2050 Tube Map Affiliated (blog)
: To start a new "Affiliated" blog section on UK Free TV, I know you would love to see this map of the Underground as it will look in 2050 according to the London 2050 Transport Plan. I have spent much more time on this project than I had anticipated. A lot of thanks goes to the posters on the London Reconnection site for nit-picking every possible error from this map.
“As this web site is all about TV reception,
the question is:
How good will the reception be in the underground in 2050?” --- Mark A
“Are they going tom sort the mess that 1 to 99 is?” --- David
BBC Productions: will it be Arqiva mark two in 2017? BBC 2017
: BBC Director General Tony Hall has finally made his mark on the future of the BBC. If Greg Dyke launched Freeview, Mark Thompson takes credit for the iPlayer, how will the Tony Hall plan fare for Auntie?
“I think the first thought that comes to mind is why?
The BBC does make programmes for other broadcasters abroad, and plenty of other companies mak” --- MikeB
“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
“Brian, welcome as a yet-junior-but-highly-meritous member of the exalted club.
I shall raise a flute in your honour. We look forward to many years ye” --- michael
DTG Summit: Freeview 700 MHz band for 4G very likely, BBC pay-Freeview notBlogs
: 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.
“More changes to come, proving bad planning. Switchover III to re-allocate the 700 MHz band will be more unpopular I suspect than Switchover II when th” --- MikeP
New Freeview and Freesat channel TruTV to start soonTV channels
: Turner broadcasting, who provide the subscription channels Cartoon Network and TCM (Turner Classic Movies) are bringing a version of their popular "unscripted programming" channel TruTV to UK homes very soon.
“Perhaps theyre commissioning a UK version of Hardcore Pawn, but the crew in that photo are All-American, Yes Sirree Bob...
You dont often get Jewe” --- woodface
“Thats whats always worried me about connected appliances and smart TVs etc how do you install any protection?” --- Ian
“Sound quality is only one of the reasons DAB has failed. To allow even lower quality sound will only turn the public off. DAB+ does have proper error ” --- trevorjharris
“Where do you get the 3% figure from ? My guess is that about 40% would like the licence fee to be abolished.
In all you calculations you make the a” --- trevorjharris
“Hannington COM7 has been on-air since 18 March.” --- Mike Dimmick
The Evolution of the Connected HomeBlogs
: There is an awful lot of talk at the moment regarding The Connected Home and, specifically, its current impact on consumer electronics installation and connectivity and how it is likely to evolve further.
“Thats very true Mark.” --- Ian
“Council tax is *not* backed by criminal sanction. This is actually a major flaw - councils largely cannot recover all the money owed by non-payers - a” --- Mike Dimmick
“There is one guiding principle that the BBC should be paid for by the people who use its services. You seem to have left out advertizing and voluntary” --- trevorjharris
BBC plc, 2017: Rest in peace, Auntie (from 2019)BBC 2017
: It never went right for the BBC after it was sold off when the new government decided to "remove the legacy of public service by transferring all broadcasting to the private sector". In less than three years, after compounded mistakes, the old broadcaster is assigned to the recycling bin of history to make way for better mobile broadband.
“Can I live without the BBC? Well the answer for me is yes there is plenty of television to choose from. The assumption 4 out of 5 homes willing to pay” --- trevorjharris
“To put it simply decriminalization is the right thing to do. We do not know what effect it will have on avoidence and everything the BBC says is pure ” --- trevorjharris
BBC plc 2017. June: Media Talk discusses the ad-funded Auntie. BBC 2017
: Once again we are looking at what happens when in 2015 the new government decided to "remove the legacy of public service by transferring all broadcasting to the private sector". Curiously enough, an edition of Media Talk that had the good fortune to fall through a time warp from three years in the future defined the marketing division of the British Broadcasting Corporation as "a bunch of mindless jerks who were the first against the wall when the revolution came". Or did they?
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BBC, plc 2017: BBC announcementBBC 2017
: The manifesto promised to "remove the legacy of public service by transferring all broadcasting to the private sector", with just a month to go before the shares in BBC plc are allocated, the BBC issues a statement to clarify the services that will be provided in their subscription offer.
“Briantist: Beebview...like it. Still doesnt have quite the snap of Skynet though....” --- MikeB
BBC plc, 2017. Radio 4, the last voice. BBC 2017
: The manifesto promised to "remove the legacy of public service by transferring all broadcasting to the private sector", millions tune into their radios for the moment that the Royal Charter expires on the 31st December 2016.
“Is the BBC as we know it about to go crazy ?
