Local TV

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Local television in the United Kingdom, described in legislation as Local Digital Television Programme Services (L-DTPS), provides a television station for a specific local area. Successful applicants are awarded a sole licence for their chosen area, and are expected to locate their studios within the same area. They broadcast on the digital terrestrial (DTT) system, as used by the national Freeview service.

The independent regulator, Ofcom, invites applications in all areas where transmission is technically possible, and assesses proposals against the statutory criteria.

The multiplexes that the stations operate on are operated by Comux, owned by the local TV broadcasters with operations run by Canis Media.In England and Northern Ireland, the local channels were on channel 8 and in Scotland and Wales, they were originally given channel 45; however, following a number of channel closures, channel 23 was used.
However, following the closure of BBC Three, the local stations moved to channel 7 in England and Northern Ireland, and channel 8 in Scotland and Wales. Some local stations in England however, such as That’s Cumbria are broadcast on Channel 8 due to other reasons.

Some stations are also available (in their local areas) via cable (Virgin Media) channel 159 and satellite (Sky) channel 117 (channel 134 in Wales because channel 117 is already occupied). Channels 168, 169 and 209 (previously 216) are used if a region requires multiple local TV channels on Sky. All local TV channels are encrypted on satellite and are not available on Freesat.
The channel you receive on the Sky EPG will depend on your postcode.

The following local TV channels are available on Sky:

  • London Live
  • Made in Birmingham
  • Made in Bristol
  • Made in Cardiff
  • Made in Leeds
  • Made in Liverpool
  • Made in Tyne and Wear
  • Notts TV
  • STV2 (Scotland)

See: A new framework for local TV in the UK (PDF)



Comux

comuxComux UK is a company created in 2011 by Canis Media’s Chief Executive, Ed Hall. In 2013 it was awarded the licence by Ofcom to operate the digital transmission infrastructure. Comux offer an equitable, cost-efficient and community-driven approach to provide a wide range of broadcast services to local TV in the UK. The shareholders of Comux are the local TV licence-holders themselves.

In order to qualify as a Comux shareholder, you need to be a local TV broadcaster. The profits made by the sale of the additional capacity on the local TV multiplex will be used to fund the 

provision of the services to local television, and the activities of the Local TV Charitable Trust.
Any surplus will be paid to local broadcasters, ensuring that the value of the capacity granted to the multiplex operator is used to support local television for the whole term of the licence. Comux provides services to local television channels using facilities built using a European State Aid grant.
These services are only available on a subsidised basis to licensed UK local television channels, and not to other broadcasters. Any supplier of relevant broadcast services is welcome to contact Comux and be part of the process of procuring services for local television.

The network centre in Birmingham manages the multiplexing of the channels, and also inserts the technical data that helps to operate the Freeview EPG. Other channels broadcasting on the local TV multiplex are also delivered to the network centre and multiplexed here.

The final group of channels are then distributed across the national Comux IP network to the multiple transmitter locations across the UK where the channels are broadcast to millions of Freeview homes. The network centre is staffed twenty-four hours a day, providing transmission support and problem-solving capability for local television services.

Website: www.canismedia.co.uk


 

Local TV Stations

Local TV stations in the United Kingdom.

Coverage
Transmitter
Channel
Live Stream
Aberdeen
Durris
None
Ayr
Darvel
None
Basingstoke
Hannington
None
Belfast
Divis
None
Birmingham
Sutton Coldfield
Live Stream (UK only)
Brighton and Hove
Whitehawk Hill
Live Stream (UK only)
Bristol
Mendip
None
Cambridge
Madingley
None
Cardiff
Wenvoe
None
Carlisle
Caldbeck
None
Dundee
Angus
None
Edinburgh
Craigkelly
None
Glasgow
Black Hill
None
Grimsby
Belmont
None
Guildford
Guildford
None
Leeds
Emley Moor
None
Liverpool
Winter Hill
Mad in Liverpool None
Lincolnshire
Belmont
None
London
Crystal Palace
Live Stream (UK only)
Maidstone/Tonbridge
Bluebell Hill
None
Manchester
Winter Hill
None
Middlesbrough
Bilsdale
None
Mold
Moel-y-Parc
Made in North Wales None
Newcastle/Sunderland
Pontop Pike
None
Nottingham
Waltham
None
Oxford
Oxford
None
Plymouth
Caradon Hill
None
Preston/Blackpool Winter Hill That’s Lancashire None
Reading
Hannington
None
Salisbury
Salisbury
None
Scarborough
Oliver’s Mount
None
Sheffield
Sheffield
Southampton/Portsmouth
Rowridge
None
Swansea
Kilvey Hill
None
York
Bilsdale
None
 

 

Local TV Multiplex Network

Mux
Channel
Coverage Area
Licenced Company
Notes
Transmission
System
LCN
LTVmux
LONDON LIVE LW
London
Comux UK Limited
Test Aug 2013 / On-air Sep 2013
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
ETV LEH
Edinburgh
Comux UK Limited
27 Feb 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
34
LTVmux
Made in Cardiff LCF
Cardiff
Comux UK Limited
30 Jan 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
34
LTVmux
NvTv LBT
Belfast
Comux UK Limited
27 Feb 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
City TV Broadcasting LB
Birmingham
Comux UK Limited
30 Jan 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
GTV LG
Glasgow
Comux UK Limited
30 Jan 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
34
LTVmux
YourTV Manchester LM
Manchester
Comux UK Limited
26 Jun 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
YourTV Blackpool and Preston LPR
Preston / Blackpool
Comux UK Limited
26 Jun 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
Bay TV Liverpool LL
Liverpool
Comux UK Limited
26 Jun 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
Made in Leeds LLS
Leeds
Comux UK Limited
27 Feb 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
Made in Tyne and Wear LNE
Newcastle
Comux UK Limited
30 Jan 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
Made in Bristol LBS
Bristol
Comux UK Limited
30 Jan 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
Notts TV LNG
Nottingham
Comux UK Limited
30 Jan 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
Lincolnshire Living LDN
Grimsby & North Lincs
Comux UK Limited
26 Nov 2013
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
SLTV/Sheffield Live LS
Sheffield
Comux UK Limited
25 Sep 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
Thats Solent LSO
Southampton
Comux UK Limited
26 Jun 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
Mustard LNR
Norwich
Comux UK Limited
30 Jan 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
Thats Oxford LOX
Oxford
Comux UK Limited
25 Sep 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
LTVmux
Latest TV LBN
Brighton & Hove
Comux UK Limited
30 Jan 2014
Arqiva
DVB-T, QPSK, 3/4, 8K
8
 

 

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