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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Want better aerial to Freeview transmitter terrain plots? Check out UK Free TV!

UK Free TV now has improved terrain plots, which show the line-of-sight between the aerial on the roof and the digital television transmitter. In addition to this, there are several other bug fixes.

8 comments “The terrain plots are fine for the transmitters listed at location Site settings . But can a terrain plot be obtained somehow for other nearby transmi”- Mark Heselden

DAB links, multiplex lists and compare TV improvements

I have made a few changes to the pages on UK Free TV to reflect recent changes due to digital switchover complete.

10 comments “This must be the most protracted launch of a ny service whether it be TV or Radio. When is Muxco eventually launch the East Wales/West Cheshire DAB m”- Aerialman

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

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

Changes to switchover frequencies in Meridian, London and Northern Ireland

Ofcom have, as part of the changes required to create the 4G mobile broadband service, changed switchover channel allocations on transmitters in parts of the UK

23 comments “Briantist: So RTÉ1, RTÉ2 and TG4 will be (or are) available on BT Vision s on-demand service?Or will BT Vision boxes be able to receive th”- Dave Lindsay

Channel 5 +1 to launch early December on Freeview and Freesat

The one-hour timeshift of Channel 5 will start shortly on Freeview, Freesat and Sky and via Virgin Media next year.

24 comments “shiela becci: Without knowing your location or transmitter you are receiving from it is difficult to give an exact answer.Channel 5+1 is carried o”- 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

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

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

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

Thinking about DAB transmitter pages

An early idea of the DAB transmitter pages

2 comments “Brian, these maps will be greatly appreciated, as are your DTT ones. Could you be bribed to bump South Wales and the South West to the top of your pr”- michael

DAB updates

DAB radio information better integrated into the site

23 comments “Ofcom have today approved the Now Digital application for a DAB extension to North Devon.As a result of this Global s local FM licence (Heart Nort”- Mark

Freeview Light and Radio comparison pages

You can now see how the channels on Freeview Light (the public service transmitters) compare with Freesat and Freesat-from-Sky.

19 comments “ BBC (Radio) London is on the general Freesat EPG listing.Interesting Brian.BBC Radio London is only available on Sky in NI under the other ”- Peter Henderson

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

Automatic comment links

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


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

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

Kenneth Clark's Civilisation HD

It does seem that making suggestions to the BBC does work.

14 comments “I ve just seen a trailer for this series the restoration looks good. Its on the bbc hd channel at 10pm on wednesdays.Mark Aberfan Aerials”- Mark Aberfan Aerials

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

Freeview retune - poor public service transmitters deal

5.1 million people are about to feel they are not getting a choice from Freeview. Two time-shifts and four HD simulcasts and just one news provider when you have limited channels is a poor deal.

85 comments “Richard Barber: You are predicted to have good reception from Black Hill on all six muxes from 22nd June 2011, so one week to wait.Use a group B recei”- KMJ,Derby

Freeview retune day - how was it for you?

How did your Freeview retune go?

202 comments “Thank you.Trying to run a 4:3 TV remotely in the kitchen and a 16:9 in the lounge (still fed from the Sky box analogue RF modulator as the Sky box”- M S Hahn

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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