Full Freeview on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter
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The symbol shows the location of the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter which serves 1,870,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.
Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) mast?
Which Freeview channels does the Sutton Coldfield transmitter broadcast?If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.
Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.
1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC C&W (BBC local radio), 720 BBC H&W (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Shropshire (BBC local radio), 722 BBC WM (BBC local radio), 726 BBC Stoke (BBC local radio), 735 BBC Derby (BBC local radio), 735 BBC Gloucestershire (BBC local radio),
3 ITV (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others 66 TBN UK,
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others Create and Craft, Racing TV, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others 45 Gems TV, 85 Create & Craft, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 678 Xpanded TV, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, 37 QVC Beauty, 38 QVC Style, 51 Ideal World, 72 Jewellery Maker, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)
Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter?
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest (200°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 15km south-southwest (201°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)
Are there any self-help relays?
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How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
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|Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*||(-21dB) 8kW|
Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area
yes i agree with you Mike P about the viewing figures. However, they do show one thing clearly, in that the case for switching to HD has not yet been won. It's ok for the BBC etc and Ofcom wanting to push the HD format, but do the British public actually want it? Like you point out, most seem to quite happy watching standard Freeview as long as they get a interference free picture and sound on their tv. And most folk want quality television programmes over a quantity of channels that most don't want to watch .The of the main reasons for the push towards HD is to be ahead of the competition in the field of digital technology. However, the HD format won't be the U.K. standard till 2018, yet in the meamtime, the BBC are, and have been busy trying out test field recordings of a newer even more superior format called 4K. That's 8 mega pixel resolution.The BBC have already commented on the format and have said although it's a great format to record in, it would be far too expensive to convert for transmission. if this is the case, why are they bothering with it? perhaps, one day they will create a codec suitable to compress the data stream enough to transmit it, or if not, convert it down enough to carry the stream via cable when the guaranteed data stream via cable is 100mb or more nationwide in around 2030 or before. I think by 2030 terrestrial television will discontinue and we will all receiver our tv programmes via cable or satellite.
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KEVIN GARDINER: The HD format is pretty much standard as far as the market is concerned (and 2018 is a long way off!), even in the OLED technology. 4K is far from being commercially broadcast, and as one commentator pointed out recently, streaming just one 4K movie will cost you 40gb of bandwidth, so it will be interesting to see how that goes, considering the state of bandwidth generally.
If I show customers a better picture, they'll want it, if its at the right price etc. Since its at the right price, and standard (or easily upgradable), HD will grow substantually over the next year or two to the tipping point. Think of when the first DVD players came out, both in terms of market penetration, cost, etc. Is there anyone who would prefer to watch now on video rather than DVD? DVD didn't need to be sold on the whole, it just needed to be cheap enough.
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KEVIN GARDINER: I had a quick check on Curry's website to see just how many TV's they had which just had a Freeview tuner (my employer tend to stock fewer lower end and own brand TV's, which are more likely to just have a DVB tuner - only 11 out of 147 have just a DVB tuner, of all sizes).
For 32in and over, out of 192 from Currys, just 16 were DVB, the rest were T2. Below 32in, the DVB equiped ones made up the majority, but these are often sold on price, and were from makes that were not generally known. For peoples main rooms,at the very least, HD will be standard.
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Since the launch of the additional HD channels (COM 7) on the 10th Dec, I am now struggling to get a decent signal for the original set of HD channels (PSB3/BBCB).
Although COM7 (channel 33) is broadcasting at less than 1/20th of the power compared to PSB3 (channel 40), I am receiving a signal strength of 42%, but now the PSB3 signal has dropped from between 42% - 50% down to only 27% and suffering constant breakups/freezing.
My aerial is situated in the loft (not ideal I know, but it has always worked fine) and pointed at Sutton Coldfield transmitter. It is connected to a Humax Fox HDR-T2. My tv only has SD tuner but full HD panel, so I can't compare the signal levels between the two.
Additionally the SD channels are also now very poor. Ironically I am now alble to pick up slightly more stable SD and HD channels from the Waltham transmitter, which normally is way too low a signal (with aerial still pointed at Sutton Coldfield).
I know the usual advice is to check the aerial, cables, etc., but this sort of thing happens everytime any engineering work takes place at Sutton Coldfield, then if I'm lucky, a few weeks later the signal improves for a few months without any issues, all without me checking/changing anything in my setup.
From other peoples posts, it does affect many people (and around the country with other transmitters at the same time also), not just me, so it can't just be down to our individual setups.
Anyone have any suggestions as to why the received signal levels differ so much?
I am seriously thinking of giving up on Terrestrial Freeview altogether, it's been very poorly implemented in my opinion. It's looking like Freesat is the only option to get a constantly usable signal.
P.S. My postcode is CV10 9RH
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Update to my previous post.
I can only receive HD for BBC Four, BBC News, Al Jazeera.
All other HD broadcasts are showing zero signal level for both Sutton Coldfield and Waltham transmitters.
What's going on?
Xmas tv is going to be fuzzy SD only by the looks of it!
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