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The symbol shows the location of the Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 11,000 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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Newhaven 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.

 V max
C23 (490.0MHz)131mDTG-3400W
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1 BBC One (SD) South East, 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 15 others

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C26 (514.0MHz)131mDTG-3400W
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3 ITV (SD) (Meridian (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

 V max
C30 (546.0MHz)131mDTG-6400W
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73 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 52 Freeview channels?

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The Newhaven (East Sussex, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5Action, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, YAAAS!, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, pick, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sky Arts, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Newhaven transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 41km north-northeast (21°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 65km north-northeast (31°)
to ITV Meridian (East) region - 36 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 30 May 12 and 13 Jun 12.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 2kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Heathfield transmitter area

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Monday, 13 February 2012
Adam B

3:27 PM


I would stick with what you've got, as you have currently no realistic prospect of getting terrestrial digital TV due to terrain issues.

Hope this helps,

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Adam B's 91 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

3:44 PM

Russ: Ditto Adam B's diagnosis. You will probably only be able receive from the Newhaven relay which will be a Public Service Broadcaster transmitter only. Thus it will carry BBC, ITV1, ITV2, C4, E4, More4, C5, HD and a few others.

Being low down as you are, you won't be able to receive from another transmitter that carries the commercial channels.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
3:57 PM

ok, thanks for the replies guys.

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Russ's 2 posts GB
Friday, 24 February 2012
5:16 PM

In case this helps anyone else I've just installed an 18 element on a bungalow chimney in Hastings Avenue, Seaford and got a full set of Freeview channels from Whitehawk Hill. Quite a bit of signal too albeit with a Labgear masthead but watching for 30 minutes after installation there was no pixellation seen on any channels. I'll probably rescan after Newhaven switches over to prevent any problems when the tropo gets going in the summer but it does mean a complete line up is available at least in parts of Seaford.

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Paul's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 5 April 2012
10:58 AM

Will we ever receive 3D TV from Newhaven transmitter?

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Max's 1 post GB

11:40 AM

Max: Yes, the BBC have carried a number of "test" 3D events on the BBC HD channel, such as Wimbledon and the Strictly Come Dancing final last year.

There's nothing special about 3D transmissions really, just two images, one for each eye, squeezed into a normal TV picture frame.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Mr. B Thomson
12:04 PM

Good morning
Can ypou [lease help I have retuned my tv and have all channels except no BBC channels why?

B Thomson

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Dave Lindsay

12:08 PM

Mr. B Thomson: There are some older models that will no longer work after switchover. BBC channels have switched and the others haven't.

Some sources of affected equipment are:

TVs and boxes that do not support the 8k-mode | - independent free digital TV advice…ment…tnit

These lists are not exhaustive.

If your TV isn't on these lists, then post its make and model and those on this site may be able to advise you as to whether it will or won't work after switchover.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Saturday, 21 April 2012
Friday, 11 May 2012
Tony Betts
8:59 AM

I live in Seaford. I am using 2 TVs, one with built in digibox and one with a a separate digi box. I am getting very bad reception on BBC 1 and 2. Picture keeps breaking up. Not a problem on higher channels. Thought it might be the bad weather but still a problem now that weather has cleared up. I have tried re-tuning both sets/boxes but no better. What is the problem?

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