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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter.

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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.

 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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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

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C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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3 ITV 1 (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 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 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

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C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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 8 others

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C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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 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, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

 H -13dB
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
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from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
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?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest (200°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
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?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 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 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-10.5dB) 89.2kW
com8(-10.7dB) 86kW
LB(-20dB) 10kW
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

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent 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. Sutton Coldfield 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.

Saturday, 17 September 2011
4:28 PM

Thanks for the tip, jb38. I'll try that in a bit.

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Prog's 5 posts GB
5:29 PM

Nick L

"I was watching the rugby this morning when half way through the game I lost ITV, ch4, ch5 etc."

Have you upset anyone called 'Amelie' recently

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ezrapound's 10 posts GB
Philip Silverman
6:20 PM

I have an LG LED HD Tv which was receiving good HD pictures prior to the 7th Sept On the morning of the 7th Sept the HD picture was very BLOCKY but after I retuned the tv
the HD picture disappeared altogether. Can you help please?

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Philip Silverman's 3 posts GB
10:10 PM

I was about to try jb38's advice but selected automatic scan by mistake or more likely force of habit. I decided to let it run out of interest and lo and behold it found all the channels.

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Prog's 5 posts GB
Sunday, 18 September 2011
1:58 PM

Does anyone know if the BBC will increase the number of interactive channels on Freeview to the same number as Freesat after the switchover, when there is more bandwidth?

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John's 1 post GB
Mike Dimmick

8:11 PM

John: No. The BBC actually loses capacity at switchover, which is why they shut down the second and third interactive streams a couple of years ago.

Before switchover: 2 x 18 Mbit/s
After switchover: 1 x 24 Mbit/s

The BBC's second multiplex is converted to DVB-T2 at 40 Mbit/s to provide the HD services; they must provide the capacity directed by Ofcom to commercial PSB channels.

Arqiva's capacity increases from 2 x 18 Mbit/s to 2 x 24 Mbit/s. To allow new channels to launch before switchover completes, the BBC have agreed to match Arqiva's new capacity with the unused space on pre-switchover Mux B. Sky Sports 1 and 2 launched in this space (BT won the auction and Sky are required to wholesale the channels) which uses all the new capacity on Arqiva B. There are several transmitters that haven't yet got Arqiva A at full capacity - the final channel or power level isn't yet available - so nothing has yet launched in the new capacity there.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Monday, 19 September 2011
10:25 AM

I installed a Labgear free view box for my father inlaw yesterday and it only picked up the BBC digital channels. his ariel is attached to the chimney and is pointing at Sutton Coalfield i.e 21 channels only. Is this a problem with the transmitter or something else?

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Chris's 1 post GB
Rick Homer
1:29 PM

Hi there,

I am helping a friend with her Freeview. I have replaced the cable from the aerial to her Samsung HDTV. This has a built in DTV decoder, all is working except that I cannot tune into any HD channels. Her location is CV8 2FT and her aerial is 'looking' directly at Sutton Coldfield. Should she be able to receive the same channels as Freesat and should she be able to receive Freeview HD directly on her HD TV?

Thanks very much

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Rick Homer's 2 posts GB
2:16 PM


I don't think HD Service is available at your postcode until this Wednesday after final DSO. On/after 21st if you do a full re-scan you should get them if you have a HD receiver

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Alan's 6 posts GB

4:19 PM

Rick,the HD multiplex is still being broadcast from Lichfield,at the moment,and on low power.
Wait until Wednesday,when the service will transfer to Sutton Coldfield,and on high power,you should be OK, after you do another scan.

Ref getting Freeview HD directly on her HD TV the answer is yes,as long as it has a HD tuner DVB-T2,and not just a HD ready set.

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Dennis's 27 posts GB
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