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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

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

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

Small change the UK Free comments system to help improve site performance

I have made a few changes to UK Free TV today to help the way the site is used on tablets and other mobile devices.

20 comments “On UK Free TV Website i can t see how to start a new topic?One question is, why is it with Sky HD and Sky plus boxes are people still getting Play”- Michael

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

Apologies for UK Free down this morning

UK Free TV was off the air today for a few hours due to a hardware failure.

18 comments “Ray Lindsay: Don t assume that just because its power indicator light is on that the device is functioning as it should.Try bypassing it by connec”- Dave Lindsay

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

UK Free TV is ten years old today

On the 5th July 2002, I created the first page on UK Free TV. And now it's ten years later... Here is a short history of ten years of independent, free digital TV advice...

27 comments “Congratulations on an excellent site. I have gained a huge amount of pleasure and knwledge from it since I discovered it just four years ago. It is an”- Nedbod

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

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

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”- 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

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

Automatic postcode fixes

The site now has a feature that corrects a few problems with the automatic postcode feature.

20 comments “Briantist: Ah, what appears to happen is that when you however over a link. For example if you however over Alan s map link/reception link above, the ”- Ash

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

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 Uchaf 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 “JonF - try a cheap booster amp. But don t tell Brian - he does not like them! ”- Steve

All channels page updated

The combined list of all channels aviliable on free television has been updated

27 comments “Briantist - Not usually but the wife likes the soaps and I m b*ggered if I m going to record them so that you can pan through the adverts - I d end up”- Brian Springthorpe

Box software updates

Details of the currently broadcast Freeview and Freesat set top box updates has been restored.

17 comments “David: if you re having trouble with Freesat you will have exactly the same trouble with the FTA channels with Sky. The easiest thing to do is to ask ”- Mike Dimmick

Which? video shows shop staff knowledge

Comet and Currys show how good their knowledge of digital TV really isn't.

30 comments “Bit late now this was back in 2003. I got so worked up at the time I don t want to relive any more angst. I have just put it down to experience and I ”- Nedbod

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

New transmitter overlay maps - coming soon

I have been updating things (as you may know) to have better mapping on UK Free TV, and this brings new look transmitter coverage maps.

90 comments “Briantist: for Hannington, Channel 4 analogue is way above all the other frequencies at C67. If it weren t for this, it would be Group B. All six mult”- 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

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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