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More digital radio stations. Ofcom - finally - proposes DAB+

Digital radio: You can almost hear the sound of "beep, beep, vehicle reversing". After many years of dismissing DAB+ as a UK broadcasting standard, Ofcom have announced that the time of DAB+ is approaching.
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“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

BBC 2017: The problem with turning Freeview into Payview to keep the 3% happy

BBC 2017: Today I am going to game another BBC scenario: I am looking into how the BBC might become an encrypted service, but without turning the BBC into BBC plc.
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“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

Various corrections and updates for Freeview HD, local TV and so on

About UK Free TV: I have been somewhat distracted from the rather necessary job of checking the UK Free TV database recently. I am pleased to say that, despite it being 22 degrees C outside, I found the time to fix a whole heap, as they say, of small issues.
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“Hannington COM7 has been on-air since 18 March.” --- Mike Dimmick


The Evolution of the Connected Home

About UK Free TV: 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.
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“Thats very true Mark.” --- Ian

BBC 2017: Tell me about the 16 options to collect the BBC 4 billion quid a year?

BBC 2017: This is a look at sixteen options to fund the BBC in the coming decade. I know you will be surprised by how the options have stacked up: the question is do we change the Licence Fee to one of these smart ideas?
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“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

BBC 2017: Which of these 14 options is best to collect 4 billion quid a year?

BBC 2017: There are loads of options for BBC funding, if you think about it. I have come up with ten criteria and fourteen funding systems. Which one comes out on top?
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“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.
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“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

TV Licence decriminalization: just how much is it going to cost you?

BBC 2017: As there is the potential for the BBC funding method to be changed by Parliament today, I thought it might be helpful to look at how much extra it would cost - or what services would be cut - if the BBC moved from the Licence Fee to subscription or adverts.
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“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 announcement

BBC 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.
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“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.
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“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 HBO

BBC 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.
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“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.
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“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

If the Licence Fee is frozen for 5 more years how could the BBC reshape itself?

BBC 2017: I have been looking at the figures for the existing BBC services and considering what the BBC should have been doing to "cut its coat".
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“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+1

BBC 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.
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“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

Speculation: is BBC three going to be replaced by BBC One +1?

About UK Free TV: 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?
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“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

An Independent Scot would still be able to watch the BBC on satellite, surely?

Freesat: As I am sure you know the 8% of the British population that live in the northern part of our Great isle are having a debate over how they wish to be governed. A small part of that debate concerns the British Broadcasting Corporation and the extent to which it will continue in Scotland.
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“BBC Alba to bite the dust?” --- Tony Hill

Are we going to get BBC local radio on Freeview in England?

Freeview news: If you have Freeview in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you have always had two extra BBC radio stations. Do tests in the West Midlands perhaps mean that we will we soon get local radio in England? I hope so.
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“- a516digital: BBC local radio spotted testing on Freeview in West Midlands ” --- David

Sky drops BBC EPG listing fees

Sky 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.
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“What benefit will the consumer receive as a result of these new arrangements. ?” --- Alvin Pritchard

Four ways that UK Free TV maps are better than they were last week

About 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.
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“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

Were ... you watching UK Free TV from the Astra satellites until last week?

Freesat: Many of the UK top TV and radio channels move to their new home on the Astra 2E satellite last week. Many people who watch and listen to the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and 5 services from outside the UK from these satellites now can not get a signal.
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“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

Lots of fixes and updates to UK Free TV including Astra 2E and Comux

About UK Free TV: Today I have updated the UK Free systems to make some updates and corrections. If you have any comments or additions, please let me know in the comments below.
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What will we all soon be using the spaces in Freeview for?

Rigger's zone: Steve Cannon RDI Training and Skills Director provides an update to the emerging technology that fits between the gaps of Digital TV - the White Space Technologies.
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“Quotes: Do we really need this entire spectrum for digital television signals? Well the answer as we should already be aware is an emphatic NO ! ” --- Mark Agius

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

About UK Free TV: 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.
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“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

Freetime supports Freesat 2013 growth

Freesat: News from Freesat today that their service now reaches over 3.8 million viewers.
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“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

Should the UK close down the TV networks to allow for more mobile broadband?

