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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. ——— 18 comments “Brianist: When I look at the latest comments using Safari mobile, all I m getting is the headings ( Connecting it all up , etc). No comments, and no i”- MikeB

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

Best ever emails and improved menus on UK FREE TV

I really trust that you will find the new email format useful, and that UK FREE TV is more attractive to use.

27 comments “David Chappell: I use W7 and W8.1 with IE11 and Firefox 37.0.1 on both systems. This site works correctly under both operating systems and with both ”- 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

12th birthday: six improvements to UK Free TV

I have taken the opportunity of the twelfth birthday of UK Free TV to make a few changes.

7 comments “Just looked at the British Isles: Digital TV transmitters link and noticed under WR Wrexham it says this: Kilkeaveragh 2, Wrexham Rhos aka Wrexham-Rho”- Stuart Owens

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

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

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.

89 comments “Don O: Which transmitter are you using? There is a page for each transmitter on this site which will list any current engineering work or faults. If y”- StevensOnln1

Want EVEN better ADVANCED aerial to Freeview transmitter terrain plots?

Following on from yesterday, I have added an "advanced mode" to the new UK Free terrain plots. You can now choose the aerial height above ground level, and see the transmitters you can't get a signal from.

21 comments “Patrick: What aerials do you have pointing where?The transmitter on Sheriff Mountain broadcasts only Public Service (PSB) channels, which does not”- Dave Lindsay

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

Digital TV transmitters in Ireland - update

I have started to add information to UK Free TV about the Saorview transmitters in the RoI.

19 comments “Briantist: In the map selector buttons, you have Soarview rather than Saorview .For power levels, you re clearly using the figures from the sprea”- Mike Dimmick

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

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

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”- Nedbod

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! ”- Steve

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 ”- Ian

Telling lies? Freeview HD needs no new aerial, nor does play/record/pause

I just spotted this Press Release claiming that "anyone interested in the new Freeview+ HD service that they may require an aerial upgrade to reap all of the benefits of this new system, as some of the older aerials do not have full signal support for all Freeview HD Digital channels and the Plus record, pause and rewind capabilities"

53 comments “Tudor: It is possible to have too much signal as well as too little. Too much signal overloads the booster (if any) or the amplifier in the receiver. ”- Mike Dimmick

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

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”- Jordy

Sales - Freesat and Freeview reductions!

There are sales on already offering more discounts on Freeview and Freesat equipment and installations.

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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

Zingzing TV Listings

Easy to use TV listings website

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