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Will I need a filter when the 5G mobile broadband services start in 2020?

700Mhz clearance: Over the last six years some Freeview users have had to fit special filter devices to the back of their Freeview television sets to deal with overloading signals caused by 4G mobile broadband. When 5G broadband starts in mid-2020, will this happen again?0 ——— 4 comments

Why are there so many +1 channels on TV?

General: Freesat has 22 of them, there are 24 of them on Freeview, and Sky gives a whole 100 numbers to them. Why are there so many plus one TV channels?

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Rebuilding Freeview High Definition from 2019 onwards

Future Freeview?: There is a bit of a dip in the space available on Freeview HD for high definition channels once 5G mobile services start next year, but the capability will return.

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20 Freeview HD TV channels to close March/June 2019 in Cornwall

High definition: Beacon Hill will stop transmitting the channels to Torbay at the end of March, with the rest of Cornwall they will stop from 19 June 2019. These channels are on the so-called com7 and com8 multiplexes, which are being withdrawn from Cornwall. This is ahead of the rest of the UK where the licence expires May 2020.

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Will BritBox survive in a Netflix world

Cord Cutting UK: Commercial broadcaster ITV said on Wednesday it would team up with the BBC, its long-standing public broadcasting peer, to create a British rival to Netflix called "BritBox" - Feb 27 (Reuters)

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Making UK Free TV look better and load quicker

About us: Just to let you know that I've finally gotten around to doing the several days' work it sometimes takes to get the All Channels page back up to scratch.

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ITV and Freeview

Freeview news: In the days before 18th Jan, the share price of ITV plc dropped when US-bank Merrill Lynch issued a doubtful report on the future of traditional broadcasting in Europe.0

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New Freeview Mobile App Launching in January 2019

Freeview news: UK's largest TV platform launches mobile one-stop-shop for the nation’s most watched content

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Updates for 700MHz Freeview retunes, fixed all channels, new icons, radio fixes

About us: Over the last week I have had, at last, enough free time to spend several days fixing everything that had stopped working properly on ukfree.tv.

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Much needed updates have been done to ukfree.tv

About us: Yes, this ukfree.tv website has been running for 16 years. It is now running in London and had several fixes and changes to allow it to keep up with the most recent changes to the world-wide web.

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Freeview 2024?

Freeview news: The announcement yesterday from Digital UK about the future of Freeview is intriguing. What does it mean for the future* of free television in the UK?

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Channel 4 abandons Freesat HD in TWO DAYS

High definition: Channel 4 HD will no longer be provided on Freesat HD from Thursday 22nd February 2018

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Current Freeview changes make it a little less reliable

700Mhz clearance: Over the next three years, Freeview is shuffling the frequencies it uses to make room for more mobile broadband. Will this mean risking missing a few TV shows?

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We will still need Freeview in 2042

Future Freeview?: 25 years ago, we saw the launch of UK Gold, a free-to-air satellite channel showing classic BBC and Thames TV shows. If we look forward to November 2042, what will we see?

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Five tips for when you are buying a new TV to watch Freeview or Freesat

High definition: I have been visiting stores where TVs are sold, and I have five tips to help you get the best value for money from your next TV.

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How long will Freeview and Freesat continue?

Future Freeview?: Backed by the major broadcasters, Freeview and Freesat have the medium term as secure as might be possible. But what will they be showing in 2025?

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Why do less than one in five people with an HD set watch in HD?

High definition: Research has shown that after over a decade of high definition television (HDTV) broadcasts, only 17% of people watch high definition TV channels. This is when three-quarters of UK homes has an HDTV as their main TV set. Why is this?

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Upcoming Freeview transmitter changes 2017 to 2020

at700 Freeview retune: Listed in this article are all the UK’s main Freeview transmitters, for each one is a list of the channel frequency numbers, and below them the latest expected date of changes, and the various changes.

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Freeview 2017-2020 map

at700 Freeview retune: Map of 700MHz clearance programme

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When will I get a new Freeview aerial because of even more mobile broadband?

at800 Freeview retunes: What is going to happen during the 700MHz clearance? To make way for more mobile broadband in 2020, millions of Freeview viewers are going to need to act. A very few will need a new aerial. Will that be you?

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BBC Local Radio on Freeview

Freeview news: The range of BBC local radio services on Freeview has been extended to provide coverage for almost all of them.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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

About 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.

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New Freeview logo for a connected future.

Connected TV: Freeview Play will supply catch-up TV, on-demand and even live TV channels .

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The lower the channel number in the guide, the more viewers it gets ... Right?

TV channels news: One of the reasons that Freeview does not reshuffle the channel numbers is because there is a lot of value in the lower numbered slots in the electronic guide. I thought it would be interesting to take a look.

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2050 Tube Map

Affiliated (blog): To start a new "Affiliated" blog section on UK Free TV, I know you would love to see this map of the Underground as it will look in 2050 according to the London 2050 Transport Plan. I have spent much more time on this project than I had anticipated. A lot of thanks goes to the posters on the London Reconnection site for nit-picking every possible error from this map.

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BBC 2017: The problem with turning Freeview into Payview to keep the 3% happy

BBC Charter 2017: Today I am going to game another BBC scenario: I am looking into how the BBC might become an encrypted service, but without turning the BBC into BBC plc.

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Sky drops BBC EPG listing fees

Sky No Card: Not before time, British Sky Broadcasting has agreed to stop charging the UK public service broadcasters the - frankly outrageous - fees they were charging to have access to the programme listing information for all of the BBC (with ITV, Channel 4 and 5 to follow) channels. Well done, Sky.

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9 weird ways that the weather will actually stop you watching free TV

Site development: Sometimes the picture freezes, the sound stops, and you have no TV. What could be to blame? As we are British, the best place to start might be with the weather...

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Technical changes to Freesat channels, 2nd-10th October 2013

Freesat: Are you having problems with certain Freesat channels?

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Good news for Freesat? Astra 2E satellite launched

General satellite: Very good news for the UK millions of satellite homes: from today there will be another satellite full - up to 60 transponders - of television to receive signals from.

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Digital UK on Freeview HD channel numbers: "we can not do that, sorry"

High definition: In a recent consultation, Digital UK asked which channel numbers they would like the Freeview HD channels to appear on. The answer was as easy as one, two and three...

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