|Apologies for UK Free down this morning||1|
|15th May 2013 retunes for Yorkshire coast and Dorset, Wiltshire, Isle Of Wight||2|
|Want to see where a point on a line of sight on a map? Click on UK Free TV!||3|
|Want to better understand the current TV faults? See the all new UK Free TV page||4|
|Want EVEN better ADVANCED aerial to Freeview transmitter terrain plots?||5|
|Want better aerial to Freeview transmitter terrain plots? Check out UK Free TV!||6|
|Brighton to be the fourth at800 test area from mid-May 2013||7|
|Want to compare channels on all free TV services easily?||8|
|New channel coming to Freeview - Drama from 8 July||9|
|Dave Lindsay jb38: Im not sure which DUK trade predictor you||1|
|jb38 hugh williams: Just a point concerning that seen in Dav||2|
|jb38 Matt: Many thanks for your update / image shack view of||3|
|Briantist robert mcbeth: Freeview isnt designed to work with||4|
|Briantist BrianB: The best place to start is Freeview re||5|
|Briantist Brynn Trent: From what I recall from the rules, yo||6|
|Briantist Len Loullis: People tell broadcasters that they li||7|
|Briantist eric: Its only entertainment - theres no such thin||8|
|Briantist Nick Jeffers: If you have lost all DAB services, t||9|
|Briantist George: Can you have a look at the Freeview re||10|
|Freeview reception predicton||1|
|All free-to-watch channels||2|
|What price for an aerial installation? | Rigger's zone||3|
|Winter Hill (Bolton, England) Full-Freeview transmitter||4|
|Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) Full-Freeview transmitter||5|
|What can I do when my Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'?||6|
|My Freeview box has no EPG, is blank on FIVE, ITV3, ITV4, ITV2+1, has no sound or the channel line up is wrong||7|
|Mendip (Somerset, England) Full-Freeview transmitter||8|
|My ITV/C4 Freeview channels have disappeared - what can I do? Is it my SCART cable?||9|
|Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Freeview ?||1|
|My Freeview box has no EPG, is blank on FIVE, ITV3, ITV4, ITV2+1, has no sound or the channel line up is wrong||2|
|What can I do when my Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'?||3|
|Can I use my ex-contract sky digital satellite receiver to get Freeview channels?||4|
|Can I receive British Eurosport for free?||5|
|My Sky box has a "no signal message" - what do I do?||6|
|How do I change the RF output channel on a Sky Digibox?||7|
|My high gain aerial can't get all the Freeview channels I expected||8|
|How can I get Channel 5 on Sky in Ireland?||9|
|How can I watch Channel 4 and five on satellite if I have no card or a free-to-view card?||10|
Since the launch of "625 line" UHF television, broadcast television services in the UK have used a range of frequencies running from 474MHz to 867MHz, each in blocks of 8MHz.
To make the allocations easier to understand, they have been allocated "channel numbers" starting at C21 and ranging up to C69.
For around four decades the official allocations provided these channel numbers to the BBC, the ITV companies, then Channel 4 (or S4C in Wales) and eventually Channel 5 to provide analogue television services. The following "bingo card" shows the allocations are they were from the 1960s to the millennium.
As you can see, C36 was used for RADAR, C38 for radio astronomy, and C69 was used for "programme making and special events" (PMSE), which generally means the low-power radio equipment used at outside broadcasts.
In the late 1990s, low-power terrestrial digital television launched (as ONdigital, then ITV Digital), these services were squeezed into the existing plan in the UK.
When Freeview became a consumer success, it was decided that the analogue services would be switched off and replaced with just high-powered digital services. As part of this there would be a "digital dividend review" because the digital-only plan would free up some of the TV frequencies, as digital channels can co-exist more efficiently than the outdated analogue TV could. The plan looked like this:
However, it became clear during early 2009 that the 790-862 MHz frequencies would be co-ordinated over the whole of Europe for fourth-generation mobile broadband ( Digital Dividend - changes to the 800MHz ). These new mobile broadband services are referred to as "4G" and "Long Term Evolution" (LTE). This left the plan as we find it today:
One of the effects is that some transmitters in switched-over regions are moving services from C61 and C62 into next year - 2013 - post-switchover changes to Freeview transmission frequencies.
What does the future hold? Part two: Ofcom channel bingo II - introducing the bands