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The symbol shows the location of the Norwich Central (Norfolk, 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 Norwich Central (Norfolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Norwich Central 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)53mDTG-37W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) 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

 V max
C26 (514.0MHz)53mDTG-37W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Anglia (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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

 V max
C30 (546.0MHz)53mDTG-67W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies 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 43 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Norwich Central (Norfolk, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, POP MAX, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's TV (UK), Together TV, W, 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 Norwich Central transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 2km south-southwest (213°)
to BBC East region - 27 masts.
70% of BBC East (East) and BBC East (West) is shared output
regional news image
ITV Anglia News 0.8m homes 3.2%
from NORWICH NR1 3JG, 1km south-southwest (198°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the Norwich Central (Norfolk, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-136 Jun 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 9 Nov 11 and 23 Nov 11.

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

Analogue 1-5 34W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 6.8W

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

Oct 1959-Feb 2004Anglia Television
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. Norwich Central was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Tuesday, 7 December 2021

7:16 AM

Emma :

As you haven't given a full postcode it's not possible to confirm which transmitter(s) you may be predicted to receive. However, if it is indeed Norwich Central or Tacolneston, neither transmitter appears to have any reported faults.

Have you altered anything in your setup?
I would check that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction and that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old).
Also check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for the multiplexes (groups of channels) shown in your TV's tuning section.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. will affect reception.

Also if you retune when you have no signal, it often just clears the correct tuning so you'll need to retune again
once you have signal.

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Chris.SE's 3,099 posts GB
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
Martyn Bell
11:28 AM

Transmitter engineering:
I live at NR7 8RQ My direct tv signal from Tacolneston is blocked by trees. Please can you tell if is it possible for me to receive a freeview signal from the Norwich Central transmitter instead?

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Martyn Bell
11:32 AM

Transmitter engineering:
I live at NR7 8RQ My direct TV signal from Tacolneston is blocked by trees. Please can you tell me if it is possible for me to receive a freeview signal from the Norwich Central transmitter instead?

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Martyn Bell's 4 posts GB

1:48 PM

Martyn Bell: Norwich Central unfortunately doesn't even appear on the prediction for your postcode. Tacolneston is predicted to be strong on all multiplexes, with the only other prediction being a weak signal on the PSB1/2/3 multiplexes from Belmont. Is there anywhere you could position an aerial so that it looks around or over the trees? Otherwise it looks like Freesat would be the best alternative, which will give you most of the same channels available on Freeview (plus various others) via free to air (FTA) satellite. If your property has an existing Sky dish you may well be able to just plug in a Freesat receiver using the existing dish and cabling.

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StevensOnln1's 3,376 posts GB

3:56 PM

Martyn Bell:

Many modern TVs already have a satellite tuner built-in, so you may not need a separate receiver if you try a satellite option as suggested by StevensOnln1.
Can you not get any signal from Tacolneston? Note also that the transmitter is currently listed for Planned Engineering with Possible effect on TV reception "Screen may go black on all or certain channels" which might not be helping reception at present.

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Chris.SE's 3,099 posts GB
Friday, 27 May 2022
Martyn Bell
10:48 AM

Thanks for your suggestions StevensOnln1 and Chris.SE
No I don't see any way of getting a signal around the tree. I had my aerial moved to the highest point (gable end) last time we had this problem. Since then the tree has grown taller and is now in full leaf. I have contacted Clarion Housing Association who own the tree, but so far I have heard nothing back from them.
All of our equipment is freeview, 4 TVs a DVD recorder a You View box recorder a Sharpe hard drive recorder and Sony PS3 Play TV. It will be expensive to change all of this to Freesat and no we don't have an existing satellite dish.

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Martyn Bell's 4 posts GB

11:49 AM

Martyn Bell:

Your best bet is to continue to hassle the Clarion Housing Association about the tree.
Are you the only person affected by this tree or are there others whose reception has been disrupted?
If so, get them to hassle the Clarion Housing Association.

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