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UK Free TV's prediction maps now include the local TV services that will go on air over the next 12 months.

UK Free TV's prediction maps now include the local TV services
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I am very happy to say that UK Free TV now has the ability to show the new local television multiplex.

The services will be provide by Comux and will provide a "Channel 8" service (45 in Wales and Scotland) in selected areas soon.

You will also get another couple of extra TV channels too.

The coverage maps look like this:



The maps can be seen from the relevant transmitter pages, such as Divis, Brierley Hill , Sutton Coldfield, Whitehawk Hill, Bristol Ilchester Crescent, Bristol Kings Weston, Mendip, Wenvoe, Craigkelly, Black Hill, Belmont, Beecroft Hill, Emley Moor, Storeton , Crystal Palace, Winter Hill, Pontop Pike, Tacolneston, Nottingham, Waltham, Oxford, Sheffield and Rowridge.



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Sunday, 4 August 2013
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Steve P
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11:48 PM
Wrexham

I'm probably being thick but how do I get it for my location LL14 5HD or tx Wrekin ?

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Monday, 5 August 2013
Briantist
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7:15 AM

Steve P: Click on "Reception Map" next to your post or see - My Freeview | ukfree.tv - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice .

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Briantist
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8:37 AM

Steve P: I should have probably said: there are no local TV services planned for The Wrekin.

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Ian
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1:35 PM
Hinckley

There is a huge gap between Sutton Coldfield and Waltham that's not going to get a local service from ether transmitter, and I bet its not the only area that will have nothing so I beg the question "what's the point"????

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Briantist
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3:27 PM

Ian: The whole point of these services is that they are local, thus .. they don't cover large areas.

This isn't an attempt to do another "national network" with some regions opt-out, but a network of local stations.

Given that most of the UK live in cities, these few services will cover a large proportion of the population.

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Ian
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3:37 PM
Hinckley

But not Leicester or Derby for example. Most of what is going to come from Waltham will only cover Market towns and the North West Fens. So I ask again Whats the point. Wouldnt a red button service have been a better option?

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Charles Stuart
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6:00 PM
Bristol

@ Ian. I think that the point is that only certain locations can be covered and, while the areas available for coverage via the Waltham transmitter miss many of its population centres, the population covered is sufficient to make a service viable. Also, it's in conjunction with the Nottingham relay, so most of Nottingham will have coverage. Think of the Waltham service as a Nottingham local station with a large hinterland.

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Mike Dimmick
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7:04 PM

Ian: A red button service from where? Each service occupies some capacity, either taking capacity from some other service or requiring additional multiplex capacity. A red button service actually requires more capacity than a standard service appearing in the EPG, because one or more normal services have to host a small program to display the 'press red' popup and switch to the other service.

One of the reasons that these local services don't have as much reach is that the TV spectrum is very crowded. This set of stations are what was left over after the three PSB multiplexes had reached their coverage goal, plus the three COMs had had their chance for as much coverage as feasible without taking on new sites.

So the point is to provide a local TV service for those towns and cities where coverage is feasible at a reasonably-affordable price. Not to cover all towns regardless of population, and not to create a full regional network.

Waltham's local TV service on C26 has to avoid interfering with D3&4 from Crystal Palace, BBC A from the Bromsgrove/Lark Stoke/The Wrekin group, two of Nottingham's relays in the Derby area (Little Eaton and Eastwood), four of Tacolneston's relays in Norfolk and BBC A from Bilsdale.

Users find 'red button' far less discoverable than real channels - they are less likely to be aware that the red button service exists. That's why the BBC changed BBC Three's hours for the Olympics, rather than just adding a new red button service. (They added that too, but it was a lot of work to reorganize the channels' run times which wasn't strictly necessary.)

Unless, of course, you mean a 'connected' red button - the program that handles the button-pressed event merely tells the box to switch to an IPTV service. Sadly, this feature is only guaranteed to be on Freeview HD newer than a certain date. On those boxes, however, you can also select a service from the EPG which just loads and runs an program that redirects to an IPTV service. See 'Connect TV' etc in the 200+ range of channel numbers.

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Ian
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9:26 PM
Hinckley

There must be a lot of highly populated areas that are going to get nothing then, so how can it be called a local service, if a lot of locals cant get it? This is why I cant see the point.

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Briantist
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9:38 PM

Here's a "combined" service area for Nottingham.



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