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Seeing something different? We are doing A/B testing on a new Material Design

The recent survey pointed out that mobile users were unhappy with some of the aspects of the UK Free design. To address these issues, I have created a new mobile-first design to the site. This is being shown to half of the people using the site to find out how effective the changes are. ——— 27 comments “Katie: Transmitter maps do indeed seem to be working again for Freeview, however radio maps are still broken.”- StevensOnln1

The next 50 things on UK FREE TV. What would you like to see?

Now that I have finished updating the code that runs UK FREE TV, I now have time to write some articles. I would be very interested to hear what you would like me to write about next.

27 comments “freddy: Have you come in a tardis from about 1934? I very much doubt that the British viewing public is likely to share your views.Its also diffi”- MikeB

UK Free TV now uses friendly web addresses

I have updated UK Free TV to use modern-style web addresses, which means goodbye to ".php?" in the site web links. If this has stopped anything working for you, please tell me!

36 comments “Briantist I suspect you have your system set to receive and install M$ updates automatically. Which means you get *all* the updates installed even if”- MikeP

Use the Knowledge base to find answers to your technical problems

From today a new UK Free TV service helps you locate an answer to a technical TV problem.

15 comments “Tony: Two cables in each room points to the previous occupier using either Sky+ boxes or alternatively Freesat PVR s (twin channel recorders) in each ”- jb38

DTG Summit: Freeview 700 MHz band for 4G very likely, BBC pay-Freeview not

I was fortunate to win some tickets to the annual meeting of the Digital Television Group at the DTG Summit today. The theme of the day was "co-allocation", a rather innocuous term for handing over the Freeview transmission bandwidth to mobile phone operators. We also learnt how advanced the plans are for Freeview to be equipped for a conditional-access to replace the TV Licence and saw the latest Freesat and YouView equipment.

47 comments “I can t understand why folk seem to be always grumbling about the idea of having to pay a licence fee. THE LICENCE FEE WORKS OUT AT JUST UNDER 40 PENC”- KEVIN GARDINER

Speculation: is BBC three going to be replaced by BBC One +1?

There is a large amount of speculation in the papers today that BBC three will be made into an online-only service in an upgraded BBC iPlayer. Does that mean that BBC One +1 will replace it on Freeview?

29 comments “MikeB: That s pretty much the experience in Wiltshire. Trowbridge has several new developments on-going and one is planned to be over 10,000 dwellin”- MikeP

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

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...

18 comments “Tracy: we need a postcode to work out whether you have a problem with reception generally, or whether its something to do with your system. If you jus”- MikeB

14 reasons why you should stop moaning about paying the TV Licence every day

It is a popular complaint - over the last 11 years - that this site is called UK Free TV and yet people have to pay the TV licence. I thought it would be interesting to see how we pay for free TV.

64 comments “Carl The TV licence is not actually to pay for the BBC but a permit to allow you to operate a broadcast receiving equipment such as a TV set. The mon”- MikeP

Does the BBC or BSkyB spend more on programmes?

I am sure you know that in 2013, British Sky Broadcasting had an income of 7,255 million pounds. More or less exactly twice what the British Broadcasting Corporation gets from the licence fee payer. So, who spends the most on programmes?

49 comments “bored: In fact Sky has made more and better programs consistently. The BBC has 1 or 2 hit shows every 5-10 years.The Bafta s tell a different sto”- MikeB

Want to see upcoming DAB transmitters or local TV areas? See UK Free TV

I have added into the system some enhancements to the maps to make DAB radio, Local Freeview TV and ITV regions easier to understand. I have also made a slight correction to the ITV regions.

24 comments “Trevor Dobie:Most of the full Freeview line up of channels is available to 98% of the population via Freesat.You don t need to pay a subscrip”- Mark

Whatever happened to Central South, Meridian Newbury and ITV Thames Valley?

With ITV reinstating the rural Border region for the 500,000 people in Cumbria, you might feel a little disappointed if you are one of the 2,500,000 people whom ITV has only two minutes a day of local news for - those in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, northern Hampshire, Wiltshire and parts of Surrey.

18 comments “What will happen next time round? Will each franchise be offered separately or will they be offered as a job lot that ITV plc can bid for? Is there a ”- Scott

Want to better understand the current TV faults? See the all new UK Free TV page

The "All transmitters with faults and engineering" page has been upgraded to make it easier to understand where the current faults are on the Freeview transmitter network.

97 comments “Dominic: See Steves reply to David Chambers Mendlesham (Suffolk, England) DAB transmitter - sounds like much the same problem. ”- MikeB

Some UK Free upgrades

There have been some upgrades to UK Free TV to deal with new information. This includes various maps, the analogue and DAB radio pages, and fixes for the transmitter information system.

24 comments “heather: Your location is not terribly far away from the Craigkelly transmitter which is located across the water near to Burntisland and so its assum”- jb38

Welcome to the new-look UK Free TV

As a special treat for the tenth anniversary we've given the site a new look and made some changes to the layout that we hope will make it quicker and easier to find what you are looking for.

17 comments “Brian: The links to all UTV transmitters still aren t working, as Paul Hardcastle has also commented.Any chance of these being fixed ?I also m”- Peter Henderson

Final mapping updates: new server, region overlaps, HTML5 radiations and pre-DSO

The mapping updates on UK Free TV have been finalised, with some new features and a dedicated new web server.

