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The ongoing - now 15 years - of updates to UK Free TV continues.

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I have made a few changes and fix a few bugs here on UK Free TV:

In the main menu:

  • Added some chevrons to help better distinguish menu sections from menu items;
  • Created a new section called Archive (2002-) and moved some very lightly used site features to here to reduce clutter;
  • Fixed a bug that was causing a slight but perceptible delay in building the menus;

On the site generally:

  • Used a new feature called “lazy loading” that better instructs your web browser when to fetch photos and other large graphics from the web server
  • Remove the little-used “popular pages” features – it was using a lot of database resources and is being duplicated by Google Analytics;
  • Removed the defunct “current” set-top box software links;
  • Reduced the number of places that the adverts (the ones that pay for the site’s hosting and database servers) to get the web pages to load more quickly.
  • Fixed several (hidden) usability bugs.

On section menu pages:

  • Fix a bug that wasn’t linking the image link to a story page, only the text

On comments:

  • Site no longer creates an in-page link if you do not provide a web-site or twitter handle when posting a comment;

On the mapping pages:

  • Removed the AM, FM and DABtransmitter regions” maps – the site now redirects to a map;

The “at700” system:

  • Pages are now updated to show the quarter (rather than half-year) that the changes are going to happen, including recent changes to the schedules;

I also ensure the ever-ongoing task to keeping the site synchronised to the configuration of Freeview, Freesat and free-to-air Sky

 

If you have any other problems with the site that I have not – yet – noticed please let me know below in the comments.

 

Thanks to everyone.

Brian Butterworth



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Privacy policy1
Podcast transcriptions, better Read Me, toxic Perspective and Twitter fixes2
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Updates for 700MHz Freeview retunes, fixed all channels, new icons, radio fixes5
Much needed updates have been done to ukfree.tv6

Comments
Saturday, 14 October 2017
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Andrew Wood
12:32 AM

I thought the site was down, and this was confirmed by isitdownforme, but it appears that you can no longer have www. in front of ukfree.tv.

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Andrew Wood's 3 posts GB
Briantist
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3:44 PM

@Andrew Wood: There is another web server (which I know as "blue") that handles requests to the www.ukfree.tv domain and redirects them here to secure site (at ukfree.tv). It's been like that for a couple of years now.

I had to stop and restart the server and it didn't have what Amazon call a "Elastic IP" so the IP address changed when it came back up. I fixed it to an Elastic IP, but I neglected to tell the domain people.

So, it has been corrected, but it will take up to 24 hours to pass through all the levels of DNS caching.

Thanks for pointing this out.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Sunday, 22 October 2017
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Anthony Watt
6:30 PM

Why is publicly-funded BBC4 HD not provided on the smaller transmitters when the commercially-funded ITV HD is on all transmitters. In South Cumbria there is a large population around the Morecambe bay area but we only have the 6 original multyplexes while in North Cumbria with a much smaller population all 8 multyplexes are avalable. BBC4 HD is a worthwhile improvement when watching the more serious programmes. All the BBC HD programmes should be universally available.

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Anthony Watt's 1 post GB
Monday, 23 October 2017
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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:16 AM

Anthony Watt: Because there isn't enough capacity to carry BBC4 HD on every transmitter. It is expected that at some point in the next few years (although no date has been announced yet) that all PSB channels will cease broadcasting in SD, which will free up capacity for BBC4 HD, CBeebies HD and BBC News HD to be broadcast from every transmitter.

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StevensOnln1's 3,403 posts GB
Saturday, 4 November 2017
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Tom Allen
6:55 PM
Dorchester

The reception map for location DT1 1PU and for the Rowridge transmitter now consists of only the grey background map and the single location marker with no overlays at all and no other markers. The terrain plot is OK. Is it me or is it you ? .

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Tom Allen's 9 posts GB
Tuesday, 9 January 2018
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Tom Allen
12:11 PM
Dorchester

Repeat post from 4 Nov 2017

The reception map for location DT1 1PU and for the Rowridge transmitter now consists of only the grey background map and the single location marker with no overlays at all and no other markers. The terrain plot is OK. Is it me or is it you ? .

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Tom Allen's 9 posts GB
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Tom Allen
12:16 PM
Dorchester

Repeat post from 4 November 2017

The reception map for location DT1 1PU and for the Rowridge transmitter now consists of only the grey background map and the single location marker with no overlays at all and no other markers. The terrain plot is OK. Is it me or is it you ? .

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Tom Allen's 9 posts GB
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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:38 PM

Tom Allen: The reception map accesses by clicking the blue Freeview map link under your post works fine for me. Perhaps try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page (hold CTRL on your keyboard and press F5).

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:17 PM

Tom Allen:

It works fine for me as well, as StevensOnln1 states.

If you try to zoom in too far, the coverage indiction (the green area) disappears so make sure you are not zoomed in too far.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Thursday, 11 January 2018
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Tom Allen
8:08 PM
Dorchester

Thanks for the responses folks.

I have investigated further and found the same problem on someone else's PC using Internet Explorer.
I then tried using 'Edge' on that Windows 10 PC and it worked.
It's odd that the terrain plot works in Internet Explorer on both PCs but not the map view.

Regards
Tom Allen

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