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”
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 ”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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 ”
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 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