Digital switchover: Ofcom is wondering if Freeview is needed in the future, or can we close down the massively popular service to provide more 4G broadband. Freeview occupies 256MHz today, whilst mobile phone services have 560MHz. Digital UK has a report that suggests Freeview is good for the UK.
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“Recently been in my two Currys/PCWorld stores and they no longer demonstrate TV sets from Terrestrial transmissions. One sales man told me only intern” --- David

Evolution of safe working at height from ladders processes and training

Rigger's zone: In the first of a series of guests from the Registered Digital Institute, Steve Cannon the RDI Skills Development Director looks the importance of safely working at height from ladders and on rooftops.
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“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

Your suggestions (and my corrections) for 2014 please

About us: I am very interested to know what changes, additions or corrections you think UK Free TV needs to serve as a useful website for the UK in the coming year.
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“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

9 weird ways that the weather will actually stop you watching free TV

About UK 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...
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“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

14 reasons why you should stop moaning about paying the TV Licence every day

About UK Free TV: 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.
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“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?

About UK Free TV: 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?
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“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

On the tenth day of Christmas Auntie brought to me ... five more HD channels

High definition: It is confirmed. If you use Freesat HD, Sky HD or Freeview HD, the BBC have five more HD channels for you from December 10th.
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“Brian Wright: The transmitted HD signals are all of 1980x1080 resolution. The electronics in the receiver interpolate that to fill in the non-transmi” --- MikeP

Freeview round up - BBC HD, Local TV, Al Jazeera HD

Freeview news: As I have been away for a few weeks, this is a quick update with some Freeview news.
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“thanks Des Next time in the market for a new TV i will pay more attention As i said above its not that big a problem as my SD is virtually as good” --- NICK ADSL UK

What could happen to Freeview if Scotland voted to become independent?

Freeview news: What could happen the broadcasting in the UK if Scotland decided to leave?
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“The TV News coverage on TV seems to only feature SNP Government and pro being a separate country. Where is the voice of those in Scotland wanting to ” --- David

Is Freeview ready for the first local television service tomorrow?

Local TV: The system re-engineering requited to integrate new service for Grimsby is complete.
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“Des Collier: The radiation pattern and ensuing coverage prediction would suggest that reception of Estuary TV in Scunthorpe is unlikely.” --- Dave Lindsay

Want better Twitter notifications? Put your @name in the box when you post!

UK Free TV latest: I have improved the way that UK Free TV works with Twitter.
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“This feature needs to be enabled on an opt-in basis.” --- Dave Lindsay

Newsflash - Freeview HD "COM7" multiplex on air and showing Al Jazeera preview

High definition: Just a quick post to let you know that the extended Freeview HD service has started test broadcasts. The first new multiplex, COM7, is broadcasting - from Crystal Palace at least.
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“Did a channel refresh but there was nothing new from Mendip, though 105 is showing BBC Three HD with a message that its coming soon. Im interested to ” --- Charles Stuart

Want to watch BBC three or CBBC in HD? You need to retune your Freeview box

High definition: When the BBC HD channel changed to just showing BBC TWO programs, viewers of the other five BBC TV networks lost out. The BBC are going to launch two of them shortly, so retune your Freeview HD box.
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“OK, so theyre currently using: 101 BBC One HD 102 BBC Two HD 103 ITV1 HD 104 Channel 4 HD So wouldnt it be more sensible to have 107 BBC Thre” --- Nicholas Willmott

Where will the 162 new BBC DAB transmitters be?

Digital radio: The BBC has announced today a two-year plan to bring national BBC DAB to 2 million more people - to bring BBC national DAB coverage to above 97%.
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“Hi Colin The Kent multiplex is on Block 11C: 220.352 MHz If you do an autoscan your DAB radio should pick this up. ” --- Mark

Which free digital TV system will give me the most reliable reception?

Freeview Interference: This week I am going to look at the digital TV systems in use and look at why they do not work for everyone all the time - and what you can do about it. Today, we start with looking at the four systems.
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“Will you give warnings please as to what equipment of these system will remain fully useable for say the next 7 to 10 years that we have now. EG. Im ” --- David
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