Originally Posted by alestescarrow
I have lived in Wrexham for most of my life and there definately has not been a Rediffusion system anywhere near here.
However I read on another forum some time ago that there was a re-broadcast system in place in either Blaenau Ffestiniog or Betwys-y-Coed... I'm not sure which. That was available until fairly recently, I don't know whether its still going.
There is also Wright's Radio Relay which operates in Newtown, Powys (Mid Wales)... that was born out of a rebroadcasting network and now provides a slightly upgraded version of the Freeview line-up. According to their website (which is actually down at the moment), viewers are able to use Freeview boxes/STBs with an additional converter box, which changes the signal between DVB-C to DVB-T... but interestingly it also provides True Movies, Movies4Men, etc... I presume that's an additional multiplex.
Your mention of a system in Blaenau Ffestiniog brings back a few memories. My first job 1983 - 1985 was working for a company supplying and repairing 2 way radio equipment, the owner also owned 2 cable TV system in mid Wales, one in the Aberystwyth area. I recall that he sold them to 2 guys that at the time owned the system in Blaenau Ffestiniog and possibly another.
I was aware that there may have been a few smaller systems up in North Wales, generally owned by the local TV shop etc. We also had one in Usk South Wales and also one in Cwmbran, one of my college lecturers used to repair the equipment for them. In the mid 90s I also repaired some amplifiers for the Usk system.
Funny, I did enjoy those days before the yanks arrived.
ps. Last time I was in BF (about 2 years ago) I notice there was still signs of the cable network but I don't know if it was still running.