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”
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”
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”
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”
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 ”
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
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”
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”
Improvements to Freeview transmission mode information
Following the changes to the commercial multiplexes that are now being rolled out over the main 80 transmitters, I have improved the information shown on the site.22 comments “Len Beeton: Those channels aren t at the same power (strength) from the transmitter which is probably why you aren t picking them up. On 23rd November”
- Dave Lindsay
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”
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.27 comments “Briantist:
A quick look at your post on 22/07/2011 at 8:16am.
Looks like very few places will get anything more than the BBC multiplex
and big town”
- Mark A.
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
A question for Freeview user in Scotland
BBC Parliament used to be carried as a "quarter screen" service on Freeview. Would you prefer the channel to use this type of format whilst BBC Alba is being broadcast and have the ten radio stations back?27 comments “If I lived in Scotland I would have to bite the bullet buy FREESAT.I wouldn t be able to survive without decent quality BBC Radio 24/7 the ability”
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 “JonF - try a cheap booster amp. But don t tell Brian - he does not like them! ”
CAI and RDI-LB to merge?
Robert posts that "the two main bodies dealing with TV aerials will be tying up as the CAI (Confederation of Aerial Industries) is thought to be taking over the RDI-LB (Registered Digital Installers-Licensing Body)"23 comments “It would seem that the RDI-LB (a Government funded company) is to close it s doors in the next few months.It would further seem that a new Public ”
The last BBC Re-Broadcast Standby test?
Annually the BBC tests analogue transmitters will still reach all of the UK, even if there a national power failure.57 comments “RBS TEST 2010 - It s January, the bleak mid winter and what have we to look forward to this time year. Of course it s the annual RBS tests... Re-broad”
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