Sounds like it to me.
People will just loose interest and give up the ghost with the beeb in the end ” --- Alvin Pritchard
BBC plc, 2017. The new CEO decides between ITV and HBOBBC 2017
: Following a manifesto commitment to "remove the legacy of public service by transferring all broadcasting to the private sector", the incoming government decides to sell off the BBC when the Royal Charter expires on the 31st December 2016.
“Andrew Way: Yep - its Skys world, although they are really looking for a PBS style BBC - minimal funding, always under threat, horribly worthy and wit” --- MikeB
Why the BBC should abandon 700+m "regional news" to fund local radio, BBC three,BBC 2017
: In summary: the more I think about this, the more it makes sense for the BBC to withdraw from so-called regional news and plough the extensive savings - 715 million pounds a year - into an improved local radio network, keeping BBC three on the television, expanding BBC FOUR and creating a new daily tea-time family comedy spot. Part of the savings would be used for a Scottish Six news programme, plus NI Six.
“The best thing about the BBC is its regional news. East midland has won awards for many years. Take it away and you might as well close the BBC. I sti” --- Ian
“Rob: I cant see any announcement of that on the BBC website, and Id be very surprised.
What I can see is a story that the government are considerin” --- Mike Dimmick
BBC three to be taken online and replaced on Freeview and satellite with BBC 1+1BBC 2017
: This will be subject to the approval of the BBC Trust: however it seems that the BBC will save 50 million pounds a year moving BBC three online. 30 million of the savings will boost drama on BBC One. The Freeview, satellite and cable capacity will be used to repeat BBC One shows an hour later from 8pm to 4am. The CBBC channel will remain on air until 8pm.
“Briantist;surely the most logical move,would be to put BBC Four on BBCB mux,in place of BBC Three,so that it could be viewed nationwide in HD,from eve” --- Aerialman
“Seems logical to me. Quite frankly BBC1+1 would be a more useful service than BBC3 which, for the most part, is a waste of airspace.” --- Steve
“BBC Alba to bite the dust?” --- Tony Hill
“- a516digital: BBC local radio spotted testing on Freeview in West Midlands ” --- David
Sky drops BBC EPG listing feesSky No Card
: Not before time, British Sky Broadcasting has agreed to stop charging the UK public service broadcasters the - frankly outrageous - fees they were charging to have access to the programme listing information for all of the BBC (with ITV, Channel 4 and 5 to follow) channels. Well done, Sky.
“About time Sky woke up and smelt the roses. Lets faces it most of the subscribers to sky still want to watch terrestrial channels as well. So they wan” --- john Martin
Four ways that UK Free TV maps are better than they were last weekAbout us
: The maps on UK Free TV are provided by the Google Maps API, which is enhanced by a dedicated server that generates the TV transmissions overlays. Over the last week I have also totally rewritten the code that generates all these maps. This was done to have them all generated by the same code, which means I could then improve all the maps at one.
“Briantist;The maps are very helpful to me in a practical way.But when are you going to change the Com7/Com8 Kw powers to the correct levels?” --- Aerialman
“I assume UK radio stations can be received via the internet throughout Europe so an internet radio would solve that part of the problem ?
What abo” --- PJH
“I wish more sites would consider how their structure affects their usability. For instance, I find that many newspapers have so many advertisements th” --- Charles Stuart
“As you know from your email enquiries, many people dont know the difference between FreeVIEW and FreeSAT - and who can blame them! To my mind, we shou” --- Tony Hill
“We are told all the time we are living longer and soon will have more people retired than are at work. I bet if you told all these non workers they ar” --- john Martin
“I recalled on reading the above article an incident from 40 years ago.A friend requested me to tighten up all fittings on his rooftop aerials BBC NI a” --- Richard
“Briantist: The site is incrediably useful, and Ive learnt a great deal from it in a relatively short time. There was some discussion a little while ag” --- MikeB
“Think you forgot one. If the sun is directly in the line of sight of a satellite dish the signal may be lost for some minutes.” --- trevorjharris
“As I no longer have to buy a TV licence I suppose Im not qualified to answer, however having had a quick glance at a list of other European countries ” --- Jack Luxon
Does the BBC or BSkyB spend more on programmes? Blogs
: 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?
“I must admit I do watch Last tango and Paradise but only because my wife does. I havent watched anything on bbc three for years. BBC Four does some ti” --- trevorjharris
The transmitted HD signals are all of 1980x1080 resolution. The electronics in the receiver interpolate that to fill in the non-transmi” --- MikeP