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Changes to UK Free TV | Blogs
Monday 28 February 2011 5:47AM

Hi Brian, just a note to say how much I appreciate your site. Thanks for all your hard work on this extremely useful resource.

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Local TV - Virgin Media coverage | Local TV
Thursday 10 March 2011 7:45AM
Scarborough

Hi Brian, not sure how accurate that Virgin Media coverage map is. It indicates they cover Scarborough, when they most certainly don't.

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Local TV - Virgin Media coverage | Local TV
Thursday 10 March 2011 8:08AM
Scarborough

Hi Brian, yes I just looked on Virgin Media's site and they have the same map.

Thinking about it years ago one of VM's predecessors Cable & Wireless cabled the town and then decided not to offer any cable services. They were digging the roads up from months and gridlocked the whole town. Maybe that's where the mistake is coming from?

When they completed their cable laying and then didn't offer any services there was a rumour that it was all a ruse just to get cable up to the Middlesbrough area. Not sure if there's any truth in that though?



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Local TV - Virgin Media coverage | Local TV
Thursday 10 March 2011 8:29AM
Scarborough

Oh right. Well it was only a rumour at the time. It is very strange.

They didn't just lay the cable in the town they did it in a lot of outlying villages as well. There was even an article in the local paper at the time saying we were about to get cable, but after months of traffic gridlock it never happened.

At a guess I'd say they are missing out on around 70,000 potential customers.

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Local TV - Virgin Media coverage | Local TV
Thursday 10 March 2011 9:22AM
Scarborough

Oh right. Any idea why they'd dig ducts and not offer the service? Maybe they ran out of money half way through?

What would VM have to do to start offering their service then?

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Local TV - Virgin Media coverage | Local TV
Thursday 10 March 2011 1:28PM
Scarborough

Yes, you could be right. Just a shame they half did the job and then gave up.

I have just emailed the VM cable my street department to ask. Obviously they know about it at some level, as their coverage map shows. We'll see if they get back to me.

Thanks for all the info. You have taught me a few things I had no clue about regarding cable.

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Local TV - Virgin Media coverage | Local TV
Tuesday 15 March 2011 9:43PM
Scarborough

Hi Brian, got my reply back from VM. Just thought I would share it.


Thank you for your enquiry regarding Virgin Media providing digital services at your home.

Unfortunately this area is too far from our existing network to be cabled by our infill activity.

To cable this area would require a major network extension. At this time, there are no immediate plans to extend the network into new areas if this requires main build - as this is very expensive. As we find new ways of serving areas such as this that are outwith the existing network, we will look at your request further and may be able to include this in build programmes in future years. However at this time, we will not be able to provide cable service to this area.

I appreciate this is not good news, but be assured our team have investigated this and will continue to look for other solutions that may help us achieve this in the future.



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Tuesday March 23rd
Thursday 24 March 2011 5:23AM
Scarborough

Condolences Brian.



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Channel 4 HD is on Freesat EPG - at last!
Wednesday 20 April 2011 6:36AM
Scarborough

Good news indeed

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Olivers Mount (North Yorkshire, England) DAB transmitter
Thursday 21 July 2011 3:45AM
Scarborough

As far as I know the D1 and BBC transmitters are both 2kW, the BBC tx definitely is according to the BBC themselves.

Coverage is much much more than the map. For example I can receive BBC and D1 miles outside the shown coverage, indoors, without even putting the aerial up.

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