19 comments “L Sperring: You re picking up the Welsh transmitter Wenvoe.Run the tuning scan with the aerial unplugged up until 60% (then plug in).This will”- Dave Lindsay

Major update to UK Free TV Freeview reception prediction system

UK Free TV now has a new, improved system for showing the transmitters you can receive signal from - including a new graphic display system to show cross-section diagrams - and it now includes Saorview (free terrestrial TV in Ireland) transmitters.

24 comments “Keith Mardell: Analogue will completely vanish from the UK in the very near future and so I would not even consider it as being a necessity, most (but”- jb38

Improvements to aerial position information and mixed-polarity transmitters

You can now see more information about Full Freeview and public service transmitters, including the transmission height and polarity, and transmitters that provide both horizontal and vertical signals are now shown in full.

23 comments “Dale Beattie: In general, yes, the current low power signals will be replaced with high power ones, roughly equivalent to the four analogue signals. T”- Dave Lindsay

Channel 5 HD will launch on Freeview

Reports tonight say that Ofcom have agreed that the high definition version of Channel 5 will appear on Freeview HD.

46 comments “Well here we are in Sep 2015 and no sign of Channel 5 HD. Another gain for SKY I m afraid. Well at least I save 10k + every 10 years, by not having SK”- Nedbod

Multiplex names, frequencies and power level highlighting

A small modification has been made to make it clearer on UK Free TV where the names of multiplexes, the channel numbers or frequencies for broadcasts and the power levels are used.

34 comments “Mark: Have you checked to verify that the HD channel you are receiving is from Keighley and not Oxenhope or even possibly Emley Moor? Keighley HD bein”- jb38

TV region maps now show network connections and transmitter types

You can now see, for most regions, which transmitters are fed from which other transmitters, and Freeview and public service masts are indicated clearly.

30 comments “The Channel Islands final installer newsletter isn t linked from the Almanac pages any more, but it is still at its original location: http://www.digi”- Mike Dimmick

Paying Sky for free public service television channels

Try this: pop out to Tesco and when you get to the checkout, demand that they pay you to take the goods away. When they ask why, say "I work for Sky".

40 comments “I should add that there is a new satellite, Astra 1N, designed to provide more capacity for the UK and Ireland channels. One of its broadcast dishes h”- Mike Dimmick

DAB transmitters, multiplexes and radio stations

I have created a new system for UK Free TV that displays information about all of the UK's DAB transmitters.

29 comments “Jeet Chand: You need to contact the operator of the multiplex you want to broadcast on. Most city/county multiplexes are operated by either Arqiva (ht”- StevensOnln1

ITV1+1, ITV1HD, BBC One HD regional services on Freeview

I have updates the site to show correct details of the regional services on ITV1+1, ITV1 HD and BBC One HD as these may not be quite what you expected.|

25 comments “Tim, that explains why I assumed you were in the Sandy Heath area. Although my locations shows as Peterborough I am actually in Spalding, 16 miles nor”- Russ Dring

I'm back - but slightly incapacitated...

I am back from my holiday, but I've had a small accident.

44 comments “OUCH!!!,All the best for your recovery,you ll not forget that holiday in a hurry.Des”- Des Collier

DAB maps - another update

Just another look at how the DAB mapping is coming on

34 comments “...ah I see. My follow up post and the posts that other people who lept to my defence regarding SFNs must have been sucked up by the SPAM system?A”- Ash

Compare the free TV channels on the different systems.

This is an often asked for facility - to compare easily which free TV channels are on each different system.

25 comments “Ian McKie: If you look at the LNB on the end of the dish arm and only see one cable coming from it, then the chances are that its only a single LNB th”- jb38

UK digital TV transmitters radiation patterns

Mike Dimmick has provided diagrams for the 853 transmitter that have public available data.

12 comments “Stephanie - I found your mast - at Fron Heulog / Fron Uchafhttp://www.gps-routes.co. outeSuspect it s mobile phone. ”- Steve P

Changes to UK Free TV

I have been running this site in my own time since July 2002. After nine years I am considering making some changes.

120 comments “I would like to say a big thanks to Brianist and I m sorry you have had to put up with some rubbish, I know quite a few people who brows these pages t”- Alan Clark

Automatic comment links

A new feature - when reading comments, there are now automatically generated links to assist with understanding.

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The new Freeview prediction system - includes Freeview HD

Now with any date choice, FIVE different views, faster interactivity, aerial group filtering and better layout.

759 comments “John Poynter: In general terms, 86% signal strength is ample and receivers work perfectly fine with much less.Perhaps your receiver has tuned to N”- Dave Lindsay

BBC Freedom Of Information - transmitter radiation patterns

The BBC have released to me under a FoI request the transmitter radiation patterns

55 comments “Ken:No matter what colour it appears to be, it started out as white, usually a matt finish, and probably has become covered in atmospheric grime ”- MikeP

Post switchover signal strength.

Stephen Phillips asked about the relative strength of the analogue and digital signals.

42 comments “Grant Buckley: Looking at the location and the fact that your aerial is, one assumes, on the top of the six storey block, you should not have any issu”- Dave Lindsay
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