be a suitable body to regulate the BBC?

15 comments “I ve just had an idea about how Ofcom could replace the BBC Trust. It would be a very strange situation if Ofcom found itself having to threaten the B”- Charles Stuart

BBC Licence fee and new Charter: the political reality

BBC Charter 2017: Let's have an honest look at the current political situation and what it means for the BBC Charter renewal.

12 comments “Briantist: Thanks for your thoughts - your perfectly right when you point out that people really like the BBC, despite the newspapers. Its just that t”- MikeB

Licence fee replacements: All-homes broadcast contribution?

BBC Charter 2017: Having looked at the Finnish income-based model, and the French council-tax add-on, the version preferred by the Select Committee Report is the German Model. Let us have a closer look.

24 comments “anyone aware that the epg listings on freeview have been given the wrong start times starting from sunday march 27 breakfast news 5-9am wrong it shoul”- donald kirkbride

Licence fee replacements: broadcasting contribution via the Council tax?

BBC Charter 2017: Looking at the top three European replacements for the TV Licence, today we have a closer look at the French system.

12 comments “The current ‘TV licence fee’ should be replaced with a two part system: 1. A ‘Basic TV/Radio subscription fee’ for just BBC 1, BBC 2, their c”- J Peter Wilson

Income-based broadcast support tax

BBC Charter 2017: Let us look in more detail at the income-based broadcasting tax that could, as had happened in Finland, replace the TV Licence.

7 comments “Wont this mean even less income considering the amount of people on low income? People on a higher income will be moaning and quite rightly so for hav”- Ian

TV Licence replacement: is going to be French, Finnish or German?

BBC Charter 2017: Back in February 2015, the Culture Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons published their Future of the BBC report. It looked at three other systems in use to collect money for the public service broadcaster. Which do you like?

26 comments “Excuse me LongTime...... you really haven t got any idea how deaf,disabled,blind people have to fight to get proper access to TV... how dare you to te”- rob

New! 1000s of new DAB and FM radio coverage maps

Digital radio: One of the most requested feature upgrades here on UK Free TV is for the radio maps to show the transmitter coverage areas, as the Freeview pages do. So, please take a look at the upgrade.

19 comments “I love the new maps, but they re not updating?Lincs FM has gone on air on the LincsMux and Yorks MUX gone, but the maps aren t updated to show the”- Peter Wright

We ARE going to get BBC Local Radio on Freeview ... today!

Digital radio: OK, only a year after I speculated about it, the service has now started. You can now enjoy 10 BBC Local Radio stations.

26 comments “We re currently getting Norfolk on 719 and Cambridge on 722, both from Sandy Heath on 522MHz.”- MJ Ray